I packed my bag last night and took the first flight possible this morning to Las Vegas to attend the Consumer Electronic Show. While packing last night, I felt very much like aschek on Twitter (left) as I packed a lot more technology gadgets than the normal traveler. I packed my work Blackberry, Nokia N95 to stream videos updates live via Flixwagon, my Canon Powershot SD850 to capture snag shots and the occasional video, my Canon VIXIA HF100 HD camcorder to record SOMEWHAT FRANK video episodes and my iPhone which can take and edit photos with a number of Apps including (PanoLab, CameraBag and PhotoGenie, among others) and stream live video to the Web via Qik (thank you Qik). That is a lot of equipment and I have only covered my phone/cameras. Aside from that I have my laptop and a number of other gadgets. For the 20 percent of clothing, I threw in a couple fine Taylorbyrd button down shirts to choose from. This is my first time attending CES and I want to thank Intel and the Intel Insider program for making it possible. So what do I have on tap?
Tonight (Thursday), I am co-hosting the Intel CES09 Kickoff hosted by @briansolis @sarahcuda @zappos @somewhatfrank and @intelinsiders at the The Sportsbook Bar & Grill in the Palazzo. In case you are not familiar with the venue, it was formerly the 40/40 Club, which was owned by hip hop star Jay Z, so it is sure to offer plush furnishings, lots of technology and bling. I hope to see you there as it should be a great event. Intel will show off some of the latest Netbooks which sport the new Intel Atom processor (a very tiny but powerful processor) and if you visit the Intel booth on Friday at CES you might even be able to win one. Also be sure to tag your Twitter tweets, Flickr photos and YouTube videos CES09 so they get added to the ultimate destination for tracking all the CES social media action at ConsumerElectronicsInsider.com.
Friday, I have full day of activities planned at the actual convention. In the late afternoon I get to jam out with Sarah Lacy as we have teamed up to form the team named, creatively, SomewhatLacy to take on Julia Allison and Meghan Asha from NonSociety.com at the SanDisk Battler of the Bloggers: Rock Band 2 Challenge. I am hoping I can put some of my guitar playing abilities to good use as we compete in this single elimination tournament with teams from CrunchGear, Wired, Gizomdo, PC Magazine, USA Today and more. In the early polls it seems our team is a fan favorite.
Friday evening I plan on attending the It Won't Stay in Vegas! event co-hosted by Robert Scoble and Gary Vaynerchuk. Followed by a Social Media Club dinner and to top the evening off Intel is hosting a private partyl feature Counting Crows.
It should be a busy but action packed two days at CES 2009, remember to follow my updates real-time via Twitter: @somewhatfrank
Finally, if you have something personally technology related that you think I might find interesting please feel free to send me an @somewhatfrank reply and we could setup some time to sync up at CES and if I like your product maybe we could create a SOMEWHAT FRANK video adventure.