We had the opportunity to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. It's one of the largest trade shows in the world and where you'll see most of the great gadgets to come debuted. (Think the contents of your family's holiday gift wish lists, come December!) Here is some of the most interesting gear we've seen for 2014.
Sleep Number X12 Smart Bed
We can all use a better night's sleep, and Sleep Number's new mattress promises to help you get just that. In the past, if you wanted to track your sleep via a device, you usually had to wear a headband or wristband to get detailed measurements. The X12 integrates sleep-monitoring technology right into the mattress via built-in pressure sensors. Combined with data you input, like caffeine intake and drinks per night, the mattress's associated app will help you figure out what's disturbing your sleep. Plus, the bed comes with 12 pre-set "modes," that let you adjust the position for everything from reading a book in bed to quieting a snoring partner. The X12 will set you back $8,000, but Sleep Number is looking to roll out the technology across its line, so look out for more affordable options in the near future.
Samsung Bendable uHD TV
Heard of "Ultra HD" resolution? If you haven't already, you certainly will be hearing it plenty soon. We predict that uHD will be to HD what HD was to standard-definition sets just a few years ago. The latest models boast four times the resolution of today's high-definition televisions and we’re starting to see new units outfitted with curved screens, which should translate to a more cinematic viewing experience. Even better, some of these super high-def TVs are priced more within reach, with a few coming out that cost closer to $1,000, not tens of thousands, like they were last year.
LG G Flex Smartphone
TVs aren’t the only gadgets getting a little curvature this year. LG debuted its G Flex smartphone, which supposedly offers a more ergonomic design. The phone is curved, for a more comfortable experience when you're holding it to your ear and a better viewing experience. Pricing is yet to be announced, but expect to see models at your carrier this coming spring.
The impressiveness in this gadget is what you can’t see! This transparent, Bluetooth speaker will seamlessly integrate in to any décor. The base unit is likewise décor-friendly, with three finishes to choose from (silver, dark bronze, or charcoal). You can order now for $349 and speakers should start shipping in March.
If your computing needs are basic (think editing Word docs, browsing the Web, and checking your email), this all-in-one desktop might be a good fit. Similar to Google's Chromebooks, the Chromebase runs a simple cloud-based operating system that's as simple as can be to use. No word on pricing yet, but you can expect an affordable price tag in line with Chromebook offerings.
Mophie Space Pack
Constantly finding that your phone runs out of battery at the least convenient moments? We're a big fan of battery-boosting cases like the Mophie Juice Pack. The company's latest offering is upping the ante: the rechargeable case can still help juice up your smartphone on the go, but it will also boost your phone's storage. It comes in 16GB and 32GB options (think enough storage space for hundreds more images, for instance). Pricing will start at $149.95 and the new cases with be available in black or white starting in March.
You'll be able to see who's calling, read texts, get reminders, and more without ever taking your phone out of your purse with the Razer Nabu wristband. This sleek device is just one of a whole wave of smartwatches that debuted at CES, but its expected price point around $100 and great design caught our eye. Plus, it can also function as a fitness tracker, keeping count of your daily steps and more.
If you need a little extra motivation to get out the door and head to the gym (who doesn't?), the Jaybird Reign wristband can tell you when you're ideal workout windows are. The wristband keeps track of your activity level (It can supposedly distinguish between, say, a jog and a few laps in the pool, without any input from the user.), sleep, and more, and suggests when workouts will make the most impact. It's pricey at $199, but we liked its sleek looks and unique features. The Reign will be available for purchase in summer.