After braving Las Vegas traffic jams, January cold and flu season, and $10 pieces of pizza for lunch, I’m pleased to report back on 2010 CES! I must say the overall attitude of this show is much improved from 2009. Attendance is reported at over 120,000– 6% over last year. (This is still down from a high of 141,000 in 2008, which seems like too many cooks in the kitchen if you ask me!)
I admit I went into the show not buying the 3D TV hype- after all I was skeptical after last year’s buzz over the Palm Pre. The first set I saw was from a company playing an animated graphic- cool, but nothing to call home about. I next moved to the Panasonic booth where they were playing a clip of last year’s Ohio State / Michigan football game, and then showed ice skating in conjunction with the Olympics. I must say- the live sporting events were unbelievably cool, and lived up to the hype.
The only downside I see (aside from price) is the ugly, uncomfortable, & bulky glasses. I anticipate a boom in 3D glasses, much in the way the iPod/iPhone case & accessories industry has taken off. Another industry with great interest in 3D TVs is the gaming industry- I’m truly excited about developments in this space moving forward.
Don’t get me wrong, I can’t see myself watching CNN or even an entire football game in 3D, but watching the highlights on SportsCenter afterward would be a blast.
I am really excited about the developments in Wireless Power. My trusty iPhone battery died on me midway through the first day due to frequent e-mail checks and Twitter posts. It was a pain to not only carry my charger with me all day, but then find an empty socket to charge it. I was pleased to find a comfortable chair next to the D-Link coffee-shop area outside of the press room- complete with a talented guitar player. I bet others weren’t so lucky!
Am I the only one to notice the male-to-female ratio? It seemed more exaggerated to me than in recent years. Are women really THAT under-represented in the Consumer Technology Industry? I did find it funny to see lines out the door for the men’s room, while the ladies room was free and clear. Maybe some things are worth it?
Thanks to Gizmodo and Crunch Gear who pointed out the DailyTech article on the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) kicking out vendors who booked meeting rooms at the Venetian & Palazzo. I’m assuming this had something to do with CEA’s agreement with the Venetian & Hilton. I’m also sure that people have been ‘illegally’ booking suites at these hotels since the beginning of CES itself. I guess the economy has pushed the CEA to the breaking point!
Just my 2 cents! Agree, Disagree- let me know! @KristinMiller