The 2014 International CES took place in Las Vegas last week, where more than 3,200 exhibitors and 152,000 products from more than 150 countries were showcased. In addition to a host of smartphone, tablet and wearable unveilings, CES also showcased a number of home and car orientated technologies, and quite a few quirky gadgets. Here’s a rundown of just a few of the devices revealed at the consumer electronics show.
Wearables at CES
Sony SmartBand is a wellness oriented wearable, which tracks fitness related activities, and can also be used to create a timeline of your day. Users can reference songs they were listening to at a certain time or place for example, and need only double tap the SmartBand in order to record a specific moment.
LG Lifeband Touch is a fitness oriented wearable, compatible with Android and iOS devices through Bluethooth, as well as with popular fitness apps like RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal. In addition to tracking fitness details like calories burned and steps walked, Lifeband Touch can also track your heart rate with the proper headphones accessory, and also accepts call and text notifications.
Intel’s Smart devices include a smartwatch, smart earbuds, smart headset and smart wireless charging bowl. The Intel Smartwatch is capable of web browsing and location-based notifications. The Intel Smart Earbuds are capable of measuring heart rate, pulse and tracking calories burned and running distance while having full headphone abilities, including full stereo audio. The Intel Smart Headset connects to mobile devices through Bluetooth and includes such features as One shot, Barge-in and Polite notification. The Intel Smart Wireless Charging Bowl allows users to charge devices wirelessly by simply dropping them into the bowl, in any orientation.
Fitbit fitness tracker now has expanded compatibility and can be paired with the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr Maxx HD, HTC One, LG G2, Moto X, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 (2013).
Pebble Steel introduces smartwatches with a designer feel, featuring metal and leather straps to match classic watches.
Netatmo June is a sensor within a bracelet, which tracks sun exposure advises users through a connected smartphone app about proper sun precautions.
The Wellograph is a fitness-oriented smartwatch marketed for men. It includes sensors, which track various vital signs.
Car Tech at CES
Magellan RoadMate 5430T-LM is an Android-powered navigation device. It includes a 5-inch capacitive EasyTouch touchscreen, and maintained all the Magellan GPS specific features such as landmark guidance, PhantomALERT, junction view.
Lamborghini Veneno Roadster features a 750-hp 6.5-liter V-12 and a top speed of 221 mph, and also includes a 750-watt, 10-speaker audio system by Monster Audio.
Formula E's Spark-Renault SRT_01E is an all-electric racing car with features by McLaren, Williams, Michelin, Dallara and Renault.
2014 Audi A7 is a self-driving car, which uses radar scanners, cameras and a forward facing laser track driving conditions. Notably, not a literal self-driving car, the A7 is only able to go short distances by itself at very low speeds.
Induct Navia is am eight-passenger driverless vehicle geared toward shuttling people around city centers. The 100 percent electric vehicle goes 12.5mph and is ideal for travel in areas like university campuses or airport parking lots
Ford C-MAX Solar Energi is a sun-powered hybrid car. A collaboration between Ford, the Georgia Institute of Technology and California solar energy firm SunPower, the vehicle features a roof-mouted solar panel made of Fresnel lenses to collect energy for power.
UHD/Smart TVs at CES
Hisense’s VIDAA series of smart TVs includes 50, 55 and 60-inch LED models, which run an Android based TV-optimized custom UI. The TVs feature apps like Google Chrome, Google Search and the TV guide app, Google PrimeTime as well as support for Google Drive, Dropbox and other cloud storage formats.
LG 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV includes a 4K resolution, a 21:9 display ratio, and LG’s WebOS TV interface (which was also unveiled at CES).
Samsung 105-inch and 85-inch curved Ultra HD TVs include 4K resolution. The former features a 21:9 display ratio, while the latter is also bendable and can go from curved to flat with the press of a button.
