Innovation lives at CES. People from all over the world come together to share ideas and innovations to the public and other industry leaders. CES takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Expo & Convention Center and many hotels throughout the Vegas strip. This year CES broke a record by filling up 2.47 million net sq. ft. of showroom floor with products and demos.
At this year’s CES, innovation was in everything from internet connected refrigerators to palm-sized drones. After four days of walking though miles of incredible tech, we wrapped up some of our favorite things from the show.
The Smart Fridge
So, you’re at the supermarket and you’re not sure whether you’re running low on milk or if you need eggs… Samsung has made this problem a thing of the past! Their new smart fridge has cameras inside which let you know which items you’re running low on. Simply pull out your smart phone while at the market and you’ll be able to see which item are currently stocked in your fridge. The smart fridge also features a 21.5-inch HD touchscreen which allows you or others to write notes and reminders directly on the refrigerator. The screen also allows the user to get information like weather updates.
Whirlpool is releasing a new 32-inch French Door smart refrigerator. This fridge features a “Party Mode,” which fills its ice bucket up faster and turns down its temperature in preparation for its doors being repeatedly opened by your guests. Through the Whirlpool app you can check the power, if the filter needs to be replaced or connect it to a Nest thermostat.
4K – HDR
Sony is all about 4K! Sony showed off their new line of 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs which combine the thinness of a smartphone with incredible picture thanks to their HDR technology. HDR provides higher contrast between light and dark images, resulting in a more realistic image. Sony says that its X-tended Dynamic Range PRO technology “boosts and dims the backlight to create deeper blacks and brighter peak highlights.” Sony also unveiled a new 4K Handycam camcorder which boasts a high-sensitivity image sensor.
HDR content is already out on certain streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. 4K HDR content will also be available on 4K Blu-Rays which are slated to come out later this year. Samsung introduced a new 4K Blu-Ray player which will retail for around $399.
Samsung’s booth was also extremely impressive. They showed off everything from smart fridges to VR technology. Samsung unveiled new SUHD TVs with quantum dot displays. This technology allows for bright colorful displays similar to OLED. Among some of these new SUHD TVs are the world’s first bezel-less curved displays.
High Resolution-Audio is the next evolution of digital music. The Consumer Technology Association states, “with advances in computer memory and processing power, and today’s faster Internet speeds, music labels, audio equipment manufacturers and their supporting retailers can deliver in Hi-Res Audio the convenience of digital music with wide-bandwidth audio frequency range and improved dynamics that exceed even CD sound quality. It’s a difference that can be heard.” AT CES, Sony has brought more hi-res content to their hi-res audio platform. They also introduced the worlds smallest hi-res audio portable speaker.
But what if you want to hear hi-res audio and surround sound on a grander scale? MartinLogan revealed their hi-resolution wireless speakers called the Bravado. They allow for wireless streaming via DTS Play-Fi and apple AirPlay. Klipsch has also introduced the Reference Premiere HD Wireless Floorstanding Speaker. These speakers bring unbelievably lifelike sound to your music and movies when used as a pair or with other Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers and connects wirelessly to the HD Control Center. The Klipsch HD Control Center replaces complicated receivers and gives you the ability to place speakers anywhere in your room without running speaker wire through walls or under carpet. The HD Control Center creates its own dedicated network independent of your home WiFi to eliminate dropouts and interference caused by bandwidth constraints within your home.
Fitness trackers are now integrated into anything you would normally wear on your wrist. Swarovski bracelets have trackers! Fitness tracking technology is now integrated into normal watches. Fossil showcased a new line of watches in their Grant collection with fitness tracking capabilities. The watch pushes data to your smart phone via the Fossil app.
Under Armour took a different approach with fitness tracking. They introduces a Health Box which incorporates a fitness tracker for your wrist, a heart monitor for when you’re working out and a digital scale to track your weight loss progress. This all automatically communicates with each other to track your entire workout for more accurate results.
One of the best parts of CES is seeing all the new innovations from companies whom are just starting out. A new start-up is looking to become the first Keurig for cocktails. Somabar is a Wi-Fi connected smart bartender. It can mix up to 300 different cocktails controlled via your smartphone. Fill up a SomaPod with your favorite liquors and mixers (each pod/container is electronically tagged), find a drink you’d like to have and the SomaBar will make it for you. The device automatically cleans itself after a night of usage and is created to fit in all standard home kitchens.