The Consumer Electronic Show 2014 had us on our toes all through the the 4 day extravaganza. With a breathtaking display of innovative products the audience was in for a treat for sure. Though its hard to reward certain products with the “Best Product” title we would surely try our level best to share the technologies which stood out during the show.
Virtual Reality: Oculus Rift
The first version of this virtual reality wearable device did not have much in it with basic movement motions and angle of vision. The updated Crystal Clove version which was showcased in CES 2014 caught us by surprise. The tracking system allows you to peek down from ledges and well optimized movement with the ability to lean at corners. We are desperately waiting for the product as it is bound to take gaming to a whole new level.
The next generation Television
Both Samsung and LG brought in their futuristic series of televisions to amaze us all. The televisions provide ultra HD 4k OLED display in a screen that bends to provide an unmatched immersive experience. This smart move by both the tech giants is surely going to bring about a revolution in the home entertainment market. The bending televisions would be up for sale later this year and surely would be a hard hit on your pocket. But, the money would be well spent as this new generation of televisions is surely going to set you generations apart from others.
A whole new dimension to gaming: PLAYSTATION NOW
Sony has stepped up the competition in the gaming industry with its revolutionary technology called “PlayStation NOW”. Acquisition of Gaikai in $380 million finally paid off for Sony at CES 2014. The stakes are high for the revolution in the gaming entertainment business. PlayStation Now enables subscribers to stream PS3 (PS1, PS2 titles also promised as later release ) game titles onto their Sony Tv’s, smart phones, PS Vita straight from the cloud. With services like buying, demo, rental Sony has brought out a whole new perspective to playing games on the go. The demo at CES 2014 was amazing, “The Last of Us” was being streamed onto a PS Vita without any lag or glitch of any kind. This definitely is a game changer for Sony and is bound to set it out in the spotlight for the years to come. We would surely try to get our hands on the early closed beta release later this year.
Nvidia’s fifth generation “TEGRA K1” mobile processor
Jen-Hsun Huang( NVIDIA CEO) never fails to surprise his audience during his presentations. He accomplished this feat yet again with the release of Nvidia’s ground breaking next-gen mobile processor series. Not only does this processor rock 192 Kepler graphic cores but also provides high end graphics and supports Unreal Engine 4 which enables designers to carry super computer like monstrous power in their pockets. This completely changes the way we look at mobile processors,Tegra K1 would be the first 64 bit processor to support android, this processor lineup is sure to ushers in a whole new level of graphic details in android games. Nvidia takes on Apple head on with the claim stating that ” Tegra K1 has 3x the performance of the A7 processor”. This new series proves Nvidia’s supremacy in visual computing one again, here is a seak peak into what the Tegra K1 can do.
Sony’s New Flagship Smart Phone: XPERIA Z1 COMPACT
This new flagship smartphone from Sony puts the myth of “Bigger is Better” to dust. This 4.3 inch smartphone is loaded with the same high end specs and water resistant technology as its elder brother the Xperia Z1. This phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and supported by 2 Gb of ram. The rear camera is a powerful 20.7 megapixel which is the same as the 5 inch Xperia Z1. The Z1 compact also carries Sony’s “Triluminous” display technology to compensate for a not so sharp screen resolution of 1280×720 which turns out to be the only set back of this otherwise amazing smart phone.
THE BEST WINDOWS TABLET : LENOVO THINKPAD 8
Lenovo has made it quite clear that it means serious business with its new 8.3 inch windows 8.1 tablet. This tablet has got some amazing specs under the hood making it a sole winner in the 8 inch tablet market. With a sharp 1920×1200 screen resolution it provides an amazing entertainment experience. It runs on Intel’s Atom Bay Trail processor clocked at 2.4GHz , the best part being that it supports 4K video playback. It houses a 8 MP high resolution rear camera and a 2.2 MP front facing camera. This tablet has an amazing sleek all aluminium design which is inline with the ThinkPad legacy. In all this tablet is the best bet for a handy professional tablet which is fully packed for entertainment purposes.
MSI CONCEPT GAMING LAPTOP
MSI is well known for its series of GPU’s and laptops. Its new gaming laptop swept us off our feet with its amazing specs given its sleek design and light body.The design is inspired by muscle cars and the body is as light as 3 pounds, what baffled us was that it is suppose to be lighter than the Razor blade 14 and the 15 inch Mac book pro. It has a sharp 2880×1620 resolution and will carry two mSATA drives. Though MSI did not share any further specs it can be predicted that the laptop will carry a high end intel processor and a discrete graphics unit. The laptop also has a smart cooling system, the top of the keyboard has a layer which sucks in cool air and radiates hot air out through the bottom and the ends.
CES 2014 kept the consumers engaged with some enthralling products ranging from automobiles to devices. What was note worthy was the fact that technology is briskly moving towards a more sustainable solution to development of society which is definitely the need of the hour.