As much as you read or hear about CES 2017, nothing really quite prepares you for the show.
The techology conference is huge in scale — it takes up three halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands Expo and a few of the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. That is a lot of new flashy things.
And, oh, were things flashy. There were, of course, new televisions, computers and mobile devices. But there were also cars, motorcycles and at least one boat.
Click through the image gallery to see what I thought were the most memorable. (Note, that I am one person and couldn’t possibly see much of what CES offers, so treat this like the subjective view it is.)
The view from my hotel room on Wednesday, Jan. 4. The calm before the storm.
HTC Vive held a press conference later that day. One thing the company showed off was a training simulation for firefighters, using a firehouse connected to one of its new trackers.
One of my first stops on the opening day of the show, Jan. 5, was Stern Pinball’s booth.
Qualcomm had a huge presence at the show, as its technology is in smartphones and vehicles. A power ranger from the upcoming movie appeared at its booth.
I was surprised by the number of cool cars at CES. Here is an autonomous Ford Focus prototype.
Divergent 3D also showed off this motorycle.
Toyota’s Concept-i vehicle features artificial intelligence, and uhh, sorry, I’m totally distracted by how cool this car looks.
CES can get pretty exhausting, so I understand why dudes were just straight up sleeping in Skyworth’s booth.
I made my way over to Eureka Park, the section of CES dedicated to smaller companies.
I was struck by the cute design of REMI, a crowdfunded alarm clock “that goes to sleep with your little one and wakes up with them in the morning.”
I have ridden a motorcycle and am going snowboarding next month, so I definitely see the need for In&motion. The company has created a vest that deploys an airbag when its algorithms detect an imminent fall. Currently, In&motion has vests for skiers and riders of motorcycles and horses.
I had the opportunity to interview Randi Zuckerberg in American Greetings booth. The booth surprised me and was my favorite thing at this year’s CES (I’ll explain why in another article).
CES celebrated its 50th anniversary with this show, and people were encouraged to write messages on this sign. Attending the conference was an interesting experience that featured cool products and the people behind them, but it did get to be too much. I’m glad to be home in the totally quiet New York City!