LAS VEGAS -- Opening day means taking a deep breath and plunging into the moving mass of people.
One thing you can always count on at CES: big companies want their booths to be seen and heard from outer space. Turn on four completely different audio streams and a couple different videos while you flip through these to get the full effect of being on the show floor.
For the press, the day here at CES 2015 started with a Ford-centric keynote presentation. In addition to talking about Microsoft Sync 3, CEO Mike Fields talked about Ford's myriad experiments and Smart Mobility -- a huge data gathering and mining effort to uncover usage patterns that will make driving easier and more efficient. But as Tim Stevens said in our Ford CES live blog, "It's a little difficult to keep up with all these apps and demos and 'solutions.' The future of transportation is looking like an even more fragmented place than it is today."
At its press conference, Audi showed off the concept cockpit of the Q7 SUV. The rear-seat navigation display shown here brings new meaning to "backseat driver."
Late Monday night, Mercedes exhibited one of the more futuristic-looking car concepts I've seen, the the F 015 Luxury in Motion. It's the company's vision of the car beyond 2013 -- a self-driving mobile lounge.
Donald Bell hosted a panel, "New directions in 3D printing," which discussed resin- and paper-based 3D printing, as well as desktop milling with manufacturers implementing the technologies.
Scott Stein got to face-test the next generation of Oculus VR's technology. Watch him wander.
Razer takes virtual reality open-source with a developer's kit for its headgear.
Lenovo's push to make lighter-than-Yoga devices results in the new LaVie Z series, which promises a 13-inch clamshell laptop at 1.72 pounds (0.7kg) and a Yoga-style 13-inch hybrid at 2.04 pounds (0.9kg).
This year's Next Big Thing panel tackled the current state and future of virtual reality. CNET's Brian Cooley and Tim Stevens spoke with some people doing the innovating, while Brian Tong demonstrated the gear.
RealSense everywhere: Intel closed out the day with a showcase of all the applications and prototypes for its RealSense technology, which range from gesture control to obstacle detection for drones, robotics and smart everything. Wearables, the Internet of Things, health sensing...Intel's found a RealSense application for everything. For example, here's Nixie's selfie drone, which you wear on your wrist and fling out when you want to snap a shot, and it returns when it's done. It's the winner of Intel's Make It Wearable contest.