February 3, 2014
Attending The Consumer Electronics Show And Judging Hardware Battlefield!
The annual Consumer Electronics Show – CES – was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in early January. CES is, of course, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive in the business of consumer technologies and has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for decades. I love electronics and attending this show is especially exciting and enlightening. This year, I had the honor of attending the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield as a judge. This is a contest where 15 great hardware startups compete head to head for a top prize of $50,000 and recognition as one of the top hardware startups of 2014. TechCrunch is a news website focused on information technology companies. I had a great time at CES and I really enjoyed walking through the Battlefield with the experts from TechCrunch. This blog is the first posting from my time in Las Vegas.
1 I was really looking forward to attending CES because I love technology and I love innovation! So, after a 6 hour flight, when I looked out my window and saw the Las Vegas skyline, my anticipation heightened.
2 I made a brief stop to put my bags down and freshen up in my hotel room at the Mandarin Oriental on Las Vegas Boulevard South.
3 Then it was off to the Las Vegas Convention Center!
4 I passed by many great exhibits, like this one by Ford, displaying their all new F-150 Raptor truck.
5 I use a Ford truck to tow my horse trailer. They are very tough and reliable. This model was extremely comfortable!
6 It was really fun to see this replica Back to The Future DeLorean on display, complete with "Flux Capacitor"!
7 I arrived at the TechCrunch broadcast booth and met the other judges and TechCrunch editors.
8 We talked about the many inventors and their innovative gadgets.
9 The TechCrunch film crew seemed to be everywhere, all the time! They did a great job covering the event.
10 TechCrunch senior editors, John Biggs and Matt Burns
11 I had the pleasure of meeting a very talented engineer and entrepreneur, Boris Sofman.
12 Boris is the co-founder and CEO of Anki Drive, a really fun invention that I will tell you more about in an up and coming blog.
13 I also had the pleasure of meeting this young inventor, Emily Brooke, from BLAZE. She educated me about her new bike laser light.
14 Her innovative hi-tech light aims to save lives and has been favorably featured and recognized on many notable platforms, including WIRED and CNN!
15 Tech Crunch editor, Jordan Crooke and I visited and interviewed several exhibitors in the convention center.
16 During our visits, I came across this innovative and useful device! I'll be telling you all about it and how I'll be using it in an upcoming blog. Stay tuned!
17 Later that evening, we had delicious sushi at MOzen Bistro in the Mandarin Oriental.
18 And after dinner, we enjoyed the signature neon signs and brights lights of the Las Vegas landscape.
19 This is the Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas. It's two-thirds the size of the actual arch in Paris, France.
20 This is a half scale, 541-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower.