By: Rich DeMuro
Jan. 9, 2013
It’s gadgets galore at CES 2013, with more than 20,000 products that are said to be launching this week.
And this year, it’s all about a more connected world. TVs, cars and other devices are all working together for a more seamless experience.
Taking center stage again are TVs, but this time the emphasis on clarity. Ultra HD 4K TVs have four times the resolution at 3840 by 2160 pixels compared to today’s HD models.
“That means you can sit closer [and] everything is more immersive,” said Ray Hartjen of Sony.
The price might make it difficult for mainstream adoption for now–likely starting in the range of tens of thousands dollars–and there isn’t much Ultra HD content, but soon they will take over living rooms.
Speaking of big screens, Chinese up-and-comer Huawei’s blurring the lines between phone and tablet with the Ascend Mate. The hybrid device has a 6.1 inch screen that will be competing in a new category of devices with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note II.
“Everything’s outside the box right now,” said Mark Alaniz from Huawei. “I think you build it and let the customers decide.”
Phones of course are meant to keep you connected, but now the connectivity trend is making it’s way to other everyday gadgets.
“Honestly everything in your home will be connected eventually,” said Co-founder of Nest, Matt Rogers. “The question is when. It might not be today it might be 10 years from now but everything will be connected.”
Even for cars, apps are where it’s at.
Ford’s adding nine new options to it’s dashboards, including Rhapsody; Chrysler adding Pandora and Slacker; while GM is upgrading their in-dash system and by adding iHeartRadio.
“What we’re really trying to do is bring all those exciting features that a customer uses with smartphone devices into a vehicle but make it very safe and intuitive to use,” said Chevrolet Representative, Nina Mital.