Thursday, January 9, 2014

CES day 1.

Location, Las Vegas, NV

Greetings from Las Vegas where I am attending the Consumer Electronics Show also known as just CES.

Yesterday was the first of a 4 day show where industry tries to impress the world with the latest gadgets and inventions and entrepreneurs hope someone will like what the have to sell and pony up the big bucks to manufacture and market their baby.

Two items stood out for me yesterday. The Winbot and the robot BBQ grill cleaner.

The Winbot shown below adheres itself to the glass and systematically cleans the entire windows surface. The draw back is it needs to be moved from window to window. When asked by someone watching it clean about moving it from window to window the exhibitor said “that’s what wives are for”. I didn’t ask the price but expect it is not cheap.

The second Item was again a robot. This one cleaned your BBQ grill even it is still warm as long as there was no flame on. It uses a set of three brass brushes which rotate rapidly to clean the top of the grill. For heavy duty cleaning there is a set of stainless brushes which are extra. The unit operates for 4 hours on one battery charge and sells at the show for $89. Normal price is $109.

I was disappointed in the Health area as it was touted to be 40% larger than last year. It may have been larger but consisted mainly of knock offs of the Fitbit module and of all things, electronic cigarettes. The Fitbit captures all your movements during the day such as how many steps you take.