Famous for bringing us big ideas and bizarre gadgets, day one at the biggest tech show of the year didn’t disappoint.
The Internet of Things (or IoT as it’s known in Vegas) is the grand concept, with Samsung chief executive BK Yoon telling a packed hall that all his company’s products will be interconnected by the year 2020. So get ready for a world where your smartphone registers that you’re leaving the office, switches on the heating to warm up your home and puts the the oven on, for a piping hot evening meal ready for when you get home.
Aspects of this are already creeping in, of course, with Smart TVs such as the Samsung UE40H6410 that recommends shows you might enjoy based on your previous viewing habits or the BT Smart HomeCam that alerts your phone if someone is moving about in your house while you’re out – big brother is definitely watching us in 2015.
But the CES crowd were assured this is just the thin edge of the wedge, with all your gadgets soon to be collaborating to make your world a little more comfortable. Imagine getting out of bed in the morning and your coffee maker automatically kicks into action, your curtains open and the traffic news comes on the radio… awesome or what??! Although on the downside, after tucking into a hearty cooked breakfast, your phone will probably inform you how many minutes you’ve just knocked off your life (not so awesome).
When it comes to OMG-inspiring gadgets at this year’s CES, the Lamborghini smartphone had jaws dropping – though mainly for its £4,000 price tag. The levitating Air2 Bluetooth speaker which floats above the base unit also caused a stir, along with the Noke Bluetooth-enabled padlock that can only be opened using your smartphone.
When it comes to what is likely to make it into consumers’ homes this year, most of the talk was about Ultra HD TVs, which should continue to come down in price as LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp and Sony all launch new ranges. Crucially, we should also get a lot more UHD content to actually watch on them, with a grand alliance between manufacturers and content producers being set up to get the show on the road.
Panasonic also showed off its prototype 4K Blu-ray player, offering a ‘even better than the cinema’ experience in your own home.
LG also unveiled a clever washing machine that can do 2 loads at the same time thanks to a mini unit at the bottom designed to look after delicate items, so you don’t need to worry about your best dress getting mixed up with the kids’ muddy sports gear any more.