And another CES is in the books. The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show was big as usual, but if I had to sum it up, two categories would be “wearables” and “rideables.” Watches and other small-gadget-with-transceivers-and-app were of course everywhere. Less usual this year: smart transport on display, not just smart accessories. At the Convention Center:
- The OneWheel “uni-skateboard” is back. After last year’s debut, they have succesfully delivered units to Kickstarter backers by Christmas. Reports are that the finished product is pretty polished, and some even got to ride it.
- Acton RocketSkates had broken cover before, but CES made it official. Like OneWheel, they’re “segwayfied” transport, but in rollerskate form, not skateboard.
- Boosted Board’s e-skateboard was also known, but now cut by hundreds of dollars.
- The big news: Gogoro’s electric scooter and “ecosystem,” which I’ll discuss later.
- In established manufacturers, BMW and Mercedes had splashy autonomous car demonstrations.
Stay tuned, apparently they’ve got more energy than I do.