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94 The PCB Magazine • February 2017 1 CES 2017: Disruptive Technologies Those of you that have read my previous columns covering CES 2017 know that at recent CES shows I have seen many drones, autonomous cars, IoT devices, robots, and other items ranging from robots who stand in for your doctor to smart trash cans who tell you via Alexa, Google, or soon, Cortana, on your own computer, that since you have thrown away two empty milk cartons in the last few days it may be time to order more milk. 2 CES 2017: Press Day, Launch.It and Showstoppers Before the show opens, CES provides two days and eve- nings not open to the gen- eral attendees, to enable companies, large and small, an opportunity to present their new offerings to the press. These opportu- nities range from small meetings with individual members of the trade press to huge events. 3 Flex Talk: A Glimpse into PCB Sales Summarizing the feedback from both customers and manufacturers, the most suc- cessful PCB salespeople are or- ganized, take a genuine inter- est in their customers' needs and business challenges, and have a better than average understanding of the PCB industry. 4 Weiner's World Here are a few thoughts for the New Year and beyond from a long-term colleague and friend of the past half century, Harvey Miller, elec- tronics market researcher, consultant and founder of Fabfile Online. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCB007

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