Monday, January 13, 2014

The ten best gadgets on display at CES 2014

The annual Consumer Electronics Show, which finished last week in Las Vegas, s a showcase for new directions and big ideas in the world of technology.  

But not everything that comes out of CES is a 105" curved-screen 4K television like the ones that G and Samsung just demo'ed.  For every giant leap for mankind at CES, though, there are a bunch of small steps as well.  Wired Magazine was on hand to document them, and here's their list of the top ten gadgets that caught their attention during the week of the Show. (We'll show you the first three to whet your appetite, so click through to the original article and see the full ten.)

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Link to article:
We pick the ten best gadgets at CES

Excerpt: "Of all the consumer electronics (and other products of varying origin) we saw at CES 2014, these are our picks for the most interesting, the most important, and the most awesome.

Oculus Rift

For the second year in a row, the Oculus Rift was one of the coolest things we saw at CES. The company's new Crystal Cove prototype has unbelievable head tracking, letting you lean in and out and look at objects from multiple angles. For example, you can now lean forward, angle your head and peer around a wall. They've also come very close to licking the immersion-quashing latency issues (lag time) of the previous prototype with some innovative new tricks. There's basically no discernible motion blur.

This year, nearly every member of our CES team got a demo, and we all had the same post-Oculus reaction: giddy, wide-eyed amazement. It's one of those rare products you know will change everything when it finally gets a consumer release.


Sony Handycam FDR-AX100

It's always great when a company figures out a way to make brand new tech affordable (see the Vizio P-Series TVs). At this year's CES Sony managed to do it with a 4K camcorder. Well, sort of. The $2,000 FDR-AX100 is still kinda pricey, but it's more than half the cost of last year's massive FDR-AX1. Even better, it has the same size sensor found in the insanely excellent RX100 and RX10 cameras: a 1-inch-type Exmor R CMOS to be precise. Throw in built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities -- which let you transfer footage wirelessly and pair the AX100 easily with NFC-enabled mobile devices -- and you have something we weren't expecting for a quite some time: a legitimately awesome prosumer 4K camcorder.

Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector

This was one of the most mind-blowing devices we saw at the show this year. It's a projector that sits on the floor and fires upwards, turning your blank wall into a massive 147-inch 4K screen. It is the home theater device of the show. It's got a gorgeous, sleek, minimalist design that looks like a work of art. But then it comes alive to fill the room with a true theater-quality visual and audio experience. Sony says its Ultra HD movie machine will ship this year, but the company hasn't announced any pricing yet. You should count on it being expensive."

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