We scoured this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to find the latest and greatest tech for you, our beloved reader. We sorted through the good, the bad, and the frightening and here’s the best stuff we found.
We scoured this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to find the latest and greatest tech for you, our beloved reader. We sorted through the good, the bad, and the fucking frightening and here’s the best stuff we found.
Fugoo XL $299 and $329, fugoo.com
There were a SHIT TON of Bluetooth speakers at this year’s CES. You couldn’t swing a dead cat around the show floor without hitting one. There were a lot that we really liked, but Fugoo just packs so much good stuff into its version. It begins with great sound, maybe as good as you’ll hear from any wireless speaker. Then, it pulls away from the field by being a waterproof and drop-proof speaker—meaning you can take it anywhere with you. Also you can change up its appearance just by swapping out its cover, so it’ll look stylish while in the home or really rugged when you’re outside beating the hell out of it. Then, if all that wasn’t enough, its 35-hour battery life crushes the competition.
LG 77” EG9900 4K Flexible OLED TV $TBD, lg.com
This television is obscene. The blacks are extremely black and the richness of the reds is fantastic. And for those who can’t decide between whether you want to buy a curved display TV or a flat one, this flexible screen allows you to toggle between the two whenever you want. But not just the picture quality is great, so is the operating system for the smart functionality. LG’s 2.0 version of its webOS platform is snappy and unobtrusive, allowing you to switch between apps and toggle through menus with quickly with overlaid controls that don’t take up the whole screen. LG didn’t tell us how much this would cost when pressed, but we can be assured this 77-inch set will set you back some coin. Luckily webOS 2.0 will ship on all of LGs smart TVs in 2015.
PicoBrew Zymatic $1,799, picobrew.com
It’s like a bread machine, but way way way better. The Zymatic lets you put hops, malt, yeast, and water in the machine, press the button and in 3.5 hours the machine will do the rest. You can make up your own recipes or use Pico Brew’s kits that include all the pre-measured ingredients you need for up to 12 different styles of beer. We tried the IPA and it was pretty delicious. To see how the Seattle-based company built Zymatic check out this video.
Sling Television $20, sling.com
It’s the cordcutter’s dream. People who have held on to cable like grim death because they love live sports may finally have an out with Sling Television. From the makers of Slingbox, Sling Television announced a partnership at CES with ESPN and a few other providers to give you live TV over the internet for just $20. It was one of the biggest, most exciting announcements at this year’s show. However, Michael Hawkey, a senior vice president at Sling actually threw a little water on our excitement about the cost savings of cord cutting. A lot of people have cable companies currently delivering their internet too. “You’re paying for two things, the content and the pipe, if you tell the company you’re getting cable through that you’re that you don’t want to pay, your internet connection will start to cost more,” Hawkey says. “Cord cutters can get through now, but that cost won’t come down, because bits cost money.”
Withings Activé Pop $149, withings.com
Wearables were a big storyline at this year’s CES with countless booths filled with gadgets that you strap to yourself to track your every movement. Many of them are space-aged-looking rubberized bracelets or clips. Withings decided to take it old school hiding its fitness tracker within a stylish, classic watch. It syncs to your phone so you can check all your steps, calories, running distance and sleep analysis there. The Pop is water resistant, so it can track you while you swim. And you can swap out the bands, so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing the same watch everyday.
Libratone Diva $899, libratone.com
Listen, we’re already fans of Libratone’s speakers—they pair great sound with a unique, inviting aesthetic that sets them apart from the majority of their competition. Now, Libratone will add a soundbar to its lineup of speakers. Connect to your TV with optical input, but then also stream music to the 200-watt unit over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Alcohoot $99, alcohoot.com
Too much to drink at the bar and worried about driving home? Just plug the Zippo-sized Alcohoot into the headphone jack of either your iPhone or Android and blow into this breathalyzer to get a BAC reading that’s as accurate as a cop’s. Just make sure to wait 15 minutes after the last drink of the night, or it can screw with the accuracy.
Native Union Clic Wooden $39, nativeunion.com
In a sea of phone cases, we loved the handcrafted quality and crisp design of Native Union’s products. And the wood adds a nice organic touch to our cold digital world.
Samsung Gear VR $199, samsung.com
Honestly, we’re skeptical of virtual reality’s prospects. The hurdles it has to clear to be widely adopted seem too high. People like to multi-task—hence they don’t want a helmet totally blocking their vision. And will there be enough content to make buying a headset worthwhile? Really, they’re two of the major impediments that helped doom 3DTV. Yet, watching a Cirque du Soleil video on Samsung’s VR was absolutely engrossing. It’s almost hard to describe, but looking up and around your gaze shifted to all parts of the theater, just as if you were there. The video totally envelops you. And realizing that one of the problems for adoption will be a lack of content, Samsung announced that its streaming media service Milk will be expanding and in that expansion will publish new videos for VR five days a week.
D-Link D.I.Y. Security Kit HD Edition $189, us.dlink.com
The networking and router company has branched out into cameras and motion sensors, allowing you to protect your home without having to go through a big security company like ADT. You can start small with a single camera in this kit, and then scale it up with additional units. And D-Link will offer free cloud storage that will temporarily house videos when a motion sensor flips on a camera to record.
LG Styler $TBD, lg.com
This was one of the unexpected delights of CES. The Styler shakes and steams clothes—like your suit and wool jacket—to remove odors and wrinkles. On the door is a press so you can hang your pants and it will give you a perfect crease. Get on of these things and you’ll be going to the dry cleaner a hell of a lot less.
Golla Road Various prices, golla.com
While still limited here in the US, the Finnish company Golla makes fantastic, sharp-looking bags, crafted with the tech-loving guy in mind. Golla used to focus primarily on tech accessories, but has expanded its offerings with a line of bags that handle all your gear with aplomb. Combining sharp Nordic design with a little bit of ruggedness, Golla’s Road line of bags has the aesthetic you’d expect to pay $400 for from Jack Spade, but these run for half that price.