CES has held its first ever all digital show.
Did it work?
Yes and No, but one thing’s for sure it’s unlike any CES we’ve ever seen.
The world’s biggest tech show CES looked pretty different this year.
Fewer exhibitors, no show floor, and some pretty unusual gadgets inspired by well everything going on in the world right now.
It all started with press day.
Gone were the massive ballrooms filled with journalists replaced by a lot of pre-recorded live streams.
Pre-recording meant we got to see some pretty cool stuff.
We zoomed off to the Indiana Motor Speedway to hear about autonomous Race cars.
Sunny took us to the snow with its air peak drone.
And overall things went a lot more smoothly.
But pre recorded press day also meant that CES lost some of its sparkle.
There were no impromptu moments and after all of us have spent the last year on zoom tuning in for some of these events didn’t really feel like see yes.
No showhome also meant the big products lost a bit of their wow factor.
In the past, we’ve seen some of the big name brands take over areas the size of football fields with eye catching displays and interactive exhibits.
Let’s face it though, a 100 inch TV or a C through OLED display just isn’t the same when you can’t see it in person.
In no physical booths meant no chance to test the products on the show floor and take them for a spin.
Look, I might have a comfortable armchair cologne but it just isn’t the same as road testing a Lamborghini massage.
Ship bought the remote show did mean we got a chance to test some products in our very own homes.
Whether that was playing a digital game table with our families or taste testing, Freshly Served ice cream made on our own kitchen counter.
And of course testing out a pooping robot.
Cuz CES came in the middle of a pandemic, we also got our fair share of gadgets promising to sanitize and purify our lives.
There was a wearable air purifier from LG as well as a very cyberpunk looking mask.
From razor and yes because it’s razor it came with its own RGB lighting system.
LG brought us up sanitizing robots for hospitals and workplaces and because none of us are touching any surfaces anymore.
cola brought us touchless toilets and faucets.
We also heard from brands that you might not normally expect to see at a tech show.
first timers like Caterpillar showed us huge autonomous mining trucks that are as tall as a two story house.
JOHN DEERE gave us farming in VR and General Motors showed us all how we’ll be arriving at our exclusive parties in the future, viral luxury, vertical takeoff and landing.
Speaking of sci fi futurism CES also gave us a few glimpses of where tech could be going a couple of years from now, with screens that looks straight out of a sci fi movie.
LG gave us a rollable mobile concept, while TCL upped the ante with a rollable mobile phone.
And a rollable tablet style device that unfilled like a treasure map.
And LG Display wowed us once again with transparent OLED design for restaurants or even the end of your bed.
If you want to upgrade your bathroom as well as your bedroom and you’ve got an extra $16,000 lying around, you could splash out on koalas Japanese style soaking tub, complete with autofill and customizable mist.
And while you soak, maybe you could get Samsung’s handy robot Butler to pour you a glass of wine and stack your dishwasher.
The final thing that might be CSCs unlike anything we’ve seen before.
All of this.
All of us have seen it live streaming from home.
Around the Clock across the US to bring in everything from the show as it happens So what was my review of the first OLED digital CES?
Well, there was some hits and some misses.
Mostly we just miss running around the show floor trying to find all the cool new tech to bring to you talking to robots, road testing gadgets and getting fingerprints on everything.
So bring on CES 2022 I miss Las Vegas.