Smartphones at CES
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ includes a MediaTek octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, a 1920 x 1080 5-inch IPS LCD display, a 13.1-megapixel main camera, and 2-megapixel front camera with Full HD video recording, and a 2,500 mAh, while running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Sony Xperia Z1S includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5-inch TFT LCD display, a 20.7-megapixel camera, 2GB mobile RAM, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 3,000 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 4.3-inch 720p Triluminous IPS display, 20.7-megapixel camera, 2GB mobile RAM, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 2,300 mAh battery.
Hisense X1 includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 6.8-inch Full HD IPS display, a 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB mobile RAM, 16GB internal storage, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 3900mAh battery.
Asus Zenfone 4 includes a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core processor, 4-inch TN TFT display, a 5-megapixel camera, 1GB mobile RAM, 4GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 1170 mAh battery.
Asus Zenfone 5 includes a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core processor, a 5-inch 720p IPS LCD display, an 8-megapixel camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB mobile RAM, 4GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 2050 mAh battery.
Asus Zenfone 6 includes a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core processor, a 6-inch 720p IPS LCD display, a 13-megapixel camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB or 2GB mobile storage, 8GB or 16GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with ZenUI and a 3240 mAh battery.
ZTE Grand S II includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5.5-inch full HD display, a 13-megapixel camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB mobile storage, 16GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 3,000mAh battery.
Lenovo Vibe Z includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 3,000 mAh battery.
Archos Helium 45 includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display an 8-megapixel camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB mobile RAM, 4GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 1700mAh battery.
Archos Helium 50 includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5-inch IPS LCD display, 5-megapixel camera, 1GB mobile RAM, 8GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 2000mAh battery.
Meizu MX3 includes a Samsung Exynos 5140 processor, a 5.1-inch display and the Flyme 3.0 custom Android interface.
CAT B100 feature phone features a water proof, dust proof and impact resistant design.
Tablets at CES
Asus PadFone Mini includes a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, a 4-inch display for smartphone and 7-inch display for tablet, an 8-megapixel camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 1170mAh battery for smartphone, 3270mAh battery for tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera, 3GB mobile RAM, 32GB and 64GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 9500mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro includes a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, a 12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera, 3GB mobile RAM, 32GB and 64GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 9500mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 includes a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, a 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD display, 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera, 2GB mobile RAM, 16GB and 32GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.4 KitKat and an 8220mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an 8.4-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD display, 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera, 2GB mobile RAM, 16GB and 32GB internal storage with microSD, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 4800mAh battery.
Acer Iconia A1-830 includes a 1.6GHz Atom Z2560 processor, a 7.9-inch HD IPS LCD display, a 5-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front camera, 1GB mobile RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Acer Iconia B1-720 includes a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, a 7-inch display, 1GB mobile RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Computers at CES
Asus Transformer Book Duet includes up to an Intel Core i7 processor, a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS multi-touch display, 4GB DDR3L 1600 RAM, up to 128GB SSD in Tablet, up to 1TB HDD in Dock, Dual-OS: Windows 8.1 Standard and Android 4.2.2 and a 38WHr battery.
Intel Edison, the PC that is the size of an SD card is based on a low-power 22nm Intel Quark processor and includes a 400MHz dual-core CPU. Intel is interested in implementing Edison into wearable devices.
Toshiba Chromebook includes an Intel Celeron 2955U (Haswell) processor, a 13.3-inch display, 16GB internal storage, 100GB of free Google Drive storage and Chrome OS.
Lenovo N308 All-in-one includes a Tegra 4 quad-core processor, a 19.5-inch touch-screen display, 2GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB eMMC or a 320 or 500GB HDD internal storage, an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
ThinkVision 28 touch-screen smart monitor includes an Nvidia Tegra CPU, a 28-inch 4K display, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD and Android 4.4 KitKat.
