Sony CEO Speaks Out (and Other CES Highlights)

ICYMI, here’s footage of Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai finally addressing the biggest story of the second half of 2014 at CES yesterday, via The Verge.

Hirai, who apparently urged Sony Pictures to tone down the Kim Jong-Un death scene in The Interview, also took the opportunity to promote both that movie and the underperforming Annie reboot.

So what else is happening at January’s most-hyped event?

So far we’ve heard about impractical 4K “Super high-def” TVs, TVs that bend, and insanely large TVs (which may or may not all be the same product). TechCrunch notes that Samsung wants to get super-fancy with a new range of high-end products to compliment its usual cheap stuff. Various companies are also producing the sort of networked speakers that may be commonplace in American homes about five years from now. The price of the new Walkman is a cool $1200.

If you’re up for a little mockery, Jason O. Gilbert of Quartz and Yahoo just published a fictional pitch email promoting the literal client from Hell, Satan (who boasts “investors including the Illuminati, a subterranean cabal of shadowy banking executives, and Andreessen Horowitz”).

Via our friends at 360 PR, here are some “dog wearables,” which we will buy immediately if they promise to teach our rescue mutt how to walk in the city.

David Armano of Edelman let us know this morning via Twitter that he hasn’t been particularly impressed so far but implied that self-driving cars and various workable drone models may score some headlines:

The only thing that won our attention this week is Sling TV, DirecTV’s product that offers cord-cutters who watch football every once in a while a new $20/month streaming option. Consumerist reviewed it today, noting limitations like the fact that the service does not allow viewers to record or store programs, that the networks themselves will decide what’s on the cloud, and that pay TV providers will almost certainly try their best to destroy this service just like they did with Netflix.

Today’s New York Times post on self-driving, super-connected cars was interesting, but what did we really miss so far? How many of the products these clients are pushing will actually find traction with American consumers?