During the past two days of CES, there is a marked change among the attendees.
People are walking slower, they’re much less aggressive and there’s a slight glaze over most of their eyes. They seem a little off their game, but it’s not just that. It almost seems as if the entire convention has been sprayed with some sort of chemical that makes people more passive and maybe a little goofy.
What’s likelier though, is they’re probably just tired.
As the parking lot clog begins to thin and the hallways start to clear, the telltale signs can mean only one thing: the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly coming to an end. From Tuesday through Friday, the roughly 156,000 attendees had to navigate between multiple convention halls: the Las Vegas Convention Center, The Venetian, LVH and Mandalay Bay. Then they had to sort through more than 3,000 companies and determine which ones were worthy of their time and energy. This is no easy feat ladies and gentlemen.
But it’s worth it.
“I think the show this year is very powerful,” said Isaac Litman, CEO of Mobileye Inc.
A $206 billion industry, the consumer electronics folks are expected to bring a nongaming economic impact of $197.3 million to Las Vegas this, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
On the show floor, Mobileye was taking meetings in the North Hall from car manufacturers and retailers. The company’s Advanced Driver Assistance aims to provide drivers with a “third eye” to help avoid collisions and improve driver awareness.
Its camera-based technology gives drivers real-time information on potential collisions, lane deviations and speed limit. Mobileye’s technology is deployed in more than
1 million cars. And following agreements with BMW, Volvo, Honda and others, this number is expected to rise in 2013.
“We are definitely happy,” Litman said. “It’s becoming stronger and stronger every year.”
At the show, Mobileye launched a new mobile component to help make its technology more accessible to aftermarket consumers.
“CES is a must-be-in show,” Litman said. “Because it’s a big show, it has the right vibe, it has the right atmosphere, and it also has the right exhibitors.”
In the iLounge at the North Hall, Matrix Audio was showing off its Qube speaker, which roughly resembles a square golf ball.
Plugged into a universal serial bus port, the device can amplify music from your smartphone.
Elsewhere, Nyne showed off its new category of smart media centers for the home, the SMC-1000, an integrated media console that features wireless and wired connectivity options including an Apple Lightning dock, Apple Airplay, Bluetooth, high-definition multimedia interface ports and digital inputs. The product will be available for delivery in the second quarter.
“Finally the discerning audio-video enthusiast can sweep aside those racks, stacks and wires in the living room and replace them with a high fashion, integrated media console,” Nyne President Arman Arami said.
Ingersoll Rand unveiled the Schlage touch screen deadbolt at the 2013 show, a system that can hold up to 30 unique access codes.
And then there’s the universal chargers from Ventev that can add juice to any mobile device, no matter the platform, up to two at a time.
And in 2013, apps of all types were everywhere, either paired with a device or not.
“We are living in an app-dominated world, whether it’s on your smartphone, tablet or television,” said Kevin Tillmann, senior research analyst at the Consumer Electronics Association.
“Consumers want access to their apps at all times and they will use whatever device, TVs included, that offer the best and most convenient user experience.”
Although many attendees came to the 2013 show to judge, many came to be judged.
Each year, the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards give consumer technology manufacturers and developers a chance to have their newest products judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade press.
This year’s honorees include Moneual’s touch table PC, which was deemed “ideal for use in restaurants and cafes and enables customers to not only browse menus and order food, but also pay directly from the table.”
In the digital imaging category, Sony Electronics won for its Cybershot RX1 camera and in the technology for a better world category, XPAL Power Inc. won for its SpareOne mobile phone that’s powered by a single AA battery.
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