Annual gadget trade show draws tech lovers to Las Vegas

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 6, 2014

Last year, driverless cars and censored forks were amongst the ‘wow’ products that left quite a remarkable impression.

This year, members of the consumer electronics industry from all over the world convene at the 2014 International CES, the trade show of trade shows where exhibitors show off what’s new in the electronics world.
Here’s you’ll find an electric toothbrush that monitors how well you are brushing your teeth.

“It’s not only going to track how long you brush your teeth, but the effectiveness of your teeth brushing through the censors and the head,” Amy Forrester of Kolibree said.

Also featured is a quadricopter ‘mini-drone’ that consists of a barometer, a three access gyro, a three access accelerometer, a sonar censor and a high speed camera. Its makers say these features help with the stability and control of the flying experience, and the mini-drone is controllable by using a smartphone.

“It’s a great starting point for beginners who want to learn how to fly a helicopter that is full of technology by using a smart phone,” Peter George of Parrot.com said.

A new smartphone from LG, called the LG Flex, is curved. The design, with a six-inch OLED display, better fits the contours of your face.

“It does flex, hence the name LG flex,” Crystal Syzdek of LG Mobile said. “Like if you’re wearing it in your back pocket, sit on it, it won’t break.”

For those power users of mobile phones and tablets, there is a solar case that could suit their needs. You can now charge your phone using solar power, or artificial lights, with solar powered mobile and tablet power cases.

“Direct sunlight, right here, the energy flows through and sinks through the mercury lines and goes into the battery,” a representative of maker Enerplex said.

Then there is the bootcase line of powered phone cases. This power case comes in handy for ladies and gents who like to be minimal with their belongings while partying.

Meanwhile, Lenovo takes last year’s design further with this new tablet computer combo—the Yoga 2 Pro.

“If you look at the outside it looks like a notebook,” Yang Chun, manager of convertible product planning at Lenovo, said. “You can easily turn it into a tablet because of the special magnet design. You can easily detach and attach, and JBL speakers for entertainment.”

A table tablet enables you to get pictures from your smartphone in literally a second of time. You can also adjust and edit the pictures in just a few simple steps.

Thousands of CES spectators are expected to attend this year’s electronics show extravaganza.

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