Andru Edwards from GearLive.com stopped by the Red Touch Media booth at CES to get interviewed by Frank Radice. In the interview, Andru talks about how he started GearLive.com and what he was looking forward to at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.
Frank: Hey, it’s Frank Radice at CES 2013 from the Red Touch booth once again, and i’m here with Andru Edwards from Gear Live. Tell me a little bit about Gear Live and what you guys do.
Andru: Gearlive.com is a technology and pop culture website, web blog, video series. We pretty much have a portfolio of different destinations on the site, mostly what I do is focused on technology. I love gadgets, technology, software, hardware. It’s my passion in life and so I was able to turn it into a successful business.
Frank: God, I wish I could’ve done that, probably would’ve saved me a marriage or two, but you know here we are at CES. This is sort of nerd stock for people that actually do that, care about that. I was wondering, is there anything that you’ve seen so far.. You’ve probably only been here for a day, I guess you may have been here for press day. Is there anything that you’ve seen here that blows you away?
Andru: Things blow me away for different reasons and I’ve actually been here since Saturday so I’ve been kind of scoping things out. Things as simple as, there’s a product called a sphero, which is just a little ball that is IOS controlled. So you put this ball on the floor and it glows different colors and you control everything from your phone, it’s rolling around your house. It’s kind of like those radio controlled cars from back in the day. But instead you’re using your smartphone or your iPad, iPod. So I thought that was cool and unique. Of course the 110 inch, ultra HD television.
Frank: 4k stuff?
Andru: 4k ultra HD, 110 inches, probably it’s going to cost $20,000. Like, you know, that blows me away!
Frank: That blows me away too!
Andru: But i’m not going to be ordering that on amazon next week or anything like that, so. I mean, even with prime I don’t know how much shipping would be on that.
Frank: What about, you know, every year.. It seems every year. There’s always been a couple of things that, this is what we’re talking about.
Frank: And obviously this year it’s 4k. Another thing that everyone seems to be talking about are the fabloids- phone like tablets. What do you think about that as a trend? Is that going to happen? I mean you can’t stick them in your pocket, what does it matter?
Andru: I think what’s happening there is, basically the phone manufacturer is trying to force this revolution, if you will, on the consumer. I don’t know if that many consumers want a phone that is inconvenient to carry. I mean, why would someone want a phone that is hard to bring with you? A phone is supposed to be a mobile device as opposed to a portable device. So, you know there’s been some phones announced like Huawei has a 6.1 inch phone, which is .9 inches away from a 7 inch android tablet. Why would you? It’s ridiculous.
Frank: You can’t put a 7 inch android tablet or even the mini iPod in your inside pocket.
Andru: Right, right. I mean it has a large hard screen, which is nice. And a bigger battery fits in there so you can keep a better battery life, but that’s not something you’re going to remember to grab and put in your pocket. It’s more of a luxury item and I don’t see why, I don’t know. I don’t like the trend.
Frank: So speaking of trends, do you see other than the 4k trend and that fablet trend, do you see anything else around here that is going to be the product i’m going to buy next year?
Andru: They’re definitely trying to refocus their Windows 8 thing right now. Windows 8 RT at least, seem to really be a flop for a lot of manufacturers other than Microsoft itself. So we’re seeing more full Windows 8, touchscreen tablets and computers and I believe over the next year, if you’re a PC person. Pretty much any notebook that you buy is going to be touch-based and we’ve been seeing this week the introduction of table PC’s, a new category that we haven’t seen before which is basically a large tablet that lays on your coffee table and that’s where it lives. So it’s like the surface originally was when Microsoft first made it, although it was a really big.
Frank: Right. So I have to ask you, just because you know, I have to ask you. You had a demonstration downstairs at the Red Touch kiosk and so what did you think of that?
Andru: I thought it was interesting, it’s nice to be able to, you know, wherever you are, I mean Redbox has already proved it. If there’s a kiosk in a place where you are already going to go like a grocery store or a gas station, and you want to watch a movie or be entertained by something, it’s quick and easy. This takes it a step further by offering not just movies, but music. It’s not just a rental so you’re owning your content, and books! So I can definitely see that kind of disrupting. Especially in airports where
people want something to read, or to watch, or listen to. And where it’s usually a rip off, so I saw the prices down there, they look competitive with everything else out here. So you’re not being gauged, so why wouldn’t you use that? And the fact that you can have it automatically appear on your devices without having to wait for the USB, if you don’t want to, it’s awesome I think.
Frank: That’s great, Andru Edwards from Gear Live. Frank Radice saying, see you net time from the Red Touch booth, CES 2013.
Here’s a photo of Andru and his GearLive crew: