CES 2015 Day 4 – And it’s a wrap!

It's a Wrap

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!

And now for a batch of pics 🙂
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BMW with cool Doors

BMW with cool Doors

Me and my brain getting ready to race!

Me and my brain getting ready to race!

The Omni from Virtuix

The Omni from Virtuix

Where are the 4 stars!!

Where are the 4 stars!!

For my Friend Bryan

For my Friend Bryan

The Final Bus ride to the Hotel

The Final Bus ride to the Hotel

Loved this from Lenovo

Loved this from Lenovo

Missed the S4 launch?

Well, as everything would have it, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch happened while I was unavailable to watch the live stream. I’ve been trying to find a reliable video but so far the ones I found, have been market private. Oh well, the blogs have been full of tons of good information. Here are just a few of the sites:
Android Central
Business Insider

One of the key things that I was surprised about was the total lack of actually showing the device in person. Apple does a really good job about showing the demos “live” and connecting the devices to the large screens.

Having said that, I did pick up a new device this week, in order to start working on my own Android application programming. I picked up a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1 Inch). The reason I chose it was the price, and availability in a near by store. I must say that I was surprised that I had to charge it before I could use the device. It is NOT snappy. But for testing my application it will work. Maybe that means I will focus on improving performance of the app.

How do you test your app across platforms?

Galaxy IV Launch day

Today is Samsung’s big announcement of the Galaxy IV. The number of leaks and pictures out there are phenomenal, so we probably don’t have to guess what it will look like. Probably don’t have to worry about the specs. The big question is how will it perform? Will it continue to be the Android phone that the masses must have? Will it over take the iPhone 5 in sales?

My goal is to try and catch some of the livestreams today and update this post to talk about what is announced. If I do…

Samsung – Galaxy Note II

Well today is supposed to be the day that you can finally get the Galaxy Note II in the US. I’ve been looking and have not seen any big announcements, other than a great review by PC Mag.

I don’t use T-Mobile for my carrier so, I don’t have any way of confirming how well the device works, but I hope I can get to a store and actually play with one today.  The screen looks awesome and the Quad-Core processor sounds impressive.  I am concerned about real battery usage at run time, and how fast it really is (given the number of Android apps that run in the background).

But from what I have read, it certainly seems like an impressive device, and would make a great addition to anyone’s mobile toys, especially if you like Android.

Next Week is Big

Over the last month I’ve seen a lot of talk about the upcoming rumored iPad mini, Windows Phone, and Samsung’s latest device. All of these seem to be coming to a head next week.

October 23rd is Apple’s something little event, Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note II on the 24th, Microsoft Announces Windows 8 on OCt. 25th, and on Friday Windows 8 goes on sale. And just to keep it up, the following Monday on the 29th Google is expected to announce a new Google Nexus device!

Can’t wait to see the reviews on all this new tech and to see how it may impact my development plans.