We're at CES and there will be gadget blogging


19 Responses to “We're at CES and there will be gadget blogging”

  1. braininavat says:

    Looks like Samsung is going to be introducing some giant condoms, if that box on the lower right is anything to go by.

  2. James says:

    Rob, FWIW, I am interested in the “Entertainment Matters” section. Specifically, any viable approaches to local/superlocal television broadcasting.

    Covering local matters as citizen journalists (e.g., local government meetings, school sports, etc.) could be fun, inexpensive to set up, and profitable (that’s what I do). But any new developments would be exciting to hear.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Supposedly Polaroid is going to be introducing a new instant camera. Would you kindly brave the queues to capture some stills?

  4. Robotronic says:

    Queueing. Queueing. Queueing.

  5. Robotronic says:

    Also doubtless.

  6. Crispy Critter says:

    I’m finding it hard to get enthusiastic about gadgets anymore, since they always seem to be weighted down with DRM and treacherous computing features. From iPhones sneakily sending out private data to Kindles with Fahrenheit 451 baked in, not to mention locked-down game consoles, it has really become a minefield.

  7. Birko says:

    Rob, I’d love to know your opinion on the Bit Cauldron 3D glasses. They are meant to be universal rather than proprietary. Most of the information I can find are press releases which are pure bias. An independant view would be great.

    From a press release :”Monster Vision MAX 3D glasses will be showcased at CES in Monster’s exhibit in Central Hall 13006. Products incorporating Bit Cauldron technology will also be on display at the ZigBee Alliance exhibit in South Hall Lower Level 21418A.”

  8. Donald Petersen says:

    the vile ichor served as coffee

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it regrettable that ichor has to be pronounced “EYE-core” rather than the much more onomatopoeic “ICK-er.”

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Just pronounce it however you want. The chances of anyone knowing how to pronounce it are minuscule.

  9. UncaScrooge says:

    Play enough cheap first-person shooters and you can navigate Vegas without ever getting lost.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      I have found that Fallout: New Vegas isn’t nearly as helpful for real-world navigation as Fallout 3 was. I begin to suspect that the Lucky 38 isn’t actually a real casino.

  10. Glenn Fleishman says:

    The fundamental problem with covering CES is that it is a show for electronics dealers and retailers, and for special customers and such. It is neither for the public nor precisely for the press, even though thousands of reporters cover it. The focus that Brownlee cites on specs instead of big picture (why it matters) is because the booth folks are selling to people who sell their stuff, not to actual consumers. This misperception has fed confusion about CES for years.

    I always offer my condolences to colleagues who have to cover CES, because it’s uncoverable, and in some ways, not entirely useful. It’s a pulse of the industry, but it’s not the brains of the industry.

  11. Frescard says:

    “Vegas’ superficial glamor”…

    If even Vegas’ glamor is superficial, then where do I have to go to find the real, and deep, glamor???

  12. zachstronaut says:

    It’s my first year going CES. Hopefully Rob et al will be boing boinging ahead of my walking so they can help me find the not-to-be-missed items. Wish I could get into the private Nintendo booth to play some 3DS.

    Also, to UncaScrooge’s point: just follow the lights, right?

  13. Stefan Jones says:

    That setup photo brings back bad memories.

    I did my last CES in January 95.

    I was an exhibitor, for a cut-rate multimedia CD-ROM company. We sold crapware for bundling. Hour after hour standing around the Sands or LVCC, demoing stuff for buyers who just wanted to hear about margin.

    Sometimes we’d have to deal with “journalists” who edited a User Group newsletter; they’d badger us mercilessly for review copies. I remember one of these sneering at me because our CD-ROM encyclopedia didn’t have an entry for “sufferage.” (He didn’t know it was spelled “suffrage” but I didn’t realize that in time to sneer at him back.)

    On our breaks, us booth slaves would run around trying to score freebies and give-aways. I’d come home with bags full of stuff. I still have some! Choice souvenirs of the SEGA booth.

    After hours, I used to enjoy walking the Strip, from the Sahara clear up to the Hacienda. Most of the places I remember have been blowed up and built over.

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