Nerds On Call: CES 2013 Part I – “Smart” Tops the List
tech enthusiasts and future-focused consumers alike converge on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. From the innovative to the downright wacky, it’s a platform to showcase the newest tech gadgets
Televisions typically dominate CES. Last year brought a bevy of integrated 3D options, while this year heralds the next stage in high definition resolution. Current model high definition TVs are typically 1080p resolution. TVs showcased at this year’s CES are rolling out with 4K, i.e. “Ultra HD” resolution. This roughly translates to 4 times the high definition resolution of 1080p, making it possible to bring ultra clear picture to ever larger screens.
Case in point, the Samsung S9 UHD TV is 85” – roughly seven feet of viewing. While it leaves me wondering how many of us could possibly fit that monstrosity of a television through their door, let alone get it on their living room wall, I must admit I know a decent number of folks who’d love to try.
With no content currently available to take advantage of that concentrated resolution (heck, your eyes aren’t even capable of processing that level of detail), the technology isn’t something most of us will be running out to buy tomorrow, but in a few years it’s sure to be more mainstream.
Speaking of watching TV, Dish took advantage of CES to announce their partnership with Sling to allow customers with their Hopper DVR service to watch content anywhere, via any internet capable device. More impressive yet, they’ll offer iOS and Android apps to allow users to download recorded content onto their mobile devices to watch offline. This addresses the main limitation to those looking to catch up on their favorite shows while travelling or when out of area of a stable WiFi connection.
Smart homes and Smart cars were also a big hit at this year’s CES. AT&
Car manufacturers are integrating more technology into the dash. The 2014 Chevy Impala (http://www.chevrolet.com/
GM and Ford both announced plans to offer app developers access to their software so they can develop apps to incorporate your car with your wireless technology. Expect future generation of these vehicles to offer more seamless integration with your smartphone (allowing in-dash access to contacts, calendars and reminders, for example), as well as custom apps to improve fuel economy, safe driving, and more.
In addition to these cool innovations, CES 2013 was dominated by next generation gaming. Stay tuned next week for a new handheld gaming platform, playing PC games on tablets and true game immersion via a virtual reality headset.
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Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and laptop repair service (http://www.callnerds.com/
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