We just returned from one of our favorite shows, the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) in Las Vegas where every January we scope out and learn the latest trends and tech gadgets being showcased in the consumer electronics scene. It is a total madhouse where everywhere you turn there are throngs of industry professionals (ahem, nerds) drooling over megapixels and tactile mobile interfaces.
A little background on the show, CES, is hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and has taken place for over forty years. This year’s event was held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center as well as satellite events in the surrounding hotels. The Consumer Electronics Association has over 2,000 member companies and is a trade association that promotes growth in the $195 billion dollar U.S. consumer electronics industry.
On Tuesday morning, before the show even opened to the press, we woke up bright and early and gave our friends at Despierta América, CNN en Español, Tu Tecnología and our local stations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Houston, Dallas, Miami among others, a “sneak peek” of some of the show highlights such as the much talked about “Ultra HD” or 4K TVs. We were able to demo the Bravia X900A by Sony, which had a picture quality that words truly cannot describe.
Other notable products we saw this year were the Mindstorms EV3 by LEGO, which is the next level in the merging of the basics of computer programming and LEGO modeling now with smartphone interactivity. It’s incredible to imagine the possibilities of teaching kids such an important skill set, all while playing with what the casual observer would call a toy. Other highlights included the smart fork named HAPIfork which monitors the speed at which you eat and is supposed to help in developing healthier eating habits.
We can’t wait to keep monitoring the tech world as the year progresses and keep an eye out for all the new products and concepts we saw at CES 2013 and see whether or not they make it out to market as the year continues.