January 18, 2013

Best of CES 2013

The 2013 International CES was the largest in the show’s 45+ year history. As we roamed around 3,250 exhibitors unveiling 20,000 new products into a massive 37 football fields of exhibit space, certain products resonated with us more than others. Those are the ones we share with you in this year’s.

LG 29″ Premium IPS Monitor EA93 Series – The 21:9 Ultra Wide Screen displays cinema-style movies, but also makes multitasking easy with it’s the 4-Screen Split feature that divides the screen into four customizable segments.  For connections, it has DVI Dual Link, DisplayPort, or HDMI with MHL support.


Eton Rugged rukus – Compact solar charging Bluetooth speaker. It’s lightweight and has a splashproof rubberized exterior, a 20-square-inch solar panel and a USB port for charging cell phones.


Samsung DA-F60 – The company’s first portable, Bluetooth speaker system. Extremely well detailed.


Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 – This beautifully crafted piece of furniture is actually a stereo speaker system and wireless audio receiver. With no physical controls, the volume is adjusted by swiping your hand over the top.


Harman Kardon NC Headphones – Sophisticated, modern design with high quality materials. Superb sound quality, soft leather cups and slow-retention ear cup foam for optimal comfort and fit.


Nite ize BugLit –  Fun little versatile design and useful light. It can be bent, wrapped, or twisted in many configurations, to sit, stand, store, or shine the flashlight


Samsung NX300 – Beautiful compact camera with 3D-capable one-lens system which captures stills and full HD video in three dimensions. Very nicely detailed and retro-inspired with a modern twist.


Celluon Magic Cube – This little device projects a full-sized keyboard, which can also be used as a multi-touch mouse onto any opaque surface. May look Sci-Fi but it actually works.


Bluelounge Eco-Friendly Bags – High quality with again great attention to detail. Not only are they super functional bags and match Apple’s design sense but are also made out of 100% recycled PET bottles.


Bluelounge Milo Stand – This simple, discrete and very cute smartphone stand uses “micro-suction” to grip your phone at a comfortable viewing angle, and then remove it without leaving any sticky residue. It also grips to your desk.


SpareOne Emergency Phone – As the name suggests, it’s an emergency cellphone that runs on a single AA battery. It does nothing more than make calls and can be used as a flashlight. If left switched off, it can last for up to 15 years.


GoalZero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit – USB solar charging system that fits in your pocket. Use as a single unit power pack to power your devices or as a power source to recharge AA or AAA batteries.


Scanadu Scout – Place the device on your temple and in 10 seconds you get readings of your vital signs. The information is then sent to your smartphone or other recording devices.


Kensington Proximo Fob and Tag – A wireless tracking solution for your iPhone and other valuables. The wireless fob sits in your pocket and sounds an alarm when you get too far away from your important belongings (up to 9).


Tylt Band Wall Charger – The flat ribbon wraps around the cylindrical plug for clutter-free storage and remain wrapped via embedded magnet.


Tobii Gaze Interface for Windows 8 –  The system uses a combination of eye control for pointing and touch pad to enable all seven primary touch commands of Windows 8 (activate, select, zoom, scroll, etc.) and fine tuning.


Nixon Trooper Headphones –  Bold and clean design but also very intelligent in the way the collapsible frame folds up into a flat travel pack. Some thought was also put into the intuitive volume control, using one of the ear cups as a full size volume knob.