HP Slate 21 Pro includes an Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU, 21.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Gaming at CES
PlayStation Now is a new streaming game service powered by Sony, which allows for gameplay across several platforms. Powered by Gaikai cloud gaming technology, PS Now allows streaming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, 2014 Bravia TV sets, as well as non-Sony devices and smartphones and tablets.
Huawei Tron gaming console includes a cylindrical station and a Bluetooth connected controller. Tron is similar to the OUYA gaming console, but features a NVIDIA Tegra 4 and has an ample 2 GB of RAM.
Home Tech at CES
Dacor Discovery iQ 48-inch Dual-Fuel Range oven features a 7-inch tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Its built-in Discovery iQ app allows the oven to be controlled by the tablet.
Samsung Smart Home controls all your home appliances with one app. Actions can be controlled through smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and smart TVs. Owners can use Home View to survey their home from any of the aforementioned devices.
Rydis Robot Vacuum Cleaner works as an electronic vacuum and mop.
Drones at CES
Parrot MiniDrone is a small quadcopter that can fly and be controlled on the ground using detachable wheels. MiniDrone can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth Low Energy, and is easy for beginners.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision drone is a quadcopter featuring a built-in camera and a smartphone app. The drone is able to up to 400 feet into the air.
Other Technology at CES
Samsung foldable AMOLED display was secretly showcased among the public unveilings. The 5.68-inch high-resolution display prototype is the manufacturers success at implementing touchscreen functionality into a flexible product. Samsung’s foldable AMOLED technology is rumored to be introduced into devices as early as 2015.
Keecker is an Android-based projector robot designed to follow its user around the house to and provide entertainment. The robot can project a 1280×800-pixel resolution on a wall or ceiling, perfect for streaming Netflix or YouTube. Keecher also features six speakers, which provide 360-degree sound for music streaming. Keecher can be voice controlled and can also be controlled with a smartphone or tablet.
Innovega iOptik system are augmented reality contact lenses paired with special glasses outfitted with mini projectors, which provide an experience similar to Google Glass. Unlike Google Glass the contact/glasses combination of the iOptik system allows users to view more content at once.
Vizio Portable Smart Audio player series are Android 4.4 KitKat powered players, which stream music through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and also directly play music and video with help from a quad-core CPU and the Android OS.
Sphero 2B is an Android-powered robot able to move with the help of rugged tires. The second-generation robotic toy is equipped with a library of 35 applications and supports 14 languages.
Play-I Bo is a three-wheeled robot geared at teaching programing to kids.
YEI Technology PrioVR is a full-body exoskeleton to be used as a virtual reality gaming accessory.
Oculus Rift VR Goggles is an ultra sensitive virtual reality headset.
TrewGrip Keyboard is a keyboard geared toward mobile devices. The apparatus features keys on its underside and users can connect a smartphone or tablet to commence with typing. On the front end, letters light up to let users know they are pressing the right keys.
Parrot Jumping Sumo remote-controlled ground robot with jumping ability.
Withings Aura is a smart communications lamp, which pairs with a sensor placed in your bed. Together the lamp and sensor track sleeping patterns to determine the correct time to wake a user.
Prong PocketPlug is a smartphone case, which can be plugged directly into the wall.
StickR TrackR is a works with an app to keep track of mobile devices and even wallets. TrackR can be attached devices and wallets, after which items can be tracked up to 100 feet.
EverSense sensors track room temperature and communicate with central thermostats for proper adjusting.
Waka Waka lights are sun-powered portable lights and power stations.
Tao Wellshell is an isometric exercise device geared toward helping users build fitness. Users can track their progress with compatible apps for Android and iOS.
Sen.se Mother is a base, which powers sensors called “cookies” that track important life tasks such as exercise habits and medication routines.
CycleNav is a GPS system for bikes, which is powered through Bluetooth to your Android or iPhone.
Holi is an LED light, which is powered through a smartphone app. Holi can be uses as a waking tool, or can be paired with music to set a mood.
ChefJet and ChefJetPro are culinary 3D printers, which work with sugar.
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