Below are three videos. The first was taken by me when I visited CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The short video is not full of detail because, as I admit, I am not familiar with most of the subjects covered. However, you can get some idea of what one part of the CES show was all about as I toured the ground floor of the convention center’s South Hall.
Next are two long videos of keynote presentations that were fascinating for different reasons. (Sadly a long CES introduction precedes each video, but be patient.)
The first video features Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump, and I wondered why she was asked to appear at CES. Apparently, Ivanka has made friends among the tech folks. Yes, she is her father’s daughter and she does brag a bit about his administration, but as her presentation (actually an interview) goes on, she comes across as one very smart young woman interested in workforce training in all its ramifications. She is almost the opposite of her loud shoot-from-the-hip father; she is polite, knows her subjects and is very persuasive. In the end, I was a fan.
The third video is a very slick presentation introducing Quibi, the new video platform coming in April for use on mobile phones. Quibi stands for “Quick Bites” of content meant to be consumed in six to 10-minute segments while waiting in a doctor’s office, waiting for a bus, etc. Interestingly, Quibi software will enable viewers to see content whether holding their phones vertically or horizontally. Speakers like Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO Meg Whitman and many others worked long and hard on this introduction. Quibi content advertising (for those who chose content with ads) will take no more than 2.5 minutes per hour, versus an average TV ad run of 17.5 minutes per hour. Quibi is obviously a big deal with big partners, and if readers want to be “with it” in terms of knowing what’s new, I suggest watching this entire video. In the end, you can decide if all this effort in the era of HBO Go is worth it. Will Quibi indeed be a successful next big thing?