CES 2023 debrief

News Summary

  • I would have loved to have spent more time there, but it just didn’t work out that way for me this year.The trend over the last several years is big companies opting to announce new stuff on their own stages and time.
  • Weakness because who really wants to be thinking (stressing) about the big show over holiday dinners or sitting on a plane January 2?In the weeks leading up to the event, the CTA announced that it was expecting 100,000 people at the event.
  • One also suspects that the CTA would rather not let people get too used to covering shows like this virtually, for fear that they’d deem it unnecessary to return.But the world has slowly gotten back to normal, and so, too, has CES.
  • But as the big companies move away from the show, bright-eyed startups are more than happy to fill that void.As I mentioned in a previous post, this was the year of putting stuff on my face.
  • A global pandemic will do that to a person.Last year was supposed to be your triumphant return to the show, after two years away.
  • I probably jumped the gun with my “Consumer Robotics Show” headline, even if it was done with tongue semi-planted in cheek.Most, if not all, of the media outlets I spoke to sent fewer people than 2020 for a variety of reasons.
Its a strange week. Strange and strangely familiar. You stay at the same hotel in a nearly identical room to the one you stayed in for the last 10 years or so. You see friends and colleagues youve no [+9560 chars]