Baqer Keshwani, Business Director for Purity based in New York took himself to Sin City, Las Vegas last week to experience his first ever CES (Consumer Electronics Show)…. Here is a snapshot of what he found during his time.
“So now that the dust is settled and I am back on the plane to NYC, I wanted to give my thoughts on the enormous experience that is CES.
Other than the new technology on display, the sheer size of the centre, the reported 170,000 people, the over-whelming bright lights and bling of Vegas, the networking events around the main event and other private parties; CES works as a jolt right after the holidays. It can only be described as one seismic start to the New Year after a few weeks of festive indulgence.
Having experienced the show first hand, the most talked, tweeted, blogged and vlogged technology aspects were VR (Virtual Reality), self-driven cars, drones and 4K/8K Super UHD TV’s all making for a sensationally insightful show.
VR; almost all big companies (Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Oculus) had an array of these devices on display where consumers could experience reality … virtually. It’s an amazing addition that I feel gamers will be the first to start taking advantage of, however I want to know where it goes from there, perhaps virtual face to face meetings?
Self Driven Cars; At Ford’s press conference on Tuesday, CEO Mark Fields said, “I predict that 2016 will be a revolutionary year in the automotive industry.” True to his word, I saw an array of automobile companies displaying their autonomous cars / prototypes and there was clear indication that the next big thing is just round the corner.
Super UHD TV’s; As if there was anything else left to further advance this industry, Samsung, LG, Panasonic have all done just that. A 170” Samsung TV made a splash where consumers lined up to see for themselves. Agreed it’s a modular panel TV which has been put together, however with any distance you will not be able to see the divisions.
Drones; Now this one wins for me, hands down. Imagine the prospect of not having to wait in the traffic in New York City? Ok so not the best use of technology but still, I am all about comfort. I saw a prototype of a live sized drone that can sit one passenger and travel from point to point. All you need to do is program the navigator as to where you want to go. Watch out for this one folks!
Technology is rapidly evolving and with it, life as we know it. It certainly is hard to keep up with it and shows like CES help bring all of it under one enormous umbrella. I cannot wait for CES2017, tickets already booked!!
Baqer Keshwani, Business Director, Purity