What I’d Love to See Announced at CES

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This morning I was pondering ways that Verizon could improve their FiOS App by giving me the ability to download content I’ve recorded on my DVR to watch anytime I’m traveling.

They now allow you to stream DVR recorded shows, but I want to watch it without a WiFi connection.

If they really want to make it sweeter, they could make it a perk of being a Verizon Wireless customer or make it so that you could stream your recordings without it counting towards your data usage.

Yes, here in Boston as the first snow of the season falls (and sadly is now nothing but sleet) this is what I was pondering.

But, as I thought about that and found a handful of bad PR pitches for new products coming out at CES, I found myself thinking about what I’d love to see unveiled at CES 2016.

Smaller Full Feature Drones

Until I started flying one, I never thought about how big drones are.

Sure, there are small ones you can play with, but I’m focusing on ones for work. Drones that can shoot high quality video and photos.

I’m a minimalist traveler and thus size does matter to me. Drones are big and bulky and don’t breakdown a whole lot.

On top of that the backpack selections to safely carry them are lacking. The Lowepro DroneGuard Cases seem to be the best out there, but even those won’t fit mine and they have to improve before I’ll buy one.

With high quality cameras getting smaller every year, I hope UAVs of all sorts begin to shrink for easier transportation.

Between the FAA requiring registration and Amazon’s new drone page it is obvious this is a market segment that is going to continue to grow.

Samsung Full Frame Camera

Even though I’m an Imagelogger, we don’t get any inside information so please don’t take this as a scoop.

The Samsung NX1 has become my workhorse camera, but I do miss the full frame sensor of my much beloved Canon 5D Mark III from time to time.

Other mirrorless camera manufacturers have begun announcing full frame sensors, so I imagine it’ll only be a matter of time before Samsung announces one.

They always unveil new goodies at CES, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Wireless Charging Standards

It bugs me that I can wirelessly charge my Droid Turbo, but that no one else in our house has that option with their phones.

I know there are competing standards at the moment, but I’m hoping someone wins so that we can start having smart counter tops, desks and other surfaces where setting down our devices will recharge and power them.

If we reach a standard, all manufacturers would begin to add this capability to their products. I long for that day.

Better Batteries

Everything we use doesn’t have enough power to use it as often as we’d like without being recharged so why haven’t better batteries been invented.

Tesla is moving things in the right direction, but I long for a phone that can be used as much as I use it for a full day without lusting for an outlet. I never want to worry about my laptop not having enough juice when I’m traveling.

Please someone make this happen.

Improved Smart Home Security

Smart home technology will continue to roll out and as people connect everything in their house to the Internet it opens them to a variety of security holes.

There needs to be protection being built at the same time. All of these electronic locks, thermostats connected to the cloud and video security cameras can be hacked into and with people plugging in devices from all sorts of manufacturers there is an opportunity for products that will protect all of them.

More Solar Power

As I was typing this the batteries in my mouse died. I hate changing batteries in products.

I bought a Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard a while ago and love it. The sun coming in through my office windows mean I never have to worry about it working or finding batteries when I’m in the middle of using it.

I was given several Goal Zero products as gifts and even when I’m at home I’ll pop open the solar panels to recharge things. Why pay for electricity when I don’t have to?

Why do we have to change batteries in our television remotes, outside speakers or other devices. Ever since we had SolarCity solar panels installed on our house last winter, I’m constantly thinking about ways we could unplug and still have our technology. Hopefully manufacturers are thinking about this as well.

Smarter & Safer Cars

Texting and driving pisses me off. Ask any of my friends who I’ve caught doing it, how much tolerance I have for it. (the answer is none)

While the laws are doing very little to curb this from happening, I would love to see technology help out.

Our phones automatically connect to our cars via bluetooth. When this happens all cars and all phones should go into a driving mode where texts are read, screens are turned off to the touch and the two work in combination to keep humans from being stupid behind the wheel in whatever way they can.

I’ve talked before about how Motorola already does this with their phones, but I want to see it built into all cars and phones so that it becomes commonplace.

Tougher Wearables

I tried to use a fitness tracker. In fact, I’ve used them from Nike, FitBit and Jawbone.

All of them worked great in the beginning but over time broke for one reason or another.

I’ve finally given up on them because for an average dude like me, they are not worth the cost if I have to replace them every year.

The benefits of them were great and I loved them, but I’m holding out hope that there will be better ones coming soon.

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Those are the things I’m hoping for from CES. What about you? Anything you are eager to have on your gadget lust list?

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Bio

Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and headshots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…

Writer

I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.

Photographer

If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on Instagram and Flickr.

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.

Teacher

I’ve developed and taught courses for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and Treehouse. I’m also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and hoping to do more teaching in the future.

 

On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.


Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com

 

Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.

 

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