The Best of CES 2013

January 11, 2013 Michael Keshen

The Consumer Electronics Show has emerged as the Super Bowl of the tech world. This week-long event brings large and small tech companies together to showcase what they have in the works. We are able to get a peek into the future, to see where technology is heading, and how it will soon be better integrated into our daily lives. With the 2013 event drawing to a close, here are some of the most of the innovative products from this year’s CES.

YotaPhone

Can’t decide between e-ink and LED? Why not have both? The YotaPhone features a more traditional Android experience on one side and an e-ink display on the back. The e-ink display can either have a mirror image of what is on the LED side or run its own applications. This is certainly one of the more unique items of the year but it is unclear what the benefits of having both screens are. Reading books and saving battery (it takes less battery to display content on e-ink than LED) are two that come to mind, but it remains to be seen what other uses consumers will use.

Tobii Rex

We spend so much time looking at our computers and so the Tobii Rex is aiming to put those eyes to work. Its surprisingly accurate eye-tracking technology detects where you are looking and uses this information in the same way you now use a mouse to point. This works in a number of ways: look at a link and press a keyboard button to select, look at somewhere on a map and use the mouse’s scroll wheel to zoom in, and look at the bottom of the article and press a button to scroll down. The Rex is currently available for developers and is aiming for a public release later this year.

Razer Edge

The Razer Edge is many things, and seems to get all of these right. It’s a powerful Windows 8 tablet that has set its sights on the PC gaming audience. Unlike other tablets, it offers the full Windows 8 experience and can run any Windows game or application. It also has a number of different accessories that can transform it into a PC with the keyboard dock, a personal gaming device with the dual control sticks, and a multiplayer gaming console with traditional gaming controllers. The Razer Edge has the potential to not only be the future of gaming, but also the future of home and mobile computing.

Samsung OLED TV

Aside from the stunning display, this TV might not seem that different from other offerings; however, picking up a pair of special glasses will make you think twice. This Samsung OLED TV allows up to 4 viewers to watch different things at the same time. The glasses have integrated headphones that allow multiple people to watch their own content simultaneously. This is definitely better to the current picture-in-picture alternative!

What other CES 2013 products do you think should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

About the Author

Michael has always had an interest in communications technology, which led him to earn an M.A. from York & Ryerson in Communication & Culture and eventually a position as Customer Success Specialist at Uberflip.

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