Dear PropellerHeads: I saw that the annual Consumer Electronics Show was in the news again recently and wondered what got your propellers spinning. Anything exciting this year? Answer: That constant whir you heard Jan, 7-10 was our propellers as we responded to the news coming out of
In times past, the CES was where the world was introduced to the VCR (1970), camcorders (1981), DVDs (1996), and HDTVs (1998).
When time travel and teleportation become a reality, they'll probably debut at CES.
In the meantime, we have upgraded TVs, bigger tablets and Bluetooth-equipped toothbrushes (bit.ly/1hGFwV8).
In the television category, multiple manufacturers showcased 4K TVs, the successors to HDTVs, with around 4,000 pixels across (compared to 1,920 pixels across for today's best HDTVs).
Samsung and LG demoed TVs with bendable screens (we don't know why either, bit.ly/1mkO58n). We're more excited about the sets with built-in
So-called "wearables" were big.
The LG Lifeband Touch (cnet.co/1kQqkcJ) integrates with your phone to display call notifications and lets you adjust the music controls, in addition to tracking fitness stats.
Pebble upgraded its existing line of smart watches with more fashion-friendly models and announced a new app store (cnet.co/ 1eZGueF). Smart glasses are a thing now (cnet.co/1ji3dpG), if still a bit clunky.
More down-to-earth exhibits revealed the Samsung Galaxy NotePro, a 12.2-inch tablet (bit.ly/1ji3Ijy), and the Asus Transformer Book Duet, which runs both Windows and Android (bit.ly/1f5GIzi), although again - why?
On the gaming front,
The idea is that you would pay a rental or subscription fee then access games the way you access
But what really has gamers excited is the Oculus Rift, a Virtual Reality headset that was on display at last year's show, as well.
The latest version has motion tracking and improved resolution, but it is a prototype.
The device is likely to revolutionize gaming if Oculus can move it from prototype to mass production with a line-up of games that showcase its advanced technology (bit.ly/1eNe31i).
Car tech was on display, with
And now for the crazy stuff: The Belkin Crock-Pot lets you adjust its temperature and timers from your iPhone (bit.ly/1dJzNyJ). There's a 3D sugar printer (bit.ly/1jofree) for those times when a sugar cube just won't do and you need a sugar icosahedron instead.
Touchless phone gestures (wave your hand in front of the phone to scroll or zoom) are coming (bit.ly/LHMvTh), as is the aforementioned connected toothbrush and the electronic fork (bit.ly/1e7jkzj) - it lights up and vibrates if you're eating too fast since eating slower has been linked to eating less (and thus losing weight).
You might check out the Panono camera ball, which has 36 lenses for snapping a 360-degree panorama if you throw it in the air (wrd.cm/1jidAde) or the smart meat thermometer from iDevices (bit.ly/ 1aEjP65).
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Dear PropellerHeads: I saw that the annual Consumer Electronics Show was in the news again recently and wondered what got your propellers spinning. Anything exciting this year?
Answer: That constant whir you heard Jan, 7-10 was our propellers as we responded to the news coming out of