LAS VEGAS – It’s hard to explain the Consumer Electronics Show to someone who’s never attended. CES is the granddaddy of all tech conventions, a whirlwind experience that will take over Las Vegas – the Convention Center, the Strip hotels and, yes, even McCarran Airport – for the next few days.
For more than a decade, I have navigated CES’s massive exhibit booths, listened to keynote speeches, attended press conferences, hunted for the nearest electrical outlet and learned – the hard way – the importance of staying hydrated, nourished and rested. CES moves at a frenzied pace – but I have to say that having a front-row seat to the unveiling of some of the most innovative technology on the planet has been an amazing experience.
Over the years, as the pace of CES takes its toll, it’s easy to forget what a rush of excitement CES can generate. But thanks to the Broadcom Blog Squad, a team of CES newbies arriving in Las Vegas today for an event that’s like no other, I’ve been looking at the show through a sparkling clean set of lenses.
The team’s multimedia expert, Willy Wong, is an engineering student at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and an intern for Broadcom’s Mobile and Wireless Group in Vancouver He will take in much of the show through a camera lens. Through that lens and this blog, he gets to share what he sees with those who can’t be here.
“I think I’m mostly excited just to be here in person,” he said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to visit forever, and now finally I get the chance.”
The same goes for Eric Lin, an engineering intern with Broadcom’s Bluetooth group in Irvine, Calif., who will undoubtedly wear some tread off his shoes as he navigates his way across all that CES offers, watching for trends in automotive technology, near-field communications and in-home wireless technologies, among others.
Prashant Mantha, a student at University of California, San Diego, and intern for Broadcom’s Mobile and Wireless Group, says he’ll be on the lookout for mobile phone design technology, as well as the latest developments in personal computing, especially around tablets.
“Having a large part of the operating system dependent on touch interface will strengthen the power of the tablet by forcing all major developers to accommodate,” he said. “Although this is my first CES, I expect to see a huge crowd of passionate gadget-heads showing off 2012′s best. It’ll be a wild experience.”
As the veteran of the group, I get to be a voice of wisdom and experience for them, quick to dish out CES survival tips to this team of newbies, as well as some journalistic insight on how to share news with our readers. The best advice I can give to them – and to any of the CES news junkies who will be following along via blogs, videos and social media updates – is to remember that there’s far too much going on at CES for any one person to get through it all in a few days, whether you’re walking the show floor or following along online.
The flood gates of CES headlines are just starting to open. Hang on tight, folks. We’re just getting started.
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