My CES 2014 Favourites

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CES 2014 (photo: CNET)

CES 2014 is over, and although I didn’t have the opportunity to attend the show this year, I followed the event rather rapturously on my favourite tech blogs, as well as on social media!

Some background on CES:

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry, [attracting] the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.
(Adapted from source: http://www.cesweb.org/)

Among the plethora of innovative new technologies & products showcased at CES 2014, a handful caught my eye:

Oculus VR: Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype

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Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype (photo: Engadget)

What?

A Virtual Reality (VR) headset that will fully immerse you into the virtual world of a simulation or game.

The Crystal Cove Prototype on demo at CES featured 2 key new breakthroughs:

  1. Positional tracking – 3 new degrees of freedom added to the way that one can interact with the VR environment
  2. Low persistence display – eliminates motion blur & improves visual stability of the scene on the display

The estimated price of the upcoming consumer version is in the range of US$200-400.

Why I think it is cool

The two new breakthroughs in this prototype will provide users with a more immersive VR experience, making simulations and games more realistic and enjoyable.

➲ Read more & watch demo video footage at Engadget.

Pebble: Pebble Steel, Pebble App Store & new Pebble Apps

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Pebble Steel (photo: Pebble)

What?

A premium steel version of the original Pebble smartwatch, and a brand new Pebble app store with dozens of integrated apps.

Why I think it is cool

The Pebble 2.0 update for iOS is now live, and the new Pebble app store launched yesterday with more than 1,000 titles! As a proud owner and avid fan of the original Pebble smartwatch, I feel that this marks a brand new era for wearable tech! The Pebble Steel will appeal more to men who are looking for a dressier watch to go with their formal wear. It is also slightly smaller in size than its sportier looking counterpart, the original Pebble.

➲ Read more & watch demo video footage at Mashable.

Samsung: Bendable UHD TV

Samsung UHD Bendable TV (video: SamsungUSATube)

What?

An 85-inch LED LCD with 4K resolution, that can bend into a curve (from flat) with the push of a button.

Why I think it is cool

Why have just a curved TV when you can have both a curved and a flat TV in one amazing unit? I love how customizable this TV is –  it offers different users the flexibility of adjusting the degree of their TV screen’s curvature. So, depending on the type of programming they are watching, their distance from the TV, or even just their personal preference, users can choose how flat or how curved they want their screen to be!

➲ Read more & watch demo video footage at Samsung Tomorrow.

Intel: Smart Wireless Charging Bowl

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Intel Smart Wireless Charging Bowl (photo: CNET)

What?
A bowl that uses magnetic resonance technology to charge multiple devices simultaneously – wirelessly and without precise alignment or placement.

Why I think it is cool

With this charging bowl, there would be no more fumbling with all sorts of different cables and plugs! One simple bowl to charge all of your devices – a dream come true for gadget geeks like me!

Duracell: Tabletop-embedded Powermat at Starbucks cafes

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Duracell tabletop-embedded Powermat (photo: CNET)

What?

A combination of a plug-in receiver, and a tabletop-embedded Powermat – to wirelessly charge your mobile device while at your favourite Starbucks cafe.

Why I think it is cool

The receivers will be priced rather inexpensively (“no more than $10“, says Duracell Powermat CEO Ron Rabinowitz), and possibly available for direct purchase in Starbucks cafes.  This wireless charging solution will provide the ultimate convenience for juicing up your mobile devices while out and about!

Self-parking cars

Audi A7 Self-Parking Car (video: WIRED)

What?

Cars that are able to drive around and park themselves, such as the Audi A7 (seen in video above) and the BMW i3.

Why I think these are cool

The “wow” factor of these self-parking cars is absolutely undeniable. Although I’m a car geek who loves driving, I am completely bowled over by the brilliance of such advanced technology! People who struggle with parking are now afforded a solution to their parking pains!

Connected Smart Home Solutions

What?

With the increasing amount of smart home devices now available from a variety of different brands, controlling all of your different devices via the individual apps for each device can become rather cumbersome.

A connected hub provides a solution to help manage all of your smart home devices easily and effectively.

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Revolv Smart Home Solution (photo: CNET)

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Staples Connect app & hub (photo: Staples)

Revolv (US$299) and Staples Connect (US$99) are two smart home hubs that communicate with multiple brands of smart home devices, and can be managed with just a single app (each) on your smart phone.

Why I think it is cool

As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a common reality for many of us, it is definitely useful to have a streamlined approach to managing all of our connected home devices, appliances, and systems!

So there’s the roundup of my CES 2014 favourites. Hope you had fun reading about these innovative new technologies & products! Consumer versions of some of these products are already in the market, and others are to be made available very soon!

Did you attend CES 2014 or follow the latest tech news from this year’s event? Let me know in the comments below what your favourite technologies or products from CES are!

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6 thoughts on “My CES 2014 Favourites

  1. I like the looks of that charging bowl. :) Thanks for compiling a list of the best things at CES; I always get overwhelmed by all the different gadgets at these things!

    • Glad you enjoyed this post, Toria! Yea, there are always so many awesome gadgets & fascinating new tech at these trade shows! I had a hard time narrowing down which were the coolest (to me)! :P

  2. Wow so many gadgets I’ve never even knew existed! Thanks for letting me learn all about these interesting new tech products :)

  3. The Starbucks thing is pretty smart! There is definitely a need for public charging spaces since phones don’t seem to ever last the advertised time anymore. Can’t wait

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