CES: A FortyThree Tradition by Gary Bird

At the start of each year, the FortyThree team returns to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's largest technology event. We had several clients exhibiting at CES 2017, including Portal, Stern Pinball and First Orion, among others.

While our team had a blast representing our clients at media events and on the show floor, we also took advantage of all that the Entertainment Capital of the World has to offer—sans Little White Chapel. Highlights of the trip include CNET's Blink 182 concert, knocking down pins at Brooklyn Bowl, playing a round at Top Golf and flying drones at the Drone Rodeo.

Portal Brings High-Speed WiFi to CES by Gary Bird

ShowStoppers Internet Lounge, provided by Portal

ShowStoppers Internet Lounge, provided by Portal

If there's one thing everyone can agree on at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it's the awful WiFi. Luckily for this year's attendees, the team from Ignition Design Labs came prepared with Portal, the smart whole home WiFi system that is shaking up the wireless networking space.

At Pepcom Digital Experience and ShowStoppers, the team demonstrated how the Portal router delivers consistently fast and reliable WiFi, especially when you're surrounded by multiple competing WiFi networks or devices.

CES 2017 Innovation Awards Showcase

CES 2017 Innovation Awards Showcase

Members of the media had the opportunity to experience its power first-hand at the Showstoppers Internet Lounge, sponsored by Portal. Even in the extremely congested environment, Internet Lounge visitors saw consistent speeds of 150+ Mbps.

Portal was an honoree at the CES Innovation Awards showcase and a finalist in the Last Gadget Standing contest.

David Pogue, Founder of Yahoo Tech, and Ignition Design Labs' own Vinit Modi

David Pogue, Founder of Yahoo Tech, and Ignition Design Labs' own Vinit Modi

Avegant Glyph Soars at CES by Gary Bird

Have you ever wondered what it's like to see the world through the eyes of a bird? At Drone Rodeo, the premier pre-CES drone event, Avegant gave the media and members of the public the opportunity to do just that.

While wearing Avegant Glyph, the world's first mobile personal theater experience, Drone Rodeo participants could experience the next level of drone piloting and the beauty of flight with ultra-high quality, ultra-fast streaming first-person view.

With 360-degree head tracking, the cutting-edge headset offers users of any HDMI-equipped drone a unique, detailed view of the world from above.

In addition to drone piloting, Avegant Glyph allows users to watch or stream any type of existing media, including an immersive 360-degree and side-by-side 3D.

On select CES-bound United Airlines flights, several passengers were able to take Avegant Glyph for a spin. Then, during CES, the Avegant team demonstrated the headset's many features at Pepcom Digital Experience and the CES Innovation Awards Showcase.

Rock 'n' Pinball at CES by Gary Bird


Stern Pinball, the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, made its triumphant return to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year.

Visitors to Stern's CES booth had the chance to play six Stern Pinball machines, including Batman 66, the Pabst Blue Ribbon-themed "Can Crusher," Spider-Man and the brand new Aerosmith Pinball. At Pepcom Digital Experience and ShowStoppers, members of the media enjoyed taking the Aerosmith machine for a spin.

In addition, Stern Pinball showcased its new VR Pinball, as well as iOS pinball, Xbox and PS4 pinball games.

The team had a great time speaking with USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes and many other publications.