At CES 2014
, Epson showed off its Moverio BT-200
smart glasses – just one of myriad Google Glass competitors seen at the show. But this month the company upped the ante by pairing its Moverio glasses with a wearable Thalmic Labs Myo armband that allows for gesture control of applications that Epson says move beyond "Minority Report."
There were a few things that I saw last month at CES 2014
in Las Vegas that didn't really register in my head as big innovations until I got back home. Chief among them is a 34-inch flat-screen 3440 x 1440 HD monitor from LG that most show attendees just wandered right past without giving a second glance. Weeks later I increasingly covet that monitor, better known as the UltraWide UM95.
ZTE, the world's fourth-largest smartphone maker, isn't exactly a household name in many parts of the English-speaking world, but that could be changing very quickly. ZTE unveiled the top flight Grand S II with a few nifty features and novel voice unlock at CES 2014
, and next up the Chinese company will be showing its 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE and the Firefox OS-powered ZTE Open C at Mobile World Congress.
For some time now, Sony has been offering some of the more underrated Android phones around, led by the water-resistant Sony Xperia Z1
. The latest addition to the line is the Xperia Z1 Compact with its 4.3-inch display, which has begun to show up in Europe and unlocked on eBay after being introduced at CES 2014
in Las Vegas.
HiSense, a Chinese-based and state-owned manufacturer best known for its range of white goods and other household electrical appliances, is planning to bring its X1 mobile device to the US later this year. With its 6.8-inch display, the device straddles the blurry phablet line between tablet and smartphone.
Ultra HD 4K displays were everywhere at CES 2014
, with super high resolution displays measuring up to 110 inches in size. But the question remains, do we need displays with such high resolution, given that the human eye isn't likely to be able to tell the difference between 4K and 2K in most viewing environments? And who is making content in 4K anyway?
After a few days of bouncing between booths and events during CES, I was more than happy to retreat from the chaotic show floor to a quiet hotel suite to demo Avegant's innovative new headset. When the company first invited me to try out the Glyph
, I expected to see another virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift
, but that did not turn out to be the case at all. Instead of entering a virtual world that appears to surround you, wearing the Glyph is more like sitting in the middle of your own private movie theater, except with a better picture.
Every now and then we get demonstrations of really innovative new technologies and concepts that almost no one has any chance of being able to own anytime soon. The best place to undergo this particular form of torture is at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This year at CES, a really fantastic "smart mirror" concept from Toshiba fit the bill.
In the past, we've seen solar ovens
that can whip up a hot meal using only the sun's rays, but Solar Cool Technologies has a new product that harvests that same energy to accomplish just the opposite. We quite literally crossed paths with the Solar Cooler and its designers at a Las Vegas casino during CES where they were showing off the new Solar Cooler. The Solar Cooler, as its name implies, is a portable container for food and drinks that keeps its contents cold using a compact refrigeration system connected to solar panels.
We've been following the development of Tobii's impressive eye-tracking technology
for several years now, but it looks like consumers may actually get a chance to try it out for themselves in the not too distant future. Thanks to a partnership with SteelSeries
, an eye tracker specifically for gamers is set to hit the market later this year, but that still leaves the question of what the technology can actually bring to video games. Fortunately, we were able to catch up with Tobii CEO Henrik Eskilsson on the CES show floor and try it out for ourselves.