CES 2016 The Federal Raid

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  1. Macktion

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    For those of you who have been following CES rather closely this year, you may be aware that the other day, there was quite an interesting event:

    Some time ago, a US startup Future Motion presented a product named Onewheel. I remember the event vividly, because at the 2015 CES, one of their founders and I chatted while on the bus to Central Hall (he was headed to go do a demo with Engadget, and I to some other appointments). I never got the chance to try it out, but I definitely wanted to do so.

    So when I took this photo on Wednesday, I hardly expected the event to be as profound in my mind now, as that original meeting, much less the group of Federal marshals who cleared the whole thing away the very next day.

    Future Motion had pursued legal channels to keep this product from being demonstrated, on the grounds that it infringed their IP, and had the potential to sully their product with thoughts of battery issues.

    What makes this so interesting, to me, is not just that this happened, but that it happened at CES where it seems every few rows there is a knock-off of some form or another. And while this is certainly a victory for Future Motion, the rather open attitude toward "the highest form of flattery" that pervades CES makes this shocking indeed.

    Also... its Totally NOT a Hoverboard.
    And neither was this:
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    Wow that would have been quite a scene to see the Feds escorting people out with their booth and gadgets.


    I'm betting they were not fresh when the feds were watching?
     
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    Actually, I know that at least one or two people did get footage of the feds taking everything down. Sadly, I was not one of them. I would have been battling crowds in the Central Hall at the time.
     
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    Here is Bloomberg report on it
     
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    Bloomberg and I clearly have different criteria for the term 'hoverboard' ;)
     
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    I'm glad they took action to protect their product..
     
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    About time, this needs to happen more often!