Tech Spec: Two Things From CES That Could Change Your Life

Unless you are a technology junkie (like yours truly), you probably do not know about CES. CES stands for the Consumer Electronics Show, which is a four-day event (Jan. 8-11) that displays some of the technological advancements that consumers will see in the upcoming year. Over the past few days, some of the headliners have gone on stage and debuted their newest pieces of tech and there were two items that really stood out; these technological improvements, if adopted, could change our lives.

CES offers revolutionary, upcoming tech products that can change the way the world thinks about its gadgets. Photo courtesy Courtland Jeffrey

CES offers revolutionary, upcoming tech products that can change the way the world thinks about its gadgets. Photo courtesy Courtland Jeffrey

The first item is the smartwatch. We have all had the dream of a watch that could do more, ever since the calculator watch, and it looks like we are almost there with Pebble. The Pebble smartwatch is a wirelessly connected watch that displays notifications, like phone calls, texts, emails and weather updates, from your smartphone. Since their start on Kickstarter all the way back in April, the smartwatch has been gaining quite a bit of popularity and it looks like preorders are being filled this month. Once those preorders are completed, expect to see availability for these $150 watches soon.

The next big-ticket product on display is NVIDIA’s Project Shield. NVIDIA is known for their mobile processors, but with Project Shield, the company is looking to breakout in a new market, by making a mobile gaming device. What makes Project Shield a unique mobile gaming device is that it runs Android’s Jelly Bean OS and has the ability to play PC games. It has a 720p touchscreen, which is connected to an XBOX-like controller. Project shield holds a chance in the market, with its specs and capabilities, but NVIDIA never mentioned a price tag for it when they showcased it.

Make no mistake, there are tons of other items on display at the Consumer Electronics Show convention, but the Pebble smartwatch and NVIDIA’s Project Shield have received the most attention over the past three days.

There is one other item — the flexible display that caused quite a bit of hype. I will be dedicating my next post to it and its possibilities.

If you are interested in these products, visit the links above or if you want to check out CES, visit their website for event schedules and more details. In the coming months, keep an eye out for these on store shelves so you can get your hands on a new smartwatch or gaming device.

 

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to email me at cejeffre@asu.edu or you can follow me on Twitter @Court_Jeffrey. Enjoy!