Now that the dust has settled and the 2014 International CES is truly a thing of the past, it’s time to take a look at some of the products that were promised at the world’s largest consumer technology show. Remember, many of the items shows at CES are not quite ready for prime time. It takes months – almost the whole year in some cases – for these products to see the store shelf. From an electric bike converter to a personal aerial drone, a bionic arm to a next gen vehicle information interface, these ten technologies represent a step toward something new for the connected world. What will be the most desirable kinds of gadgets in the year ahead?
The creator of the iPod, ex-Apple design exec Tony Fadell, has continued to invent revolutionary technologies since creating his own company, Nest. The
Let’s face it, most of the tablets available today are built for low-intensity indoor use. It’s a shame, because a lot of the power and functionality of tablet computing could be useful in adventurous scenarios. Fortunately, a surprise tablet arrived this year that is heading toward wide availability– the
There are many peaceful purposes for unmanned aerial drones, and this technology is finally trickling down to civilian applications. One noteworthy new product is the
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One of the most coveted honors an inventor or product designer could hope for is the James Dyson award, an achievement given to one revolutionary design each year. The 2013 winner is the
Drafting and illustration sure have changed over the last decade. What used to be done with a pencil and ruler on paper is now done with a mouse or a tablet-stylus. Some of that functionality has been gone for years in this new digital environment, but the people at Adobe understand what has been lost. Their new
Like the Nest Protect above, there has been a little revolution in home consumer technologies recently. The latest is the August Smart Lock, a “digital doorman” that provides an alternative to key-based entry to you can allow and prevent different guests from entering your home. Want to let in your cousin or a repair tech? Just use the August app to send them an invitation to enter your home. Once the repair person has departed, you can turn off that invitation so they can no longer enter your home. Confused about who was in your home when you were not? August keeps a record of everyone who has used the service to enter your home. It’s a secure system, based on the inside of your door so the outer entryway remains the way it was before. But the interior technology, battery-powered and separated from your power and internet systems, is what makes August so special. If you’re in a jam, don’t worry– the good old fashioned key will always work.
Our talk of peaceful applications of drone technology continues, this time for commercial package delivery. Amazon recently revealed
Voice commands, touchscreens and haptic feedback are active in most consumer technologies today– but why not cars? The