Sonntag, 12. Januar 2014

Updated: CES 2014: Devices and Technologies

Even if most of the Tech websites expressed some disappointment about the announcements coming up on CES 2014, I tried to bring up some news about products coming to market soon.

So to sum up:
  • 4 k TV and even PC screens made a lot of noise, even if I doubt them to become market dominance, soon. They may be coming to the PC space sooner than in to the TV set.
  • TV innnovations besides 4k were focussing on the UI. The two most important announcements were the Roku TV, which means Roku software becomes part of the generic UI and WebOS on LG TV sets, offering a new user experience to control the TV channels and the smart TV functions.
  • Low cost smartphones open up the next price barriers. Prices even for high quality brand fall below 100 USD. This will make feature phones completely obsolete.
  • Lots of wearable announcements. Nearly every well known brand in sports or consumer electronics now offers a least a wristband or similar tracking devices. Not to forget the smart socks.
  • Smart watches went to the next level: Either getting very cheap at Archos - starting at only 49 USD - or more becoming stylish, like the new pebble steel. Lets wait and see, whether and when Apple might join up here.
  • New sleek devices from Lenovo: The Thinkpad 8 tablet and the Beacon Home Cloud, a NAS optimized for smartphone usage and built in TV HDMI Connector.

4K Streaming for YouTube:
One of the big announcements of Google for CES 2014 was the VP9 update for YouTube to support 4k streaming. This Google VP9 Codec for UHD wil be supported even by at least 19 hardware partners, as described here  http://gigaom.com/2014/01/02/youtube-4k-streaming-vp9/


Roku TV: 
Instead of bringing up even more external boxes Roku announced cooperations with TV manufacturers TCL an Hisense. Details can be found in the Roku blog http://blog.roku.com/blog/2014/01/05/introducing-roku-tv/



WebOS for LG TVs
The new UI and remote control to watch TV smarter.




Asus: Low cost Zenfone series smartphones 4, 5, 6 and the first transformer netbook with duos OS support. A bunch of new low cost smartphones based on INTEL chipsets were announced by ASUS. They will be marketed in Europe, too. See the press conference showing all the new devices coming up this year



Wearables and Gadgets
Big fuzz about new devices coming quite close to you:


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Pebble Steel: The second generation smartwatch just looking much more like a classic wristwatch, with all the smartness of the original Pebble.




Lenovo
The Chinese company made some interesting announcements. See the Thinkpad Tablet 8 with lots of horsepower in a relatively small device.



and the Lenovo Beacon, a NAS made for TV and smartphone connectivity (the following German showed the most UI-explanations).



Donnerstag, 9. Januar 2014

Updated: CES 2014 Connected Home Snippets

As there is much fuzz going around on new connected home features I tried to collect them on this page.

First is on Samsung's Connected Home Demo including the use of the  Galaxy Gear smartwatch.




Next to come is Qualcomms CES promo




Archos seems to be also trying to get into the connected home. The connected objects clip contains a lot of smart home devices including a weather station.





SmartThings again showed their vision of the connected home in their own home.




Finally I found one of the first Belkin WeMo LED demo videos. Was not an easy one. Not from the show, but with some animation and app demo. Published by USAtoday.



To complete the WeMo sory, I just found a German interview on the actual product line. Enjoy (all the non Germans, please forgive, but the pictures should speak for themself ;-) ).



And for our English only I also found a BBC interview with Belkin.

Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2014

CES 2014 Second Day of the Show

Latest update: The T-Mobile event, the link to the full video stream is now available. Short version preview of what to expect by TheVerge. Hope the full event recording will be made available soon. Pretty heavy stuff, as they will be paying ETFs of other providers, if the people switch to T-Mobile.




Many newly announced devices and concepts have been tested by lots of tech bloggers and the posts are flooding the networks. Also most of the keynote streams from Monday and Tuesday are available now.


To be honest, the most useful video clips were mostly produced by TheVerge techblog team. I pretty much like their way to interact with the new technolgies and their open opinions on the new technologies presented.

