CES is changing.
CES 2013 is undoubtedly a success, with a record number of exhibitors, attendees, and press attending the conference. Companies have shown off their newest gadgets, announced milestones, and spoken of their futures, as the mountain of press pore over every detail, while writing furiously to meet their deadlines, as is usual during the early weeks of January. But for a tech conference like CES, there is a worrisome trend in the industry. The current two-part shift that is occurring in the tech industry — and what could ultimately lead to the decline of the super tech conference brand in general — is the downturn of significant hardware innovation, and the rise of major software and service companies over the last few years.