CES 2014 - Over/Underwhelming


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I went to CES 2014 and all you get is this lousy PDF. Here's a quick scouting report of sights and thoughts from CES. It was both overwhelming and underwhelming, but the highlights include: wearables, 3D printing, connected cars, and lots of bluetooth speakers and iPhone cases. OK, those aren't all highlights.

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CES 2014 - Over/Underwhelming

  1. 1. CES 2014 Over/Under whelming 1
  2. 2. This Audi has frickin’ laser beams for headlights. 2
  3. 3. Somebody ruined a perfectly good Tesla by sticking a solar umbrella in it. 3
  4. 4. Ford’s solarpowered car was a little smoother—a plug-in hybrid that doesn’t need to be plugged in. 4
  5. 5. Toyota’s Fuel Cell vehicle can power your house for a week in a zombie apocalypse. 5
  6. 6. Toyota’s i-road is a nimble three-wheeler said to be available in ride-sharing programs this year. 6
  7. 7. Mazda showed off its integration of OpenCar app framework, which allows for HTML5 development. 7
  8. 8. Mercedes’ predictive user experience knows what you want before you do. 8
  9. 9. CARS Connected car is table stakes In-car experience is ripe for innovation and disruption Robust app ecosystem matters. Car makers balancing safety, control against a desire to be the App Store of cars. What is the Connected Car connected to? What makes it useful? Who pays for connectivity? Everybody wants you to pay $10/month. Alternative energy vehicles go from unlikely to inevitable in next 10 years. Autonomous cars are almost here. 9
  10. 10. MakerBot showed off a new range of 3D printers. 10
  11. 11. The Cube 3 touts two-color printing, ease of use and reliability 11
  12. 12. This 3D scanning booth from Cubify captures a 3D model of your face. It’s available for events. 12
  13. 13. I appreciate the extra muscles. Not sure about the purple mohawk. 13
  14. 14. The MakerBot Digitizer is perfectly sized for gnomes. 14
  15. 15. Nikon’s 64-camera scanning booth is better for fullsized humans 15
  16. 16. The Sense 3D scanner does a good job of scanning people and environments. It has very nice model-editing software. 16
  17. 17. 3D • 3D tech is progressing rapidly. MakerBot is on its 5th generation. • 3D printers are diversifying and specializing. Competing technologies offer different resolutions, color capabilities, speeds and fidelity. • Scanners and software are becoming viable. Photoshop just announced support for 3D printing. • Printers are getting better and easier to use. This is key to wider adoption. Early generation printers have been too troublesome. 17
  18. 18. The Samsung Galaxy Gear pairs with your Samsung phone. 18
  19. 19. The Neptune Pine is its own phone, but is a little ridiculous. 19
  20. 20. Burg Smartwatches also require no smartphone and strike a balance between fashion and functionality. They showed a diversity of designs, from this screen-centric version to analog watch face models with subtle icons for phone and text functions. 20
  21. 21. The Filip is a kids smartwatch that lets parents keep track of and communicate with their wandering tykes, an electronic leash with kidappropriate communication capabilities. 21
  22. 22. Everybody has a fitness tracker. Ironically, I lost track of them. I can’t remember whose tracker this is. Maybe Garmin’s? 22
  23. 23. June by Neatmo is a wearable sensor that can measure your sun exposure. It looks like jewelry, not technology. 23
  24. 24. Fitness trackers are evolving from monitoring activity to enhancing performance. The Sensoria smart sock helps runners improve their form. 24
  25. 25. The iHealth wrist blood pressure monitor pairs with your smartphone to give you blood pressure readings. Devices once only found in hospitals and doctors offices are going to be found in homes and on consumers… 25
  26. 26. …or even IN consumers. This implantable sensor can monitor blood glucose levels. Attached to an embeddable insulin pump, it can automatically regulate insulin levels. No more pinpricks or shots. 26
  27. 27. “I never want to look at reality again.” The second generation Oculus Rift Crystal Cove offers gorgeous, stereoscopic virtual reality and less nausea-inducing lag. Yeah, you look like a geek, but if you’re sitting in your basement gaming, who cares? 27
  28. 28. Sony’s smarteyeglasses were pretty lame—a green text overlay on live action.You can do better, Sony. And it needs a better name too. 28
  29. 29. WEARABLES • Smartwatches are happening. • Two models are vying—smartphone paired and smartphone replacement • Fitness trackers are commonplace. App ecosystem is key. • Next gen devices move from fitness tracking to performance enhancing and coaching. • Serious medical devices are becoming consumerized and will change medical monitoring and treatment, in realtime. • Glasses are the next wave and will involve a variety of form factors and uses. • Implantables are next. We are Borg. Resistance is futile. 29
  30. 30. The LG TV section could have been an entire tradeshow unto itself. 30
  31. 31. World’s first 21:9 curved Ultra HD 31
  32. 32. World’s largest curved Ultra HD TV 32
  33. 33. Netflix will stream the next season of House of Cards in 4K Ultra HD. Their new codec cuts the bandwidth requirement for streaming 4K in half. 33
  34. 34. TV Sony’s PlayStation Now will stream games to consoles, TVs and devices. GameStop is the new Blockbuster. 34
  35. 35. TV • There were a helluva lot of TVs • They're big, smart, curved and ultra HD • Netflix and Sony rewriting the rules in content delivery. These changes matter more than curved TVs. 35
  36. 36. Beam showed off telepresence robots, who roamed the floor talking to attendees. 36
  37. 37. eInk showed off low-power shelf talkers and luggage tags that can be reprogrammed via NFC. This tech has applications instore too, in the form of updateable shelf labels. 37
  38. 38. The Flir turns your iPhone into an infrared camera. The Flir costs more than your iPhone. 38
  39. 39. This low-tech megaphone sounded better than a lot of the bluetooth speakers nearby. 39
  40. 40. Want: Parrot Mini-Drone and Jumping Sumo 40
  41. 41. "It's kind of like having a dentist actually watch your brushing on a day-to-day basis," proving that not every Internet-of-Things concept really needs to see the light of day. 41
  42. 42. Marissa Mayer’s keynote was inspiring and entertaining, but I’m skeptical about the strategy of Yahoo becoming a content company. news digest app, while pretty and a good format for digesting news, decided that Velveeta was one of the most important stories I needed to know. 42
  43. 43. If you took away the iPhone case exhibitors and the bluetooth speaker makers, CES would be about half the size it is. Some case makers are trying harder to get noticed than others. (and I thought I was cynical) 43
  44. 44. THE END 44