CES Blog #4 – Finally, Some Content
I think the best thing about CES may have been the fact that it kept me so busy I couldn’t gamble. Well, being broke in the first place also helps for keeping one from the tables, but I’ll go ahead and blame it on the convention, since I don’t care to dwell on the “broke” part. There is so much going on, that daily publications are distributed so the enthusiastic techie can keep abreast of the latest and greatest.
Ed (@elozano on Twitter) and I were at CES for only two days, which simply wasn’t enough. To really take in what CES has to offer, you need to go for all four days. Bring a good pair of walking shoes and eat a good breakfast, because even if you rush it, I’m not sure if four days is enough time to see everything. It probably isn’t.
Another really cool thing about covering a tech convention like CES is that they realize how important blogging and other types of social media are to the industry. Technology is really one area where citizen journalists can make a big difference. Manufacturers and designers have learned that the voice of the People is the best way to let them know what they should be doing, and the new social media has made it easier than ever for them to hear us. And they do listen.
I was impressed with the fact that the organizers established a blogger lounge, with free WiFi, charging stations, fast LAN access, public terminals with a printer, couches, TVs, and free coffee and snacks to boot. Nice touch! I hope that next year they make the room a little larger though because once the show started that place was packed. It looked like a squatters’ rally, with people camped out on every flat surface available. Needless to say this really choked up the WiFi as well which wasn’t a big deal for writers but when one is trying to move video stories across the net like we were, things got a bit frustrating at times. It didn’t help that Ed’s 4G Sprint service was a joke, and my AT&T iPhone access was even worse. Yes, AT&T, even though the iPhone is the best thing ever, you still suck.
The big theme for this year – and I mean big – seemed to be new technologies in television. All the big manufacturers, and a lot I’d never heard of, were seriously representing with their dazzling new screens. There were hundreds of awesome flat panel units on display and the quality of all of them was amazing. The Samsung display was just crazy. I had to document it with the iPhone video because the lens on my GF1 wasn’t wide enough to get it all in one shot.
Television was definitely the top buzz once you were in the show. Outside the show, it was probably tablets, but inside, there were awesome TVs everywhere. Yes, television, and now, 3D Television. New 3D systems and their corresponding goggles were all the rage on the display floor. I’m sorry, but not even the best models look good wearing these things.
Here are some more TVs:
I think my favorite display was the Intel Infoscape cube, which was, essentially, a seven-foot glass wall that displays 500 real-time streams of just about anything you like, mapped onto cubes that one can interact with. Here’s a short video I shot on my way out of the hall, which will explain it much better than I can: