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CES 2014 this week! Reflections on CES 2013 products

CES 2014 this week! Reflections on CES 2013 products

This Tuesday, January 7, 2014, the exhibits open for the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Because my day job has me at the office in the morning, I’ve decided that I will start off in the afternoon at the displays not at the Convention Center. There are a number of exhibits that will occur at venues such as the Venetian, so I’ll begin there.

As we get ready for the new items, like wearable technology and even more 4K and possibly even 8K televisions, I think about what still actively use from CES 2013. Primary on my list is my Tabletpillow Hitech 2 from Bosign. Now on sale at retailers such as The Container Store, it was such an important mobile accessory that I had to have it with me while traveling to and from Long Beach for my December 22 wedding.

Three items I still actively use are the cases Kreashun Artist series cases for my iPhone 5. From Fuse Plus You, these cases were not only outstandingly stylish, but freeingly functional. Easy access to ports and controls made use in various locations and settings problem-free.

Kreashun mural shells from Fuse Plus You
Kreashun mural shells from Fuse Plus You

The Grablet was handy throughout 2013 because it was an easy way to actively use my iPad 3 while moving about. It was even an easy way for me to take photos and videos with the unit and keep my writing hand free for support tasks.

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Finally, many Bluetooth speakers and audiolink set ups were demonstrated at CES 2013 and a couple were reviewed here on technotraveler.com. The Sound Cylinder from Definitive Technology proved to be the speaker I actually traveled with.

Sound Cylinder BT Speaker: Stand position, tablet in landscape orientation
Sound Cylinder BT Speaker: Stand position, tablet in landscape orientation

I don’t have one particular tech trend that I am eager to see at CES 2014. I am disappointed that there is less interest in 3D. It’s ironic to me that people decry how geeky one looks when wearing 3D glasses yet Google Glass, its wannabees and other wearable tech seem to indicate that people will wear all sorts of unfashionable stuff if it gives results.