Every year, technology enthusiasts get the chance to totally geek out – and have our minds blown – when the Consumer Electronics Show offers us a first glimpse at the newest gizmos, gadgets and apps that will make our world more and more like George Jetson’s.
A few of the new products unveiled January 6-9 at the CES in Las Vegas definitely got my geek-o-meter pinging, because, well, they’re just cool. But also because these products have the potential to transform the way we do everyday things: watch TV, eat healthfully, and travel.
Here are my top three innovations:
LG Rollable TV
LG’s been teasing us with the concept of a roll-up TV since last year, so the fact that it was shown – in real life – to a select group of journalists at the CES is exciting and means it really does exist. The result of nearly 10 years of development, the prototype model they showed off has an 18-inch OLED display measuring about 1 mm thick and can stand up to considerable manhandling. It’s important – and awesome – to note that LG is working on a 55-inch model, which is scheduled to be revealed soon.
Once this hits the stores, the practical application is that it can operate as a TV screen and, with the right add-ons, as a tablet or even a notebook screen. Imagine being able to conveniently roll up your TV and carry it anywhere in your backpack!
Check out more on LG’s offering here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/lg-rollable-oled-hands-on-video/
DietSensor SCiO Food Scanner
The trend toward healthy eating shows no signs of slowing down, but, so far, no one has been able to present a simple way for someone to look at a plate of food in front of them and decide “eat” or “don’t eat” based on its chemical make-up and in the context of their personal dietary needs. Here’s a way.
DietSensor’s Food Scanner is a device that scans a homogenous food item on your plate (sorry, no casseroles, please) and, using spectrometry, gives you instant nutritional facts and “advice” regarding whether you should eat that food, based on your established nutritional plan. The device also automatically and accurately logs your foods (most other calorie-counting apps require manual logging) to better keep track of what you’re eating.
Ehang Passenger Drone
Forget delivering packages by drone; this drone delivers people. In fact, you can describe it as a flying taxi without a driver.
If this terrifies you, or delights you, well, stay tuned … because right now this is still in concept form. But, as designed, the battery-powered Ehang Drone can accommodate one passenger, travel at up to 62 miles per hour, fly at an altitude of 11,150 feet, and can remain aloft for up to 23 minutes.
Did we mention, it doesn’t have a pilot? Instead, the passenger uses a touch-screen to enter his or her destination, and the vehicle’s computer calculates the quickest and safest route. As designed, if one of the drone’s eight propellers should fail, the others are sufficient to finish the journey.
These are just three examples out of the hundreds of new tech products that have already been revealed this year and it’s only January! Keeping ahead of the technology curve has never been more difficult, especially when it comes to innovations in consumer electronics. If you’re not an early adopter, you just might be left behind. You know, watching your VCR.