GUEST POST: The Best Of The Consumer Electronics Show (From A Reader’s Perspective) Cynthia Sax
Note from Jane: I was going to do my predictions for 2015, but I received this post from Cynthia Sax about CES and wanted to be timely in posting it.
I had the good fortune of attending the Consumer Electronics Show ( http://www.cesweb.org/about-us ) in Las Vegas. This celebration of emerging technology has over 3,600 exhibitors and 2.2 million net square feet of display space, with innovations ranging from life-sized androids to Girl Scouts promoting their cookie app, from automatic-ordering refrigerators to virtual reality everything.
I can’t cover all of the CES in one post. Today, I’ll talk about what I believe will make a difference in a Dear Author reader’s world. If you have any questions about these products or about anything displayed at the show, please ask!
Innovation Award Winners
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
There were a couple of truly innovative phones (or, as the CES calls them, wireless handsets) but the android-driven Edge was both my and the show’s favorite. It has everything you can want in a modern phone—crisp display, power, a pen for signing virtual cover flats, a superb camera, a fifty percent charge in thirty minutes, multi-day use in the black and white power saving mode.
The unique multi-screen display, however, is the feature that makes it innovative. Users have two screens—one large main display, one small sliver of a display along the edge. This scrolling display along the right edge of the screen feels right. We usually scroll with our thumbs. While holding a phone, this is where our thumbs would be.
Anything can be viewed on this edge, tweets, incoming call information, text messages. What this means to readers is we don’t have to click away from our eBooks every time we receive messages.
Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Tablet
At 6mm thin, Dell’s Venue 8 7000 Series tablet is the thinnest tablet in the world (it isn’t the lightest however). The marketing rep was extremely proud of the quality of this tablet. The display is beautiful and the materials used in manufacturing superb.
The Intel RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera enables users to create 3D-like photos. This technology also allows us to measure objects. We can take a photo of a piece of furniture in a store and know its height, width and depth.
This tablet has all of the features readers would expect. We have the ability to lower the brightness to reduce eyestrain and the ease of moving between android-driven phone, wearable technologies and other devices. For writers, we can sign virtual cover flats, have the ability of speech-to-text, and a great keyboard.
Samsung Gear S
The Samsung Gear S smart watch was an honorable mention in the wearable technology category (first place went to a baby monitor which predicts a baby’s sleep patterns and optimal sleeping conditions). Wearable technology was THE story of the CES. Every major manufacturer at the show had a smart watch and many of the marketing representatives are addicted to them.
This isn’t last year’s smart watch with limited functionality. This watch is basically a tiny phone, giving users the ability to answer calls, texts, and emails. It IS connected to the user’s phone, however, which means the phone has to be within 30 feet or so, depending on the phone. We can’t walk around completely phone-free (yet).
The dial is huge yet wearable, even on my tiny wrists. Because the display is digital, the dial on many of the smart phones can be customized. If you’re a fangirl of a certain writer, you can have her most recent cover on your watch. Many of the watches had 22mm watchbands. Some, notably the LG G Watch R, have standard watchbands, which means you can easily customize these also.
Why are the marketing representatives addicted to these devices? One sales rep loved being able to leave her phone in her purse. She didn’t have to dig it out every time she received a call or text. Another show rep liked wearing the smart watch while driving.
Every manufacturing rep recommended that we buy smart watches within the same operating system family as our phones. If we have an android phone, we should ideally have an android watch. If we have a Windows phone, we should ideally have a Windows watch.
These are three of the most exciting innovations to me as a reader.
Cynthia Sax, before she wrote erotic romances full time, was part of the New Business Development teams for Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. She was responsible for evaluating and implementing new technology and systems. Her dear wonderful hubby is a sales rep for a major technology company (not displaying at the CES).
You can learn more about Cynthia Sax at http://cynthiasax.com/ .