Report from CES: Home Theater, Bluetooth, and Car Tech

By Jeremy Del Nero on 8 January 2014
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For much of the northern hemisphere, January means snow, frigid temperatures, and cancelled or delayed flights.  To the tech enthusiast, however, January is a month that ushers in some of the most anticipated gadgets of the year at Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

As always, the weeklong tech extravaganza has seen the debut of dozens of new gizmos and gadgets, many of which are prototypes or yet-to-be-released products.  We’re here to take a look at some of the most promising gear shown at CES this year.

Samsung and Vizio aren’t going home, so they’re going big.  Samsung announced a 110-inch Ultra HD 4K TV, giving a new meaning to “home theater.”  The TV is estimated to retail for about $150,000, close to the price of a small home (which it probably wouldn’t fit in).  Vizio went one step further with the debut of its 120-inch Ultra HD TV, which will weigh approximately two large humans.

MakerBot Industries introduced three new 3D printers in its Replicator lineup: the Replicator Mini, Replicator, and Replicator Z18.  The machines vary in size, although all promise to be incredibly easy to use.  More compact, the Replicator Mini is competitively priced for the consumer market at $1,375.

Audio group Harman didn’t introduce any new products, but did announce Google Glass compatibility with the company’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) engine. Using live camera input from an Android device (Google Glass), ADAS will scan for potentially hazardous road conditions, such as following a vehicle too closely.  If a situation is considered dangerous, ADAS will alert the driver to unsafe driving conditions via Google Glass.

Roku, known for low-cost set-top boxes, announced Roku TV.  Roku TV technology will be integrated into a high definition TV, essentially providing an easy and familiar smart TV interface without the need for cables or power supply.  TV manufacturers TCL and Hisense will be the first to incorporate the technology.

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