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International CES 2014 - Retrospective

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Giant videowalls, Gibson guitars, window-washing robots, telepresence, futuristic concept cars and more decked the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center for International CES 2014. Entrepreneur …

Giant videowalls, Gibson guitars, window-washing robots, telepresence, futuristic concept cars and more decked the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center for International CES 2014. Entrepreneur Gary Jesch catches some of the hightlights of the show in a short gallery of photos. Jesch is the owner of CHOPS & Assoc. Live Animation, a pioneer in the performance animation business.

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  • 1. International CES 2014 – Retrospective It’s a week later and all 150,000 attendees, 3,200 exhibitors and many hundreds of workers have left the building. Looking at it now, you’d never even know the biggest tradeshow ever, some 2 million net square feet, even existed here. Gary Jesch, who owns a live animation company in Nevada, captures some memories in his photos and remarks, of some of the most exciting parts of this year’s CES.
  • 2. The original Gibson Guitar Workbench Inside a large tent at CES 2014, Gibson Guitars showed off the workbench of its famous maker, exhibiting some of the many tools required to turn raw wood into a thing of beauty, a Gibson guitar. The exhibit area was completely packed for the first three days of the show, filled so full that people could barely get inside. Those who did make it inside were allowed to play Gibsons, while wearing headphones.
  • 3. Beam - The Cadillac of Remote Telepresence The women in this picture are actually about 600 miles away from the CES 2014 tradeshow floor, at an office in Silicon Valley. yet they can walk and talk with anyone who visited the Beam booth during the show, navigating via a built-in camera and remote controls that move the video display stand around the booth or room. This device, priced at around $20,000, is the leading product in its category. Users can count on a high-quality video, audio and internet connection and long battery life.
  • 4. Star of CES 2014 – the waterproof cell phone case Innovators of cell phone cases could be found by the hundreds at the International CES 2104 in Las Vegas this year. Most intriguing are the ones that solved the problem of killing your phone accidentally by water, and there were plenty who addressed that issue with good results. Today, there’s no excuse for losing a phone due to submersion, or having a funky-looking case. In fact, you could have a new and different case for each day of the month, easily.
  • 5. At CES 2014, the medium is the massage Massage chair makers were easy to find on the CES show floor – just look for a dozen people laying down, with attendants hovering over them. Rarely could you find an empty chair in any of the booths. Just what the doctor ordered for a long day of booth-cruising at the world’s largest trade show. And for those who actually bought a chair after their test drive, the not-so-easy task of fitting these 200-lb. monsters into their house. Have a seat.
  • 6. Avatar head in a robot’s body This innovative Japanese robot designer incorporated an animated virtual character into the head of its interact robot and gave it a video screen to carry around. The futuristic combination allows the user to choose the appearance of the avatar face and the language it speaks. Its built-in camera can aid in presentations and it can be remotely controlled. Is this the next big thing in Japanese homes? Or US tradeshows?
  • 7. Giant, mind-blowing 3D video wall greets visitors to CES The entrance to the Main Hall at CES 2014 took attendees a few steps inside the exhibit hall and in front of the largest 3D videowall ever presented at a tradeshow. LG captivated with its approximately 80 ft. by 20 ft. curved wall of 120 high-res screens, all matched perfectly for color, showing a lively program viewed through the same 3D glasses used in theaters. Of course, the LG booth and the rest of the main hall opened up behind it. but after seeing this videowall, those 70-inch screens were honestly a let-down.
  • 8. A robot that washes windows? A Winbot, of course This window-washing robot will clean one side of a normal-sized window in about 20 minutes, and never leave a streak or bug-spot behind. Its vacuum-powered suction cup keeps it from falling off the glass as it makes its way around. For those high-up windows, just give it a longer extension cord. The award-winning device sells for about $400 and will make your all your windows sparkle inside and out, without you lifting a finger. Now that’s a good robot.
  • 9. Cool concept car attracts lovely ladies Imagine being able to design the color and graphics of the surface of your next car, being able to play your favorite videos on the skin of your doors and fenders and showing your favorite slide show from your hood or roof. That’s what Toyota is demonstrating with this futuristic concept car in their booth at CES. It’s a sexy, shiny object and we may someday be driving these four-wheeled transports to work, or they may be driving us.
  • 10. No paint job - red one instant, green the next To drive this machine, you merely hop in and close the hatch. It senses your weight shifting, so no need for a steering wheel or handlebars. The side wheels tilt, turning the vehicle to the left or right, and with one flick of your finger, you can start an whole new video displaying on the skin and wheel covers. Incidentally, only the rubber part of the wheels turn, or appear to, anyway. Called a “mobility concept” by Toyota, this was one of the biggest draws of the show in the North Hall of CES.
  • 11. This might make you give up your Harley According to Toyota, someday a car won’t have a paint job. Instead, the body will be fashioned of clear Lexan plastic, covering curving video displays that can change color and even show images of their surroundings. Could this be the first invisible car? Stay tuned for the next James Bond movie to find out. As high-res video displays become easier to bend and shape, we think that using them for body parts is an exciting idea whose time is coming soon. Thanks, Toyota auto designers, for your vision.
  • 12. Gary Jesch and the 3D Digital Puppeteer Check out Jesch’s work in the trade show and special events industries by visiting his website at www.chops.com or find him on Facebook. He’s been performing his live animated interactive avatars since 1993 for corporations and businesses all over the world, and also has a webcasting and webinar production service. Learn more at CHOPSWebcasting.com and WebinarsOnFire.com on the web. Tweet @chopsweb

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