Category: CES 2014

Thur #CES 2014 mini-report – more to come

We spent most of yesterday at Eureka Park over at the Venetian checking out the start-ups. There was some great tech and some pretty lame stuff. Then it was over to LVCC for the connected cars – they park themselves – it’s pretty darn cool – and then back to LVCC for a meeting with Misfit Wearables to talk about the Shine.

Then we caught up with Larry Downes and Paul Nunes (authors of the awesome new book Big Bang Disruption) for a delicious dinner at China Poblano over at the Cosmopolitan. Then Tom and I headed back to the Venetian for Lenovo’s amazing social media night party at Aquanox. We got to play with all the pcs and tablets and phones. Fun! Good party – thanks for inviting us!

Heading back to DC today so I’ll post more this weekend about the new tech after I get organized for my classes. First day of class at #gwbusiness is Monday!

#CES2014 Wed update

Yesterday’s day in the halls was exhausting. We hit Central Hall and saw exceptionally large TVs, Ultra high def TVs, 3D TVs that don’t need glasses, bendable TVs and more multiway tablets and PCs than I can count. Central Hall is flashy, noisy and completely insane. The LG and Samsung exhibits were great, Panasonic seemed lackluster.

Qualcomm had a big exhibit for the first time in Central Hall. We toured their smart home – nice. The AllJoyn tech is a great idea. Devices can talk to each other triggered by events. It’s a good idea.

Cisco had a very interesting display of their dashboard for monitoring and managing the retail floor. The analytics are impressive – drawing from all manner of connected devices and sensors. It’s currently being tested in North America and Europe with a well-known big box retailer. Cutting edge.

I took lots of pics but don’t have enough time to upload them. Have to get over to Eureka Park so I can see all the rough new start up tech. For slick pics, head over to my Flipboard magazine I created for the show. http://flip.it/tEi98

More later!

Impressions from #CES2014 day 1

We spent most of the day in South Hall, visiting booths for smart home, sensors, wearables, 3D printing, drones and smart objects. Belkin’s wemo exhibit was impressive – they seem the farthest along in offering a well organized set of connected devices for home applications. Word is Lowe’s and Staples have impressive set-ups so we’ll check those out tomorrow.

The Parrot drones were delightful – one type is like a cute little bug and the other is like a futuristic little plane. I bet these become wildly popular.

The most interesting development had to be represented by the 3D printing tech zone. Two years ago, 3D was a few booths hidden in the back and Maker Bot’s printer looked pretty bootleg, and was glitchy, to boot. Fast forward a mere two years and there are too many manufacturers and related suppliers to count and Maker Bot is now the slick grand daddy. Plus, the tech works and it’s now affordable for the home market. Great ready for 3D printed everything.

I shot the picture below at the beam exhibit – they have a really interesting product for telecommuters. Fans of the Good Wife will recognize it from one of the episodes. Through the device, I had a nice conversation with a beam staffer in Palo Alto – the tech really works!

The wearables were pretty much what you’d expect. Dozens and dozens of smart watches, some pretty nice and others pretty ugly. I kept thinking, where are you, Apple iWatch?

The fitness and digital health wearables are impressive, especially when the tech is paired in the context of a larger ecosystem – like a hospital room.

At the Piston console booth I had fun playing with the Oculus Rift headset until I got shot or zapped in the game and it really freaked me out. See my Facebook page for Tom’s Vine of the episode.

There were lots of sensor OEMs. If it has a physical presence, we can stick a sensor on it. Imagine the possibilities…

Tomorrow we hit Central Hall. Meanwhile, thanks to #SamsungCES for the invitation to rest our feet, snack, and blog in the comfort of their swank Samsung SMART Lounge. We’ll be back tomorrow. 🙂

Smart Home interesting but lacks integration

The Zigbee home automation booth had an interesting prototype hub about 6-12 months away. The challenge is to deliver simplicity and ease of use to the mass consumer market.

Z-Wave, a competitor, told us that one strategy is for alliance partners to lead with retail customers and hope
those pull in the end-user consumer interested in the “smart home.”

Intel’s immersive vision of the Internet of Things

At the Intel keynote, I LOVED the smart charging Bowl – throw all your devices in the bowl and it charges them. No plugs! Totally cool. Plus, the Smart Earbuds are a great idea. CEO Brian Krzanich did a great job showcasing Intel’s play in the Internet of Things. The smart onesie that quantifies baby’s vitals – powered by "Edison" a pentium computer the size of a thumb! – is perfect for helicopter parents.

Show opens tomorrow. Stay tuned!