CES: Day 1

Wow. All I can say is that CES is one of the coolest, most over-stimulating experiences I’ve ever had. Everywhere you look there are flashing screens, blinking lights, 3D displays, glossy, shiny, connected objects. I only made it through about 1.5 of the conference floors yesterday, so I have plenty more to explore today. I spent the first part of the day exploring the North Hall, which was mostly tech accessories, like iPhone cases, iPad screens, docks, speakers, etc. But they also had tons of gadgets like Zeo Sleep ManagerΒ and FitBit.

When I get back to Boston I’ll put together a real presentation about my experience here, but for now, I wanted to share a few pics. There will also be a movie, mostly starring me, and directed by the amazingly talented Matt Lindley.

Here’s what I loved yesterday (in no particular order):


While I don't believe that e-cigarettes are a good or safe alternative to smoking, the design of this device was pretty cool.

The great Zoltar

I wished to be big. I'll let you know if I turn into Tom Hanks tomorrow AM.


Sphero is a remote control ball. I'm not kidding. It's going to be bigger than Google.


Solowheel is like a uni-Segway. It's awesome.

Samsung display

The centerpiece of the Samsung area was gorgeous. This picture doesn't do it justice.

Recon Instrument Goggles

Recon Instrument MOD Live Goggles with heads-up display and bluetooth. The coolest thing I saw at CES today.


Not sure which model this is. And pretty sure I don't care. It was GORGEOUS.

Escort Radar/Laser Detector's cloud service offering

The power of community at work. The first car to get hit with the laser reports to the cloud, cars behind get an update that a laser is active ahead. Genius. Assuming enough people have them.

Ian Cohen of Weber Shandwick

Got to see Ian do his thing.

United Healthcare Pedometer day 1

United Healthcare gave out pedometers. I didn't get mine until around 11am, but after that I walked about two miles today. Not too shabby.

More to come tomorrow…

Update: Here are my favorites from CES Day 2 and Day 3Β (and if you prefer video format,Β click here)

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About Ezra Englebardt
Account planner, digital nerd, marketing guru, tweeter, occasional blogger, cyclist, snowboarder, mountain biker, social media junkie and avid reader. CU-Boulder and Boston College alum. Frequent guest speaker in Boston-area universities.

59 Responses to CES: Day 1

  1. Thanks for the share. I love techy nerdy news!!

  2. I received an e-mail the othe day on my Samsung Smartphone. It make me curious about the Samsung displays at this show, and whola, here is a WordPress posting on it. Well done, it was a great trip in photos, words and insight. Continued Blessings in your individual journey.

  3. excuse “typo” meant “made” not “make.”

  4. tina b says:

    sphero didn’t deliver to my house in time for xmas this year. boo!

  5. Awakening says:

    Keep bringing us the news. I’m VERY interested to see what your pedometer says tomorrow….

  6. wendyroberts617 says:

    What does the robot ball do?

  7. inquebiss says:

    Looks like a good time, can’t wait to see more

  8. quinnenergy says:

    Thanks for sharing. Some day i’d love to get to CES. I’m in technology distribution and one of the great things is that it’s always evolving. Hope you’ll win some big $$$

  9. ajey says:

    i am in love with this car

  10. ghostswrit says:

    The car reminds me of a Pixar movie πŸ™‚

  11. atlas says:

    Thanks for sharing! My partner’s down there right now (we live in Canada), glad to see he’s most likely having a fantastic time there. it looks amazing.

  12. DT says:

    l love the red car, amazing

  13. Excellent post. Please post more so we can follow. Tried to make it to Las Vegas but could not get it together in time. I love the Solo wheel. interesting stuff.

  14. Sony Fugaban says:

    That Ferrari is a BOMB!

  15. Thanks for all the views, comments and likes! I’m working on the day 2 wrap up right now.

  16. Din’t know about the remote control ball…. thanks for the info

  17. I look forward to your experiences, I have been to conventions before, but not for anything so important to me. CES, E3, and NAIAS are the big three I would love to get to.

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  19. Eeshan says:

    Nice pics!

    By the way, why do you need a remote control for a ball?

  20. Amit says:

    What about Nokia lumia 900, has it been announced? I am waiting for the news eagerly.

  21. molls225 says:

    Awesome post. It is truly incredible how much technology has shaped our lives! Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  22. Chaks says:

    very interesting and it is very nice post

  23. freedommmc says:

    Yeah technology is cool and all but only when it makes our lives better and easier.

  24. Great post! Thank you for sharing!

  25. webjets says:

    i like the pedometer idea, your CES Day was good for Fit & Fun, thanks for sharing your impressions

  26. Bradley Walker says:

    Pretty amazing experience I bet! The solo wheel is genius!

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  29. Amazing car! I love it in red πŸ™‚

  30. owen says:

    toby πŸ˜‰

  31. ThejumpbikePro says:

    Good to know about all the latest tech ive just jailbroken my ipad 2;D!xoxoxox

  32. Sajan says:

    I saw a laser keyboard on youtube which was great. Hope you had a great experience.

  33. good and great article thanks very much …

  34. gamebak says:

    looks amazing, nice way

  35. looks like a wicked event!

  36. Barry says:

    I’m not sure how the future of the electronics world will grow without the influence of Steve Jobs.

  37. rmv says:

    either that “escort live” thing is a dangerous distraction for drivers or it’s a way to locate hookers through GPS.

  38. lambskinny says:

    I heard on NPR about a professor of philosophy’s iPhone case being pretty cool — any idea on that? Thanks, Carley

  39. thehandmadeyou says:

    Hopefully, one day, one of my ideas will wind up in there! Awesome stuff!

  40. Wow! I just had a little tech-nerdgasm looking at all that stuff! Thanks for sharing … and making me wish I was there πŸ™‚

  41. hybridbooks says:

    e-cigars r a cool way to quit smokin

  42. Ayke Rowland says:

    Love your post great job.

  43. My father loves this sort of stuff. I’d really like a book that i could get him for christmas related to this subject.

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  46. wallstreetconfidential says:

    Smart girls go there.

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