Jamie Sorcher, Technology & Entertainment CorrespondentBest known for her television work as the original 'Gizmo Girl' on ESPN's Cold Pizza morning show and numerous appearances on network television, Jamie Sorcher is a seasoned technology and entertainment correspondent with more than 15 years experience in print, broadcast, and online media.
It's the biggest gadgetfest around--the one and only CES! The mega trends are 4K TVs, wearables and more wearables--and did I mention wearables, the connected car, and The Internet of Things--geek-speak which simply means that all of our daily devices will someday be linked. CES is where you can see the future, the flops and all the fads in between. Come with me for a look!
LG OLED 4K TVs-- Get ready to be wowed! LG's lineup of OLED TVs--that stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode--gives you the best picture quality possible. Perfect blacks, expanded colors, improved accuracy and lifelike images. All of the OLED TVs have 4K ultra high definition making LG the first and only company to produce TVs with both technologies. These TVs have an ultra slim silhouette with a depth of just a few millimeters and a frameless design. They're available in curved, flat and flexible configurations. Sizes include 55-, 65-, and 77-inches. Look for these later this year.
LG G Flex 2-- I managed to get a hold of the most talked about smartphone here at the show--and this one stands out in a sea of them. LG has reinvigorated the user experience with this departure from the norm. The phone is uniquely designed with four distinct curves making it both beautiful to look and comfortable to feel. It has a 5.5-inch Full HD plastic OLED display and 13 megapixel camera. Also cool is the advanced self-healing back that repairs most minor nicks and scratches in just seconds. This phone will be available in Q1 from carriers AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.
This is the year that smart lighting really takes off! Check out Lightify from Osram Sylvania. They have a portfolio of lighting products for both indoor and outdoor use--LED bulbs, LED strips and garden spots--that are controlled by an app on your mobile device saving you energy and allowing you to personalize an environment. Decorate a dorm room with a colorful light or add a creative touch to your outdoor landscaping. Products are available for pre-order at Amazon.com and will be available on Lowes.com in Q1. Price: $29.99-$79.99
Escort Passport Max2-- This year CES has 10 automakers--the most in the show's history-- and there is tremendous buzz about connected cars and driverless cars, but hey, if you're going to get behind the wheel--then you'll want one of these. The Passport Max2 is the world's only all-digital radar detector. It has built-in Bluetooth which automatically links to the award-winning ticket protection app, Escort Live, on your smartphone. Now you know before you go. You'll get radar and laser alerts. You'll get warnings when there are red light cameras or speed cameras--and now you will even get an alert when you're in an air patrol enforcement zone. No more tickets!
RestOn from Sleepace-- There is plenty of everything at CES--people, products, food, long taxi lines, etc. But one thing that is lacking out here is sleep. At a show like this, hardly anyone gets any shut eye. But 50 million Americans regularly have trouble sleeping. This non-wearable smart device monitors, analyzes and tracks your sleep time, heart rate, sleep cycles and more and does a scientific evaluation so you can understand and improve your sleep! More ZZZZZZZZZs, please! The device links by Bluetooth to the Sleepace app on your smartphone.Once you get feedback, you are on your way to a better sleep every night. Price: $149 on indiegogo.com.
And just had to mention this wearable-- The Ring is a finger-worn controller for your smartphone or mobile device. You can use it to turn on music on your smartphone or to turn off lights in a room. The ring communicates with your phone via Bluetooth. Available in March 2015. Price: $269.99.