The annual CES 2015 is over but the fever is still on for the hottest and most innovative tech products to watch out for this year.
Cars are the new supercomputers, Ultra HD TVs will soon be a staple in every living room, the VR industry is coming up with more exciting products. These are just a few of the many tech revelations in the biggest electronic trade show in the planet.
Here’s a round-up of gadgets, gizmos and technologies that got the most raves from the scrutinizing taste of the tech industry.
More 4K TV action
We cannot escape the 4K revolution. It’s already happening and it is the inevitable destiny of TV and viewing technology. More and more consumers and enthusiasts are embracing the shift from HD to Ultra HD televisions.
Every manufacturer introduced a UltraHD television model at the CES. Based on a forecast of the Consumer Electronics Association, shipments of UltraHD TVs in 2015 could reach up to 4 million. That’s a huge improvement from the 800,000 shipments recorded in 2013.
The new 4K TVs that graced the CES show floors are not the usual 4K TVs, they’re bigger and better 4K TVs. As Wired.com have put it, “they’re only going to get better” as the TV industry expects a breakthrough in the Ultra HD technology this year. The Ultra HD TVs have resolution higher than 1080p and are packed with all the needed features (read: Android TV platform, voice search, etc.) to make your home entertainment an even more rewarding experience.
Among the noteworthy models include Aquos Beyond 4K Ultra HDTV from Shart Electronics.
This massive, 80-inch spectacular screen promises to be the highest resolution TV available in 2015. The display has an effective resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 or a total of 66 million subpixels. No pricing available yet but this ‘almost 8K’ UltraHD TV is scheduled to start shipping in late 2015.
Another eye-catching stunner is Sony’s X900 C Series 4K television that runs on Android platform. It is the thinnest LCD TV available. In fact, it is slimmer than the thinnest Xperia phone with only 4.3 mm in thickness. It runs on Sony’s X1 super processor.
Last year, curved TVs stormed the CES. Now they’re making a comeback. LG made its (literally) massive presence at the CES felt with the LG 4K OLED EG9900 TV. This 77-inch TV has a bendable panel that can be switched to flat or curved.
These new 4K UltraHD TVs will run on different operating systems. LG has its Web OS. Samsung is sticking with its proprietary Tizen OS while Pansonic is embedded with the Firefox OS.
The drones are coming
Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones were among the biggest attractions and highlights of this year’s CES. Compared to early models, the drones available now have become cheaper, faster and more capable.
Whether used for entertainment or productivity, drones are always showcased as an emerging technology in the last couple of years. Eventually, manufacturers and tech consumers have discovered more ways on how to make use of drones aside from surveillance purposes. These days, drones are used for taking the perfect selfie, for taking videos, for following/tracking a person and many more.
But could it be that drones will be dominating the consumer technology realm soon after 16 commercial companies showcased their wares and drone collection at the CES? We have yet to discover that.
According to Poynter.com, 2015 may also be the year that journalists get to use drones in their line of work.
The drone market should be worth $130 million this year and a billion-dollar market in a few years.
Here’s one more to satisfy your viewing pleasure sans the cables — Dish Network’s consumer-friendly online TV service, Sling TV. A proven favorite by Engadget, Mashable, PCMag, Techradar and other consumer electronics experts, Sling TV is an internet-based, live, television service. It will be available to customers nationwide in the first quarter of this year.
Consumers will indeed like Sling TV with its no contract, low-entry price and accessible service business model.
For a basic subscription of $20 per month, you can readily stream the best live TV shows ranging from sporting events, shows, movies and news. Subscribers can choose from the base package, kids package, sports package and news and information package depending on your viewing lifestyle. As for the resolution and bandwidth, Sling TV will be available in 720p and 1080p. Users can also adjust streaming settings to limit or increase bandwidth so you’re totally in control of your data usage.
The service is available on Android and Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, tablets, desktops and smartphones.
Sling TV will launch in a few weeks. It is currently available by invitation. To score yourself an invite, just go to the Sling TV website.
What’s not to love about Sling TV? Nothing. Everyone digs it.
Images: Drone and Curved UHDTV from Flickr.com.