It’s a bit past midnight and I just got back from Vegas. I’m too tired to do a complete brain dump tonight, but I did want to pass on a few tips to anyone attending CES Tuesday-Thursday.
- Definitely take advantage of the CES Concierge tent. It’s located outside the central hall at the LVCC. In there they have lots of couches, free phone calls (courtesy of Vonage), free massages, free popcorn (courtesy of Movielink), free beer (Becks) and they’ll even shine your shoes for free. Lots of couches, although later in the afternoon they tend to fill up. If you want a massage, get your name on a list and ask how long the wait is.
- Free Coldstone Ice Cream at Yahoo’s tent. It’s just a couple doors down from the Concierge tent. While you’re there, check out their new Yahoo! Messenger for Vista and the really cool Yahoo! Go software for mobile phones.
- Free web surfing, in a music lounge at AOL’s tent. AOL is really pimping their Time Warner media connections, but they have the killer lounge setup for you to rest your tired dogs for a few and surf the web. They have three really, really comfortable lounge chairs with nice laptops all setup up, complete with great headphones. Ostensibly, you’re there to check out AOL Radio (which is actually quite good), but there’s nothing to stop you from surfing the web. I checked my email, made a blog post and even uploaded a few photos to Flickr.
One final word of advice — don’t even try to see everything. Your brain can’t fit it all in. Talk to other people and ask them what impressed them the most. If it sounds interesting, follow-up and check it out. But do look outside the stuff you would normally gravitate to, just to broaden your horizons a bit.