CES 2017 Aftermath

by | Jan 13, 2017 | Equipment | 1 comment

Two blocks down the street from KLAS-TV, the Las Vegas Convention Center is still cleaning up from the self-indulgent tech conference known as the Consumer Electronics Show.

Numbers astound.  The first and biggest event of the year in the undisputed king of convention cities:

175,000 attendees  (55,00 from outside the USA)
2.6 million net square feet of exhibit space
3800 exhibiting companies

No, it’s not open to the public.  No, I didn’t go.

The quick answer to the ubiquitous question of “what was the convention buzz?”

  • drones
  • drones
  • drones
  • autonomous (self-driving) cars
  • device-laden cars in general
  • Virtual reality
  • Iot (internet of things)

A voice actor could waste a whole heckuva lot of shoe leather trudging around the show floor, and while it may be fascinating, I’m not so sure there’s all that much that applies to our voiceover industry…that’d be more for NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), which is from Jan 19-22 in Anaheim, CA.

But headphones and earbuds…now THERE’S something voice actors and regular people can get into!  Check out this article in the Electronic Musician publication that reviews some of the new headphones/buds that showed at CES (suggestion:  get out your drool bucket first).

Have a wonderful weekend!

CourVO

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  1. John J. Grace

    Great post, as always. Having attended CES a few years back, I can confirm it’s not all that fascinating. Case in point: I stopped by a booth showcasing a headset that could “control your television experience.” Wowzer! The idea was you strap on the futuristic headgear, think to yourself “change the channel”, and the TV would magically respond. Surprise, it didn’t work. While such hucksters are few, the number of vendors hawking iPhone cases was downright overwhelming. I get it, you’re selling iPhone cases. Big yawn. Long story short, CES isn’t that great.

    I’ll be at NAMM next week. Now *that* should be fun.

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