4k, wearables, high tech cars at CES 2014
MANILA, Philippines – We take a peek into the future as new, exciting technology debut at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Josh Villanueva reports.
There was a lot on display at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Considered to be the largest tech event of the year.
3 central themes stood out - 4K or 4 times HD was the biggest hit.
While 4K TVs have been around for a while Korean rivals Samsung and LG both unveiled 105 inch curved televisions.
Both manufacturers also showed off bendable 4K TV’s that could transform from flat to curved.
And if TV’s are not your thing Sony showed off a 4K projector that can can project images onto your wall from as near as 22 inches away.
LG also showed off a 4K computer monitor for photographers and video editors.
Of course what use is a 4K display if you don’t have 4K content.
ZTE unveiled the nubia 5S the latest smartphone that can shoot 4K video.
And for those wanting a bit more, Sony unveiled a 4K Handycam.
The pro-sumer device comes with a 1-inch sensor and should be available for just under $2000 in the first quarter of 2014.
Wearables were also a big trend.
Pebble showed off a steel watch - the first wearable we’ve seen in a while that looks like a legitimate accessory.
Garmin’s Vivofit a year on a single charge.
The Jaybird-Reign is smart enough to know if you are either walking, running, cycling or swimming.
It knows when you’re sleeping and when you’re awake.
It’ll tell you when’s the best time to workout and when you should be skipping the gym.
And there was Sony’s Core based Smartband.
The core is a removable tracking chip that can be worn in a variety of ways.
Coming this March Sony’s Smartband is the first of many wearables planned in Sony’s new LifeLog platform.
High-tech cars also took center stage at the world’s favorite gadget show.
Toyota showed off the FCV Concept Car.
Coming in 2015 the four-seat sedan runs on hydrogen fuel cells.
Hydrogen mixes with oxygen in the air to produce horse power that allows this car to go from 1 to 100 kph in 10 seconds…
Audi demoed a self-driving car that will wake you up if you fall asleep.
We spotted BMW’s first electric car the i3 all over Vegas.
The self-parking car integrates with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
For now the smart watch can access the car’s battery level and control things like locking the doors and honking the horn.
Ford also showed off a prototype for solar-powered car. The Ford C-MAX Solar Energi has phovaltaeic panels built into its roof and a canopy that serves as a magnifying glass to boost the absorption of solar power.
Josh Villanueva, Rappler, Las Vegas.