Each year hundreds of thousands of people descend on Las Vegas to see the latest electronic gadgets unveiled by brands like Sony, Samsung, Phillips and more. For some gadget lovers it feels almost like a second Christmas as they gaze at what they could soon own.
This year CES 2014 sees a raft of
new goodies including developments to smartphones, televisions as well as the resurgence of virtual reality (which we thought died along with the Lawnmower Man franchise).
Here are some of our favourite picks.
Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector
We all need more space in our homes but want bigger and better TV screens to watch films or play games on. We’ve always dreamt of having a cinema like projector but hate the idea of placing something fairly large on our ceiling and then trying to figure out where all the wires would go without looking unsightly.
Enter Sony’s new 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector. Built
to look like a piece of furniture the projector is cleverly built into the piece and
would not look out of place in an art gallery. The 4K technology ensures that the picture projected is not pixelated like regular projectors.
Audi A7 Piloted Driving
Audi showcased it’s test version of Piloted Driving, designed to be used by drivers to give them a break on long journeys, in a live traffic environment at CES. When traffic is moving at less than 40 mph the system can be engaged by a button.
Using radars and lasers to sense traffic and cameras to keep an eye on lane markings, the Audi A7 responded well when a car cut in front during the demonstration, slowing down to increase the breaking distance.
Whilst we are still no closer to getting an autonomous driving experience like the Johnny Cabs in Total Recall, this could allow drivers some well needed rest time when stuck in traffic on motorways.
Samsung Chef Dishwasher
Okay, so a dishwasher doesn’t sound very cutting edge or exciting but for those of us who rely on their dishwasher then hate removing still dirty cutlery or having to
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pre-rinse their plates the Samsung Chef Dishwasher aims to put paid to unclean dishes.
Designed following feedback from a group of Michelin starred chefs the dishwasher using WaterWall technology to ensure perfect cleaning every time.
They also worked on a range of other products, from a temperature-controlled pan, a triple cooling refrigerator, over and microwave.
Elliptic Labs Ultrasound Gesture Recognition
We’re now all familiar with using gestures to control actions on our smartphones, waving your hand to scroll through pages or close apps. But this is normally a cumbersome task and generally takes longer than simply touching the screen would.
Elliptic Labs have developed a system using ultrasound. Bouncing sound waves from your smartphone speakers to your hand and back again to microphones. Unlike current infrared or camera detecting software, ultrasound is not affected by the amount of light in the room so this would work much better in more conditions and allow for more fancy gestures. Rumour at CES is that this could be seen in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 due out this Spring.