For my first CES, I hoped I would salivate over new and unique products that others have yet to touch or experience. I dreamed walking into the LVCC and dropping my jaw at the sight of new mobile devices, laptops, and other innovations ready for me to be the first to experience. The reality of CES was more like something out of Alice in Wonderland.
Disclosure: I’m attending CES as a member of the press and as an Intel Insider courtesy of the good people at Intel.
The first thing you notice at CES is the sheer size of it. The LVCC is a colossal convention center. It seems to be 3-4x the size of SxSW, which made for a lot of confusion and not just for conference attendees. I was falsely directed to the wrong places numerous times by CES staff (unsurprisingly). I guess they knew just as much as everyone else about the lay of the land.
The Core Of Innovation at CES
Over the course of the nearly a week, I had a chance to explore every inch of the showroom floor. I was extremely disappointed by nearly everything I saw. It seemed the only real innovative technology being demoed were Intel’s new lineup of Core processors.
The Intel Core processors are amazing advances in computing and the demos around the Intel booth showcased the power and uses for these processors in a very innovative fashion especially with the Cube (video below).
The 3D technology displayed in Sony games and Samsung’s TV’s was eye-catching, but nothing I haven’t seen before CES. To be quite frank, I saw nothing that I hadn’t already heard about, or seen, before coming to CES. Sure there were new products, but they weren’t the new an innovative things that CES is hyped to be about.
I thought this was where innovative consumer technology was supposed to be demoed. Can you point me in the direction of the real innovation happening at CES?