What We Learned at CES 2018 & Why We’re Going Back This Year
Coming from one of the largest technology conventions in the world, it may be conspicuous to say that technology is advancing in literally every aspect of our lives. From robots to self-driving cars to gadgets that help trivial day-to-day chores, the tech that is showcased at the annual CES convention is unreal and a true sight to be seen.
With CES 2019 fast approaching, what better time than now to go over some of the key takeaways we had from our first year at the convention, and why we’re excited to be attending this year.
1. The convention is an unforgettable experience. With over 170,000 attendees (larger than the entire population of Atlanta, Georgia), CES is one of the largest tech conventions in the entire world. Moguls like Shaquille O’Neal, Neil Patrick Harris and American rock band STYX were all in attendance, and the whole thing truly felt surreal. Being surrounded by so much innovation and like-minded tech enthusiasts (and Shaq!) is a really amazing experience that we recommend to anyone that is thinking of taking the trip to the city of lights.
2. There’s no end to what you can see and do. Forget the fact that the 3-day convention is in Las Vegas, walk through the event and you’ll eventually realize that there’s a good chance you won’t get to everything you want to see and do. While the lineups to check out the latest VR experiences may seem long, and the panic you may feel to find an available bathroom is very real, there’s so much good tech to discover, even from startups (like us!), that it’ll make the chaos worth it.
3. I see the future… and it holds…. the takeover of virtual assistants. Last year at CES 2018 was a huge wakeup call to those of us who aren’t on board for Siri and her gang of AI pals. The AI scene dominated the convention and it was very apparent that the smart home industry is shaping the new consumer landscape. With this all being said, the power outage that struck the convention centre for nearly two hours during the event made it very clear that Siri or Alexa can’t be there for you always, and that AI still has a little ways to go to be truly adaptable in our lives.
4. Underwhelming announcements, but an overload of teasers. Over 50+ years we’ve seen some major game changers being announced at CES; like the VCR in 1970, satellite radio in 2000, and driverless car tech in 2013. Unfortunately, more often brands are opting to avoid the hype of releases getting lost in the overall convention mayhem, and instead just teasing new releases on their own terms. Although this move from big tech names is understandable, it’s a bit disappointing. We’re anticipating that 2019 will follow suit.
Overall, we’re extremely grateful and excited to be attending CES for the second year in a row. We’re looking forward to showcasing our new lineup of stand-out Kwilt devices and meeting everyone who is interested in discovering more about the Kwilt2 and Kwilt3.
Will you be attending CES 2019? Visit Kwilt® at ShowStoppers on January 8th, or at any other time during CES 2019 from January 8th-10th.