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CES Show: Las Vegas Review

It's big.

Real big.


But there's only so many iPhone cases, 3D printers and fitness bands you can look at.


There was loads of gadgets and a fair few
car companies.

FCA had a good sized stand with 500x, jeeps
and Chyslers. But basically just show casing
UConnect.


I'll post a proper review next week if anyone's
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There was some but not much coverage of CES on Sky News' Digital View yesterday.
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Here's something that a mate is involved with
and made the cover of USA Today's tech section on Friday
as they won a CES award:


Lume Cube - Reviewed.com
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Be good to hear if theres any standout new consumer tech, not just this fitness and wearable stuff but something tangibly new and innovative.

Have Occulus Rift managed to get their **** sorted yet?
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So TechWest was in the Sands Expo at the Venetian and was where
to find all the start-ups and smaller Chinese manufacturers without a brand.

Also the fitness (hot gym girls on trend mills on every stand )
and 3D printing were here.

Drones looked like another growth area. Not just the "toy" ones but also
high-end HD steady-cam style platforms.


There were 60+ French companies and start up, which was surprising.

3D Rudder was interesting (foot controller for CAD/immersive environments.)
Adways video tagging was interesting too.



One product I think that will take off are the compact rechargeable car jump-starters.
Quite a few models. About the size of a small paperback book. Soon to be available through
the likes of Halfords, I'm sure.



Over in TechEast at the LV convention centre the usual suspects had massive stands.
LG, Samsung et al were all displaying huge 4K TVs and screens.
Intel had some innovative interactive display screens, but you couldn't tell what was driving it as it was all hidden.
Qualcomm also had a fairly big floorstand showcasing some of their customers wares.

Samsung (and small Chinese maker Skyworth) had a glasses-free TV which seemed to work pretty well.
But still not convinced 3D will ever take off.

As said, plenty of car stands. Audi/VW, FCA & Merc all in attendance, with some blue-sky presentations
about autonomous and semi-autonomous driving along with the usual HUD and multi-media offerings.

BMW had an external stand where you could like up to test-drive the i3. Didn't bother.



Gamewise I didn't bother with much. NVidia's Shield tablet looked interesting.
Some 3D/VR viewing headset inc Occulus but still too big imho. No fixed date yet.



Was it interesting? Yes. But I think with my knowledge of how the internal
guts of things work maybe others would find it a lot more interesting than I actually did.


Was it hard work? a bit. You need at least 2 full days there. (I did 1 1/2)

Would I go again? Not in the next 5 years.



(I didn't manage to find an invite to the Monster (Cable rip-off merchant) party, which is rumoured to be the one to attend )

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Sounds underwhelming, it's not the technology that is lacking, it's the application
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Couldn't help thinking that I'd missed out on not
going in the 80s &/or 90s when real changes were afoot....
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I thought Occulus Rift was the leader of the Autobots !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
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What I found freaky was a lot of the stuff on show
gets mentioned in William Gibson's latest book, "The Peripheral"

3D printing.
Drones.
Wheelie Boys.
Stub time travel.



Okay, maybe not that last one.
Cool book.
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You didn't see this live At CES did you ? Monster: "Our cables are backed by science: more data can go through" | What Hi-Fi?

I haven't watched it yet, maybe later, maybe not
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Swerved their stand.

Also didn 't get an invite to their party
which is meant to be the soiree to go to.
Rumour was it was The Steve Miller band playing.
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Did you get a look at the Windows 10/Holo headset thing at all?

Any of it working or was it all just demos of how it "would" work?
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No, I didn't see it at CES, but there were plenty of other similar headsets around.

I think it's too big.

We've been here before in the 90s during he first VR hype
where people I know genuinely believed that we would could
have some kind of Lawnmower Man cyberspace experience in real time.
(Oh how I laughed.)


But I think if they can scale it down to something the size of Google Glass ...


At least MS seem to be innovating and trying out new stuff instead of rehashing the same-old, same-old.
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virtual reality will never work, the only way to truly create an experience akin to what you see in films is to find a way of controlling lucid dreaming with external stimulus.
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