People still asked their bosses whether they could go. Journalists were still invited and showered with freebies, but there wasn’t the same buzz and almost child-like sense of wonder. The Death of Hardware had been welcomed by environmentalists and CFOs alike but those who remembered the packed halls, the unveilings, trying out gadgets – smaller or bigger every year, were nostalgic. There was still announcements: a fantastic new LLM, a revolutionary algorithm, a new AI front end designed for the Christmas market. But nothing glittered. And you didn’t even get to travel to the fair… A headset wasn’t first class.