CES 2020 Meeting and Commuting

Meeting At CES 2020

I’m going to be at CES in Las Vegas again from Tuesday, January 7th through Friday, January 10th, 2020.

If you would like to meet, please email me at meet-kg-2020@kgontech.com. Please include your contact information, the reason you or your company wants to meet, and the best dates, times, and if you have a place where you would like to meet. This blog qualifies a “Media” at CES and I can take advantage of the Media Room on the second-floor bridge between Central and South Hall.

I am meeting both for publication on my blog use and for private/confidential business meetings. If you want to meet privately and don’t want the information on the blog, that is perfectly OK. I will also respect embargoes of information that you want to keep private until a specific date.

I usually spent a lot of time in the AR/VR area on the 1st floor of South Hall most mornings to the early afternoon and then venture over to the Sands/Venetian/Strip-Hotels area in the afternoon/evening. For an important meeting, I will make exceptions and this can ripple into where or when I prefer to meet.

CES Commuting Tips and Shortcut to Sands Expo from Harrah’s Monorail Stop

The first two days of CES are a madhouse with gridlock. The show offers a free shuttle bus between the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC what CES calls “Tech East”) and the Sands Expo Area (“Tech West”). Between waiting on a bus or Uber/Lift/Taxi and getting stuck in traffic, it can be faster to walk the first two days of the show or better yet, take the monorail.

I leverage a multi-day monorail pass to go over the traffic and then fill in with Uber/Lift (having a rental car is a liability in terms of parking and it being in the “wrong” place). One big trick to get to/from the LVCC and Sands Expo is to know the short cut between Harrah’s monorail stop and the Expo. Last year I published directions the shortcut linked to here. You probably won’t be alone taking this shortcut as this trick has been passed down for years.

Note if you are staying on the strip and plan on taking the Monorail in the morning, you should expect about a one hour wait, no matter which stop you get on, the first two days of the show. They usually limit the number of people that can get on at each stop (otherwise only people at the MGM stop would be able to get on). The first two days, Uber/Lyft/Taxi is probably faster from the strip hotels, but you don’t want to drive north on Paradise Blvd., as it will gridlock (and the Uber/Lyft/Taxi drivers are not supposed to let you out to walk). It may be better to circle around to the north and then drive south on Paradise to get to the LVCC.

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Karl Guttag

10 Comments

  1. Hi karl
    May I ask what booth’s you are most excited by this year?
    Or which one you will try and see?
    Thank you again for Sharing your experiences and knowledge, it is quite insightful.
    Kindest Regards
    Mohamed

    • The problem with going to CES every year is that everything looks like it is going in slow motion. Also, I’m going to be more interested in the technology beneath the products. So I am looking forward to seeing any progress with MicroLEDs and any new optics.

  2. Are you going to go and pay to get inside Spie’s AR VR MR product demonstrations that were free the first few years?

    • Yes, I am going to the AR VR MR conference and demonstrations at Photonics West.

      • Martin Hillerby
        Martin Hillerby

        After going to the show, do you still think MVIS’s technology is being used by MSFT in Hololens2 presently shipping to enterprise customers? Could it be MSFT’s own technology and patents developed in house by ex MVIS engineers that MSFT pried away???…

      • Martin Hillerby
        Martin Hillerby

        By the way their demos of Hololens2 were overheating shutting down with warnings because of the length of time they were being used…noticed users were having a hard time with hand gesture interactions.

      • Martin Hillerby
        Martin Hillerby

        Wondering what’s your opinion to my question after going to SPIE’s AR MR VR Show?

      • It looks to me like Microsoft got a deal from Microvision where they paid for royalties that were a drop in the bucket to their program. Most likely they have a deal that would survive Microvision. Why risk stealing it when they could get it from Microvision at what was for them a trivial cost? My guess is that Microvision was pretty desperate and thought that having Microsoft using their technology would boost their business.

        I think most people in the industry think Microvision is involved in some way. The question is whether it makes a difference for Microvision.

        The problem for Microvision is how many dollars per unit could they be getting? If Microsoft is taking on all the engineering and manufacturing risk, maybe they kick about $20 to $50 unit on top of say a yearly fee. I don’t see Hololens 2 shipping many units. I also think that the long term roadmap for everyone goes through MicroLEDs.

  3. I agree about MicroLEDs. The last talk at SPIE’s Show with invited experts about when they’ll be available was interesting to say the least. However the attendance this year wasn’t near what they hoped for after charging so much to get in. From what I’ve heard MFST hired MVIS engineers and designed their own technology with patents. Now all in house. We’ve seen the recent patents these engineers from MVIS got for MSFT and now we get news from MVIS they’re cutting their staff 60% as they reported their North American customer decided not to go to market using MVIS technology. As for the people in the industry thinking MVIS is involved some way, the ones that I talked to at the show all got their information from that picture of MVIS in the Hololens2 prototype…..PROTOTYPE !!! Do you think Kipman would say MSFT designed it if it it was MVIS technology they bought and used?…. Or does it make sense that MVIS will let MSFT say they designed it while cutting staff 60% and getting delisted or going through another RS ??? Makes more sense MSFT thinks they designed around MVIS’s technology…not even paying royalties.

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