January 7th, 2010 marked the beginning of the 3D television extravaganza in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), was very anti-climactic. After the first four hours of walking through it, and nearly four days left on the schedule to fill with curiosity, Jacob Nahin and I were given the green light to create a satirical video of our take on the show.
What did we find?
Completely absurd MP3 players with some great features for such useless devices, Wii toys, odd displays, awkward behavior, oodles of cellphone cases, a guy in a straight jacket… you get the idea.
It was an experience, to say the least.
Why satire at CES?
Simply put, this was the first time Jacob and I had ever been to CES, and honestly – I was expecting a little more than a glorified Best Buy and Radio Shack, sans cash registers. By the middle of the first day, after my awe of “holy moly – that’s a big booth!” wore off, there really wasn’t much else to see… aside from blurry televisions.
Yes, I understand, 3D is the wave of the future… circa 1950. I get that, and think it’s really neat.
The Good of CES
TechZulu covered a lot of great things at CES. Small laptops, eBook readers, personal relaxation theta-wave mapping brain manipulators (seriously), and tons of other stuff. In fact, they got pretty much everything worth checking out at CES coming soon to the site.
For TechPunch, Jacob and I merely concentrated on the other 90% of what was at the show.