Category Archives: Tech Events

Wednesday At CES 2016: Many Miles Walked, More Stuff Seen

The CES show floor(s) opened 10AM (possibly slightly earlier in spots) Wednesday morning January 6. I decided to head for the Sands and Venetian exhibitor areas, in particular for the Eureka Park zone, which has lots of startups, crowdfund and pre-crowdfund. (Alas, I didn’t make it to the high-end audio stuff in the Venetian — not on any of my beats, but lovely stuff worth looking at.)

I saw everything on my list there plus a bunch of other stuff, zoomed over to the Las Vegas Convention Center for a quick pass through part of South Hall, and then went to the Showstoppers evening press/analyst-only event, where I saw yet more stuff. Including some I saw the previous night, or earlier on Wednesday, but that gave me the chance to fill in some details. (And at the Withings booth in the Sands, I got to briefly meet master magician Penn Jillette, get his autograph, and also a picture of both of us.) (In case you didn’t know, I’m not just a fan of magic, I’m also a [very] amateur magician.)

Here’s a quick list of some intriguing stuff I saw — with, again, the disclaimer that I may have got some facts wrong here, and I’m simply reporting what I saw or was told, I haven’t tried stuff, etc. (Yet.) Continue reading

It’s January 2016 — Time To Consume Electronics In Vegas Again!

With New Year’s Day now a few days old, it’s time once again for me (and thousands of my press/media colleagues) to head to Las Vegas for the annual CES (which used to stand for, and continues to be referred to as the Consumer Electronics Show), where thousands of vendors and resellers will hawk new and recent stuff to potential buyers and resellers, and to us press/media types.

Well-meaning friends and business say, “Have a fabulous time.” Those who have been know that simply getting to seeing most of what we want, without losing or breaking anything, constitutes success. Shows like CES, and before it, Comdex and the larger Interops of yore, saturate and gridlock the roads, restaurants, taxi lines and more… and this year’s new security restrictions by CES aren’t likely to make things any easier.

What do I expect to see at CES 2016?

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Products Seen At 2014 CES: A Starter Dozen Or So

Of the 3,200+ exhibitors at this year’s International CES (formerly standing for “Consumer Electronics Show”) held in Las Vegas January 7-10, 2014 (plus probably another 300 or so exhibiting at associated/concurrent events like Pepcom, ShowStoppers, Storage Visions, the NMX New Media Expo, and/or in private suites, but not necessarily also on the CES show floor), I probably managed to see and briefly chat with/try three or four hundred, and quick-glimpse maybe half that again. Continue reading

Off to Consume Electronics! (at 2014 International CES in Vegas)

And so off to this year’s (2014!) International CES, the show formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, or, as I refer to it, “Consume Electronics!” I’m packing a camera, my iPad and Asus Nexus 7 tablets — plus, for most of my note-taking, if the AC charger still works, my trusty old NEC MobilePro, which flips open ready for being typed into faster than anything else I’ve got. Continue reading