CES 2014 notes
Even though most trends from last year remain the same, here are a few notes from CES 2014. For a quick sum up, just glans through the words in bold italic and your’re covered.
Smart Cars. Featuring autonomous driving, apps and LTE connectivity. The one from Ford is powered by solar energy.
Smart TVs has been big for a couple of years. However, they are still not very smart, and many companies are trying to improve the Smart TV experience. There were a bunch of Android based TVs on the show of course, Roku announced the Roku TV, LG came with its WebOS TV and Panasonic showed a TV running Firefox OS.
Smart everything. Even bathroom mirrors and smart baby one sizes. We are on our way to a mass connected future, but for now, I’m not sure about the smart level of most devices.
The internet of things needs small and capable chips. Such as the Intel Edison, an SD card sized computer.
New 3D printers from Makerbot are always a big deal.
Huge TVs. A CES must. There are now 120 inch TVs. This year we also saw a lot of curved, and even flexible TV screens. Curved TVs look cool but seems very impractical. Especially if they’re huge. My walls are not curved and space is limited. After last year’s backlash, 3D TVs made a small comeback this year. Manufacturers have not given up and the technology is definitely improving.
Affordable 4k. Both monitors and TVs. The shift to 4k is coming. With almost gimmick like features such as 3D and curved TVs, 4k is actually very nice. OLED screens are pretty stunning as well. But remember: a nice 720p or 1080p TV today is a nice TV tomorrow as well.
Wearables en masse. Watches, fitness trackers, glasses, smart bands, clothes etc. Wearables were big already at CES 2013, but this year, almost every major OEM announced wearables of some sort. A few nice products and concepts, but nothing stood out as the crossing the chasm product. Maybe there won’t be one such product and instead, wearables will just sneak into our lives a little by little?
Gaming. Oculus Rift continues to impress with the new Crystal Cove version. It was also hard to miss Valve which unveiled no less than 13 Steam Machines.
Meta hybrid computers. Windows 8 is supposed to be a hybrid OS in itself. So, what should we call the computers at this year’s CES which were running both Android and Windows 8? Meta hybrids? Hybrid hybrids? The implementation seemed a little clunky, but it tells us something about both OEMs and consumers frustration with Windows 8. If Windows 8 had played out as Microsoft imagined it to do, where both the touch interface and the Windows app store could match Android, these products would probably not have existed.
Full fledged Android desktop-, AIO- and notebook computers from big name OEMs. And some with Chrome OS as well.
Honorable mention: Intel’s wireless charging bowl. A simple idea which elevates the usefulness of wireless charging by several levels. Instead of one wireless charging device puck per device (which almost seems redundant), just have a big charging bowl for all your devices. Would sort out a lot of clutter in my home.