About two weeks ago I went on my first Anderson-related trip. The Hight Tech Business Association (HTBA) organized a group to visit the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It was an opportunity for HTBA'ers to see first hand many of the exciting new products that will either be available in the market within the near future or prototypes of products that are still years away from being commercially produced.
As students, we had free access to CES, but were only able to enter on the last day of the expo. This prevented us from attending any speaker sessions, but granted us free reign to visit as many exhibits as possible without distraction.
(One of the major benefits of being a student - free access to tons of events.)
The main convention hall featured mostly TV's, audio, computers, cell phones, and similar types of products; the north hall was primarily automotive technology and accessories; and the south hall had a variety of items, including fitness technology.
Here's a series of photos of products that impressed me or I thought were interesting to see:
OLED TV - graphics were incredible! Easily the best image colors I saw.
Dual layer screen TV - two screens are laid on top of each other, and by wearing glasses, you can see one image or another on the screen. Much better than split screens or Picture in Picture!
Here's another shot of a dual layer screen - you can see the two different programs mixed together, as it appears to someone without glasses on.
Fitbit's product environment was impressive - having a scale and fitness device linked to each other provides a wealth of data that can be analyzed for trends.
A lot of people might not purchase a Hapifork (vibrates if you have less than 10 seconds between bites), but it's fascinating to see the areas that fitness technology is expanding into.
Audi has easily the coolest looking car at the expo.
According to Behringer, the world's biggest boombox! I heard them put it on level 40 (out of 100), and it was a very impressive amount of sound produced. Too bad I can't carry it on my shoulder like a true boombox.
One of the few booths with give aways was Wicked Audio. You could either play Rock, Paper, Scissors or High Card, and if you won best two out of three, you got a free set of head phones. Out of the five of us who went through the line together, three won and two lost. Not bad!
(Group shot of room 30-725 getting ready for a night out.)
Last but not least - the weekend wasn't only about technology. The HTBA organized two outings to clubs (Tao and Tryst) and a group brunch at the Wicked Spoon. It was a fantastic weekend that allowed us to indulge our interests in technology and get to know each other better while having fun in Vegas.
Next up for trips - heading to Boston at the end of February for the Sloan Sports Conference!
Until next time,