Best Things Happened at CES 2013
During its existence humanity passed through various stages of development both spiritual and technological. According to most popular classification here are five most important informational revolutions in the history of mankind:
- activities got implemented into human minds and language;
- invention of writing;
- invention of printing;
- invention of the telegraph and telephone;
- invention of computers and Internet.
Some scientists say that the next stage would be quantum epoch…but they are not quite sure, so we’ll see. Today we are living on the fifth stage of this classification, and seems like this is only the beginning.
Since first computer was invented (as it was called those days – fully automatic computing machine) its size was getting smaller and power was increasing in progression. Computers used to sent men to Moon had approximately 64Kb of memory and were operated at 0.043MHz. Just for comparison iPhone 5 has a 1.3 GHz dual core processor and 1Gb of RAM.
See that huge grey pillow in the middle? Some say that 1Gb of RAM is too little for posting photos to Instagram, but 64Kbytes brought men to Moon and back. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? As you can see, comparing to Apple’s the graphs of Apollo computer are not visible at all.
Technologies are our personal magic, we can make really amazing things using all those gadgets we owe. The first and the most important impulse in technological development is of course consumer. Consumers need things they will barely be able to use fully, here is why companies develop thousands of all possible devices and oversaturate market with practically identical stuff. That’s why from time to time we can hear following phrases:
< sarcasm >Your rectangle with side-to-side screen looks just like mine, see you in the court…< /sarcasm >
It’s impossible to leave a show like CES 2013 behind and not feel like you may have missed something. As it’s one of the most important event of the new year it can’t be bypassed.
This year CES expo was way bigger than in 2012. More than 3,100 exhibitors showcased their latest products on more than 1.85 million square feet of exhibit space, with a total of more than 153,000 (unaudited) in attendance.
Want to know more on the past events of CES see the audit report.
Each CES expo is notes by numerous gadgets and devices that rock minds of the visitors, in this article you can read about 10 best products of CES 2012. This year was not an exception that’s why we’d like to talk about products that make everyone gape in astonishment and wonder. So, here they come.
Top Products of CES 2013
We’d like to start from one thing that’s under almost everyone’s thumb…that’s a touchscreen. How many times you cursed your screen for being too slippery? How many times you pressed the wrong button while typing texts? Seems like pretty soon this problem will be eliminated. Meet, Tactus Morphing Touchscreen.
Typing text on a touchscreen can be really difficult especially if you have sweaty fingers. Tactus made a revolutionary step creating tactile touchscreen. This technology makes the letters bulge on the screen thus making them easily sensed.
For its long history humanity was trying to ease everything creating machines that could handle all the hard work. Even in aviation the invention of autopilot in 1912 by Sperry Corporation made a revolutionary takeover. Since then there were lots of attempt to make something similar that will work for cars, and finally this day has come. Under the drum beat Self-Driving car from Audi rows into the parking lot.
In this demonstration, Audi used a prototype smartphone app to “call” the car. Vehicle started by itself, eased its way out of the garage, turned a corner, and parallel parked. Audi then showed off the car returning to the spot, parked normally between two cars. Engineers involved into this project say its likely a decade away from mass production.
Samsung promised a TV with an “unprecedented shape” at CES 2013 — an exaggerated bit of hyperbole that stands in stark contrast to the beautiful minimalism of the new 4K TVs. The floating design with integrated speakers is really stunning and unfortunately for their owners requires room redesign to fit this huge thing in.
According to Samsung these TVs will start at “under $30,000” for the 85-inch and go up from there, but expect to see the company bring this new design language to more mainstream sets in the years to come — moving the speakers to the frame thus producing even thinner panels.
I think everyone has an old film camera that resembles Leica rangefinder’s design of 50-s. Here is one more reminiscence of that amazing camera that is sometimes presented as an immortal masterwork, like Beethoven’s 9th Symphony or the Mona Lisa. Here comes Fujifilm X100S.
At a first glance it looks like its small sister X100. Though there are two huge improvements:
- the rangefinder-like manual focus system that overlaps two images;
- and the all-new phase detection autofocus that Fujifilm calls the fastest.
All in all, the X100S should provide a significant bump over its occasionally laggy predecessor, which was already more fun to shoot than just about any other digital camera out there.
In 1991 the Cold War faced it’s logical end. But still arm race outgrew into something more comprehensive. Along with creating more powerful bombs best minds are chasing after more processing power, truing to cram in more cores into a nail-sized processor. That’s how Terga 4 processor was born, it includes 4+1 CPU cores, 72 GPU cores and a 4G LTE Modem Processor. All these cores make it the most powerful mobile processor ever created.
From now on you take your gaming anywhere with Project SHIELD, portable designed for gamers who yearn to play when, where and how they want.
The console features Tegra 4 processor, a full-size game controller, breakthrough Wi-Fi technology, and stunning HD video and audio, Project SHIELD redefines what gaming can be.
Today we’ve got tons of amazing techs, but still cyberdecks was something unobtainable…until now. The Oculus Rift actually delivers head-tracking technology and the future of virtual reality to every living room.
Truly and honestly The Oculus Rift is a real revelation, that can bring us one step closer to the events depicted in Surrogates movie.
Someday Philips introduced Ambilight – lighting system for TV that outputs the picture beyond the screen. This effect was supposed to make an immense viewing experience. Now, take a look at Microsoft’s vision of how effects around TV (corresponding the content) should look like.
Some More Cool Videos about CES 2013
Some More Cool Videos about CES 2013
CNET’s Brian Cooley and Molly Wood announced winners in all categories, the People’s Voice winners, and Best in Show.
Seen other stuff that rocked your mind? Feel free to mention them in the comments.