In case you were not aware, the huge ginormous CES (Consumer Electronics Show) was held last week in Las Vegas. This is a big deal for a few reasons...the first is that this is the forum for MANY of our vendors to announce their latest and greatest technology that they will focus on for the upcoming year, the second is that people travel from all over the world to attend this show to see this new technology, and the third is that this is the first year that I actually got to go! For better or for worse - here is my summary of events for last week. (Disclaimer: these are bad iphone photos because we were on the go and tweeting, facebooking and instagraming as fast as we could!)
If I didn't make it clear enough in the first paragraph - CES is a HUGE convention. To be more specific - this convention covers 2.2 million net square feet of space, more than 3600 exhibitors, over 170,000 attendees and of those, over 45,000 are from outside of the U.S.
As opposed to boring you with every new product announcement - I will highlight some of my favorite things as well as a few themes that I can only believe will continue to grow and elevate the industry.
I have to say (and I may be a bit biased), but I LOVED the Nikon space! Everything from the great speakers to checking out the new D5500 and the new 300mm F/4 to the Nikon 360 photo booth. This thing was awesome - it took probably 100 Nikon cameras and photographed you at the same time and instantly stitched the photos together to provide one amazing 360 degree image!
To see how the actual Nikon 360 image turned out - click here: Nikon IMG_2560
The photography industry is right up there with having some of the most innovative companies and there were too many new product announcements to list and picture them all here. But to see what has been announced in our great industry, you can view our full list here.
So, what are people going to be talking about in 2015?
Unmanned Vehicles (and no, I'm not just talking about the BMW car that parks itself that you saw on the Today show). I'm talking about drones! Drones were everywhere and they can do everything. Companies like DJI have some of the most innovative technology out there. While there will be some controversy and the FAA has yet to keep up with this technology, these flying objects are already helping to capture never before seen moments in nature and landscape photography, revamping sports photography, entering wedding photography and much more. While they are pricey, you are going to be seeing much more of these and their practical applications in the years to come.
Televisions and 4k Ultra High Definition! If you have not yet purchased an HD television - you might want to wait because apparently UHD (ultra hi-def) is all the rage! I even heard rumblings of 8K (but I did not see anything using this technology)...I barely know what to do with 4K - so I really have my work cut out for me if we are about to be introduced to 8K. What I did see was the world's largest (110 inches) 4K UHD Curved Television and it was crystal clear and as life like as you can imagine!
Action cams continued to wow in the photography area, as did connecting and sharing everything and anything that you are doing! We in the photography world are constantly looking for ways that we can share our adventures, our families and our friends with the world. We require all of our devices to connect with everything and the photography innovators hear you and are continuing to improve the ways that we share and connect with one another.
While my first trip to CES could definitely be characterized by long monorail lines, sprinting from meeting to meeting, huge crowds and way too many TVs - what I took away from it was a little different. To me, I guess I am still in awe of the people that are constantly improving and constantly striving for change and better technology. It would be so easy to think that in a world of iPhones and wi-fi on airplanes and drones that we have already accomplished so much in our society. But here in this space (granted it is a very large space), there are literally thousands of people that know that we can be better and that we can be smarter and that we must continue to grow and learn and change. These are the people that inspire me. From the tiny start up companies that I saw to the huge technology giants already out there, everyone there was focused on innovation and providing solutions to improve lives. CES is not just about driverless cars, 3-D printing and Ultra High Def. It is also about changing lives with technology in everything from health care and medical innovations to home security to government needs. All in all, I was very impressed. Thank you CES and to those out there that never stop striving for more! #CES2015
And this is not photography related...but...it's awesome right?