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