I took the monorail to the show today, and got off at the HIlton hotel. While I was in the area, I used my SaversGuide to point me to the Star Trek Experience, where I got a 20 percent discount on tickets. I also stumbled across an old Star Trek Tricorder, which "scans for alien life forms, receives alerts from your crew, and views recorded history ." I can't do that (yet), but I can direct you to the nearest latte shop.
(And FYI, the Spock Ears are NOT a standard nuvi accessory!)
While cruising the CES floor today, I stopped by some of Garmin’s many technology partners, including XM, Microsoft, Palm, NAVTEQ, Kenwood, and Harley-Davidson. I snapped a few more pictures so everyone could see what was happening in their booths.
I snuck out of CES for awhile to catch some rays by the pool, and used my audiobook player to read “Busting Vegas,” a story of a bunch of college kids who, for a while at least, beat the casinos. I downloaded the book – one of over 23,000 books, periodicals, and radio shows available at Audible.com. I come pre-loaded with an audiobook player – just download a good read (er, listen) and go!
I spent all night cavorting on the Strip, and now it’s 4 a.m. Thankfully however, according to my World Travel Clock, it’s only one in the afternoon in Samoa, so I keep pushing onward. Always knowing the time anywhere in the world sure beats the heck out of relying on this anyhow. By the way, I had to use my navigation function to lead me to the nearest ATM… it seems as though I’m running low after a run-in at the craps table.
I went out last night with all of my Garmin buddies, and we visited Paris... the hotel and casino, that is. Did you know that Paris' Arc de Triomphe is 50 meters high (that's 164 feet, according to my Measurement Converter), is situated at the intersection of 12 avenues, and is inscribed with Napoleons victories? I learned that in my optional European Travel Guide. Of course, I'm in Nevada, not France, but Paris Las Vegas features some sized-down replicas of some of the City of Lights' most famous landmarks. And had I met any actual French-speaking denizens, I could have used my Language Guide to greet them with "Bienvenue a Paris!"
I’m back on the show floor, and took a few pics of some members of the Garmin family who were selected as CES Innovations 2006 Award Honorees – the Edge 305, the Forerunner 305, and the StreetPilot i2. Award recipients were chosen on criteria that included user value, aesthetics, design, contributions to the quality of life, eveningwear competition, swimsuit competition, and congeniality. (Those last three I made up, just to see if you were paying attention…)
You’ll never believe what happened to me! I met a couple from Poughkeepsie, New York that was in town to get married, and they asked ME to be their Navigator of Honor during their wedding, held at the historic and scenic Little White Wedding Chapel.
There was more time this morning to cruise the halls at CES. I grabbed a few photos of Garmin ads sprinkled throughout the hall… and even a mobile billboard or two cruising the Vegas Strip (note how you can see the big blow-up nuvi in the background, too!). It seems as though we’re everywhere!