It’s 2:30 am here in Alberta and I really should be sleeping, but it doesn’t seem like that will happen tonight. A combination of nervous excitement and a flurry of last minute things to do has me buzzing. In just two and a half hours I will be headed to meet the team and our journey to CES 2017 begins.
For those that don’t know what CES is, let me break it down for you. CES (Consumer Electronic Show) is a massive industry tradeshow where technology companies from around the world gather to show off the latest and greatest innovations in consumer electronics. With 165,000 industry attendees, over 5,000 press, and 4,500 exhibitors CES is a mammoth event that takes over Las Vegas every January.
This is not the everyday stuff that you see in stores, but what will be coming down the pipe over the next few years. CES is where the big electronics players like Samsung, Sony & Intel let their R&D teams out of the bunker and unleash their creations on the world. Hell, this year Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, and newcomer Faraday – are snubbing the Detroit Autoshow and unveiling their new electric and hybrid vehicles.
As a designer & developer, I love technology. I’m constantly fascinated by the innovation in the industry and if popular culture tells us anything, we all want to live in the future. Since 1999, I’ve sat at my desk year after year listing to the press conference while I work, reading articles on my breaks, standing in awe of what is to come. Every year I think, I would love to be there walk the show floor. To see it for with my own eyes and take it all in. This year that dream is coming true.
The amazing part is, not only will I be attending CES for the first time. This year our team will be there to showcase a handful of consumer products that I designed. Real, tangible things that others will get to say “Shut up and take my money!” about. It’s going to be a fantastic week swimming with the big fish.
I’m excited to share the good, the bad, and the downright weird that I find at CES 2017 as the week progresses.