Consumer Cloak & Dagger at CES 2013


Espionage for the masses!

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) draws thousands of tech-aficionados to Las Vegas each January to peruse the very latest in consumer technology and gadgetry. Running January 8 through 11, this years CES broke all records with more than 1.92 million square feet exhibit space, over 150,000 attendees and 3,250 exhibitors unleashing some 20,000 new products. While tech pundits and industry insiders drooled over the latest über-pixel televisions from the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony and Hisence, I combed the back-lanes of the cavernous Las Vegas Convention Centre searching for something a little more esoteric… consumer espionage gear!

In the year of the drone it shouldn’t surprise anyone that gadgets once deemed appropriate for 007 would invade the consumer space. However, I was surprised at just how pervasive these technologies have become. For just a few hundred dollars anyone can operate an ariel drone with HD video capability or surreptitiously track their neighbour’s comings and goings. Even more disturbingly, many of these privacy-invading technologies are aimed at the burgeoning Mommy-Tech market in the guise of family welfare and child security. In the March/April edition of Routes magazine I take a light-hearted look at the darker side of privacy invasion technologies showing at CES 2013.

You can read the entire article here.

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