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
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. 🙂
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.”
It was only a few years ago that Tom and I wandered around the fitness tech zone at CES. It was sparse, it was lonely, and people looked confused. CEOs worked hard to explain how a band you could wear on your arm, your pants, your bra, or your wrist could do some simple tracking and maybe improve your fitness level.
Fast forward to CES 2014, opening next week in Vegas, baby!, and now there’s a new TechZone just for that – WristRevolution – devoted entirely to nextgen wearables. Sensors! Apps! Internet connected!
This – and the “smart home” almost certainly mark the start of the consumer Internet of Things.