Ten years ago wearable technology was a relatively unknown thing. Most people would think of science fiction of some niche prototype device, if they knew about the concept of wearable tech at all. Ask somebody today to describe wearable technology to you, and they’ll probably talk about the latest round of smart watches, or maybe Google Glass.
Hundreds of vendors fly to Las Vegas each year. Some skip out on one year and others are regulars. It is impossible to visit each and every booth in four days, but the biggest names cannot be missed. Everyone needs to know what they will roll out later in the year and what new technology will revolutionize the way we live. Here is a look back on some of the biggest booths at CES 2015.
The OnAir box is a clever little device that enables music lovers to turn existing stereos and TVs into connected devices to create a true multi-room music listening experience. From what we’ve seen, not only does it provide simplicity of use, but also delivers a great design while offering a great user experience without the need to upload a single file to the cloud.
Virtual reality has always fascinated me. As a designer by trade, I have always loved different visual experiences. There have been many companies over the last few decades that have tried to do something in this space but these products have not really taken off. I had the pleasure of playing with a developer preview of the Oculus Rift over the weekend. There is still a ways to go before it is ready for daily consumer use, but give it a year or so and it could be part of your weekly gaming and/or web surfing experience.
SkyBell Technologies, Inc. today announced SkyBell Version 2.0, an upgrade to their Wi-Fi video doorbell, which enables users to answer the front door from their mobile device. SkyBell Version 2.0 isn’t just a software update its an all new device that launched with improved Wi-Fi performance, upgraded wide-angle camera and enhanced motion sensor.
In just one day the Skully AR-1 was able to nab funding of over $900,000 and counting on Indiegogo and they still have a month left! Absolutely crushing their goal of $250,000. For those who may not be familiar with the Skully AR-1, its a motorcycle helmet with heads up display, review camera and GPS navigation
But how does it perform? I had the chance to demo the phone for a week after this event in order to give an accurate review and I’ll say that it’s a nice, sturdy piece of hardware in your hand and in your pocket. It’s not too big like some of these MEGA phablets on the market but feels ruggedly solid, probably won’t need to get an additional outer case like you normally might with other smartphone selections.