CES Day Two: The Future Is Closer than You Think

Jonathan Strickland

I'm writing this on Tuesday morning as I recover from Monday, which was a day full of press conferences at CES (if you weren't aware I was at CES you can read this blog post here). The press conferences are where companies big and small make announcements that they hope will drive up excitement and bring more visitors to their respective booths. The show floor itself opens today, so we're really just getting started.

I was excited to attend our sponsor Toyota's press conference. I got to see their Fuel Cell Vehicle up close. Fuel cells use the electrochemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity and water. A vehicle running on such a fuel cell would produce no emissions other than water vapor. It's pretty impressive -- and Toyota is working hard to build out a hydrogen infrastructure in California, which will serve as a model for other states in the US. The tone in the room was one of optimism and innovation -- two things I love to see.

Some of the press conferences I attended yesterday featured companies with products that tie directly into Fw:Thinking episodes. For example, Bosch had a relatively small conference (the giant LG had their own conference at the same time) but the company really impressed me with their embeddable sensors. These are the gadgets that will bring the Internet of Things into a reality. One of the sensors measured just 2.5 millimeters per side but could detect humidity, pressure and temperature. That's the sort of thing we'll find in our windows in the future -- it'll help our houses control the climate all on their own.

Another company I saw was MakerBot. These guys are famous for bringing 3D printing to the consumer market. Their Replicators are praised by makers across the globe. This year, they introduced three new Replicator models -- one small one called the Mini, a larger one simply known as the Replicator and one gargantuan printer called the Z18. That last one can print objects measuring 12 x 12 x 18 inches and it's really impressive. They even gave me this little guy:

Today, I'll be shooting an episode of Fw:Thinking right on the show floor, bringing to you some of the most interesting (and quirky) examples of technology in the show. Wish me luck!