23 January 2011

Deconstructing CES

I'm still recovering from the whirlwind three days that was the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 6th through the 9th. It's one of the most intense conference experiences you can imagine... 1.6 million square feet of conference space, 120,000 people from all over the world in attendance, all against the backdrop of Las Vegas and its endless amount of hotel rooms and casino floors.

I was there to see consumer-facing energy efficient devices and appliances, and I did. The photos that I took were mainly of oddities or cool stuff that I saw, some of which are shown below.

They had a Chevy Volt at the GE Ecomagination pavilion to tout the electric vehicle charging stations that GE is manufacturing.

CNET was broadcasting live from the conference, and they were discussing Lady Gaga's new Polaroid Camera/Sunglasses.

I think Audi was there to showcase their new electric vehicle, but I didn't care, because I thought it was it was the coolest pavilion in the entire show! It was like a space ship had landed in the middle of CES.

I guess this is Audi's new EV. Couldn't get close enough to it to learn about it.

The LG pavilion was awesome as well. They had these new monitors, much like the ones in this photo, that were only a centimeter or two thick. There were pretty amazing.

The Intel pavilion was nuts, and full of people at all times.

With a conference of over 100,000 people, the best way to get around - in theory - is the people highway!