CES 2019, Overwhelming, But Fun

One of the largest and most entrancing exhibits at CES was this “flying car of the future” or “air taxi” from Bell, the helicopter people. This four-passenger transport will takes off vertically, then fly forward like an airplane. The Bell Nexus will have its first test flights “about” 2020.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Friends who know I have press credentials to attend the yearly CES show in Las Vegas are impressed. I’m pretty impressed myself until I arrive at the Las Vegas Convention Center portion of the show and am totally overwhelmed…by the crowds, by the huge number of exhibits and by the languages being spoken.

Though I spent only three hours at the show, I saw a good deal of virtual reality, robotics and devices far smarter than I am. I’ve been thinking lately of my childhood with one TV and no remote and the fact that we got “some” exercise just changing channels.

At CES, devices were displayed that would “save” us from walking to a light switch or turning on an oven. Yes, other devices track the number of steps we take or the miles we run on a home treadmil, but simple household tasks may indeed be a thing of the past. How about a grocery store that comes to the home? Am I ready for such a world? An interesting question.

CES is a tremendous accomplishment for the sponsoring Consumer Technology Association and for all the shuttle services in Las Vegas transporting exhibitors and attendees to the show.

Lots of walking at CEs takes its toll. Lots of folks at CES take their rests where they can find them.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Terminology at CES requires a bit of study. For example, CES is simply located in Las Vegas and includes three “Tech” locations: Tech East (the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center, Westgate Las Vegas and Renaissance Las Vegas), Tech West (Sands Expo, The Venetian, The Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn) and Tech South (ARIA, Park MGM/Park Theater and Vdara). Not all these locations have exhibitors; some have meeting rooms and host talks or parties. As for me, my time was spent at the Las Vegas Convention Center, uh pardon me, the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center.

Complicated world, yes?

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