Live From CES: Panasonic Press Conference

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Update: It sounds like Panasonic just trotted out Lord of the Dance. Seriously, it's tap dance with Irish music. The bomb-sniffing dog can barely stand it. Thumpety-thump-thump. I used this diversion to snag a press kit.


Noah Robischon - Truth is, I'm about 50 yards from the Panasonic press conference. Trouble is, the media event is being held in their booth on the show floor. The booth is right above the restrooms. Luckily, that isn't the source of the sewage overflow Joel referenced earlier. But the event is stinky nonetheless—because It's impossible to get anywhere near the stage. The crowd is five deep outside the booth perimeter, and stretches down the walkway toward the rest of the exhibits. I need better technology just to access this press conference. Forklift drivers are zipping around the crowd perimeter threatening to behead someone.

A bomb-sniffing dog just walked by and tried to snag a stray Heineken.

To make matters worse, the Panasonic press kit won't be distributed until the press conference is over at 4PM (PST). Which means the scene will soon resemble the stock exchange trading floor with grubby journos like myself.

So instead of craning my neck to hear some executives talk about products I can barely see, I'm hanging here on the concrete piggybacking off Casio's WiFi net, looking at booth babes exhibitors and getting psyched for the show proper.