LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – Last night, the Cult of Mac staff attended a CES event called Pepcom. It’s a heavily sponsored event with hundreds of companies showing off their latest products to members of the press. Some products are not available for retail and a few don’t even have prices yet. Pepcom goes all out on themes. The more elaborate, the better. This year the theme was “tailgating,” so there was a lot of deep fried food and people dressed as football players and cheerleaders.
Here’s some of the fun stuff and people we saw:
First order of business, a cocktail, for courage prepared by the competent bartender, Brian. He makes a mean Gin and Tonic. These lovely ladies are showing off a car adaptor for the iPhone. The flexible silicone means it won’t get tangled. Available for $39.99 from TYLT.com. I got this Maytag spokesperson to pose like a Price is Right model with this concept refrigerator. this icebox has speakers mounted in the inside doors to reduce kitchen counter clutter. When opened it vibrates with sound. This orange substance is impact material D3o that will protect your iPhone if dropped. The salesman was pretty convincing especially when he whacked his covered finger with a mallet. Available this February. This man is demonstrating how his company Liquipel can protect the iPhone from accidental liquid damage with a super-hydrophobic nano-coating. For $60 they can waterproof an iPhone from the inside. Don’t worry, it won’t affect the warranty because they don’t actually open it. These friendly gals are promoting Slacker Premium Radio, Which just added listen on demand, like Spotify. Yurbuds are sports earphones that are guaranteed to never fall out. The $99.99 price tag may seem steep but after seeing the guy on the left do several flips while wearing them, it seems a fair price. Rice Krispy treats on a stick. Delicious but not sure why the crazy colors. This football player was handing out tiny blue plastic footballs. This happy representative from Speck is holding the adorable iGuy iPad mini case. Made from soft huggable plastic this guy costs $39.99 and comes in several colors. Some brightly colored give-away bracelets and stands. Kingston was promoting a one Terabyte USB flash drive, which is available in two months. No set price though yet. People were clammering around the table trying to sneak a peek. This Little People Activity Barnyard from Fisher Price for $39.99 is the cutest thing I have seen. Connect with an iPad for a virtual farm. Gadget Girl snatched a mini burger and stopped just long enough to pose for a photo. Expect Labs had nicely-arranged mints to hand out. Texas chili that will put hair on your chest. It really was that good. More fun police handing out beer cozies shaped like football jersies and chocolates. This lady was modeling the SteadySnake by Margolin. A bendy soft tube wraps around just about anything to secure an iPad. It looked crazy yet interesting so I had to ask about it.