CES Game Plan
Inch-thick stack of business cards to hand out? Check.
Comfortable walking shoes and hiking socks? Check.
Clif Bars in my laptop bag for when I don't have time to eat lunch? Check.
Inbox full of "can we schedule a booth appointment?" pitches from tech publicists? Check.
Yup, it's almost time for me to ship out to Las Vegas to cover the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest and most important technology trade show in the United States. I fly out Sunday morning to start my 11th (!) annual pilgrimage to CES, but my colleague Kim Hart will also be trekking out to Vegas for the show; we both chatted about it in yesterday's podcast (MP3). We'll be covering the show in blog posts and in print as frequently as time and bandwidth--two things often in short supply at CES--permit.
Here's my overall schedule for the week, so you know what to expect from me:
* Sunday: Although CES (put on by the Arlington-based Consumer Electronics Association) officially runs from Monday through Thursday, things start the day before with a series of press conferences from electronics manufacturers, followed in the evening by a keynote presentation from Microsoft founder and chief software architect Bill Gates.
* Monday and Tuesday: I'll be meeting with major electronics vendors like Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp and Sony to see what their product plans are for this year. I'm particularly interested in seeing how they're reacting to three ongoing trends: the ever-dropping price of HDTV, the continued stalemate in high-definition video discs and the increasing amount of digital and Internet-based media in our lives. Between meetings, I'll be roaming the most important of the three exhibit halls in the Las Vegas Convention Center--the Central Hall, where most of the name-brand manufacturers congregate.
* Wednesday, I will shift my attention to the other two halls in the LVCC. The North Hall usually holds almost all of the car-electronics firms, making it by far the loudest place in Vegas during CES, but satellite- and digital-radio firms also often exhibit there. The South Hall, meanwhile, is a vast grab-bag of other exhibits--digital cameras, computer peripherals, cell phones and other portable electronics, for example. Its lower level tends to attract a lot of newer vendors from China, Korea, Taiwan and elsewhere in Asia looking to cash in or (or kick off) the next trend, which can make it one of the more interesting parts of CES.
* Thursday: My print column, with this week's podcast, will try to give a sense of the show and what it says about where the electronics business is headed. I'll break away from the festivities for an hour for my Web chat--at noon EST instead of 2 p.m.--and then spend the rest of the morning browsing the fourth major CES area, the exhibit spaces at the Sands Expo Convention Center and the Venetian next door. That afternoon, I get back on a plane--not to fly home, but on to California, where Apple's Macworld Expo starts on the 15th in San Francisco.
I'll spend Friday catching up on sleep, then catching up on all the e-mail I will have missed. (Let's just say that if you need a quick answer to a tech query, I'm not going to be guy you'll want to contact over the next week and a half.)
Is there anything in particular you'd like to me to look out for at CES? Let me know in the comments!
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