With the Consumer Electronics Show in session, new gadgets are being announced left and right. This is one of my favorite times of the year as companies compete to hype their upcoming products. CES has already shocked us with some crazy product announcements, and certainly more are to come in the near future.
Razer Nabu – Razer is known for their high quality (and high priced) electronics, including mice, keyboards, and gaming laptops. The Nabu is a thin and trendy wearable or “smart watch.” It has cool features like distance tracking, much like a Nike Fuel band, and the ability to turn off unwanted tools like GPS to save battery.
3D Printers Galore – 3D printers have become incredibly useful devices, and will have a huge impact on the way we do business in the coming years. In the past, 3D printers have been incredibly expensive and only purchased by large companies or extreme enthusiasts. However the price is starting to dip to consumer level.
- Makerbot announced a new Replicator 3D printer at $2,899, and a mini version at $1,375. They also are offering the 3D models ready for printing on their store page for $1 a piece.
- 3dsystems announces a $500 3D Scanner for iPad so that you can easily create models of existing objects and replicate that.
- XYZ has announced a 3D printer at the staggering low price of $499. The printer is set to be released in March.
Vizio 4k HDTV – Vizio is leading the charge of Ultra HD televisions, announcing their new lineup for 2014 will start with a $1000 4K HDTV. Vizio shockingly has no 3D TV’s on their lineup for this year, dismissing the film type as a gimmick. Vizio sells more TV’s in the US than any other brand, so it will be interesting to see if others follow in their footsteps.
Lenovo Google Move – Lenovo, well known for their business quality laptops, is taking a unique turn and pushing for more Chromebook production. Chromebook’s run on Google’s Chrome operating system and can only run applications from the google play store. Although great for people use to Android Smartphones, it is a difficult change for those who are used to a Windows or Macintosh environment. Lenovo says they have no plans for the wearable’s market right now, and will be focusing on full sized electronics.