Highlights from Day 1 and 2 of CES

Greetings from Las Vegas and Day 2 of the Consumer Electronics Show.

I just completed and posted my first entry on SLAW, where I introduce readers to my trip to CES and talk about business travel, or the lack thereof, for lawyers.  I’m thrilled to have been provided with the opportunity to write for SLAW and am excited to see if my posts generate any discussion.

I began the day attending a a press conference with Skype’s CEO Tony Bates which focused on new video technology (which could be great for client meetings).

Much of my time yesterday was spent exploring the convention floor.  Even though I spent hours checking things out, I am not even close to having explored most of what can be seen at the exhibits.  I saw a number of items that could be useful in a small-firm environment including robotic floor cleaners, business card and compact scanners, a smartphone credit card swiping system, a quick smartphone battery boost, slick ultra-thin computer monitors, and a portable speaker.  In addition, I got to check-out electronics such as 3D TVs, washer and dryer systems (LG has some cool appliances coming out), and an inflatable vehicle for use when playing Mario Kart wii.

I briefly saw rapper 50 cent launch a new line of headphones.  I also saw a keynote address with Samsung CEO Boo-Keun Yoon who discussed some of the companies upcoming projects.

In the evening, I attended the fourth annual Mashable Awards at New York New York.  Awards were given out in 25 categories which included things such as best mobile platform (Android) and best game app (Angry Birds).  An app called Reach Cast won for best small business app.  I plan to try this out to see what its all about.  In addition to the awards, the event featured some entertaining comedy acts and an amazing performance by the Cirque du Soleil Zumanity cast.

Today I attended panel discussions on social media and the use of electronics in the fitness industry.  Levar Burton (@levarburton), who has become a proficient Twitter user, was featured on one of the panels and provided some great insight (specifically that Twitter is about engagement and not a contest for followers).  I have included a short video of some of Levar’s comments below (I apologize for the poor audio quality).  Seth Westcott, U.S. two-time Olympic gold-medalist (2006 and 2010) in men’s snowboard cross delivered a keyone at the fitness session.  Seth seems like a really nice guy.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93whC3SsvSY

My plan for the rest of the day is to continue to check out tablets.  I’ll probably head back to ask some questions of the folks showing the Blackberry Playbook as well as speak with one or two who make tablets powered by Google Android.

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