Nina's CES 2014 Recap
This year I had the chance to go to CES for cutegeek and the SF examiner. Needless to say, the email requests were doubled and the necessity to be at 2 places at once was almost required. And of course I couldn’t forego my fashion…so yes I stupidly wore 4 inch heels on one of the biggest days of CES, Opening day (but I had to look good for 50 cent and John Legend). The biggest highlight at CES for TV’s was the Samsung 105” U9500 Curved Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV – The World’s First and Largest Curved UHD TV. It was mounted on an aero stand that is very narrow a movie theatre aspect ratio of 21 x 9) and also uses pure color technology which makes the color of the Samsung 105” U9500 Curved Ultra High Definition (UHD) more accurate and more like what the director would like you to see.
At CES, Sony announced PlayStation Now which brings game streaming to consoles. It’s the first ever streaming game service on consoles powered by an advanced cloud-based technology. Users now can play games the same way they stream TV, movies and music. Per Sony’s website; starting with the PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4, and expanding to PlayStation®Vita, BRAVIA TV’s and other Sony and non-Sony devices, PlayStation Now will be available on the electronic devices gamers use most. To be the first to receive exclusive information on PlayStation Now click here.
While at CES I had to give the Chevy guys a hard time for not ever inviting me to review any of their products like my friends at Ford. Reluctantly I checked out Chevy’s new 2015 Corvette due to come out this summer. The new 2015 Corvette includes the all-new industry-exclusive Performance Data Recorder which lets you capture video, audio and real-time performance data from your driving experiences on and off the track. The driver can then watch the video, complete with data overlays, on the vehicle’s 8-inch color touch-screen (when the car is parked), or download to a computer for further editing and sharing via social media.
A really cool car I want and think I can afford is the Elio by Elio Motors which is a 3 cylinder, 3 wheeled commuter vehicle that sits 2 people in tandem. It’s the best solution for people like me in the city who needs something small, reliable, and affordable. The Elio is currently only $6,800.00 which includes AC, power locks, Am/FM stereo, and 3 year warranty. It can go 84mpg on the highway and has an anticipated 5-star crash test rating. I am looking forward to being able to test drive and Elio and maybe own one in the very near future…the Elio is perfect for me!
I stood in line for a 50 cent autograph at the SMS Audio booth. I realize I am not a teenager anymore and swooning over an autograph at this age is just silly but I just wanted to see him smile (get it:-))…And yes ladies he is just as hot in person! The time I spent waiting in line in 4 inch heels instead of getting my hair blown out at the Panasonic booth was worth it.
50 cent was really there (not just because I was there:-)) to announce the new Sport line and the Star Wars limited edition headphones of his audio brand SMS (Studio Mastered Sound). The new Sport line will include wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are sweat proof and feature secure-fit wings for active users. Additional headphones in the line will also include sweat-proof on-ear and in-ear wired versions. I am hoping they send me a pair to test out and review, I’ve been dying to try out quality bluetooth earbuds.
The Star Wars on-ear headphones will be branded with characters and themes from Lucasfilms' Star Wars series. The designs look cool from the flyer I got, not my cup of tea but cool none-the-less. What I didn’t know about the SMS brand (while I was waiting in the very long line for my autograph in 4 inch heels) is their Sync line with the Kleer technology over ear wireless headphones, pretty sweet. Learn something new every day!
Did you know Robots are now taking over Hollywood? No joke; meet the Robothespian that is actually already being used in movies. The Robothespian is a life sized humanoid robot designed for human interaction in a public environment. The Robot doesn’t serve much functional wise; it’s made to entertain and speak different languages. Hmm, at $90,000 I have friends for free that can do the same and they cook too. However it was really cool to interact with the Robothespian and it will be coming to a theatre near you! To check out my video of the Robothespians click here (pardon my one curse word:-)).
During my CES journey I found myself at the Earthquake Sound booth which makes home audio, known for their subwoofers and based out of San Francisco. I checked out the Supernova MKVI subwoofer and Titan Tigris. I then had an Earthquake Sound home audio experience where my seat was shaking and I think I may have lost some hearing from the great sound the experience. To check out my video of my Earthquake Sound experience click here.
It was time to visit my friends at Dacor which had their discovery appliances on display; appliances for the future. Just like at the Napa Valley Film Festival I got a demo of their Discovery Wine Station which is the first automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system. My favorite product of Dacor is the next product they demoed, Discovery iQ 30" Wall Ovens. The integrated and intuitive Android™ interface provides access to the proprietary Dacor iQ Cooking App. Powered by a Samsung 1GHz Processor and 512 MB DDR2 RAM, the built-in controller is exclusive to Discovery™ Series Wall Ovens. The controller rounds out with complete Wi-Fi connection capability and is equipped with stereo sound and a PowerVR SGX 540 graphics processing unit delivering a multimedia experience through a 7" LCD glass touch screen panel. A dream for this technology geek; pre-heat your oven on the go with your smart phone or play iHeart Radio while cooking…Genius!
One of my favorite accessories booths was the iwave and Gentec booths which had fun stylish cases from Nicole Miller, Dabney Lee, and Sicura Italian Designs which is also collaborating with Penguin by Mungsing Wear for the first time to create mobile accessories. There were many other accessories in both these booths that you can check out either on the iwave and Gentec sites however these 3 brands I loved the most. I feel in love with Nicole Miller’s iPhone 5 cases and leatherettes; I spent literally an hour since it was a double booth checking everything out saying “Oh I have to have that” or “OMG I need this.”
At CES Headphones or in Ear headphones were about every other booth it seemed. Some cool headphones for street headphone wearers like me are the HUMLAN wash and wear headphones by URBANEARS. The HUMLAN headband and ear cushions can be removed and thrown in with the wash just like your everyday t-shirt.
Nina, what about us gamers who need a headset with our headphones? Never fear my friend’s audio-technica has the new ATH-ADG1High-Fidelity Gaming Headset. They have premium 53 mm drivers with Bobbin-wound CCAW voice coils; the first of its kind in a gaming headset. I had a chance to try it on and was impressed with the sound quality. The ATH-ADG1High-Fidelity Gaming Headset are a bit pricey at $299.95 but if you are a hardcore gamer I think it’s worth it.
While at CES I also got Polk’s Nue era in ear headphones and Boom’s Spooners earbuds that I will be testing out and reviewing for examiner or cutegeek. Off the bat the Polk Nue Era box looks sexy and I am excited to unbox them and test them out. The Boom’s Spooners earbuds look a little large at first glance however I have yet to unbox them therefore I could be off. Stay tuned for a full review on both!
I ended CES getting serenaded by John Legend; of course there were several others there as well. The Vanity club hosted by Sound United had John Legend play an intimate 45 minute set on the last night I was there. He played “Ordinary People,” “Tonight,” and “All of me” amongst other classics…I was right in front of the piano and felt like I had the best seat in the house. It was a nice end to a busy 4 days of CES! Thank you John Legend…you made this cutegeek’s night at CES 2014.