Wow, the final day is over and today I spent half the day in customer meetings… To put it mildly, they went well. A huge thank you to my teammates at this year’s CES!
The rest of the day I spent on the show floor just looking to catch up on some cool tech I knew about and didn’t have time to go thru. First the ones I missed: 3D Printing with fibers that allow for printing of wood, and metal objects with a standard Makerbot! I will have to read up on this and probably order some wood fiber for my full size brain print. Toshiba’s robot, which I heard cool thing about on the bus ride back to the hotel… How’d I miss this one?
While waiting in line for the Oculus demo (amazing! especially the Unreal 4 engine demo with tons of reflective surfaces and amazing particle emitters!) I spoke with a DLP developer from TI. They are doing some amazing things with DLP in Displays, but the part that was much more exciting to me was how they see this technology being used in next gen 3D printers. The fidelity that they will be able to achieve sounds amazing! I also spoke with a person from Samsung’s demand gen team and discussed the wearables and their implementation of Oculus rift with Galaxy Wear. Pretty cool, and to be a bit cynical (how can I not) their new VR headset partnership with Oculus is a lot like the Google Cardboard box, but with a high end cell phone and well designed mount. This can truly allow many more people to get into the VR. (ABOUT TIME!)
I also made it to the IEEE both to see my friends from Emotiv. They had the Emotiv Insight connected to a Drag racing game.. I ran the run in 4.21 seconds, not shabby! I can now say I’ve had my hands on the new unit and CAN’T wait to get it at home. I supported the Kickstarter and have been waiting for the new unit. They also had the version 2 of the original headset and it does seem to be much more robust. I can’t wait to see how people hack this together.
Overall, CES 2015 was very much incremental from 2014. Wearables were certainly king this year, followed by next generation TV’s and Connected products. I didn’t see much representation of the AllScene Alliance (A bit of a shock), but I am sure that my buddy Joe Speed will fix that for 2016, (I only saw 2 booths that had the alliance logo on their booth). In all fairness I didn’t go to ever booth on the show floor. Connected Vehicle is certainly maturing. Ever OEM had their story and their spin. Google and Apple have booth quickly caused the OEM to support their platforms, and they are mostly hedging their bets with both platforms available in many vehicles. Security was talked about by many, but I didn’t not really see any tangible security plays for the Internet of Things. This space is ripe for help!