Consumer robotics represented a small part of CES but had the same combination of glitz, glamour, marvellous stuff, misrepresentation, uninspiring products and hidden gems, just like the rest of the show. Let’s take a closer look at the latest in home robots designed for fun, education, cleaning, flying and more.
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CES is now behind us, but in its wake is a cavalcade of fantastic new tech gear. We covered it all during -- and in the past week since the show -- and compiled this handy list to keep you up-to-date. Without further ado, here are the new phones, headphones, tablets, televisions, laptops, cameras, lounge room AV gear, desktops and speakers you need to know about!
That might be where we’re headed, but TCL’s prototype at CES was too much like that 90s arcade game, Hologram Time Traveller – more smoke and mirrors than Princess Leia freespace projection. The more immediate future of TV is all about OLED, 4K, Crystal Display, 8K glasses free 3D, and possibly, transparent screens. In fact, the Future Of TV Is Beautiful, Simple And Good
If the world’s most important Consumer Electronics Show was a music, then this might well be it. Complete with booth babes, OLED TVs, futuristic concept cars, strange new toys and robots, cute reporters, 3D printers, nightclubs, celebrities and Las Vegas hangovers. All footage taken during my trip to the US last week. Enjoy.
At CES last week, in addition to all the gear and gadgets, there was something else on display: women. As with many trade shows -- especially ones aimed at a male audience -- CES was rife with booth babes.
While we look back fondly at our adventures, we still get home feeling the effects of madly trying to cover every square inch of the technological Shangri-La known as CES.
It's no secret that early Google TV devices had potential but pretty much bombed. But the renewed enthusiasm we saw from numerous vendors at CES – including LG, Sony and Samsung plus chipmakers Qualcomm and Marvell -- suggests that Google TV 2.0 devices (complete with Android Market access to made-for-TV apps) might finally be worth looking out for.
Ion Audio definitely had a busy CES. Besides launching iCade Mobile -- which adds eight buttons and a D-Pad to your iPhone -- they also showcased upcoming instrument learning rigs. Piano Studio is a 61-note keyboard with lighted keys showing you how to play, while Drum Master is a full-size electronic drum kit with six velocity-sensitive lighted pads and cymbals. We also got a sneak peak at guitar apprentice. Video!
Hidden far behind the glamorous main halls at CES is the International Exhibit Hall – home to vast rows of Chinese inventors. I love these guys. As a writer, you can find some real gems…both unseen and bizarre (like the butt massager in this quick video). But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s for your feet. I actually have no bloody clue. Please tell me what the hell this is!
CES saw the release of a few new additions to the extreme action cam genre, but the theme this year was buit-in Wi-Fi letting jackasses and thrill-seekers stream their adventures. Including Liquid Image's new Ego which does full HD.
Devices like the Windows Surface have been in development for what feels like an age, and delivered very little. Now 3M Touch Systems is showing off a 46-inch prototype touchscreen table at CES that allows up to 60 touch points, and sounds like it might actually be useful.
Well that about does it for CES. We managed to escape Las Vegas with our lives, most of our belongings, and almost none of our dignity intact. But for all our bellyaching, CES is fun. We saw some amazing things out in the desert this year. Here's a quick rundown of the best.