Etc.

Morning, all. We’re back and, I think, mostly recovered from CES, provided that we didn’t bring home any swine flu or black plague again this year. CES is a pit of contagion, among other things.

The way we do CES is particularly grueling. You see, the show’s area is vast, covering multiple floors and buildings, including the massive Las Vegas Convention Center and several other venues. Companies set up shop either somewhere in one of the expo centers or, more commonly, in a hotel suite somewhere around town. They’re scattered everywhere across Las Vegas in semi-random fashion. We make appointments to meet with them wherever they may be—one meeting after another, all day for four to five days straight. What ensues once the show starts is an insane marathon of long walks, cab lines, cab rides, monorail trips, questionable navigation, logistical second-guessing, and poor cell phone service. We walk at least 5-7 miles each day, on concrete in dress shoes, standing for a total of eight or more hours in between jaunts.

By the end of it all, we’ve generally seen everybody once or twice, we’ve taken hundreds of pictures and pages of notes, and we’re physically shattered. If I weren’t so exhausted, I would have been amused, on Thursday evening, at the picture of Geoff and Cyril sitting across the table from me, taking turns putting their heads down onto their arms, sighing, and making old-man noises. Mostly, though, I was just feeling the blisters burning on the soles of my feet—two large ones on the right foot, one smaller one inside of a larger one on the left.

But we managed to survive, so I guess, hey, mission accomplished.

And, heck, CES really is the only opportunity each year to see nearly everyone in the industry in one place. It’s also the only time Geoff, Cyril, and I are in the same room together. I even give my annual report for TR to the guys before the show opens. So it’s a good thing in many ways unrelated to, you know, the actual experience.

Now that we’re home and somewhat rested, we’ll be writing up a few more stories from the show floor over the next day or two. Just be patient with us as we nurse our blisters and shattered psyches along the way.

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    • eitje
    • 8 years ago

    Get some rocket packs! Why are you walking?!

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    get some inserts for those shoes!

    • bthylafh
    • 8 years ago

    Dear god man, why are you wearing dress shoes? Wear something comfortable if you’re doing that much walking. Nobody’s going to care if your shoes look nice.

    • LaChupacabra
    • 8 years ago

    A few years ago I thought spending more than 60 dollars on a pair of shoes was completely ridiculous. Until I had a job that required me to be on my feet 10 hours a day in dress shoes. I found that Ecco’s (http://www.eccousa.com/) are amazing shoes to wear all day. Find a local retailer that carries them and go in and get a proper fitting done. Even buy an insole for them. After that you can get the same thing online for less.

    For everyday shoes NAOT’s (http://www.naot.com/) can’t be beat. Again expensive and they don’t last as long as Ecco’s (that’s why it’s not worth it to buy the dressy versions) but they are super comfortable. I think everyone should at least try one really really nice pair of shoes.

      • Imperor
      • 8 years ago

      I’ve gone through a pair of Eccos per year for like five years now. I think the quality is rubbish (if the soles don’t break up completely the leather will), but there’s just nothing to compare with in comfort, and style (especially combined)! And here in Sweden they are a lot cheaper than in the US so I use them every day. Now I have a pair of Vagabonds that have easily outlasted any pair of Eccos I’ve ever had, but they’re Chelseas, not “dressy sneakers”…

      Really have to agree though, tech-nerds whining about sore feet is just too cliché! Try spending a bit more, both money and TIME on your shoes/feet instead of on your chairs/asses! 😉

    • Sargent Duck
    • 8 years ago

    Every year for the past couple of years I keep offering to go in your place or at least tag along and help you carry all the stuff.

    Every year, no response. If you’re not going to accept free help, you probably shouldn’t be complaining : )

    • TaBoVilla
    • 8 years ago

    [i<]"It's also the only time Geoff, Cyril, and I are in the same room together..."[/i<] PICS or it didn't happen =) Cyril's CES twitter pic is awesomely funny by the way!

    • 5150
    • 8 years ago

    I’ve been to CES once.

    That was enough.

      • Corrado
      • 8 years ago

      I was there on Sunday night and Monday for Unveiled with my wife. She was there till Thursday, I went home Monday afternoon. There is just so much JUNK there its ridiculous. Definitely some cool stuff, but overall, I think the general public is best served to read the highlights on the web, because there is so much ‘stuff’ there that its tough to filter out and remember whats good and what isn’t while you’re there.

        • 5150
        • 8 years ago

        My experience:

        *Very rude, inconsiderate people
        *80% of booths were for cell phone accessories
        *The booths you want to visit are PACKED and no one has time to talk to you
        *Shortage of booth babes
        *Feet were killing me, even with sneakers on
        *Food inside the venue was the most vile, disgusting garbage I’ve ever overpaid for

        But hey, who’s going to turn down a free trip to Vegas?!

          • Corrado
          • 8 years ago

          Everyone everywhere is rude. I hate it so much. We were in Vegas since Friday morning, and walked just about everywhere. We stayed at NYNY and walked to Caesar’s Palace to eat at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grille (VERY good and not CRAZY overpriced like much of Vegas) on Friday, and to the Venetian for Blue Man Group on Saturday, and then back down for some show setup on Sunday, so I walked about 20-25 miles that weekend. My feet hurt like the dickens.

          And like I said, most of it is JUNK. I’m not sure how the company my wife does PR for (Neat Company/Neat Receipts), an actual semi-useful product with a real profit margin says they can’t afford a booth all week and were only there for Showstoppers, but the cell phone accessory/ipad case companies can. It baffles my mind.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 8 years ago

            I had an excellent dining experience at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill a year ago. The food was great and the price was half what we paid at Mario Batali’s restaurant.

    • drfish
    • 8 years ago

    I can barely take 1-2 days on the floor at the IFAI or similar shows… Can’t imagine 5 days at CES.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    Sounds exhausting. Glad you guys made it without major incidents and although it sounds like marathon i think i’d be glad to take part at least once a year.

    Edit: Any news on Keplar?

      • Damage
      • 8 years ago

      Estimated window for Kepler’s arrival is now “first half of 2012.” So… most likely not Q1.

        • Arclight
        • 8 years ago

        No need to add more, i got the NDA vibe 🙂

          • Damage
          • 8 years ago

          Didn’t mean to give it. We just don’t know anything yet, since it’s too far out!

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