Time to say "so long "to January and so long to CES 2013. There definitely was a lot to see at this year's show -- in fact it gave me enough content to write about all month! To send a proper farewell to the great electronics show that was, I'll leave you with a roundup of my favorite sights and scenes from CES 2013.
Smartphones and touch technology have revitalized some of the most mundane of household devices: thermostats, washing machines, and garage door openers are being upgraded with wireless connectivity and accompanying apps. The latest device to get a feature upgrade is the front door doorbell. Doorbot is a smartphone-linked door chime with integrated video. We got an in-depth look at what could very well be your next doorbell...
There comes a time for many of us when we have to watch over those that once watched over us. It's a stage of life you may be familiar with, and one I know I'll be entering into myself soon. So it was a pleasant surprise to see the Philips Lifeline GoSafe unveiled at this year's CES. It's an advanced monitor and emergency response system that can give you peace of mind that your aging parents are safe, while giving them the freedom to live independently.
Despite what preconceived notions you may have of 50 Cent from his music, you can't argue his success. He's been behind multi-platinum selling records, made a smart investment in Vitamin Water (that paid off when it was later purchased by Coca-Cola), and most recently launched his own line of celebrity headphones (SMS headphones). Being successful in one market is tough and doesn't necessarily guarantee success in another. But repeated success, however, is never by accident. I sat down recently with 50 at this year's CES — not just to discuss the latest SMS headphones, but to learn what it takes to be successful, and what encouraged him to recently take up photography.
Amongst the many exciting trends on display at CES this year: manufacturers repurposing materials was a notable sighting throughout the show floors. There were innovative designs that energized tired old forms. But despite all the buzzwords revolving around connectivity, much of the show spotlighted technologies which seemed to disconnect people from the friends and family in the same room...
A slew of new audio devices were unveiled at CES, joining an already crowded wireless audio market -- with just about every manufacturer showcasing their take on an Airplay or Bluetooth component. I did spot something a bit different though at the RCA booth -- something more versatile and perhaps more useful. Using magnetic coupling, RCA Soundflow speaker docks were able to broadcast sound from your smartphone without wires and without pairing. You simply place any device on top of the stand and enjoy the amplified music almost magically.
I'm back from a long and restless week spent in Las Vegas at the world's biggest tech convention — The Consumer Electronics Show, aka CES. Getting a chance to see millions of square feet (1.9 million square feet to be exact) of technology side-by-side, all-at-once, and in-your-face is a unique experience that allows you to spot the newest trends in home tech. Now that I'm away from the bright lights, with a moment to sit back and take it all in, I'm starting to get a general feel for the overall state of the industry. Read on for a one-word assessment of this year's CES.