Consumer Electronic Show 2015 – Wrap Up
Every year techs from across the globe gather together for Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas to show off their newest technology and unheard of gadgets to awe the audience and stir up a buzz for their upcoming releases. This year we came across some innovative concepts, fun toys and a few things we can’t wait to test for ourselves and could potentially make their way into your smart home.
We only recommend a product after vigorous amounts testing to make sure they are up to our standards. These products are expected to come on the market later this year and since we have yet to test them we can not recommended them, but we’d love to know which products caught your eye so we can further investigate!
As cable and satellite prices continue to skyrocket with bundled packages and an excess of unneeded services, alternative platforms are coming in hot. Sling TV, an online television service, has set out to revolutionize our TV habits. With no cable box, satellite dish or co-ax required, it was the biggest hit at CES this year. This next generation service by Dish is only $20 a month, requires no contracts or commitments and offers a decent lineup of channels including TBS, ESPN and Disney making the decision to cut the cord that much easier. These channels can be streamed from a variety of platforms you already own like the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Mac, PC, or Smart TVs. The app itself looks beautifully crafted and user friendly for iOS and Android devices. Sling TV is definitely the step in the right direction and what many of us have been waiting for!
Channels offered: TNT, TBS, CNN, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, ABC Family, Disney, ESPN, and ESPN2. Additional channels will be offered as add-on packages for $5 each for further customization.
This new technology is unlike anything you’ve been able to get your hands on for your smart home. WattUp charges your phone or wearable from up to 15 feet away without any wires or charging pad … Amazing! You are now able to move around while your device is still being charged allowing you full range and flexibility with no loss of power. The transmitters communicates with compatible device with low-energy Bluetooth through a closed or open network. The network is able to prioritize devices with low battery until the desired level of charge is achieved. There are currently no devices that integrate with WattUp technology, so phones receive power through modified battery cases. To find out more about how this technology works, read up at Engadget. We see amazing potential with this technology for our future homes, but until then we will patiently wait for Samsung or Apple to add this technology to their devices before it blows up.
More info at: http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/05/energous-wattup-wireless-charging-demo/
Razer Forge TV Gaming System
This Android TV microconsole is aimed specifically at gamers and was a favorite of the people this year at CES. While there isn’t anything astonishingly innovative about the product, it allows you to stream any game from your Mac or PC to your TV. The Razer Bluetooth uses Wi-Fi to provide low-latency streaming from a source much more suited towards gaming than that of your PC. Additionally Forge TV doubles as an Android entertainment center for apps like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify for only $100 or $150 with a controller.
Best TV: LG 77-inch 4K Flexible OLED
This TV offers the best picture quality on the market, with OLED. This extremely thin TV was seen as the best of the best at CES this year and can switch from flat screen to a curved screen by the touch of a button.
4K Action Cam
These lightweight cameras are weatherproof, durable and perfect for adrenaline junkies and drone pilots alike. This action camera shoots in 4K and uses SteadyShot to stabilize footage for your smoothest thrill seeking videos yet! How about it? Your very own memories could be some of the first 4K content your family and friends watch, it’s bound to be something you’ll never be able to forget.
Netatmo’s Welcome Security Camera
The newest thing in surveillance is the Netatmo Welcome Wi-Fi camera that shoots in full HD. What sets it apart from other surveillance systems today is the facial recognition, once your loved one enters the home or an unknown face walks through the door you can receive a notification on your phone. You will now be able to keep track if anyone’s home through the customizable app. You can even have the Netatmo’s system hooked up with your TV, so upon your kids arrival you can set the TV to be locked to ensure they’re getting their homework done. The camera records 5 seconds before and after a trigger and includes local storage via an SD card where recorded videos and identification data are stored for all potential security breaches.
Miele Dual Fuel 48” Range
This oven contains turn of the century technology for your state of the art kitchen, like nothing you’ve ever seen before. This oven has WiFi connectivity, panels to control over 100 cooking programs that will walk you through meals step by step. The oven also allows you to select ingredients you currently have in your home or set a calorie limit for customized recommendations. It includes two true convection ovens, one with a steamed cook option to keep moisture in and the other includes microwave heat to speed up the process and a warming drawer underneath.
It allows you to slow cook, fast cook and provides directions for everything you’d ever need to cook, at $14,000 could it actually be worth it…?
More information: http://www.cnet.com/products/miele-dual-fuel-48-inch-range/#!
We have not tested these products as of yet, but they have caught our interest here at SoundVision. Let us know what product caught your eye and would love to have in your home!
Until next time,
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