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Nina is CES 2016 Bound

by on December 15th, 2015

CES Logo 2016Its official I’m going to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2016 and covering it for Cutegeek, Examiner, and for the first time Hi-Tech Chic! I finally settled on flights and booked them! I think this flyer I got in the mail just made me realize I’m going to Vegas baby! I will only be at CES January fifth through the seventh, basically for Pepcom’s Digital Experience and Showstoppers so I don’t have to run around the convention center.CES pamplet

Pepcom’s Digital Experience and Showstoppers are my favorite events; it gives press the unique opportunity to see the latest and greatest of technology before it’s displayed or more up close than at the convention center.  Most of the people and products I personally want to view are usually at these two shows. I will also be doing some one off evening cocktail parties January the fifth and the sixth.

To my media friends; I have received over 500 email requests. I’m not sure how I got so popular but I’m only one person so I will start responding to those I will meet up with. Note I will not being going to the convention center only attending Pepcom’s Digital Experience and Showstoppers.

To check out what CES shenanigans I will be up to you can follow me on twitter at @nrpena, @cutegeek, and @hitechchic OR to get the recap or new posts about my CES 2016 experience check back on Cutegeek, Examiner, and Hi-Tech Chic.

So wish me luck and let the games begin!!

All information was provided by CES, Showstoppers and Pepcom’s sites.


CES 2015 Recap

by on January 20th, 2015

OllioIt’s over a week later and I still haven’t recovered from the CES cold or the back lash of emails “It was nice meeting you…I’d like to discuss a new business opportunity.” I HOWEVER truly had an amazing experience viewing new technology and geeking out! AND this was my first year attending Pepcom’s Digital Experience!!! In no particular order here are my favorite products of the all shows.

I attended a Sphero event to check out the Ollie the app-controlled robot driven by adrenaline. Much like my driving skills (I wouldn’t say I’m the best of the worst or the worst of the best) but I had my fun with the Ollie. As a proud Aunt I want my niece Journey to test this out (she is 6) since the tagline is “Programming isn’t easy, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to give kids a strong foundation. All you need is a Sphero.”Miposaur

Wowwee introduced the MiPosaur T-Rex interactive robot that has GestureSense technology and comes with an interactive TrackBall equipped with BeaconSense technology. I had fun throwing the trackball around and watching to two MiPs interact with it. As of now I am told there is Q3 2015 release and roughly just under $120.00 each. Click here for a video of me trying to play fetch with the robots!

10918511_10152741730269125_401527962_o (1)Short Circuit was one of my favorite movies as a kid (and the only time Steve Guttenburg was cool). When I met the Meccanoid G15 KS personal robot/ friend I wanted to take it home with meJ.  The Meccanoid G15 KS is a robot erector set that is an advanced open source Robotic Building platform from Meccano. Meccanoid can recognize more than 100 pre-programmed Voice Commands, says thousands of phrases, including: Jokes, Fun Facts, and Questions. It also plays games, initiates conversations—and it’ll even remembers your birthday- the list goes on and on!* To see the youtube video click here.

I always love a Kickstarter success story and for all the pet owners out there introducing the Petcube (one of the the most petcubesuccessful crowdfunding pet products in history)! Petcube keeps people connected with their pets via mobile app and also a Petcube Camera with an interactive pet monitor. I love my dog, Chloe the wonder dog, but I recently seem to be traveling and working more. I haven’t tried it yet but they are on their next batch coming in February 2015 for $199.00.

When I lived in SF I would see Google testing the self-driving car on highway 101. At the show Audi opens up their tag line a “new chapter” for the company introducing driver assistance systems in the new 2016 Audi Q7. The Audi Q7 has Predictive Efficiency Assistant and adaptive cruise control including congestion assistant and points the way towards upcoming piloted driving technology. A new Audi tablet is available that can be mounted onto the back of the driver and passenger seats respectively for rear seat entertainment as well as to operate MMI functions. It also has a new 3D sound experience offered by the available Bang & Olufson and Bose Surround Sound systems.**IMG_6568

DRONES! I didn’t get to play with any drones sadly but Parrot did have a strong presence and this little guy seemed to follow me around the showroom. I’m wondering if the guy flying it was checking out girls cleavage?

My all-time favorite product and for anyone that knows me won’t be shocked the Altec Lansing iMW575 LifeJacket Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. The LifeJacket ha10901548_10152741731574125_894090933_o (1)s voice confirmation, caller ID and an onboard microphone. The LifeJacket is IP67 Waterproof / Dustproof / Shockproof rated and wait for it…it floats! When we go to Lake Travis it never fails – the lake gods steal something every year (usually it’s my sunglasses). I honestly wonder how many sunglasses, cell phones, wedding rings, and anything else detachable is at the bottom of Lake Travis. A floating speaker is a dream come true for all us lake goers. But wait it gets better it has 16 hours of battery life and power bank capability you can remotely charge your smartphone anywhere. This is a summer must have and I hope to review it soon!

