Technology advancements don’t rest, even during the holiday period. Each year technology companies show off their latest and greatest at CES (Consumer Electronics Show). The show kicked off on 5th January and ran all week. Here is our pick of some of the best for 2015.
WebOS powered smartwatch that can drive your Audi!
WebOS is going mobile once again in the form of a new LG smartwatch. Bought from HP in 2014 (which had obtained it with the infamous purchase of Palm in 2010), LG has adapted the previously phone and tablet platform for their latest Smart TVs. At CES the smartwatch was used to drive an unmanned Audi on stage. Whilst still in development, it can nonetheless not only park the car but also monitor and control its statistics and settings.
This takes the driverless car topic forwards, but also outlines LG’s greater plans to utilize WebOS across more platforms. With the re-mobilization of the platform, this could be LG’s opportunity to steal market share from Google platforms and give an alternative to android on future smart phones.
LG smartphone – changing in front of your eyes
Not content with its new smartwatch (above), and too eager to wait till Mobile World Congress in March, LG announced the LG G Flex2. In addition to being the most powerful smartphone to date, the Flex2 has a unique feature. Still with curved shape and screen – it is the remarkable self-healing back that is attracting most attention. The new self-healing back eliminates light and medium scratches in just 10 seconds ‘in front of your eyes’ vs three minutes on the original Flex. Gimmick? Well it’s a surprisingly good all-rounder and one to watch, especially for anyone a bit clumsy!
Next-generation mobile gesture controls on show
Microsoft has previously demo’d hand gesture technology to control a mobile device without touching the screen. Other companies have implemented basic gestures into their new phones ie. taking a selfie not by touching the screen but making a hand gesture towards the camera.
Elliptic Labs showed off the next advance. Multi-layer interaction technology was shown to control a video, pausing, resuming and showing duration left – without touching the screen.
The technology isn’t limited to mobile devices. Once further matured and more reliable, it is not a hard leap of imagination to see this developing into being used to control a device secured in a vehicle, or office dock without overreaching or leaving smudges on the screen.
Size doesn’t matter – PC minitiarisation
With such focus on new technologies going towards the mobility market, traditional desktop PCs have been somewhat in the shadows. Now though, bolstering their respective portfolios HP and Intel have announced miniaturised PCs.
So small, HP’s new mini PCs can fit in the palm of your hand and are lighter than Apple’s mini offerings. Additionally, they offer a more practical design (putting the USB ports on the front) – and are a lot cheaper. Running on solid-state drives including 200GB of additional OneDrive storage and Intel Core i3 processors. These small, cheap and cheerful units could find a future home in Offices, giving companies to opportunity of replacing legacy PC towers with these space and energy saving mini PCs.
Intel has taken quite a different and even smaller approach. Intel has announced the Compute Stick, a tiny device that resembles a USB memory stick and plugs into a monitors HDMI port. This little stick is a full Windows 8.1 PC and includes a full licence of Windows as part of its $150 asking price. Although you won’t be performing powerful tasks on this unit, it could be ideal for browser based or less demanding apps. With no physical unit whatsoever required on a desk beyond the monitor, Intel’s Compute Stick will certainly free up desk space – and could interest a few procurement departments.