The massive International CES show hosts the cutting edge in
technology, giving consumers a glimpse of our digital futures. Here's a
look at the five trends to watch in consumer technology from CES 2014.
1. The curved TV
It's not enough for your high-definition television to deliver movies
or TV with crisp resolutions. Those flat-screens now bend and curve to
the user's will.
TV makers including Samsung and LG rolled out
massive high-definition TVs featuring a curved screen. In some cases,
the TV screen bends with the touch of a button, giving users the option
to watch programs with a flat or curved display.
president of Samsung Electronics America, says the displays combine HD
content "with this curved capability that creates a really immersive
Samsung plans to launch an 85-inch bendable TV and 105-inch curved TV in the U.S. later this year.
2. Ultra HD
Prepare to hear terms such as UHD and 4K often when shopping for a
new television. They're the next level of high-definition resolution.
what are Ultra HD or 4K? They are the same thing: HD resolutions that
are four times higher than a broadcast in 1080p, which means video
content will look sharper than the current generation of high-definition
Sony, LG and Vizio were among the tech titans trotting out
UHD and 4K televisions, but brace for huge price tags. For example, LG's
84-inch UHD display is priced at $17,000.
Meanwhile, expect to
see more content providers catch up on adding UHD content in 2014.
YouTube showcased videos in 4K at the show, while Netflix says it will
start streaming 4K content later this year. Meanwhile, consumers will
soon record their own UHD content with devices such as Sony's 4K
It started last year with smartwatches like the Pebble, but the
wearable computing category has exploded into everything from glasses
for your head to gear for man's best friend.
Among the notable items:
Voyce. The high-tech dog collar can track Fido's vital signs, and even
chart how active your pet is during the day while you're away. Data sync
with your computer, smartphone or tablet.
• Razer Nabu. Described
as a cross between a fitness band and smartwatch, the Nabu tracks
activity and sleep patterns and transmits calls and text messages.
4. The next tech hot spot: Your car
The dashboard has slowly morphed into a futuristic hub with GPS and
access to apps such as music service Pandora or search engine Bing.
CES, automakers featured everything from a car running solely on
sunlight to a Hyundai Genesis that drivers can start with a smartphone
or tablet app.
"It's a massive category," says Pandora CEO Tim
Westergren, who met with several automakers to add his streaming music
service to more vehicles.
5. The connected home
Last year, the concept started with smart appliances like refrigerators with Wi-Fi access for searching recipes.
CES 2014, the trend has blossomed to include items such as ovens with
integrated tablets and light bulbs users can turn off and on with a
Even the toothbrush got smarter. Startup Kolibree
featured an electronic toothbrush that measures how long and how
effectively you clean your teeth. Kolibree plans to launch the
toothbrush later this year.
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