CES 2015 is over, everyone’s shown their best, and everyone has gone home. We got drones, self-driving cars, new silicon chips, new laptops, new televisions, and even a dishwasher with a sink on top. The best things announced at CES 2015 weren’t new-fangled technology, they weren’t astounding disruptions that will change how we view information forever.
Instead, the awesome announcements were about something really boring: standards.
Ah, the inevitable march of technology. Instead of typing on my desktop, I’m actually sitting in a booth at Chili’s typing this on a combination of my new iPad Mini and a tiny Bluetooth keyboard. It’s an interesting experience to say the least. It’s not a complete replacement for a laptop at this point – the WiFi is a bit spotty, it’s lacking in programs, and the keyboard is a bit small for my large hands – but it’s definitely “good enough”.
I could see this being a firm part of my Convention Warrior kit, alongside whatever will replace my horrible 14-inch Lenovo ultrabook (seriously, 2.5 hour battery life?). When I want to get deep into the flow, I can’t see myself typing on this keyboard, but if I need to jot down a quick post in-between interview or demo sessions? This could do the job.
I have a splitting headache tonight, so I’m going to be sprinting through my topic. The biggest news tonight is probably the first full teaser of Marvel’s Ant-Man. Yeah, I didn’t get a chance to see Agent Carter yet, so I can’t weigh in, but Ant-Man only burned up 2 minutes of my night.
My early feeling is… Eh.
Ant-Man has never quite resonated with me as a character. Hank Pym has been millstone around Marvel’s neck for years. Scott Lang’s best points are that he was the father of Young Avengers’ Stature and featured heavily in Fraction and Allred’s recent FF series. Eric O’Grady is best left dead, cloned, or whatever happened to him in Secret Avengers.
We’re only a few days in 2015 and there’s already been so much upheaval. So many changes. Jim Sterling decided to leave the The Escapist and go independent. Shane Satterfield, Marcus Beer, and others are kicking off Siftd.com. Patrick Klepek left Giant Bomb for a position at Kotaku, collecting two of the industry’s best investigative journalists in one area.
Today saw the announcement that Greg Miller, Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino, and Tim Gettys quit IGN to focus on Kinda Funny Videos full-time. Max Scoville in turn joined IGN as their new video guy. Russ Pitts also revealed his new production company, Flying Saucer Media, putting him in the same area as former Rev3 producer Adam Sessler.
These are all good people doing good work. The ones I’ve met in person have been nice folks. I like the things they’ve done before. I’m glad they have the chance to pursue creative work they love and still get paid for it.
Just finished watching Gone Girl, which is a severe mindtrip of a film. I haven’t digested the movie enough to really dig into my thoughts on the film, so I’m going to sidestep and focus on current events. Most notably CES 2015. CES stands for “Consumer Electronics Show”, the annual showcase of everything high-tech, not to be confused with mobile-focused Mobile World Congress a month later. While the latter show will have this year’s slate of smartphones, CES is more of general technology showcase, meaning CPUs, GPUs, laptops, televisions, cameras, fitness bands, and more.
CES is our glimpse into what manufacturers think will be the next big thing. Of course, the problem with this is no one really knows what the next big thing is until new, unproven ideas meet current technology and consumer need. It’s the last part that’s really a shot in the dark.