Over the course of the week, some clear trends emerged at this annual tech takeover of Las Vegas -- some we expected, while others were a bit more surprising. Wearable technologies like new smartwatches and activity trackers dominated the show (they must be able to multiply as quickly as rabbits... or Bluetooth speakers, which appeared this year with a level of ubiquity previously met only by iPhone cases).
In September, the Korean consumer electronics giant unveiled the Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch that connects to a user's smartphone or tablet to provide alerts, take photos, make calls, and access certain apps. Samsung might have beaten Apple to the wearables market, but the early response has been tepid.
Tech reviewers, including CNET, have criticized Gear for its high price tag, weak battery life, wonky voice command feature, and … Read more
The Korean electronics giant is "becoming a little more cautious about integrating unproven technologies in devices," Ryan Bidan, director of product marketing for Samsung's US mobile business, told CNET here at the Consumer Electronics Show. That includes fingerprint or iris scanning or any other technologies the company has considered using in its gadgets, he said.
"What we want to make sure is not only does it have a useful purpose, but does … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- We're getting toward the end of our time here at CES 2014, and what a time we've had: curved TVs aplenty, more smartwatches than could fit on the longest wrist, and Doc Brown of "Back to the Future" wearing Google Glass.
The end of the show is traditionally a time for our reporters to hunt down the really innovative gear, the life-changing tech that's going to matter to you. Like the Voyce, which is a bit like a Fitbit, but for dogs. For a mere $299 plus $15 per month, it tracks … Read more
CES 2014 could have been called "The Wearables, Appliances, Cars, and Bendable TVs Show." Like "the cloud" a few years ago, "wearable tech" was an unavoidable catchphrase, a show floor fever dream, a vague future strategy that nearly every company seemed to toss into their press conference. But what really happened at the show in wearables?
When you boil it down, wearable tech as of January 2014 falls into three categories: Notifiiers, Trackers, and Glasses. The notifiers are any devices showing off information from the world around you (Pebble Steel, and also gadgets like … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- A colleague leaned over to me in the CNET double-wide at CES and asked if I had seen the Voyce, a gadget for dogs. There was something about heart rate and data collection. Ah, I said, like a Fitbit for dogs? So I went to check it out. Jeff Noce is the man behind Voyce and I can tell he's tired of hearing that Fitbit-for-dogs comparison, and he's right. It's not.
Voyce is a smart collar stuffed with sensors that monitor activity and rest levels, calories, heart rate, and respiratory rate. That data is collected over Wi-Fi, with the device needing to be charged once a week for four hours at a time. You can track trends over time and share the information with your vet. For example, heart rate can be a clue that your dog is in pain. It can be like an early warning system for getting your pup to the doc.… Read more
Qualcomm, of course, now dominates the mobile chip business, providing its Snapdragon mobile processor to most marquee smartphones and some tablets. Its ability to bundle a processor with a cellular radio has been one of the keys to its success. However, competition in 4G LTE is expected to increase as rival products hit the market from companies such as Intel.
Qualcomm revealed Mollenkopf's appointment … Read more
We all remember the day, before the smartphone, when taking a picture in public felt a bit invasive, an encroachment on public etiquette that could earn you a dirty look at best and a vocal condemnation if you pushed the envelope. Now watching someone squint into a smartphone screen to snap a shot, regardless of when or where, is part of daily life, so much so that nearly everyone has considered its toll on our ability to "live in the moment."
That sort of transition is bound to happen with the next generation of soon-to-be ubiquitous technology: wearables, … Read more
Jay Parker, president for Lenovo's North American operations, said the company will release "multiple Chromebook models" in the market by the summer. That will cover multiple price points and configurations, he said.
Lenovo already offers some Chromebooks, predominantly for the education market. However, it believes the market can become much bigger and appeal to many more users.
"I think Chromebooks can be very impactful … Read more