Beau­ti­ful curvy mod­els

TVs with bended screens are among the top tech­no­log­i­cal trends you can ex­pect to see this year,

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - writes Rod Chester ROD CHESTER TRAV­ELLED TO LAS VE­GAS AS A GUEST OF SAM­SUNG

FOR tech­nol­ogy pun­dits, Christ­mas al­ways comes a month late. This year’s In­ter­na­tional Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas is the world’s big­gest tech­nol­ogy show – and it just keeps grow­ing.

More than 3200 ex­hibitors set up on the largest CES show fl oor in his­tory and showed off their key prod­ucts for the year ahead.

With all that tech­nol­ogy, some clear trends emerged.

CURVED SCREENS

Aus­tralians had their fi rst look at curved TVs last year, with Sam­sung and LG each launch­ing a curved high- defi ni­tion OLED.

The depth of colour in those fi rst OLEDs was com­pelling but the im­age res­o­lu­tion was high- defi ni­tion and not equal to the ul­tra HD TVs – also known as 4K TVs – which also started to ap­pear in 2013.

Sam­sung Aus­tralia’s di­rec­tor of au­dio vis­ual Brad Wright said prices for UHD would “be more ac­ces­si­ble than we’ve seen” and that OLED was “go­ing to be with us [ too], but it’s not ma­ture yet”.

“The re­al­ity is the price point [ for OLED] is not go­ing to tum­ble to make it af­ford­able for an av­er­age con­sumer,” Wright said.

Dis­count online re­tailer Ko­gan em­pha­sised the fall­ing price of UHD tech­nol­ogy by an­nounc­ing a 4K 55- inch UHD tele­vi­sion for less than $ 1000. Sony, LG and Sam­sung all re­leased ranges of UHD TVs this week, with LG and Sam­sung show­ing off more than a dozen curved mod­els, all ex­pected in Aus­tralia this year.

LG and Sam­sung have al­ready moved on to the next gen­er­a­tion, with pro­to­types for a TV that bends into a curve at the touch of a but­ton.

FIT­NESS TRACK­ERS

Sony, LG and gam­ing hard­ware com­pany Razer are ex­pand­ing out of their core busi­nesses to launch ac­tiv­ity track­ers, each try­ing to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent over the sea of com­peti­tors.

LG’s Lifeband Touch can be worn with head­phones that check your heart rate, Razer’s tracker has a so­cial side and senses nearby friends, and Sony stood out with its SmartBand, which serves more as a life- blog­ging de­vice.

If you go for a run with your SmartBand, the app will record what songs you lis­tened to.

The app will record the songs you lis­tened to and the pic­tures you took, re­plete with lo­ca­tions. And its an­i­ma­tion will show your mode of travel, whether on foot or by bike, car or train.

CON­NECTED DE­VICES

There were smart watches ev­ery­where at the CES, or at least watches claim­ing to be smart.

In­tel, which has long been a pro­po­nent of the “in­ter­net of things”, showed off the Edi­son, a Pen­tium- class com­puter that fi ts into the size of an SD card you’d put in a dig­i­tal cam­era.

The chip- maker talked about the Edi­son pow­er­ing wear­able com­put­ers and demon­strated its po­ten­tial with a cof­fee cup show­ing real time up­dates from a baby mon­i­tor.

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