Our eyes are just not built for the future. It sucks, but it's true. We can't physically focus on things that are very close to us, which is why we're not all rocking high-resolution immersive virtual reality displays built into our eyeglasses. How do we fix this problem? Simple: we upgrade our eyeballs.
I don't know about you, but I've been fantasizing about a Surface table ever since I got my first demo back at CES 2008. It's only really been for sale for businesses and stuff, but Samsung is now officially selling their own version of Microsoft's slick multi-touch interface.
As you read this, the DVICE crew has spread out onto trains, planes and automobiles for our ports of call. Here we say farewell to the nights huddling in hotel hallway corners hunting down the barest Wi-Fi signal, eating only once a day and digging up the craziest and most impressive concepts we physically could. We'll have more thoughts on the show soon — and probably a few more concepts that are hiding out in the depths of our hard drives — but for now here's this sweet gallery while my in-flight Wi-Fi is behaving.
We're living in a smart TV, smartphones and smart cars world, so why not smart home appliances that can all be controlled with an app? That's the idea LG is floating around at this year's CES — home gadgets that talk to each other wirelessly.
Usually, we find just one or two things at CES every year that get us really, really stoked about the future. Last year it was Samsung's beautiful bendable displays, but this year, we were starting to worry that nothing would hit it out of the park. And then we tried Tobii's eye tracking computer interface system, and as Kevin so eloquently puts it: OMGWOW.
It's a well-known fact that we here at DVICE will write about more or less anything involving lasers, even if it doesn't involve lasers. Fortunately, this display system actually does involve lasers, and it also involves invisibility. Whoa.
E Ink has been on a bit of a run lately, what with the whole e-book explosion. And it's easy to see why: E Ink offers inexpensive, ultra low power displays that are easy to read in direct sunlight. Does that mean that absolutely everything should have a handy little display on it? E Ink totally thinks so.
Walking down the huge halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, I ran into Jason Giddings and David Rogers. You may know them as the guys who threw out the idea for a crazy glass keyboard that uses infrared lights and cameras to track your typing. Well, it's real.
ePawn Arena is the digital board game tabletop that brings the likes of Dungeons and Dragons to life. This screen isn't a tablet. It's not a touchscreen and it doesn't work with RFID. It recognizes little figurines using patented magnetic technology and it's super responsive.
This CES is undeniably centered mostly around TVs. Business and press folks alike love to oooh and ahhh at them and companies like Haier love to put them on display. While the future of TV could be 3D, glasses-free 3D, voice control, motion control, 4K, 8K or wireless, Haier is taking a bet with transparent TVs.