Central Hall @ #CES2015 weirdly underwhelming

Tom and I spent the day at the main show in Central Hall and were both shocked how – well – ordinary it felt. There were plenty of amazing TVs – 4k, 8k, straight, curved, and super thin, thinner than the slimmest smartphone, even! And I loved the door-in-door fridges from LG and the LG dual clothes washer. But pretty much everything that we saw we’d seen before.
The day was about incremental improvements, not revolutionary jumps.

Samsung made a big deal of the Smart Things acquisition, but I’m not sure they understand what to do with it yet.

Over at South Hall we checked out Oculus Rift. We sampled Gear VR with the Samsung Galaxy, but honestly, I didn’t think this was much better than the Google cardboard we played with over the holidays. Obviously, Crystal Cove is a killer “app,” but I’m not sure how big the market is for this amazing tech.

The drones are evolving – nano! From $100 to $300 you can buy a drone to serve as your personal videographer at sporting and outdoor events or even use it as an improvement on the selfie stick. They are wifi enabled and controlled through a smartphone app. This tech is moving in scary directions, I think.

Tomorrow we hit Eureka Park – all the IoT is over there so I’m hopeful tomorrow is going to knock my socks off. We walked over 6 miles today and I’m exhausted so lights out until tomorrow!

Wheels up tomorrow for CES 2015! Connection is the watchword…

I’m excited. Tomorrow we head to CES 2015. A lot of the “what to expect” reports are talking about the ultra-HD (i.e. 4k) TVs, the high-res smartphones and phablets,  and the drones.

Jibo Family Robot - YouTube
Jibo Family Robot – YouTube

Oh, and the 3D printing space is going to be massive – but really, they need to start printing things besides Hobbits and keychain tchotchkes. And of course, Oculus Rift is promising to show us something even cooler in augmented reality. (Check out my “shocked in the rift” from last year…)

Even so, I think the real news for this year’s show is on the bigger focus underlying the show – it’s all about connecting consumers through their wearables, cars, appliances, and other devices to the Internet ecosystem. The digital is becoming real!

It’s also exciting how large the Eureka Park tech zone is going to be this year – 375 startups this year from all over the world compared to 220 last year – with many focused on Internet of Things ideas.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Vegas, baby!

Impressions from #CES2014 day 1

Professor Donna L. Hoffman

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…

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Wheels up tomorrow a.m. for #CES 2014

Professor Donna L. Hoffman

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Follow my adventures in consumer connectivity at profhoff.com or @profhoff. For the first time, even our badges will be connected with NFC technology.

There will be almost 400 3D printer exhibits, and dozens and dozens of exhibits featuring wearables, not to mention smart cars, smart drones, and smart homes!

Of course, the TVs will be huge and hi-res, and the screens will be bendable and self-repairing, but I think the real action will be in connected devices that make life easier and more interesting for consumers.

Can’t wait – Vegas, baby!

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