Today I went to CE Week here in New York. And here’s what I learned: I’m not journalist, and I’m fine with that.
For the second year in a row, the fabulous folks at Techlicious hosted a Media/Mom Blogger tour of the CE Week floor, highlighting various companies and products. Imagine it! Actual journalists and bloggers co-existing and seeing the SAME things without coming to blows!
We saw Woven, a free app that aggregates your photos from all those bazillions of different websites you use to store them – Facebook, Picassa, Shutterfly, etc. etc. etc — so you can see them all in one place. (Being able to share them from that one place would be nice — but for now at least, it’s just a viewer. Still handy.)
We got a look at the latest ipieces ipad/app based toys from venerable toy company Pressman. Their upcoming pool game looks pretty cool. We saw the new, incredibly well priced streaming soundbar from RCA ($99), which also allows for video streaming from internet providers like Hulu and Netflix for no extra charge.
We learned about the super cool Control4 HC_250 Controller, which basically turns your home into a smart home. Letting you control lights, temperature, even door locks and window shades with a remote, or from your smart phone.
Speaking of smartphones, we were treated to lunch at BLT Fish by HTC, who showed us a demo of their newest smart phone, the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. Which has an awesome camera, a cool live widget system, and really, surprisingly good sound for a phone. The thing has beats. I’m a Windows Phone girl…but I could be convinced.
And we got swag. Lots of swag. Including the Control 4. Which I called super cool just a few sentences back.
So does saying it’s cool when I got one make me NOT a journalist? Nope. I’m NOT a journalist because I do not get paid. I do not get assignments. I do not have a journalism degree.
None of this is news to me. (more…)