Well, CES 2021 is now in the past (mostly-exhibitors & attendees still get to see content into mid February).
This was my third one to attend. First one "virtual" and first one as an exhibitor. A different experience for everyone involved for sure. Missing were the hours of walking the floors looking firsthand "to the future." This is the place to see what we may all be using not only now, but in the near future as new technologies develop. This year, we had to look at product videos and seminars. It wasn't as exciting as seeing a passenger drone in person like I did last year in Las Vegas.
On the plus side, there seemed to be a lot more conferences and seminars that could be attended without the issues of trying to be at two places at once. Seminars about the new economics brought about by COVID, previews of the Biden Administration's approach to tech, dealing with tech on the global scale as well as from the startup arenas. Some great info from experts of their fields.
For the CL360, exhibiting digitally and not in person had a few advantages. I think I accumulated more contacts that can help the product grow than if those contacts just happened to be at Eureka Park on a given day & time in person. I developed contacts that are being pursued to help refine the firmware & software. I now have contacts to help with crowd sourcing and distribution through places like Amazon, etc. I even have contacts to help me source repair/warranty services once the product is out in the market. All very important services to do right.
The most exciting to be a part of was getting contacted by various podcast and media entities who found out about the CL360 through CES, and wanted to showcase it on their show because it interested them. During CES, I talked to two such podcasters producing live coverage of interesting tech found at CES2021--like the CL360. I am awaiting the finished videos that isolate my interviews and allow me to embed them for you, but below are the links to the programs that featured the CL360 during CES. There are more media contacts I am involved with post-CES. More details in a future update. Very, very appreciative for the media contacts. It's important to be able to "put yourself out there."
Geekazine with Jeffrey Powers: https://youtu.be/uLrF-qItvbU
PLUGHITZ Live: https://techpodcasts.com/ces2021/
The nicest part of appearing in these podcasts was the positive reaction received during the segments. Lots of interest in the product, which brought more people to the mailing list. (Welcome, by the way!). It's exciting to see excitement in the product build as I get closer to making it reality, and into your hands to use to enhance your 360 photography. Next update soon!