January 14, 2015 |
FROM THE coolest cars to the sexiest TVs, helpful health nudgers to smart playthings for your little ones, this year's International CES had something for every gadgeteer. Gizmo Guy is still coming down from the rush and overload - Five days! 20,000 products! - but rarin' to share my personal best discoveries at the show. TOYOTA MIRAI: While self-driving cars garnered media attention, Toyota's hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered Mirai sedan was the real world-changer. It manages 0 to 60 mph in 9 seconds, runs 300 miles on a tank of the air-extract, refuels in four minutes and is so pollution-free you can leave it running in the garage during a power outage to supply emergency power for up to a week!
January 12, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - The tech celebration that distracted some in this city last week from gambling and cavorting is best known as the Consumer Electronics Show. But for the energetic entrepreneurs who push inventions and start-ups here every January - more this year than ever - CES might as well be called the Field of Dreams. Their hope is that if they build it, customers will come, and with them some measure of success - whether they seek fortune, fame, or the satisfaction of improving other people's lives along with their own. This year's crop of inventions is heavily seeded with powerful and inexpensive sensors that can turn just about anything into connected, gee-whiz technology.
January 9, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - Televisions are getting larger, sharper, and more stunning. Internet devices are getting thinner, lighter, and more offbeat. Everything - from your car to your home to your tea kettle, toothbrush, or belt - is getting smarter and more connected. And 50 years after Intel cofounder Gordon Moore boldly predicted that the power of electronic circuits would continue to grow at exponential rates, innovators from across the globe are still imagining new ways to use them. International CES is no longer the "Consumer Electronics Show," and not just because of its worldwide reach.
January 7, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - International CES, the world's fair of consumer electronics gadgetry, clicks into high gear today in Las Vegas. You're sure to see lots of media coverage, guaranteed to dazzle but also confuse with all that new-tech terminology much-used buzzwords (in italics, below). Here's a primer, ripe with product scoops, to help clear the ( ultra-high-definition ) picture. AUTONOMOUS DRIVING : Robotic cars that drive themselves autonomously are maybe a decade down the road.
January 17, 2014 |
LATE-NIGHT TV host Craig Ferguson took rude pleasure last week, pondering what CES means: "Cucumber-Enhanced Shorts?" Don't think so. The giant Las Vegas tech fair no longer calls itself the Consumer Electronics Show, but rather International CES. That helps with branding/trademarks and in pulling more foreign exhibitors. The name vagueness also reflects the diversified nature of 20,000-plus products unveiled at the trade show, with the significant refocusing of old-line exhibitors like Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba into more profitable, "business-to-business" products serving, say, the medical, construction and automotive industries.
January 8, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - In only a few years, smartphones and tablets have dramatically altered how people connect with one another via the Internet. This year's International Consumer Electronics Show, which opens here Tuesday, illustrates how the next frontier centers on using the Web to connect devices. The long-heralded "Internet of things" is finally taking center stage. Interconnected devices were everywhere this weekend as journalists and bloggers got an early look at some of the 3,200 exhibitors expected to draw 150,000 visitors to the massive show.
January 8, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - HAL, do we still have a problem? As the sneaky computer character in the classic sci-fi flick "2001: A Space Odyssey," you put out those malevolent, controlling vibes. But now, in 2014, you're no scary villain - you're the dude! In fact, you are resonating all over this week's International CES tech fest, here in Vegas - although in a much kinder, gentler fashion. There's a new catchphrase going round - "The Internet of Everything," or IoE - to describe human codependence and willing surrender to the global networks, deep data banks, tracking technology and eerily predictive software that help steer today's high-tech goods and services to give us what we want, when we want it. There's even a new home automation system named HAL debuting at the consumer electronics show.
January 17, 2013
CAN WE BE frank? Numerous media organizations taking the pulse of the giant CES consumer electronics show put out "Best of CES" lists. But with 3,300 exhibitors unveiling something like 20,000 new products, who can claim to have judged them all? And this year, it became painfully clear the choices can be manipulated. Popular tech website CNET was forced to disqualify the innovative, second-generation DISH Hopper satellite receiver/DVR from its "best of" awards. CBS, a sister operation of CNET parent company Viacom, is suing DISH over Hopper's automatic commercial skip feature.
January 18, 2012
IF YOU'RE expecting a "Best of CES" awards column from the Gizmo Guy, think again. Yes, I was in Las Vegas at the consumer electronics megashow from start to finish, and I figure I was exposed to maybe 400 new products at CES. Sounds impressive, huh? But according to Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro, there were "20,000 product introductions" at this year's trade show, sprawled over a record-breaking 1.8 million square feet of exhibit space. That means I saw all of 2 percent of the show's offerings.
January 15, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Concert pianist Bob Taub watched his teenage daughter strive to learn the violin, and wondered: Could he design a digital tool to help her see and hear the exact notes where she was going astray? Last week, six years into an add-on career as an inventor, Taub was here at the massive International Consumer Electronics Show, moving his idea a bit closer to reality. His invention, MuseAmi, is already at the heart of an iPhone app that may prove to be the ultimate Karaoke tool.