But also Sascha Pallenberg and his team from Mobile Geeks is very active and improving in bringing up actual video clips. It is also one of the few well known tech blogsites fully publishing in German, which I appreciate a lot ;-) He has set up a nice best of the days video collection here called "everything you need to know"...

TheVerges offers a nice collection of  keynotes with their CES 2014 Supercuts series, reducing the clips to a maximum of 5 minutes. Really nice ;-). One of the best so far the Asus press event below.



German car makers showed, that they have their stake in innovative technologies and showed different ideas to the international press. Audi presented a car smartly interacting with the traffic lights of Las Vegas and BMW let some reporters take a quite fast ride on their self driving prototype. TheVerge delivered two nice video clips about the vehicles in action.





MobileGeeks show the "vehicle homepage" of Mercedes, a mobile app driven UI on tablets and smartphones.



TheVerge has casted two Vergecast After Hour releases and will continue tonight with a third one. Much tech small talk and opinion making. Not every episode too informative but a good feedback on impressions taken at the show.

Not to forget the full Yahoo keynote, which is now available online. Has got a big slot on TheVerge's After Hour from Monday. Sorry, that the video cannot be embedded here.



CES 2014 The first official day of the show

Following announcement monday today the exhibition has opened. All the announced devices can now be found at all the booths and special theme areas.

It was not too many new things coming up today so I want to focus on some few things I found interesting.

LG is trying to revive WebOS they bought out of HP. They seem to be serious about introducing a complete new UI concept to all of their new TV sets. As there is not much room let to differentiate in mass markets this might be a way to keep sales on high levels.

The UI was only demoed so far and you could not interact yourself with the remote, but the screen animation look interesting and maybe users will like it. We will have to wait and see.



Meanwhile LG shows the new UI live at their booth. Make up your mind yourself.




Sphero 2B
A real nice extension of the Sphero product line. One of the nicest gadgets I heard of for CES 2014 so far. Seems to be faster and even cheaper than the Sphero 2.0 ball. Also found a nice video at CNET.com



Sony
Sony tries to get into the fitness tracking devices league. The first gadget is called "The Core" you cann carry it in a wrist band. The video shows parts of the press conf yesterday. Distributed by CNET.com



WeMo Light Bulbs:
Could not find a first video about the new product, but a good article from TechCrunch.

Source: techcrunch.cn

Smartwatch from Archos:
Archos will offer three different smartwatches sporting different screen technologies starting from 50 USD to about 150 USD. Completely new range of devices at low prices. Found a first demo clip from Mobile Geeks. Availability still open, but the samples seemed to work properly.

Montag, 6. Januar 2014

CES 2014 What's coming up this year?

CES 2014 ist going to start this week. First press conferences started yesterday and continue on Monday.

My "pick of the day" is the Peeble Steel, the new Pebble watch in stainless steel design. See pics and first impressions here or watch Sascha Pallenberg showing the new models.





The "blackout of the day" for sure was Michael Bay's stumbling out of the presentation at the Samsung press conference. See this extract below.


I will post any video stream I can find of the most important events taking place.

Any CES day you will find 5 must see things at CNET, too.


The first stream I found is the one of the Nvida press conference. You can watch the full clip here 


Watch live video from NVIDIA on TwitchTV

To be continued. LG press conf. just started. Think, there will be no stream on this, but at least TheVerge is doing some good Live blogging on the event .

Samsung is on schedule, too.

A good overview on the upcoming activities this Monday can be found here.

It shows, that many of the big names, like Sharp, Monster, Panasonic, Huawei, Asus, Intel, Toyota, Samsung, AMD, Epson and Sony will have press conferences today and also the official Intel CES opening keynote will take place in the afternoon.


"Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will deliver a pre-show keynote address at the 2014 International CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies" (source cesweb.org).



A full video stream documentation is on CNET's live stream over the whole day!

Just pick this link: http://new.livestream.com/cnet/ces2014 
Also some first clips are made available on http://www.cesweb.org/News/CES-TV

Samsung had a big press conference, too. Just watch it here. Conference starts at 33 minutes.





Pebble, the kickstarter crowdfunded smartwatch intruduced last year, today also announced some nice updates to be found here. Content starts at about 5 minutes.