5 Cool, New Products From CES
I recently returned from a trip to CES in Las Vegas. It was my first time at CES and my first time in Vegas. If I had to sum up my experience in one word, it would be fulfilling. Yes, definitely fulfilling. As a techy, arriving there and seeing all the tech, all the gadgets, and all the lights was like arriving in a brand-new toy store. The Las Vegas Convention Center is huge, even bigger than I imagined. The success with which they set up everything amazed me. You see, I was in the Central Hall of the LVCC the evening before for the Sony Press Conference. They were still in the mist of laying carpet, building displays and booths and cleaning. The next morning everything was done. It was big, shiny, and beautiful. I will never forget it. I could go on and on and on about how amazed I was at the whole thing.
For this post, I am going to tell you about five cool new products that you need to check out that I discovered at CES.
1. ZOMM: The Zomm is genius. It is a hands-free speaker for you car, table, counter, or wherever. It is a keychain. It is a personal alarm. And it is an alarm that can be set to alert you when you walk away and leave your phone. I spoke to the reps at Zomm that gave me a brief demo of the product. It is impressive. Very easy to use. The Zomm is available alone, or with a safe driving kit that includes a USB car charger, visor clip, quick-release keychain, and Micro-USB cable. That is everything you need for hands-free talking in your vehicle. The Zomm costs $99.99 and is available in black, white, or pink. The safe driving kit is an additional $39.99.
2. Looxcie: The Looxcie is a unique wearable Bluetooth camera. You wear the Looxcie as you would a Bluetooth earpiece. It includes a camera where the mouth piece would be. This camera is parallel to your sight, so it sees what you see. And what is extra cool is that once you start recording the footage is saved to your iOS or Android device. This is great for conducting interviews or just creating footage while walking around. The Looxcie was named one of Time magazine’s newest innovations of the year. It is available for $199.
3. Motorola Droid Bionic: Motorola is adding yet another phone to their Droid line-up on Verizon. The Droid Bionic seems to be the most powerful one yet. The Bionic packs a dual-core processor and 512mb of RAM. It will run on Verizon’s new 4G network which provides speeds much greater than 3G. It has a 8mb camera + a front facing camera for video conferencing and a large 4.3″ qHD quality display. I could not locate an exact release date, but it will certainly be after Verizon launches their new 4G LTE network in the spring.
4. Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series: Tablets are the big new thing these days. If you have been unsure whether or not you want a tablet because you would miss your keyboard, the Samsung Sliding PC is for you. It was unveiled during Samsung’s press conference to much applause. Unlike other popular tablets, it runs Windows 7. You can easily slide the keyboard from tablet mode to full keyboard mode. It is still very light and thin. The Samsung Sliding PC 7 is not yet available and no price is known.
5. Sony Bloggie 3D: Yes, you read that right. Sony came out swinging hard with a ton of new devices ready to share and create 3D content. I received a Bloggie camera for recording content at CES. I love it. The quality is great. I am imagining now what the new 3D version will be like. The coolest thing about the new 3D cameras that they unveiled is that the screens are created to simulate 3D content during playing without the need for 3D glasses. The Bloggie 3D will be available in April for $250.
There were a ton of innovations at CES that blew my mind. I am making my want list now with release dates and prices so that I can plan my new gadget purchases accordingly.