CES 2015: Phablets, fit trackers, 4K TVs and other tech gizmos for the new year
The holidays may be over, but now is the best time of year for the tech-savvy and those that must have “the next big thing.”
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an opportunity for big name brands and small start-ups to show off their latest innovations, kicks off today in Las Vegas and runs through Jan. 9. From phablets (that’s part smartphone, part tablet) to fitness trackers to 4K TVs, the CES is a tech fan’s playground.
Reports from cnet.com and Forbes indicate that 4K TVs will break through at CES this year. The TVs boast a picture quality four times better than traditional televisions, but haven’t made much of an impact on the market because of the high cost to produce them … until now. Word is that manufacturers are “all in” on the production of 4K TVs, which finally will bring their purchase price into the range of the mass consumer. Also, watch for 4K content because that’s the next step necessary for the flashy TVs to truly take off.
Like 4K TVs, the allure of the phablet is a better viewing experience. Phablets essentially are a cross between a smartphone and a tablet, with a screen size that falls in the middle of the two—at 5- to 7-inches. That screen size makes videos, movies and games easier to view, while still being easy to handle.
Making life easier is the essence of technology, and that applies to keeping track of your health and fitness levels, too. Fitness tracker manufacturers have been big players at recent CES events, but things are about to go next-level at CES 2015. Manufacturers are expected to add more heart-rate monitoring options and Under Armour may up the ante with sensors embedded in its athletic clothing. It’s clear that everyone in the fitness game wants to be ahead of the Apple Watch, which is expected to be available in 2015.
Now, from connected clothes, we move to connected cars. Look for auto manufacturers to make an appearance at CES 2015 to showcase how their vehicles aren’t just cool because they can run your favorite apps or let you know when you’ve got mail, but that they are a safe hub for all your Internet activity and devices.
And, finally, if some of this technology seems out of this world, consider that virtual reality will once again be a big piece of the show in Las Vegas. Oculus and Samsung are likely to be key players in the field at CES and cnet.com is dedicating its annual “Next Big Thing Supersession” to the topic today.