When the show floor opened at 10am this morning, ATEME’s Ken Gerstein and I joined an estimated 150,000 of our industry colleagues in exploring the latest in consumer technology. Before heading to the Central Hall to see the latest television displays, we checked out the South Hall and found the Winbot, a robot that cleans windows. Hmm.
One of the neat things about this show compared to NAB (which is all broadcast industry related) is the varied products across all industries. We found a smart lawn watering system, a myriad of health and fitness related products, and an innovative smartphone and tablet screen cleaning solution that builds up a protective coating over time. They gave us a free sample to try out.
While the crowds in the South Hall were manageable, the Central Hall (home to the television set manufacturers) was swamped! LG and Samsung, two of the powerhouses in the TV set business, were extremely busy with people fawning over the latest in 4K televisions of 85 inches and larger. LG had a mammoth 3D display comprised of 140 individual monitors that looked fantastic. Over at Samsung, we found our way past the world’s largest washer and dryer (also Samsung products) to their 85 and 105 inch 4K televisions and curved OLED displays.
Besides the big players, there were several other 4K set manufacturers showing their wares, many of which I’d never heard of.
We only covered maybe 1/3 of the show floor before we headed to the ATEME suite at the Embassy Suites for customer meetings and demos.
A great busy first day of the show with more scheduled for the rest of the week!