Friday, 10 January 2014

The CES that was...


While I’d like to say that I equally appreciate the Arts, to be honest I actually think of myself more as an artist than a scientist, I am not one to pass up an opportunity to appreciate the diversity and milestones reached by raw science. I’ve always believed you can’t really have one without the other, but what do I know… With that said, I bring you the highlights of the Consumer Electronics Show that was held yesterday in Las Vegas. While I wasn’t there in person (not like its open to the general public, even if it was, I highly doubt I’d make it), I strongly emphasize that I was there in spiritJ.

For those of you that have already heard about the CES, you’re welcome. And for those who are hearing about it for the first time, it’s basically an event that showcases the latest improvements and inventions of household electronics. it’s held annually in Las Vegas between the 7th and 10th of January with an attendance that usually goes up to 150,000 people, in spite of the fact that it’s not open to the public. It’s been around for about 50 years now, and though mostly attended by the likes of Bill Gates, Bob Galvin, John Chambers, Michael Dell  and Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, every once in a while you will also find the likes of Jay-z, Barrack Obama, Steven Spielberg and other celebrities from completely unrelated areas in life. So, yes my dear, before your beloved plasma/ PVR-DVD-VCR-DAR/Xbox/HTC Thunderbolt/GalaxyS2 was ever on the market, this is where it was first unveiled to the public.

It’s quite exciting when you think about it, how far the boundaries of house-hold technology are being pushed and how much science advances annually. When you analyze the direction which most electronics are tending towards, it hits you that the recent sci-fi movies and all their wild concepts, the likes of Elysium and After Earth and Gravity and Pacific Rim, are not as far-fetched as you might think… Scary, huh? Also, you realize that Asians are going to take over the world, eventually….

This year’s CES high lights included the first Li-Fi Smartphone that uses the sun’s waves for energy or something like that such that you barely have to use your battery. There was also the 77-inch Ultra HD telly from OLED and two curved tellys from Samsung. Audi unveiled its laser diodes that are apparently going to be used for the vehicles high-beam headlight. My personal favorites included the refrigerator that had cameras on the inside which you could somehow correlate with your mobile device, so that if you are shopping and aren’t sure if you’ve got enough tomatoes at home, all you gotta do is check your phone. There was also the rice cooker that you could activate on your way home, so that by the time you are there, your meal is ready for consumptions; so smile ladies, we weren’t left out…

Here are a few more gadgets from the 2014 CES.
















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