Here are 10 takeaways from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES2015):
- It is one of the largest conferences out there and if you are planning to go, make sure you’re okay with crowds! (I get a little nervous in crowds but the organizers had a handle on crowd control and moved people along. It was quite impressive!)
- If you are looking for a booth or you set up an appointment to meet someone, leave yourself ample time. I had several appointments that I had to miss because the numbers didn’t go in any order!
- 3D printing is incredible. I saw a band performing using all 3D instruments. (See video below.)
- There are so many SmartWatch and fitness tracker companies out there that there is little to distinguish one from the other. Unfortunately, all these watches need a “killer” app but Apple may just be the game changer.
- There are wearables for your pets (to track them if they run away), your elderly parents (to make sure they take their daily medications) and for your family to keep track of their DNA.
- Everything wearable is connected to a mobile device that has an app.
- Every company wants to get in on the action. For example, Under Armour came out with a new app that combines all of the running apps to one place — Map My Run, Strava, Garmin Connect, etc. This way you can connect with all of your friends no matter what platform they reside on.
- Companies spend big money getting celebrities and performers to make a scene at their booth to draw attention. Those companies that had events outside the actual convention sites (LVCC or the Sands Expo) missed out!
- The Internet of Things (IoT) is here and it’s now. Everything can be connected and it will become mainstream very soon, from washing machines/dryers and refrigerators to cars and wearable devices. The possibilities make the future a brighter, more interesting place.
- There wasn’t anything earthshattering about the conference. I wanted to hear a huge announcement or see something I hadn’t seen before and was disappointed that it didn’t happen. I did see a car that drove without a driver from California to Las Vegas. And, I did see a pair of inserts that is specifically geared for the directionally challenged, like myself, that will buzz you to make a left or right turn. Lastly, I did see a wearable device that helps with pain relief that was pretty cool but nothing that completely blew me away. I guess there’s always next year!
P.S. I did get a ton of video of really cool companies… Check out my blog to see interesting companies at the conference…