CES is always an overwhelming experience even for the seasoned journalist, and this year was no exception. As a CES veteran, I knew what to expect going into the week, but nothing could prepare me for the sheer size of this years show. I spent more time rushing to my next meeting than I actually spent in the meetings. Taxi lines were unbelievably long with wait times in the 20-40 minute range. At some points it was actually faster to walk to another casino or hotel to catch a cab than it was to stand in line waiting for one.
Even with all of the commuting hassle and stress, it all seems to melt away when you arrive at your next meeting and get to see some of the coolest hardware that will release in 2014. I saw amazing hardware from GIGABYTE, Netgear, XYZ Printing, Corsair, SanDisk and everyone in-between. All in all I am calling last week a resounding success despite equipment failures, and the utter lack of any form of internet over 330k up or down.
Everyone keeps asking me what was the coolest product I saw at CES 2014. As far as actual product that you can buy right now, I have to call the SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Flash Drive a winner. For $99 bucks, you get a wireless streaming devices that can be used for so much. Imagine using it to stream 3 different videos at once to your wife, and two kids on a long road trip! Every one is happy and quiet, which makes for a happy driver! Check it out here!
CES 2014 was an amazing year for me personally as well. I got to meet two fellow tech journalist who I have been following for years, and I ran into both of them on the same night. During the PepCon event I ran across Patrick Norton of Tekzilla and The Screen Savers fame, as well as Norman Chan the host of Tested.com. I have been following Patrick Norton since I got into tech, and Norm is a recent favorite that I have enjoyed watching since Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage launched Tested.com.
There were some cool vehicles on display at CES 2014, but this beefy offroad model from LocalMotors takes the cake for being the most bad ass. I also stumbled across an amazing orange bagger, and even the Delorian from Back to The Future. Of course there were also Jeeps with beautiful women hanging out of the cabs.
I also got the chance to browse through some of the 3D printers I have been hearing about over the last year. XYZ Printing gave me a personal tour of their new da Vinci 3D Printer that will retail for $499. I also got the chance to check out the upcoming LightForge Resin-based 3D Printer which was a real Treat. I stopped by and chatted with the founder of 3Doodler as well who felt like a long-lost brother as he too is a maker at heart.
One of the most exciting things I got to experience at CES 2014 was the Make VR demo Sixense was showing off. Imagine modeling a 3D object with your hands in true Tony Stark fashion while wearing an Oculus Rift and holding Sixense's STEM controllers! Being an avid 3D printing enthusiast made this demo feel surreal to me, and the fact that Sixense is going the extra mile to develop easy to use VR-based 3D modeling software geared at the 3D Printing community simply amazes and makes me happy at the same time!
All in all, CES was a blast as always, and I can not wait to go back next year and enter the madness all over again. I would like to thank my best friend Curtis for attending the show with me and serving as my Videographger, editor, and support during the entire 7-day adventure.
Over the last two years, the CEA has been cracking down on scantly clad booth babes, and have issued guidelines on what is appropriate and what is not. As a result this years Booth Babe attendance was very slim and I only found a hand full of models on the show floor. Cooler Master did have a duo that managed to spice their suite up though. Below is my entire collection of booth babes from CES 2014.