Tech expert and Daily Lounge contributor Chris Leary joined me this week live from the annual International Consumer Electronics Show to share the top technology trends and products at the world’s largest consumer electronics show! If you’re on the hunt for a tablet that converts into a laptop or a watch that alerts you when you’re out of range of your smartphone (yes, please) or a robot device that cleans your windows and mirrors, and so much more, you’re in luck as Chris has you covered!
Candace Rose: What are the trends you’re seeing at CES?
Chris Leary: “Well, one of the trends I’m seeing is a powerful device that will let you work and play without really compromising one for the other.
The Intel inspired Dell XPS 12, it’s a convertible touchscreen ultrabook. It’s nice because it gives the entertainment experience of a tablet with the productivity look and feel of a laptop. It allows you to easily switch between the two as well. You can restart from hibernate in less than seven seconds, wake up from a sleep mode in less time than that. And while it’s asleep it’ll update your email and social media using the Intel Smart Connect, so that’s kind of nice.
Want to talk about powerful? How about quad-core processor. That’s what you’re going to find in the LG Optimus G. It’s pretty much the perfect smartphone, lots of multitasking, has LTE speeds; is great for gaming and movies, all on a 4.7 inch true HD display. It’s got neat features too like QSlide. It runs an app or texts all while watching a movie on the same screen. It also has Quick Memo- that’s a note taking app that lets you scribble memos on the screenshots, and all you have to do is use your fingers.
The watches are also getting a little upgrade too. The Casio G-Shock is the first low energy Smart Watch that provides Bluetooth time sync, alerts you of incoming calls and emails- again, this is your watch doing this. It’s also got a feature called Find Me. It notifies you when you’re out of range of your smartphone so hopefully wearing the watch you’ll never lose your smartphone. So that’s kind of fun too.
If you don’t like cleaning your windows this is a wonderful device (please see video above for details) right here- it’ll clean windows, glass doors, mirrors with just a touch of a button. It’s called the Winbot 7 from ECOVACS- it debuts here at CES. All you have to do is switch your robot on, place it on a window and press start. It cleans your windows indoors and out, which is nice.
Public Wi-Fi, that’s not new but it’s a wonderful source. Well, Koss is taking advantage of that. What they’re doing is the Koss Striva Pro Headphones and the Tap Earbuds, they’re kind of playing piggyback on that to access your music back at home and back at the office or just in your pocket. What you can do is you can set up a radio station at MyKoss.com or you can tune into your MP3 Player or iPhone- whichever you choose there’s no strings attached.
What if you’re looking for no wires attached like if you want to charge up your device? Well, good, you’re in luck because Fulton Innovation has developed eCoupled wireless technology. It’s easy and it pretty much goes into anything you can build it into like this wooden bowl right here (please see video for details), it’s wonderful. Here’s how it works: you place your device near the enabled surface and it’ll charge. There’s no plugging in and you just have to look for that Qi symbol which is something that makes it compatible, and there you go.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Chris Leary: “Yeah, as a matter of fact I have a bunch of them. If you go to DailyLounge.com we’ll take care of you.”