The Consumer Electronics Show is coming to an end and many weary reporters are heading home bolstered by the promise of quiet time and no lines for the bathroom. CES is six straight days of noise, lights, hype and pitchmen and more input than any one person can digest in that amount of time.
The reporter from Forbes was a first timer and here’s what he had to say:
If you ever really questioned if there is in fact an app for that, let me assure you — after perusing many, many of the booths from the more than 3,250 exhibitors spread out over the 1.9 million-square feet at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 — that there is.
A lot of what was shown will never make it to market and some of it shouldn’t. Other ideas are cool but either too niche or too expensive to produce for a mass audience. But even if only 1 product makes it into our hands by next year, it doesn’t matter because CES is about inspiration and innovation. More than ever, first time entrepreneurs are showing up with ideas straight out of a SciFi film.
Check out this flexible tablet that is about the thickness of a few pages in a report cover.
YotaPhone is an Android powered phone that has a color HD display on one side and a black and white e-ink display on the other side. e-Ink uses less battery power and it’s perfect for reading long blocks of text. Both sides are covered with the new Gorilla Glass which is a tough material that resists scratching. (Which was my biggest concern with a two sided phone.)
For marketers, the coolest thing at CES is the new smart TV from Samsung. The internet connected TV has an interface that allows the viewer to buy what they see on TV as they watch. We’re not talking commercials. We’re talking about, hey I love that sweater Zooey Deschanel is wearing on New Girl.
Samsung also upgraded their TV recommendation system so it chooses programs based on prior choices during specific times of the day. This is especially relevant for people with kids so True Blood doesn’t pop up at 2 in the afternoon. Another option is facial recognition software so the TV can make recommendations based on which member of the family is in front of the TV.
In the fun but would you really use it category, is the simultaneous viewing technology that lets you play two different shows in full screen mode on one TV at the same time. You have to wear special headphones and glasses in order to see one and block the other but it’s an intriguing way to promote family togetherness.
Have you been following CES? What was your favorite new product?