Givencurrent trendsin technology, we expected to see smart home devices, ultra-high-res TVs and driverless cars to be highlights and those categories are represented but there are surprises, too.Personal transporters appear to be having a resurgence if this year’s show is any indication, and computer monitors are suddenly sexy again thanks to some nice curves and 4K resolution. An ultra-thin tablet, an incredible smartphone chargerand a novel streaming serviceall surpassed the restrictive limitations of their predecessors to create a significantly better experience.
LAS VEGAS — Every year, the International CES brings with it a colossal wave of new and innovative devices, and much of what appears at the show will define consumer tech in the following months. CES 2015 is no exception.
For all of Samsung’s love of curved TVs, they’re kind of silly. Not so curved monitors, though: We were in love with Samsung’s SE790C Curved Monitor from the moment we laid eyes on its sleek contours. It has a 21:9 ultra-wide aspect ratio, which makes it almost as wide as two old-school 4:3 monitors side by side. The curve is relatively tight at 3000R (meaning the radius of the curve is 3,000mm), but for a monitor — which will typically be just a couple of feet from your face — that makes perfect sense, especially for such a large screen.
Thinness and minimalism are always prized in tablets, and Dell has really delivered with the Venue 8 7000: It’s just 6mm thin or 0.24 of an inch — just a hair thinner than the famously skinny iPad Air 2. The rear camera does much more than snap fancy pictures; it can record detailed 3D information, letting you scan objects — even faces — to create models that you can then import into other software (like games) or re-imagine in the real world via 3D printing. The tablet market may not be growing like it used to be, but as Dell’s impressive tablet shows, the category is hardly stagnating.
Mercedes-Benz is jumping into self-driving cars with its latest “autonomous” vehicle, the F 015 Luxury in Motion “visionary concept” car. Mercedes looks forward to a world after 2030, when cars will be “exclusive cocoons,” a new kind of mobile living space. The F 015 has bizarre proportions and large LED lights on the front and back, which it uses to communicate with other cars. It’s equipped with four rotating chairs that allow the passengers to sit face-to-face and the windows can be used as display screens. The future is driverless, and it looks pretty hot. Read more…