This week marks the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and I had the pleasure of speaking on day one and day two of the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show with tech expert Brett Larson. Brett joined me yesterday (and on Tuesday) to share the must have tech products that everyone is buzzing about at CES!
Candace Rose: With today being the second day of the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, what are some of the latest and greatest products and trends you’re seeing?
Brett Larson: “We’re seeing some great stuff continuing that trend of HDTV. We love it, it’s getting better and better and now we can carry it around in the palm of our hands. This is the DROID DNA from HTC, it is a smartphone that has HD that rivals the latest TV technology. It’s five inch full HD, it has 1080p screen so that is going to be right up there on par with what you’ve got sitting in your living room. It runs the latest version of Android, but you don’t have to worry about carrying a big bulky phone. It’s so thin, it’s sleek and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Here’s something that I actually like, this is very smart of HTC- they put a wide angle lens on the front facing camera so when you’re taking your group shot- how far can I get my arm to go? You don’t have to do that anymore because it’s got a wide angle lens on it. It also has Beats audio so when you’re rocking out to your tunes or watching your HD movies can do that. It’s on Verizon’s LTE network, and it’s under $200 so that’s a good price.
Talking of HDTV, this is the next level of HDTV that will go into your living room- this is LG’s 84 inch Ultra HDTV (please see video for details), that’s one of the 4K TV’s. Now regular HD has two million pixels, this TV has eight million pixels, that is the clearest picture that you can get in a television right now. It literally feels like you are there and part of the action. It’s very cool, it also has the Smart TV technology and it does 3D as well so you can really immerse yourself in all of that really great video content.
And speaking of content, we like our web content. I like my audio content on the web, I like my internet stations and now I can take them with me. AHA is a free app from Harmon, it’s for the iPhone and for the Android and now it’s connected to our car stereo. So you can connect it to your car stereo and you can access over more than 30 types of audio content from news to music to Parenting magazine like we’ve got there, even Facebook and your Twitter feeds. And it’s all accessible from the head unit in your car which is very cool because it’s going to be safe for when you’re on the road. What’s nice about it too is it is free, and when you’re on the road you can’t use the app on your smartphone so you’re not going to be sitting there fumbling with your phone.
Some cool stuff that we don’t often say with electronics the two words: dishwasher safe, and the other word we don’t say is waterproof. This is Seal Shield, it’s awesome and completely waterproof. We’ve got the Bluetooth headset, they’ve got the remote and they’ve got the keyboard- you can put this keyboard in the dishwasher because it’s waterproof.
They’re rolling out Sea Lion at CES, it’s a waterproof and microbial case which is very cool for your smartphone. It has a Silver Seal embedded into it so that keeps germs from growing on the surface, but it’s also waterproof. We took it swimming yesterday with sharks at Mandalay Bay, they took pictures. That’s cool if you want to go scuba diving or snorkeling you can have that with you and take pictures and you don’t have to worry about getting germs growing on your phone. So very cool, and some great stuff at CES for day two.”
Candace Rose: When will these products be available to the public?
Brett Larson: “Awesomely, about every product talked about today is all available right now or in the next couple months you’re going to start seeing all the stuff (like the big TVs) start popping up in electronics stores pretty soon. The phone and everything else is available now.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Brett Larson: “I would just say if you’re planning on coming to CES wear very, very comfortable shoes. There’s a lot to see and you’re going to do a lot of walking around. This is a historical show, they’re expecting over 100,000 people to come through the doors for this year’s show.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Brett Larson: “Head over to KillerApps.tv, we’ve got a round up of all this and so much more stuff from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.”