Applaudo Studios at the CES 2019

Scott Kenyon
By Scott Kenyon
2019-01-15

CES is the Global Stage for Innovation, a conference program that showcases more than 4,500 exhibiting companies, 250 conference sessions and gathers more than 180K attendees from 150 countries.

180,000 people attended CES this year but really it was about only two companies: Amazon vs. Google. Which seemed a lot like 2018 to me. “Hey Google Beanie, play my music.”  “Hey Alexa, play “Country Roads” on my electric piano.”

Sure there were fancy TV’s that no one will buy, robots that fold your laundry and drones, but what really got me excited was when I opened my Lyft app. It notified me that they were experimenting with driverless cars for CES and if I was open to taking a ride in one. I, of course, accepted and like my last bet of the trip, I didn’t win. That said, what a great idea for Lyft to demo this with a crowd that is most likely more open to the idea.

The other theme for me was how automobile companies continue to grow their presence at CES. Heck, even the motorcycle companies are making a splash. I expect this to continue to grow and CES may just replace the Detroit auto show in the future.

At the end of the week, the main reason I attend CES is to meet with customers. No other place during the year can I find so many of our customers in one place so for that, I will, unfortunately, be attending CES again next year and for the foreseeable future.

Did I tell you how much my room was at the Tropicana? Let’s just say way more than it would be today. Hey Alexa, up my credit card limit.

 

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