CES 2012 B-Roll: will.i.am, Air Mouses and Babysitting Robots

Posted by · January 12, 2012 6:21 am

In less than two hours, I’m leaving Las Vegas and the madness that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and heading back to Experts Exchange headquarters in California.  I’ll continue to share videos, interviews and my own analysis of the conference with you over the next few days; but since, not everything I’ve seen this week is worth a full post, I thought I’d share some of the photos and tidbits of information from my trip that don’t merit an entire blog post but are still worth a mention.  I’m calling this my CES B-Roll.  Check it out:

Amazing display

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding OLED TVs this week, but I can honestly say they are the prettiest televisions I’ve ever seen.  If money were not an option (and they were selling in the US right now), I’d have one in every room.

Nokia on Verizon

I was in the elevator with Nokia CEO Steven Elop after he appeared on stage at the Qualcomm keynote.  We discussed Nokia’s forthcoming Lumia n900 and I asked him when it would be available on the Verizon network.  Elop’s response? “Keep your eyes and ears peeled over the next few months.” To which I, of course, replied: “So you’re saying there’s a chance!”

Well, this was awkward

Despite the fact that both parties insist there is no bad blood between them, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s and CES President Gary Shapiro’s time on stage together during the Microsoft keynote seemed the most forced out of any of Shapiro’s interactions with other CEOs.  Methinks there’s more to Microsoft’s ending of their involvement with CES than meets the eye.

Fun and freaky

America’s Next Best Dance Crew winners the Jabbawockeez performed during the Qualcomm keynote.  While the white masks make them a little scary (I would run in fear if someone in their get-ups approached me on the street), they are nothing less than amazing to watch.  Go see them if you get the chance.

will.i.am needs public speaking classes

Making his second appearance at a tech conference I have attended (he played a bit role in the 2010 Salesforce conference), will.i.am took the stage at the Intel keynote to talk about how he uses Intel Ultrabooks to produce music.  I continue to wonder why tech companies use will.i.am as a spokesperson.  He may be a good at singing (if that’s what you call his heavily synthesized songs) but he has absolutely no public speaking skills.  However, techies seem to love him and Intel has even gone so far as to make will.i.am their Director of Creative Innovation. I think their stock should go down for that.

A babysitting robot

You see PaPeRo (partner-type Personal Robot) here? This little guy is gonna run the world one day.  The robot is controlled by a tablet, PC or wireless device, recognizes and speaks up to 200 words, detects up to 30 faces, reacts to your touch and best of all, has a camera in his eyes that lets you watch what your kids are doing in another room. Don’t like the TV show they’re watching? Send PaPeRo after them.  He’ll shake, rattle, roll and command them to turn the channel.  When PaPeRo’s battery gets too low, he wheels himself back to his charging station.  PaPeRo’s one downfall? He’s only available in Japan.

Air Control

If you’re tired of cupping a mouse all day, the Weiking Finger Air Mouse will  free up your fingers while still getting work done.  The neoprene and silicon glove wirelessly transmits your movements to your computer screen from a fair distance away from your computer.  The main problem with the mouse is accuracy of movement–not because the technology isn’t precise but because it’s harder to point and click (literally) than you think.  And yes, you guessed it, the Finger Air Mouse is only available in Asia right now.

Stay tuned to the Experts Exchange Tech News blog for more tales from my CES travels later today and tomorrow!