The latest technologies are unveiled when the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opened in Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 7. Brett Larson, Emmy Award winning technology and trends reporter, gives a glimpse of this year’s line-up of electronics, gizmos and gadgets.
BACKGROUND: The first CES took place in New York City in June of 1967. Since then, thousands of products have been announced at the yearly show, including many that have transformed consumers lives: such as the Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970; Compact Disc Player, 1981; High Definition Television (HDTV), 1998; 3D HDTV, 2009; Ultra HDTV, Flexible OLED, Driverless Car Technology, 2013.
Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2014 CES is the world’s largest annual innovation event and will take place January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas. The 2014 CES will draw more than 150,000 industry professional attendees to witness the next generation of consumer technology. More than 3,000 exhibitors will debut 20,000 new products across 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space.
During the tour, Brett Larson uncovered 4 cool tech trends and gadgets.
Samsung U9000 UHD LED Smart TV Series
World’s first Curved UHD TV offers the ultimate immersive experience at home. Aero Arena curved design offers wider field of view that draws viewers in, making the display seem even bigger. Slim depth of 1.2 inches and a 7mm (0.27-inch) bezel has an elegant minimal base that subtly follows the line of the curve. Spectacular picture quality, exceptional color and clearest detail. Offering four times 1080p resolution. Quadmatic Picture Engine ensures the best possible picture, no matter what the source. Ready for future UHD standards, helping customers to protect their customer’s investment. New easier and faster Smart Hub.
The Home Appliance Division of Brother International Corporation is proud to present an industry first: the ScanNCut machine – a revolutionary new home and hobby cutting machine with a built-in scanner. The built-in scanner makes ScanNCut the only home and hobby cutting machine that can take an image, photo or hand drawn sketch, scan it, and allow you to precisely cut the shapes or outlines you want. Users can create unique, one-of-a-kind scrapbooks, greeting cards, appliqués, quilts, and crafts. With ScanNCut, users can cut intricate designs onto almost any material fabric! It even incorporates seam allowances on quilt pieces for easier sewing.
Customers can watch and record up to eight shows simultaneously with Hopper by pairing it with DISH’s new “SuperJoey” – a client that adds two network tuners to the Hopper’s native three tuners.
While extending the capabilities of a Hopper to any television in a household, SuperJoey gives users the ability to watch and record up to eight shows simultaneously — any four shows plus the four major broadcast networks. Alternatively, the five network turners allow users to watch and record ANY five shows from any network.
SuperJoeys are backward compatible for all models of the Hopper.
DISH’s Wireless Joey system opens up installation options where coaxial or Ethernet wiring is difficult to achieve or undesirable, like above the fireplace or in the kitchen. The Wireless Joey installation includes a Wireless Joey Access Point and a Wireless Joey client.
The Wireless Joey Access Point can serve two Wireless Joey clients by creating its own dedicated 802.11ac “Wi-Fi cloud” within the home. This approach ensures that other Wi-Fi devices in a household do not degrade the Hopper’s video quality. The Wireless Joey Access Point connects directly to the Hopper and will work in homes that do not have Internet access.
DISH has joined the debut of the new Sony PlayStation® 4 system with the release of a software app that gives users the ability to access a ‘Virtual Joey’ providing a near identical experience to the Hopper’s hardware-based Joeys within the PS4™ environment. DISH is also releasing a Joey app for the PlayStation® 3 system and select 2013 and 2014 LG Smart TVs.
As with a hardware-based Joey, the software-based clients provide access to and control of Hopper content, including live TV, recordings, video-on-demand programs and navigation of the electronic program guide.
These software-based Joey clients give customers the ability to access Hopper in any room, without extra components, or even wires.
Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery
The Logitech® PowerShell™ Controller + Battery turns your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7 into a mobile console gaming experience, all while roughly doubling your play time with its included 1500 mAh battery.
To use, simply insert your compatible device into the controller. Analog off-screen controls allow gamers to use the entire screen for viewing their game, leading to a more immersive mobile gaming experience.
With its slim and comfortable design, you can play for longer periods of time and take it with you wherever you go. Additionally, all phone features are fully accessible without removing the PowerShell from your device.