CES 2011: Smart, Connected, and Social

CES 2011: Smart, Connected, and Social

Since most people are talking, tweeting, and blogging about tablets, 3D, and 4G in the aftermath of the 2011 Consumer Electronic Show, I am inclined to write about the themes I found most intriguing.   As I walked the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, I noticed that nearly every device was  Smart, Connected, and Social. Phone, car, TV, computer, gaming, washer/dryer, or refrigerator everything was  smart, connected, and can access your social networks.

We all know about the power of the smart phone, but what about the smart car?  Ford, GM, and Audi all showcased connected vehicles.  Ford’s USB ports will soon be upgraded to work with cellular CDMA USB modems, which would work with the vehicles’ embedded Wi-Fi to turn the cars into a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.  You think it’s weird that my dog tweets?  Wait until you hear what my car has to say.

The Smart TV allows people to:

  • Search online and personal content as well as broadcast programming all from the same TV interface
  • Access downloadable applications
  • Connect to social networks while watching favorite programs or movies
  • Control TV with a unique new remote control or voice commands

At CES, we got a glimpse into what’s next for smart TV with announcements from companies like BoxeeViewSonic and Free. Lance Koenders, Director of Marketing for Intel’s Digital Home Group connects the dots with his blog.

LG introduced its complete range of smart solutions based on its groundbreaking new THINQ™ technology. Comprised of five key features – Smart Grid, Smart Diagnosis™, Smart Access, Smart Adapt and Food Management – LG THINQ™ Technology offers a complete smart solution that lets consumers manage their homes in a more centralized and convenient way.  The company also presented its plans to launch new products that employ smart grid technologies in 2011 in anticipation that they will help deliver consumer benefits and establish a platform for LG’s future green growth.

As a technology and social marketing enthusiasts, (read geek) I am fascinated by these trends; however,  I worry that they widen the digital divide.

What can we (cities, companies, communities, individuals)  do to prepare for these trends now?

2011 CES Featured More Social Media Buzz

2011 CES Featured More Social Media Buzz

According to CEA, preliminary attendance figures indicate more than 140,000 industry professionals attended the 2011 International CES. More than 30,000 attendees came from outside the United States, with the show attracting more than 80 international delegations.

“The 2011 International CES was a phenomenal worldwide event that spanned global industries including technology, automotive and entertainment markets,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “This global technology gathering featured more innovation, more news, more social media buzz and more international attendance than any other show in CES history.”

If The crowded exhibit floors, long taxi lines, and social media buzz are any indication of recovery, things are certainly looking up.

The 2011 CES created phenomenal buzz in the social media world with more than 158,000 CES-related tweets since Monday, January 3, and more than 11,000 page views on CEA’s Digital Dialogue blog.

Interview with Tulsa’s own @TheZomm Live from #CES 2011

Interview with Tulsa’s own @TheZomm Live from #CES 2011

My interview with Tulsa’s own Zomm. Zomm is the first ever smartphone leash.
Ashlie Pile of Zomm tells what the Zomm can do. Zomm.com

A little blurb in the local newspaper, and an email from my mom that there was a Tulsa company at CES, I was on a mission to find them. After walking for miles in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention center and wishing that the CES mobile app had GPS, I finally found them.

Interview with @kodakCB Live from #CES 2011

Interview with @kodakCB Live from #CES 2011

My interview with Jennifer Cisney aka @KodakCB Live from the show floor at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, NV. I wanted to personally thank Jennifer and Kodak for providing a zi8 camera for Social Media Tulsa’s #Tweet4toys. Congratulations to Amanda Burr for winning the camera.

As you can see, I bought one for myself and went crazy at CES.

Interview with @kodakCB Live from #CES 2011 from Cheryl Lawson on Vimeo.

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