What We Saw at CES 2013
January 15, 2013 1 Comment
A few of us from Direct Communications were lucky enough to attend the annual CES in Las Vegas last week. CES is the world’s largest annual innovation event, drawing more than 150,000 attendees (about half of whom must have been ahead of us at the breakfast buffet line at CircusCircus) and 3,250 exhibitors, who unveiled about 20,000 new products.
We attend because we try to stay informed about coming internet technologies that our customers will probably be using soon, and the good news for us as a fiber broadband provider is that all trends are definitely calling for more bandwidth usage and even smarter devices. Here are a few cool gadgets we saw that will make life a little more convenient for all of us in the future.
|Want to track your kid on your smartphone without having to insert a chip in his or her forehead? This is your ticket– the mini GPS tracking chip that you simply drop into your child’s pocket or backpack and you can follow them as a blinking light anytime on your Google map, just like in the spy movies. Available May 2013.http://www.imsmart.com/en/i-m-here/overview|
|This novelty toy will give more life to your phone conversations–a cute animal speaker that connects with your cell phone–the mouth even moves in sync with the audio stream.|
|The Belkin @TV Plus is like a Slingbox but goes one step further. Plug this IP device into your cable or satellite box, and it will stream a video feed of what is showing onto your home wifi network, so you can watch that feed on any device via wifi. Good for watching your TV in the bath on your Kindle. It also provides an IP feed so you can access your video feed remotely anywhere just like a Slingbox, but the rep says it only costs significantly less than a Slingbox.|
|Verizon demoed this handy live broadcast video system that is designed to replace a mobile satellite truck for producers. In order to be able to upload an HD video feed back to the office, they paired four cell phone radios together into a portable device so you can broadcast from anywhere you have a decent cell signal.|
|Field technicians of the future–this is going to be your standard headwear. A camera will provide a video feed of everything you are seeing back to the office, while a mini digital projector superimposes an image into your eye for any additional information from the office computer you might need, so they can show you to cut the blue wire instead of the red one.|
|Computer mice and USB sticks in any shape or size you like–as long as you like cars.|
|This was one of the award-winning new Smart TVs- the Hisense 55XT780 Google TV “brings a revolutionary user experience to the living room. Consumers will enjoy a new level of intuitive content discovery and viewing recommendations in addition to Chrome, Google Play, Search, TV & Movies and YouTube.” http://www.cesweb.org/Awards/CES-Innovations-Awards/2013.aspx?category=HomeAudioVideoComponents
|Just like in the sci-fi movies, now your windows can also be your 3D TV screen.|
If there were a prize for the brightest booth at CES, Audi would have been the winner. Stepping into their booth induced an instant migraine.
|Vocaloid – This is an interesting demonstration of how pop music of the future will be made–just type in the lyrics, program in a tune with midi, and the computer will sing the song for you.|
|If you haven’t ever heard about the MHL standard, this is an easy way to mirror your cell phone or tablet onto an HD TV using just the USB port on your device. No HDMI port needed.|
|Gibson is doing a lot of cool things to interface with your digital home recording workstation, including buying the KRK Rokit studio monitor manufacturer.|
|You have heard for a long time that someday fridges will be connected to the internet and do your shopping for you. This one from LG won’t actually order for you, but it will tell you when your milk has probably expired.|
|This was a new kind of toy–a real ball that you control with your tablet or smartphone. The lines between the real and virtual world become ever more blurred. Check out http://www.gosphero.com/”Sphero is a completely new type of gaming system. It’s the world’s first robotic ball that you control with a tilt, touch, or swing from your smartphone or tablet. You can drive Sphero, play tabletop and multiplayer games, hold Sphero in your hand to use it as a controller for on-screen gameplay, learn basic programming, and even explore augmented reality.”|
|This huge display wall of 3D TVs from LG was just impressive.|
|Ubuntu revealed a new operating system for smartphones and tablets. Check out http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone|
|This new TV could be yours for the current low price of about $60,000. Actually, pricing has not yet been announced, but the 85-inchers are going for about $40,000. Perhaps in a few more years we can all have one.|