Better TV, Wireless Blenders, Smart Appliances...this is what we gather from CES 2013
I grew up with a gigantic box with a screen in the middle, and we called it a television. I'm not sure if even my childhood television would be recognized by my 7 year old daughter. The evolution of the television has been quite an interesting venture. No more rabbit ears, no gigantic boxes on the floor. Instead, we can now hang our televisions on the wall - some are even hidden behind framed art above a mantle.
CES 2013 has revealed a bigger and yet even better television concept. If HD didn't satisfy the crowd, we've now moved into Ultra HD TV which is said to have four times the resolution of the current 1080p high definition TVs. Crisper content. That's what this is all about.
Samsung is offering the S9 UHD. As being shown on an 85" inch screen it's being said that the picture looks like its floating in it's frame. The blacks look even darker. The audio is top notch. The S9 will be available in the second half of the year, and for an 84" TV from Sony, the price tag is $25,000 (whew).
In addition to the impressive Ultra HD TV concept, Samsung launched quite a few LED and OLED TVs at the show. This includes the Smart Hub, which brings apps to the TV screen. Features include the possibility of waving your hand to communicate with the TV or use voice to find content or change the channel. No more need to sweat about losing the remote, once again.
Jumping on the Facebook bandwagon, Samsung has included an improved S-Recommendation engine which lets you communicate with your TV about what you like, by selecting a thumbs up or "like" button for the TV.
Other new technology that deserves an honorable mention include:
In Wall Speakers - No wires to hide, No bulky speakers hanging above.
LG's Smart Thing - the ability to communicate with your home appliances, including the stove, refrigerator, washing machine
Nest - Smart Thermostat - essentially a TiVO for your home - it sees how often you adjust the temperature on your home, learns your habits over time and adjusts to conserve energy and keep you comfortable - and, of course, it can be controlled using smart devices. Another product called Eversense can adjust the temperature based on when people are home and how many individuals it detects.
Switch Lighting - "Best Innovations honoree for Eco-Design" winner, this is the first 25/50/75 watt equivalent 3-way bulb. It emits warm light virtually indistinguishable from traditional CFL bulbs with low power and long lasting benefits of LED. Marvel has designed a new chip specifically for wireless networking capabilities to LED fixtures, allowing you to control lighting wirelessly. Using an IPad or IPhone, it will adjust light sensors based on colors of photos on your phone.
Wireless Blender - Magnets to power your cooking gadgets? Yes. By installing a power transmitter (induction coil) in your kitchen counter top, you can place a wireless blender on top of the coil and blend away!
Exciting innovations to enhance the way we live!