Now that the dust has settled and the 2014 International CES is truly a thing of the past, it’s time to take a look at some of the products that were promised at the world’s largest consumer technology show. Remember, many of the items shows at CES are not quite ready for prime time. It takes months – almost the whole year in some cases – for these products to see the store shelf. In fact, one company I spoke with had just finally released the product it showed at last year’s CES!
With that in mind, here’s a look at 5 products (though there are plenty more) I’m looking forward to seeing in 2014. You won’t be surprised that most of them fall under the category of Wearable Technology, one of the biggest themes of the show.
You’ve heard of your entire life appearing before your eyes? That’s becoming a little easier now with the introduction of wearable cameras like Narrative.
Narrative is a tiny camera you clip onto your clothing that automatically takes photos as you go about your day.
It takes a picture every 30 seconds so you don’t have to even think about it. Imagine being at your kid’s soccer game or track meet and being able to enjoy it and be in the moment without holding your phone or a camera up to your face to document it.
Wearables were all the rage at CES 2014 but the smart watches that notify you of phone calls and texts are bulky and frankly, not very appealing. I’m waiting for companies like Fashion Teq to release their Zazzi line of smart jewelry.
The Zazzi collection helps women stay connected while still looking fabulous. Also, since you can leave your phone in your purse while you dine, no one will accuse you of bad manners.
There were quite a few people strolling the show floor wearing Google Glass and I must confess to uttering not nice things about them as they walked by. Seriously, dude? Get over yourself, there’s nothing to see there. But when I finally made it to the Vuzix booth I may have changed my mind a teeny bit.
What if I were wearing glasses that showed me a map of the CES show floor and provided my route to get to the booth in time for my appointment? Then, I wouldn’t have arrived ten minutes late, having walked back and forth the same area, three times, looking for where I needed to be. Now that would be a useful purpose for augmented reality glasses.
The M100 Smart Glasses, complete with Nuance voice recognition, could have provided the perfect guide to my destination. Turn left at iLuv, right at Samsung, and so forth. Voice recognition, gesture tech, 1080p video recording, built-in Android, all for $999 – a whole lot less than Google Glass Explorer.
With all the walking I did at CES, (4 to 5 miles per day, according to my Fitbit Force) I could have used the Yuneec E-Go Cruiser. It’s billed as the world’s lightest electric longboard, or personal electric transportation. Weighing in at just 13.9 pounds, it promises 18 miles on a single charge. The Cruiser is said to be safe for beginners but I didn’t get on one to try. I’m waiting to try it out in New York City where I can ride between the taxis and buses and still make it to my destination on time – and in one piece.
Blumoo, a universal remote control and streaming device that pairs iOS and Android mobile devices to existing home entertainment systems. The device acts as a remote for more than 200,000 TV’s, cable boxes and home audio systems, letting users stream music wirelessly. It’s compatible with virtually any music source available on iOS and Android, so I can stream Pandora, Spotify or my iTunes library right to my existing home audio system. Blumoo, from Flyover Innovations, is scheduled to ship in February for only $99 and I can’t wait to try it out.