Innovations that grabbed eyeballs at CES 2014
Nidhi Singal January 10, 2014Tracking innovations on the consumer electronics and computing devices isn't as much fun as keeping a tab on the new, offbeat gadgets. This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas had many such innovations. A quick look:
1. Kolibree Toothbrush: In today's connected world, where TVs, microwaves and even forks are getting smart, why not a toothbrush? Kolibree, a start-up, has unveiled what it claims is the world's first connected electric toothbrush. It has to be connected to Kolibree's mobile app on the smartphone via Bluetooth. So, every time you brush your teeth, the brush will record a set of relevant data, which can later be viewed and analysed via the mobile app.
2. Audi A7: It comes fitted with a test version of its Piloted Driving feature. Here, one has to just push a button and take the hands off the wheel. The car uses its forward-looking radars and laser to see the traffic ahead, a windshield-mounted camera monitors the lane lines, and the rear radar detect cars coming up on either side. Audi's autonomous driving technology, designed to give the drivers a break from the heavy traffic where the speed is less than 40 mph, is still under development.
3. Intel wireless charging bowl: Intel showcased a smart wireless charging bowl that can charge the gadgets just by dropping them in the bowl. Sounds interesting, but at the moment, the charging bowl pairs only with Intel's newly-announced smart headset. But knowing Intel, the company will make it compatible with phones, tablets and even ultrabooks. In terms of dimensions, the bowl and stand have a 10-inch diametre and utilise magnetic resonance technology, the basis of recent A4WP innovations.
4. Corning Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass 3: Believe it or not, but a phone carries more germs than a toilet seat. To address this problem, Corning has unveiled an Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass 3, a germ-busting technology. The company has infused ions of silver, a common antibacterial agent, directly into the chemically-strengthened glass. This can rebuff up to 99.9 per cent of certain bacteria that are found in abundance on the phone screen.
5. Panasonic wearable 4K camera: Combining two big technologies into one, Panasonic has incorporated portable 4K camera in a wearable gadget that hooks onto your ear. According to Panasonic, the device is waterproof, dustproof and can be used daily. The video shot in 4K resolution, which uses about quadruple the pixels found in HD, can be shared via Wi-Fi and viewed on smartphones or ultra HD living room TVs.