Top Products from the Consumer Electronics Show

January 9, 2014    |    By +
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Las Vegas likes to think big. Big avenues, big spending, big hotels, big conventions. And few conventions are more enormous than the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest show of its kind in the world. It combines 3,200 vendors, 1.67 million square feet of exhibition space, and 150,000 industry professionals, thousands of whom seem to be tech writers. But if you can get past the crowd, and avoid the temptation of the slots, you can truly get a glimpse of the coolest gadgets and ideas coming to market. One of our Gifts.com team attended, scouting out some of the must-have gift ideas in the electronics realm. Ready to switch them on?

The 94Fifty is a smart basketball that will analyze your shot (arc, release, speed). You download a free app onto your iPhone or iPad, dribble to activate the wireless sensor in the ball, and challenge yourself as you see your fancy moves turned into cold, hard data.

 

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Samsung brought a big treat to the CES, literally. Its 105-inch, curved Ultra HD display is supposed to give you that “I’m at the IMAX theater” sensation. The company did not announce price on the 105-inch behemoth, but said it will also release smaller versions of the curved TV that will not require you to knock out a wall in your home to use.

 

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A hot trend is eye tracking, where you can use your eyes to control your computer or gaming system. EyeTech helps the disabled via its software and hardware, and now the same types of technology are expanding into gaming. A PC game controller will be coming out this summer from Tobii Technology, where you can control your video game by just moving your eyes.

 

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You can monitor and adjust 200 aspects of your home life, such as turning off your upstairs hall light or locking your garage door, all remotely, using the Nexia app. The NSA is already spying on us, so heck, we might as well spy on our pets.

 

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We’ll be adding some of these cool new electronics to our site at Gifts.com, and in the meantime, you can get your electronics fix checking out the robots, projectors and other fun gadgets we carry.



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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at Gifts.com. In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.