CES 2018 UPDATE

Source: CES

CES  for media and press starts before the Las Vegas Convention Center opens its door to attendees. It give us an opportunity to view products and have on the spot demos without having to deal with the masses. It also allows us to post our content before CES even begins. Continue Reading →

CES 2018 Guide and Tips

It’s that time again! Just as you were getting over the CES hangover it’s already time to register and book your hotel. We are 111 days till CES 2018. This will be my 5th consecutive year covering CES, this isn’t my first rodeo to say the least.

Like every year I’m posting important information you will need to make your CES 2018 a successful experience, see below. Continue Reading →

CES Checklist and Map of Venues Hosting CES Events

ces-show-venue-map-previewEach year I have a check list for CES that continues to grow from lessons learned from past CESs. A couple months back I posted my infamous CES checklist on Cutegeek however I have thought of a few more tips for CES. I also found a map of all the venues hosting CES events which will come in handy.

Below is my ever growing checklist and tips to help you plan your CES 2017 trip accordingly.

  • Always bring more than 100 business cards, you give those out like candy there plus you don’t want be “that person” if you run out.
  • Get the CES 2017 app for your Android or Apple, this will help when you need to go to different halls at the Las Vegas Convention center.
  • Ladies or if you are a man that likes heals. DON’T DO IT!! I made this mistake a couple times and by the end of CES my feet were burning due to walking around so much. Try a lower pair wedges or cute flats.
  • If you are press take advantage of the Press Room. It has massive work space, they have multiple plugs to charge your smartphone and free food.
  • DON’T FORGET YOUR CHARGER AND PORTABLE CHARGER! Bring two in fact. The last thing you want to be is that sad person sitting on the floor next to a plug stagnate. I suggest looking into myCharge, EnerPlex, Mophie and Goal Zero.
  • Definitely bring some pens just in case though you will get tons of them while there.
  • Bring a bag to carry all the goodies you get when you visit booths.
  • Anti-Bacterial since you shake so many hands it’s smart to carry one instead of getting the CES Flu (it’s not fun believe me).
  • While packing keep in mind to leave space to take your bag of swag home.
  • Pack some snacks, it’s easy to miss lunch or breakfast.
  • Make sure your hotel is on or near the CES shuttle line or your screwed; you will end up spending more money on taxis and the CES shuttle line is free. The routes and schedule are on the CES site.
  • Bring a tide stickor the shout wipes just in case you miss your mouth and you are a hot mess with food all over your shirt.
  • Band aids for potential blisters from walking or random injuries. Like one year I had a really bad paper cut and I learned quickly no one carries band aids anymore.
  • Baby powder…I know what? It’s for your hair, if you don’t have time to shower for the next event and you have greasy hair this does the trick.
  • Gum or mints especially if you are a close talker or had a meal with onions at lunch.
  • Safety Pins and Travel Sewing Kit, if one of your buttons pops off or you get a small tear in your outfit, it’s better to be prepared.
  • Always have a little bit of cash on you at all times just in case you can’t get on the CES shuttle and need to take a cab or at an event where you should tip the bartenders.
  • Take interchangeable outfits that converts your day look to an evening look

For those interested in going to CES click here for information on travel, tickets, maps, schedule and local transportation. Good luck to all my geeks attending CES 2017 and see you all in Vegas Baby!

42tea and CES 2017

 

teaIn this day and age everything technology wise is “smart,” there is even a smart plate but it doesn’t stop there. We now have smart teas as well. 42tea combines the tea tradition with the easy-to-use feature of connected devices using the smart cube that is connected to their smartphone app. The smart cube guides you through each step of preparation (dosage tea/water, infusion time and temperature) depending on the tea chosen.

IoTea will be officially launched at the CES in Las Vegas, January 2017, from the 5th to the 8th, where it was rewarded with an Innovation award in the category Smart Home. I will definitely stop by 42tea‘s booth while at CES because I am intrigued and also fail at making tea that taste good.

Below is the 42tea official press release with more information and also a demo video with  Jamie Cudmore, international rugby player. Continue Reading →

Aisha Tyler Announced as CES Brand Ambassador

aisha-cesAs the holidays are creeping up on us so is the CES show in January 2017.  CES is an annual convention in Las Vegas that showcases the latest and greatest consumer technology. Every year I say this is my last CES and every year like clock work I end up attending CES. CES wouldn’t be so bad if there was less distances between events but it’s Vegas baby! What do you expect?

It was recently announced that Aisha Tyler will be the CES 2017 Brand Ambassador. I think it’s fantastic to have a female brand ambassador at CES which until recently was the good ol’ boys club. I’m not sure yet where she will be during the entire show; on the show floor or private briefings and events. As soon as I do know I will post on Cutegeek.com, Hi-TechChic.com and Twitter (@nrpena, @cutetgeek, @hitechchic)

Below are the important dates for CES and the official press release. To register for CES click here.

  • October 19, 2016 – Conference registration opened
  • Through December 20, 2016 – $100 registration fee
  • December 20, 2016 –  No refunds or cancellations after this date
  • December 21, 2016 through January 8, 2017 – $300 registration fee

Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA – The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ announced that actor, director, author and comedian Aisha Tyler will be the CES® Ambassador for 2017.

Aisha Tyler defines the term multi-hyphenate, by working simultaneously in multiple media formats. She is host of CBS’ Emmy-winning The Talk, a series regular on CBS’s Criminal Minds, the voice of superspy Lana Kane in FX’s Emmy-winning Archer and host the CW’s comedy improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” An avid gamer and tech enthusiast, Tyler is a one-woman content machine, in engineering, hosting, conforming and editing her award-winning podcast, Girl on Guy, and also in directing, producing, shooting, and editing multiple short films, music videos, comedy specials, and recently, her first feature film.

“I can’t think of a more perfect ambassador for CES than Aisha Tyler,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy, Consumer Technology Association. “Aisha has torn down barriers for women and diversity in technology, effortlessly integrated and encouraged the use of tech in everyday  life and redefined what it means to be a ‘gamer.’ CES encompasses every aspect of tech and Aisha is a superb example of how innovative technologies can be positive influences in our lives.”

Aisha’s podcast was chosen by iTunes as a best new comedy podcast of 2011 and has more than 17 million downloads to date. She produces and engineers the podcast with nothing more than two microphones, an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

“As a podcaster, author, producer and filmmaker, I can attest to how technology has not only made my life better, but more creatively robust, dynamic and productive in every way,” said Tyler. “I recently directed my first feature film in just seven days on a microbudget, and technology played into every aspect of completing that creative mission effectively. Technological innovation is my artistic secret weapon. I am incredibly honored to be the CES ambassador for 2017.”

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*Information gathered from the CES site.