Every year I follow CES on Engadget and The Verge, so how excited was I to get to go there? Pretty darn excited. The process of being an exhibitor and talking about the 3D scanner was great. I won’t delve too much into that here, I wrote some posts for the company blog on that.
I’d rather talk about what the experience was personally like. It’s huge! I knew it was huge, but I really didn’t understand just how huge. There’s thousands of vendors, and while the websites make it look like everything there is exciting, you actually really have to sort through a lot of less than stellar stuff to try and find the good things. As an exhibitor that’s difficult - you just don’t have the time; as press, I think you’d need a team or you’d miss half of it.
The sights were great. I don’t gamble, but after the show each day we explored the strip, saw the sharks at the aquarium, the wax museum, gondolas, volcano and fountain show. We went to the mashable party and I met the guy that designed the talking trash cans and Alien Encounter for Disney World. Those were actually my 2 favourite things about Disney World when we went.. oh, almost 20 years ago, and I got to meet him, shake his hand and get the inside scoop on all those projects. How’d I meet him? Because he wanted to talk to ME - he was impressed with the scanner’s design. That felt pretty good.
I also met Brian Heater of Engadget when he came over to blog about our 3D Scanner. I met Anna from Make Magazine and Rose from TCT. I met some toy designers from Hasbro.
Then when I was doing a circle I saw Brook Drumm of Printrbot (he didn’t have a booth, he was just sight-seeing) and hunted through the aisles to find him and pull him over to our booth. I’d talked with him lots over email, so it was a real treat to chat with him for nearly an hour in person. I also went to a couple of talks. One was by the CEO of Leapfrog (previous CEO of Toys r Us) - I really enjoyed it.