It's that time o' year. The Consumer Electronics Show is about to begin, so I'm heading off soon and driving to Las Vegas to cover it. It will be a bit more hectic than usual, since for an odd reason I have to cut my stay short by one day, though I should be able to see plenty. Of course, it's always hectic but I generally spread things out over some extra days to make it a bit more "relaxed" if that's possible at CES, though it won't be too possible this year.
The elves are a bit disappointed since they like it when I leave and they have friee rein of the premises. But I've left enough cheese dip in the refrigerator, so they should be happy.
I've been getting a morass of emails from companies the past month, and they've turned into a downpour the past week. A few themes stick out -- a lot of press releases on Smart Home connections, drones, Virtual Reality, and health-related products. I haven't paid close attention to them, though a few have stood out, most notably one for a "Smart mirror." Yes, honest -- though bizarrely when I read about it the description sounded rational. Maybe not something most people will use today, but you can at least understand the point, rather than scratch your head in bewilderment. It was a mirror that had LED and WiFi built in so that you could get information on your mirror -- email notices, alerts, weather and things like that.
One bugaboo stood out from far too many press reps -- they'd send a press release about their company and product and hope you'd come by their booth...but never tell you what the company or product did. I could sort of understand that if the product was SO well known, like Microosft announcing an upgrade to their Surface tablet. But most of these I hadn't heard off. A few press releases invited you to their booth, but forgot to mention where their booth was...! (Every once in a while, because I was in the mood, I'd write back to mention that they failed to say what it was they were promoting. A couple times, because the product was mentioned but not the location, I did follow-up to ask where in the world they would be.)
I don't know how often I'll be posting here while I'm away. Usually I'll have computer time in the press room in the morning, so I'll likely write something then. If I can chime in at lunch, or at the end of the day I'll try to. We'll see. Mostly it will be updating things from the show, but I might be able to post some other folderol, whether from the news or just some fun things. Updates as they occur...
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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