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