Tuning into CES remotely is simply not the identical, or so I’m instructed. Nothing can compete with being one of many 180,000 attendees jostling to see what tech will carry this yr and past. So I can not give you an outline of what CES 2019 was all about (see Dean’s column for that). I can, nonetheless, say that Google stole the present, for these not on the present.
Watch the video above. Google constructed a freaking huge, rhyming, catchy, musical of a experience for its Google Assistant bulletins.
Should you’re studying this in your pc, I like to recommend switching to your cellphone and watching it there. Your cell system’s accelerometer is just one of the best ways to take a look round through the 360-degree video. However utilizing your mouse, finger, and even Google’s forgotten Daydream all work, too.
This video doesn’t simply sum up tips on how to execute nicely at CES as a result of it ties collectively Google’s announcements whereas additionally being entertaining. The hot button is how accessible it’s.
I noticed varied social media posts about this experience. I needed to strive it. And I did — with out having to fly to Vegas and wait in a number of traces.
My level isn’t that CES ought to be changed by some digital model. We nonetheless want occasions that carry us collectively to bodily present us the most recent and best tech. However as I say every year — many merchandise that debut at CES by no means even make it to manufacturing. Their quick lives, for those who can name them that, finish at present with the conclusion of this yr’s present.
However the Google Assistant features talked up on the experience are rolling out to tens of millions of customers. Lots of them require only a smartphone and an web connection, even when the work being accomplished within the background is extremely complicated. And the identical goes for this video — which is strictly what makes it so applicable.
It’s nice that CES is a stomping floor for what the long run has in retailer. I’m all for brand spanking new devices, bizarre innovations, and loopy concepts. And naturally, few have Google’s degree of sources. However that is one thing all CES exhibitors ought to remember: Should you’re going to take a position a ton in your sales space, do every thing you may to verify it might attain extra than simply these 180,000.
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