Unfortunately I had to cut my trip short and never made it to the LVCC showroom but to be fair all the best products were at Pepcom, Showstoppers and Unveiled. Stay tuned for more product reviews for 2015, I already have a few on the way!

*Specs Per the Meccano site

**Specs Per Audi site

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Back home from CES 2015

by on January 8th, 2015

10906746_10152739271419125_325465136_o10918882_10152740849734125_2019028579_o10906666_10152744392594125_1767620577_oI am back home in ATX after being at CES, Unveiled, Pepcom Digital Experience and Showstoppers in Vegas since Sunday! Needless to say I am thrilled to be out of Vegas and able to get online…and make a call on my cell phone.

I saw some amazing products and will be sharing my experience after I get some rest- it’s true you do not really sleep in Vegas…or eat! My favorite products hands down were the drones, audio, and robots! In true Nina style I was drawn to the LifeJacket from Altec lansing.

To keep all you cutegeekers intrigued here are some pics and videos from CES, Unveiled, Pepcom Digital Experience and Showstoppers. Stay tuned for my full review of the show including my CES, Unveiled, Pepcom Digital Experience and Showstoppers.


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CES 2015: Nina’s Plan of Attack

by on January 2nd, 2015

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MemeHappy New Year Cutegeekers! IT’S CES TIME! Truth be told I’m not a Vegas person but for a couple years at cutegeek I have gone to CES (Consumer Electronic Show), Unveiled, and Showstoppers. CES is one of the largest Tech events that happen right after the New Year in Vegas. For years it was also during the AVN awards which made being a young women in tech at CES an awkward moment at times. When it paralleled with CES I was asked what movie I was in and not the nice kind. Fortunately for me (maybe not for some) it is no longer scheduled during CES.

This year I am very excited to be apart of so many events that I have not attended in previous years like Pepcom Digital Experience and Start Up Debut among other industry events.  It’s fascinating to see how much over one year technology has changed and what’s coming out in 2015!

Below is just a small list of companies or booths I plan to visit during CES, Unveiled, Pepcom Digital Experience and Showstoppers.

  • Lamborghini’s 88 Tauri
  • Audi
  • HP
  • Phillips w/ Nvidia
  • Logitech
  • Skechers
  • Shure
  • Toshiba
  • Whirlpool
  • Martian Smartwatches/ Guess
  • Dacor
  • Altec Lansing
  • And many more

Wearable technology also continues to expand and I am looking forward to the Wearable Fashion Show (we all know I love fashion) hosted by Project Runway’s Nick Verreos on the CES floor Wednesday.

Like previous years I will be tweeting all day at @nrpena (#cutegeekatces, #cutegeek, #ces2015), instagraming some at @nrcpena, posting on and also posting videos at of my journey during CES 2015!

I leave on Sunday so if you want to give me more CES requests on products to see please fill at the below form before Sunday! Wish me luck cutegeekers-  may the force be with me especially if I decide to wear heals again!




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Cutegeek is CES & Showstoppers Bound!

by on November 18th, 2014

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CESI am very excited to announce I just received my confirmation for my press badge for CES 2015 and Showstoppers! It seems like yesterday I was at CES 2014; it was the first year I was solo and what an experience from meeting 50 cent to standing next the piano while John Legend serenated us. Looking back at my CES and Showstoppers experience my all-time favorite event was Showstoppers which showcased hands-on demos for press only (and they have an open bar and great food). At Showstoppers I had more face time with companies and had the opportunity to test out products (unlike CES where we are packed like sardines in the convention center and wait in line to see one product for a minute).

I learned a few things from CES 2014, CES Unveiled and Showstoppers to make this year more effective. First, no matter how cute your heals are walking a day in the Las Vegas Convention Center is murder on your feet! Second, when setting up media meetings schedule them in the same area of the convention center and give myself an hour between each meeting. Last, eat and take advantage of the free meals press gets. I would say to also rest and sleep while there but I won’t…BECAUSE IT’S VEGAS BABY!

CES this year has over 3,000 exhibiting companies and as much as I want to see everything unless I clone myself (one Nina in this world is enough) it’s just not going to happen. Just like last year I am reaching out to my cutegeek fans to tell me what you want me to check out at CES and Showstoppers.

Here is THE list of all the exhibitors thus far:

Cutegeek fans please use the below to submit your CES recommendation! Tell me what you think and for those fans also attending contact me as well. Watch out CES and Showstoppers here comes this cutegeek!

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Nina and Cutegeek @ CES 2014

by on January 5th, 2014

It’s that time of year again…CES 2014! I will be covering the event for both the examiner and cutegeek starting January 5th.

This year I will be attending the CES Unveiled 1/5, Press Day 1/6 , Pepcom 1/6, and Showstoppers 1/7 along with walking the CES floor. I will be checking in on facebook , posting videos and pictures on my youtube channel, instagram, and twitter with the hash tag #ninaces2014.

Keep checking in daily for pictures and news from CES 2014!

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