The largest electronic show in the world is back in Vegas and CES is filled with innovative technology set to amaze as always. Unfortunately, Paragon were unable take a trip over the pond but we have been keeping an eye on all the latest news to share with you. This year’s main attractions may have been in the gaming and wearable technology spectrum but there was still plenty of AV equipment and concepts set to stun, with Samsung particularly catching our eye with an array of products. We’ve listed our top three products from the show.
98-inch 8K screen
Whilst many manufacturers are filling the floor of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with 4K screens of all sizes, Samsung are skipping a step by unveiling a monolithic 98-inch screen in 8K. Also known as Quad Ultra HD, this 7680 x 4320 resolution was on display with a super sharp image but it seems bizarre when it seems 4K hasn’t quite flown off the shelves yet. We discussed 8K in detail last year, after Sharp showcased their screen back in 2010 and although it appears to still be in prototype format, it will be interesting to see if we all skip 4K and wait for the next best thing.
Home Automation IS the Future
It’s apparent this year that the home automation market has grown thanks to the increased use of tablets and wireless connectivity. In the corporate market, the likes of AMX and Crestron still appear strong when controlling an entire system but domestically Samsung is trying to get ahead of the rat race. Last year LG showcased its HomeChat system, which allowed users to text their controlled devices with commands from afar. Samsung plan to incorporate their new wearable technology along with features including the following:
- Control will now be possible over devices such as lighting and air conditioning from a smart device app elsewhere and voice commands will be possible via new TV remote controls.
- Cameras will be built into TVs and other appliances to allow Home View. This provides real-time video feeds to a user’s smartphone so that they have surveillance over their home whilst on the move.
- A new customer service technology allows appliances to notify the smartphone app if anything needs cleaning or replacing. For example, if a light goes out, you will receive an alert on your phone instantly.
All of these features could become very useful in a corporate environment and it wouldn’t surprise us if other manufacturers catch onto this in the future.
There is an array of curved screens on show at CES, a concept that seems to have had mixed reviews, including Samsung’s 105-inch 4K TV but a couple of prototypes appear to have taken it one step further with flexible OLEDs. Both LG and Samsung are exhibiting bendable screens, which allow the user to decide when they want an immersive curve and normal viewing can be restored with ease. On the Samsung, we’re not talking Rolf Harris wobble boards here but the opportunity to slightly curve either side of the display so that it rises out of the bezel, giving the impression of more depth.