The Best Tech Of CES 2014

Friday marked the end of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The annual event held at the Las Vegas Convention Center showcases the latest and upcoming technology from all over the world. Last year’s convention attracted over 150,000 attendees along with 3,250 exhibitors covering the available 1.92 million square feet of exhibit space. This year’s CES was no different with an overabundance of new and returning gadgets, televisions, phones, cars and everything in between to keep visitors occupied. With so many products to sift through it’s impossible to showcase them all, so here’s a few of the most notable from around the web.

Lenovo ThinkPad 8


Lenovo’s newest tablet aims to be a viable replacement for your home computer. Running on full Windows 8, the tablet has a wide variety of tools and options available to the user. To start there’s a microSD slot, allowing extra storage to be added to the largest model’s internal 128GB. The machine also gives owners the ability to hook up a wide range of accessories to their tablet via USB 3.0 including a mouse, keyboard, and even an extra monitor with the built-in HDMI port. At a starting price of $399 there’s a lot to love.

Source: The Verge

PlayStation Now


In an increasingly digital era where nearly every movie or album can be streamed from the Cloud, it’s no surprise that video games are taking the next step, too. Sony unveiled its new plan to provide gamers the ability to stream games straight to their favorite PlayStation console, PlayStation Vita, or even smartTVs, tablets and smartphones. At a recommended internet connection of at least 5MB/s, subscribers will be able to stream PlayStation 3 games this year though the company promises access to the full PlayStation library in the future. Watch the announcement yourself here.

Source: Polygon

Oculus Rift


On a related note, gamers and virtual reality enthusiasts alike continued to fawn over Crystal Cove’s VR headset, the Oculus Rift. This year being its second showing at CES, the headset showed off its new head tracking system, allowing users to tilt their head, lean forward and look around corners. Though still in development, the device still looks promising and will hopefully invade our living rooms in the near future. You can find out more about one user’s experience here.

Source: Forbes

Toyota Hydrogen Powered Car


Yes, you read that correctly. Toyota has announced their first hydrogen powered car. Emitting only water vapor, the vehicle boasts a range of 300 miles, the ability to go 0-60 in just 10 seconds, and a refueling time of 3-5 minutes. The car runs on a battery which uses hydrogen as its source of fuel and like the fully electric Tesla will first be sold in California. West Coast buyers can expect to have it in their driveway by 2015.

Source: The Washington Post

Biggest Trend: Wearable Devices


On the heels of Google Glass were an excess of wearable technologies this year from watches to competitor glasses. As if smartphones weren’t enough it now appears that consumers must be connected at all times and on every body part. You can find some of the more notable ones here.

Matt Nowatzke
Matt Nowatzke is a small-town farm boy who one day decided to use his book learning skills to leave the Midwest and see the world. After spending all his money in Europe, he cut his trip short and moved to Boston where he now writes for lunch money and teaches. In his spare time he enjoys reading, watching movies and cartoons, hiking, fishing, and attempting to make his own video games. You can find more about him on his blog or via Twitter.
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