Thursday, January 9, 2014

Most. Frustrating. Blog. Post. Ever.

Here I am, at arguably the biggest high-tech event of the year, and I can't get a decent WiFi signal to save my life.  I'm actually writing this on my phone using a 4G connection.

But that isn't the frustration.   The frustration is that I can't write about the most interesting things I've heard about,  because I had to sign NDAs.

What i can talk about is that there's a lot of what I've been saying for a while that is coming to pass.   Many of the comfort/security/entertainment companies are looking at how to get into Smart Grid and residential energy management.  When a guy selling high - end stereos starts asking about Green Button, a line had been crossed.

There's a lot of interest from alarm companies, cable and satellite tv, basically anyone with a presence in the home.  It's going to be interesting going to Distributech in a few weeks.  I'm wondering how many of the same faces I'll see there.

Today will be spent cruising the floor and touching base with some of the EV and EVSE companies.  I'll try to update from the show floor.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

CES 2014 Day 2 (Day 1 for me)

Well, my first day at CES 2014 is about to begin, and I figured this would be a good time to catch my breath before wading into the melee that is the show floor.  Some preliminary thoughts:
  • Rather than having everyone on the planet converge on the LVCC in the morning to get their badges, CEA had badge pick-up scattered all over the place (most of the major hotels, the airport, and at the venue itself.)  I picked up my badge last night at the Airport.  I groaned inwardly when I saw the roughly 3/8 mile line, but I took a deep breath, remembered that this was CES, after all, and joined the queue.  Much to my amazement, in less than 20 minutes of slow but consistent strolling and joking with my fellow standees, I was walking away with my badge.  Yay CEA!
  • A lot of the exhibitors are getting a slow start, because of the insane weather over most of the country.  A lot of exhibitors who were expecting to get in Sunday or early Monday are just arriving this morning.  My own flight was delayed because the pumps on the airport's deicing equipment had frozen solid (no joke!)  You know it's freaking cold when (a) antifreeze freezes and (b) the Zoo brings the Polar bears inside because they aren't in any condition to take the cold.
  • Of course, CES always has its share of products that will never make the market.  I haven't spotted any yet, but here's listing to get you chuckling, courtesy of the Guardian.
More updates as the day progresses... well, I tried.  When I had time, I had no connection.  When I had a connection, I had no time, so this update is the next day.

There are a lot of efforts brewing, but Smart Grid isn't making the splash it did last year.  The appliance manufacturers aren't out in force the way they were last year.  The "connected home" is making a big splash, but again, more of the activity is in entertainment than energy management.

That's it for the update, more tomorrow, I hope.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Been offline...

I've been largely offline for the Holidays, so no Blog posts of late, but I suspect I'll be making up for it next week.  You can expect a daily dose of "Smart Grid Reality" from the Consumer Electronic Show.

Stay tuned!