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Icrontic at CES 2012

Icrontic at CES 2012

Icrontic is back on the scene in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, for our fourth year covering the world’s largest electronics trade show.

Your hosts for this year’s coverage will be Nick Mertes, Bobby Miller, and myself. Nick and I arrived a few days early to set up camp and bum around like desert hobos for a bit. We both arrived in Vegas yesterday evening, rented a car, and set up shop at ye olde Rodeway Inn.

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Nick and Brian at the Rodeway

Now, the Rodeway Inn isn’t winning any awards for Vegas amenities, but, it’s three short blocks from the LVCC, two blocks from the Wynn, it’s cheap, and it has passable Wi-fi. They have a coffee pot in the lobby. It’s basically the perfect resting place for a roving band of scrappy reporters. That, my dear friends, would be us.

The work table is barely big enough for the two giant laptops that Nick and I use, but it gets the job done, and hey… if we felt the urge to play checkers, the table has a board conveniently painted on it.

Adjusted to the time difference, we woke up this morning and went out in the windy but sunny and warm day to walk over to the Las Vegas Convention Center. We hung out and got dirty looks from very concerned security staff, snapped pictures, and generally did nothing. Though, we did find a taco truck.

Setting up the LVCC for CES 2012

The north hall concourse of LVCC being set up

Nick misread the registration emails and we tried to pick up our badges today but we got some funny looks at the press center when we asked. They told us to come back tomorrow, so we’ll go when Bobby arrives.

We got a badass over here

Watch out, we got a badass over here

One very noticeably missing thing from the streets of Vegas is the “card-popper” guys. They line up in rows down the street and flick business-card sized ads for strip clubs and escort services so that they make a clicking noise. It’s a racket of noise, but we didn’t see a single one. Perhaps they got outlawed, or they’re just not out yet. We did see a dwarf Elvis impersonator though, so that was comfortingly familiar.

Nick stopped to gather red mountain flower and purple mountain flower for alchemy though….

Skyrim Alchemy in Las Vegas

Maybe we've been playing too much Skyrim

We also saw an ad for LG on the side of a hotel:

Giant LG ad on the Las Vegas Marriott

"LG: TVs so big a giraffe will attack your family"

We had the chance to take “empty LVCC” pictures, and believe me I nabbed the opportunity because there will not be another chance to see things this empty, or to get these photos without any people in them:

The Hilton Skywalk... Empty

The Hilton Skywalk. Empty.

CES Sign in front of the LVCC 2012

What do you guys want to see this year? We’ve got a lot of appointments lined up. Some of the companies we’ll be visiting with include LG, Thermaltake, Sony, OCZ, Samsung, Lian Li, Intel, SAPPHIRE, Gigabyte, NZXT and more. Stay tuned for more coverage!

Comments

  1. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx Can't wait to get there tomorrow!
  2. Ray Ambrozy Well, your Mom and Dad are glad you made there safely. It would be nice if you took a pic of the hotel we stayed at more than 35 years ago. Sentimental reasons, you know. Enjoy and be safe while your there. Oh yeah, root for the Lions to beat Na Leans tonight. On NBC locally 2000hrs. tonight.
  3. pigflipper
    pigflipper I'm tempted to drive the 4 hours there to grab a drink with you guys...
  4. Annes
    Annes I laughed WAY too hard over the LG caption. Can't wait to read the sweet, sweet content!
  5. Thrax
    Thrax Things I miss: this.
  6. primesuspect
    primesuspect My dad. On Icrontic. What world is this.
  7. oCoMiK I think me and QCH2600 should have been with you guys.
  8. QCH
    QCH I'd love to go to CES someday... It would be 1000% better if @oCoMiK with me. And I am not QCH2600 anymore. It's a new year. QCH2601!
  9. primesuspect
    primesuspect What calendar are we using? :D
  10. Gargoyle
    Gargoyle There might be more room for giant laptops if you guys didn't use external keyboards. Sheesh.

    Las Vegas is probably the only place you're safe from ice wraith attacks while harvesting flowers.
  11. mertesn
    mertesn
    There might be more room for giant laptops if you guys didn't use external keyboards. Sheesh.
    There wouldn't be an external keyboard if my laptop keyboard worked.
  12. GHoosdum
    GHoosdum Oh man, I wanna harvest all the things with you guys.
  13. Michael We'll get there Wednesday night and, yes, we're staying at the Rodeway Inn. Maybe we'll see you getting coffee in the lobby! :-)
  14. Butters
    Butters I would like to see asome info on the latest and greatest from MonoPrice. They have been a decent alternative for some products.

    I'm extremely curious on their Mechanical Keyboard, Dual-Band router and Theatre System.
  15. Michael The card popper guys DID show up. It took all I had not to pop them! I mean, really, how tacky when I'm with a woman that they would shove that crap in my face with their popping noises. Seriously, had I stayed another day, I might very well be in jail for assaulting one (or more) of them. And their litter is everywhere!
  16. primesuspect
    primesuspect Yeah, Las Vegas cops don't seem to care at ALL about littering. I'm from Detroit, and I'm gonna say this: Las Vegas streets are filthy.
  17. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx Dude, the streets of LV were disgusting with papers and cards. what a mess.
  18. Ilriyas
    Ilriyas Considering that I'm disgusted by the minimal amount of litter on the streets of Toronto (and there is very little believe me an enforced $250 fine does a lot to prevent littering) I don't think I'd ever want to see the streets of Las Vegas.
  19. pigflipper
    pigflipper I've found, through limited experience, that the streets of most cities out West are not all that clean. Hell, the street sweepers come through 1-2 times a week and the street in front of our apartment is still not very clean by my standards.
  20. pigflipper
    pigflipper And the best thing to do with the card popper is hand one back asking if thats the one they want; half the time they just get this very confused look on their face and start stammering.
  21. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx Northern California does much better than LA does. Sunnyvale is so spic and span that it's almost preposterous. San Francisco itself is always in great shape. San Jose doesn't have much to complain about either.
    And the best thing to do with the card popper is hand one back asking if thats the one they want; half the time they just get this very confused look on their face and start stammering.
    Oh man, I really wish I had thought of that while I was there. Sounds like a riot.
  22. NiGHTS
    NiGHTS Are we talking LA city, or LA county?
  23. pigflipper
    pigflipper LA City / Inglewood
  24. primesuspect
    primesuspect Hanging with OCZ Lisa:
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  25. Thrax
  26. primesuspect
    primesuspect Nick, Bobby, and I at the OCZ suite:

  27. UPSLynx
  28. GHoosdum
    GHoosdum For some reason the shot cut away really quickly when that "PIXAR" logo showed up. ;)
  29. primesuspect
    primesuspect Wow, I didn't even see you until you pointed it out.
  30. UPSLynx
    UPSLynx
    For some reason the shot cut away really quickly when that "PIXAR" logo showed up. ;)
    The editor is obviously a fan to let it get that far!
  31. Ilriyas
    Ilriyas
    Wow, I didn't even see you until you pointed it out.
    How could you have not seen him? SO FREAKING TALL



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