Welcome to CES 2015
By noon Monday, CES 2015 in Las Vegas will be a madhouse. Dozens of video screens will compete for the attention of buyers, enthusiasts, and journalists, with speakers blaring ads for the latest technologies.
So we went early.
What you’ll see in the next few pages are what major manufacturers including LG, Sony, Panasonic, Canon and others are showing off at their booths. Don’t worry if you’re not at the show—here’s a guided tour before the show even kicks off.
LG's OLED TVs
We started off with LG, which has really banked on its OLED TV technology to differentiate itself from the competition.
LG's immersive 3D
A promo for a 3D display outside of LG's booth.
LG, like other manufacturers, was busy showing advanced technologies at its booth. It looks like DirectTV plans to hop on the 4K wave.
It's the LG Roomba! Or something close to it.
No guys in bunny suits hopping around this year, unfortunately. (It's a "Hoppa" joke.)
Driving into the future
As automotive tech takes the spotlight, many booths have cars in them.
Hisense car simulator
HiSense has what looks to be a sweet car simulator ready for attendees to try out.
I believe that's a Ferrari at Cobra's booth.
Haier's Roku TV
Haier was one of a number of companies who look to be banking on content companies like Roku.
Panasonic's water display
We're not sure what Panasonic is going for here, but this could be the basis for a really cool koi pool.
Panasonic's booth: 4K and more
It looks like 4K displays will be the focus for Panasonic.
Panasonic's next-gen microwave
Microwave technology is a bit beyond us. Is a cyclonic inverter the thing that sits next to the warp drive?
Panasonic's giant headphones
WHAT? WHAT DID YOU SAY?
Panasonic men's grooming
Because men need to groom.
More Roku TVs, this time from TCL
TCL also appears to have hopped on the Roku TV software bandwagon.
Remember the Google Glass quasi-knockoff that Toshiba launched a few months ago? Here it is, behind, er, glass.
In a number of booths, executives rallied their troops before the show floor doors opened.
Casio: It's all about the watches
I have no idea what a GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid Watch is, but I have to have one.
Canon's CES booth
Canon’s booth focuses on imaging—such as printing and photography. (What did you expect?)
Samsung at CES
Samsung security guards wouldn't let us in early (boo!) but we were able to take some shots from the outside of the big wall 'o TVs.
CES 2015: Polaroid's booth
Still an imaging focus, although Polaroid’s star has dimmed in recent years.
Sony's classy booth
Sony’s booth was tucked in the back of the Central Hall. It’s always been one of our favorite places to visit at CES.
Sony betting big on Android TV
Hold it, what's this? A Google-powered Sony TV?! Sony's relying on Android TV to power all its new 4k smart TVs.
Sony's high dynamic range (HDR) demo
HDR isn’t just a technology for cameras any more. Sony is pushing it inside of its TVs, and Netflix is too with its recommended TVs.
Sony and YouTube
You get the feeling that Sony and Google have struck a partnership.
Sony PlayStation Vita
We hope you’ve enjoyed our preview of some of the booths at CES. If we have time we’ll add more, but with a meeting backlog that’s longer than the cab lines, we’re not holding our breath. Be sure to keep checking out PCWorld for more of our ongoing CES coverage!