Reflections from CES 2014

Reflections from the floor at CES 2014: Unveiling the next big thing

The organizers of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show claim that this it was the biggest ever, with over 150,000 attendees, 35,000 international visitors, 3,200 exhibitors and 2 million square feet stuffed full of technology – more than would fit in NYC’s new Freedom Tower.

CES has seen the release of many staples of modern life over the years: the VCR, CD player, HD TV, DVR, tablet computer and so on, and this year there were again many advances to be seen. As the organizing association’s President stated, “From curved and flexible Ultra HD TVs and next-generation smartphones to drones, robots, sensors, the Internet of Everything, Hi-Res audio, connected cars and 3D printers, it seems like the only thing missing from the 2014 CES was a time-travel machine.” I guess he means we’ll have to wait until next year for that.

As always, a number of Partners from Oliver Wyman’s Communications, Media & Technology (CM&T) practice attended CES, and compared notes during and after the show on some of our key impressions from the floor and related discussions with industry participants. This is our second informal “report from the field” following CES2013; it is again intentionally qualitative and opinion-based in nature, consisting of our reactions and interpretation in the context of our activities in CM&T sectors and beyond.

Table of contents:

  • The internet of everything – vision of a distant future or a nearterm reality?
  • Connected and increasingly smart: The home of the future
  • To wear or not to wear – that is the question
  • Planes, trains and automobiles? More like phones, tablets and automobiles
  • Goodbye PC, Hello personal computing
  • You say 4K, i say UHD. Tomato, tomahto
  • Video: more choices, more features, more apps

Reflections from CES 2014