Well, in 27 years at CES, I don’t remember having to buy an over-priced umbrella from the hotel gift shop—but this year, a steady rain throughout CES Day 1 made logistics even more challenging than normal. Of course, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I know fruit is healthy, so I doubled-up with a bowl of fruit AND a bowl of Fruit Loops (mama didn’t raise no dummy).
Equipped with my Dr. Scholl’s $1.88 single pillow shoe insoles, a 11,000 mAh portable phone charger, 100 business cards, and an “eye of the tiger” attitude, I entered the CES arena looking to gain insight on the latest tech out now and coming soon and, more importantly, looking for “stuff” our channel can sell profitably.
Then, while it was sunny, on Day 2, condensation from the rain caused a problem with the power to the convention center, and the unthinkable happened: a 2-hour blackout on the show floor during show hours!! Read the details on CNN.com.
As I have done in year’s past, I will separate my observations into two groups: 1) interesting/awe-inspiring; and 2) college store selling opportunities…
With all new tech, there’s a promise of time/cost saving and of convenience…of higher productivity with less effort, but there are also issues around ethics and privacy and more (I’ve watched the Terminator movies many times, so that makes me kind of an expert on dystopian “tech gone wild” future scenarios). All-in-All, however, I think optimistically about technology and its ability to enhance our lives and society…
- Autonomous driving vehicles are here now and will be part of everyone’s lives soon. Cars, Drone Copters (“drop-ters?!?”…uh oh), mini ATVs that act as pack mules when you hike, Pizza Delivery (do I have to tip the car??).
- So, here’s the thing…will autonomous vehicles make good choices? There was a discussion where a speaker said, “Traffic nuances will require human interpretation.” Uhh…nuances?? Like, there is a squirrel and a soccer ball in the road, which should I hit? Is that a nuance? Lots of smart people are “working” these issues.