China Consumer Electronics Show disappoints

(REUTERS) – Check out Cool Glass One – it’s kind of like a cheap Google Glass.

Boly Cam is like a Go Pro for a fraction of the price.

And if you can’t fork out for an Apple Watch, Sharkey might work for you.

REUTERS REPORTER, JANE LANHEE LEE,

“I’m at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai. It’s Asia’s first taste of the famous Las Vegas expo – the most important in the world for all things tech. And quite frankly, it’s a bit disappointing.”

Take this event from Ford, using some of the same video clips I watched at the Shanghai Auto Show last month.

And I expected to check out some wild new future technology, but instead it’s just more of the same.

Bottom line – it’s hard to find anything with the ‘wow’ factor and I don’t think you get many people saying that in Vegas.

To get some perspective, I met up with Stephen Cass from tech magazine IEEE Spectrum.

He’s been covering almost every CES in the U.S. for the past decade and was cautiously optimistic about the Shanghai show.

SENIOR EDITOR, IEEE SPECTRUM, STEPHEN CASS,

“You know it does make it difficult. You know I didn’t know I was going to get a visa until 20 hours before my flight lifted off. So there are other difficulties with covering a show in China. You know there are, you know the way I cover a show now in Vegas, there’s a lot of social media. Twitter and Facebook, and you know, a lot of these products which are harder to access here, shall we say. So how we cover this show is actually very different.”

CES bosses say they expect the show in Asia to one day overtake the U.S.

They may be staring through rose-tinted spectacles, but I prefer looking through virtual reality glasses.

These only cost a fraction of what you would pay for something similar state-side.

I guess that’s one thing you have to hand to China – if it’s made here, it’s always made for cheaper.

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