Live from CES 2022: Hottest Trends This Year
JC: Yes. I mean, one of my favorite things I think of all the CES I've ever been to, I basically found a chessboard with moving parts, the pieces that move themselves through magnets and you just ... It was crazy. It's basically a Harry Potter Wizard's Chest. It blew my mind. I found it at a random booth in Eureka park at CES several years ago. And to this day that sounds like one of the things I think I will eventually buy. It's like $ 200, so it's very expensive. But one day I will buy it. But this is one of what it looks like, I'm not going to see that, I'm not going to find that as a meaningful CES.
Already I feel like I have had so much trouble finding a lot of those fun gadgets and weird gizmos that were so easy to come by before. Now these are mostly the big ads from the big companies, which we all get in our inboxes. But it's just hard and difficult to find the fun stuff from the weird French CES region or whatever, really. So that's something I definitely miss and hopefully the next thing I go over those halls.
MC: Yes. La French Tech always has some of the best toys. One of the things that is often missed in the conversation is that CES is basically a B2B show, right? So it's like a business contract presentation. It's set up so that the customer where the big box store series can show up and meet the sales rep for Hisense TVs and the sales rep for, I don't know, appliances -clean TCL and submitted as millions of dollars worth of orders. So it's a show where big sales deals and big circulation deals are made.
And that as a spec has to be largely personal. I’m sure a lot of contracts have been made over the pandemic, not personally. But as part of the consumer electronics economy, that face-to-face interaction is going to be crucial. For us journalists covering it, I am repeating what everyone else has said. I really miss traveling aimlessly through the Las Vegas Convention Center for three days of direct, blurred gait, moving my legs, lack of food, just gathering content to put on the internet.
LG: I miss celebrating your birthday in person in Las Vegas, Mike, because every year your birthday falls either at CES or just off after that. And so I have all those cool pictures of CES 2022 all packed into a restaurant, exchanging all sorts of breathtaking drops before we knew what was to come. And we get vegan cupcakes for you.
MC: Oh, I remember those cupcakes.
LG: I mean, I miss that. I miss paying $ 11 for coffee at Bouchon Bakery in the Venetian every morning. But I really miss that. One of my favorite CES stories is like Julian several years ago, I think it was 2013, I was on the ground for CES for maybe four or five days, very tired. On the way out an editor texted me and said, "Lauren, everyone's talking about this thing. He's showing it in a back room, in a hotel room. You have to go and see it. " I mean, I think I was literally on my way out the door with luggage. And I'm like, "Okay, I'll go see this thing." So I went to this hotel series and it was Oculus. It was like, it blew my mind, it blew my mind completely. It was Brendan Iribe. Am I saying a proper name? Sorry Brendan I'm butchering your name. It was just this big boxing thing, right. It had been crowd funded and I am not even a big player.