There's something about 2013's Consumer Electronics Show that's different from every other iteration this decade. You might not realize it immediately, for it's marked by the absence rather than the arrival of a new technology, but it's there and we're all sensing it on a deep, subconscious level. And it feels good.
3D is gone.
3D television has, thankfully, faded into inauspicious irrelevance and insignificance.
It's a shift that many predicted, but few actively pursued. Which, in and of itself, is perhaps the most apt summary of the technology's terminal existence.
Unlike the act of steadily improving picture quality, 3D offered a degraded and gimmicky experience that was unbecoming of virtually any cinematic experience. It was a repeated effort in embarrassing up-selling for the consumer, drawing a consistent and withering barrage of dismissals from even the most technology-versed of movie watchers.
Of course, 3D televisions will continue to be sold and 3D movies marketed to cinema goers. But, the buzz around the technology, as Vlad writes, has devolved from cutting edge innovation to largely irrelevant novelty. And that's a remarkable (and welcome) thing to behold.