Hey, everyone. Welcome to the opening CES 2013 keynote! We'll be getting started soon. First it will be CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro, and then he'll be followed by Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga.
We are kicking off the live blog for the opening keynote at CES from Panasonic.
Our first picture of the event! James Martin will be providing photography during this event. Daniel Terdiman will be handling the live blog on the ground. I'll be offering some commentary and will tweet some interesting tidbits from the keynote.
Yes! There is a live video stream for this event.
The video has not yet started. We are still about 10 minutes from showtime.
The video will appear on the CNET page above the live blog. This is just the pre-show right now. But we should have video once things get going in a few minutes.
So what does everyone expect to hear from Panasonic today? Do you think we'll get any interesting industry updates from CEA president Gary Shapiro?
@Stephen I would say that is one of the themes I've noticed. There's been a lot of talk about having your mobile device, whether it's a tablet or a smartphone, working well with your TV.
One thing I wonder about is how much integration people really want between their mobile devices and TV. Do you really want your smartphone to be a remote? Or is it enough to simply make sure your iPad can access all your TV shows and movies that your can get via your cable service on your TV?
I'll be interested to hear if Panasonic makes new announcements today. Their press conference yesterday was pretty short on big announcements. It could be that they were holding stuff back for today.
"Please take your seats. Our event is about to begin."
It's interesting, but the TV manufacturers always seem to add new functionality for not that much extra money. They've done it with HD, 3D, and now likely connected TVs. Sure there is a premium for a year or two, but then the prices fall. And people can get the new tech for relatively the same price they'd pay for a TV without so many bells and whistles.
@Stephen I hear you. But I think that's more of a problem when you're in Apple's ecosystem.
Sorry, but it's way too early for music this loud. :-)
I'm assuming the video for this event will start when the event starts. The event hasn't started yet.
@Mattc interesting observation. I think another theme of this CES is that NFC isn't just for mobile payments. We are starting to see the technology in other types of products.
Here comes CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro
"Innovation is our best hope for growth," he begins.
The video should be starting shortly. My guess is when the keynote begins, the video will start.
Shapiro: encouraging innovation is a strategy that encourages growth.
He asks for applause for the over 3,300 exhibitors at CES this year.
This year, he says, there is a record-breaking 1.9 million square feet of exhibit space.
Hmm, I am checking to see what's up with the video. It should have started.
Eight of the 10 largest auto companies are here, with more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, he says. And there is a big emphasis on safety.
"What a big surprise to see (Microsoft CEO) Steve Ballmer up on stage," he says. I'm sure. :-)
Shapiro is touting the Innovation Movement (DeclareInnovation.com), which has more than 250,000 members around the world.
Shapiro is touting his new book, Ninja Innovation, which explains CEA's views of the secrets of the leaders in business. All proceeds go back to CEA, he says.