The trends of CES 2014: associate professor, curved screens and wearables




The trends of CES 2014: associate professor, curved screens and wearables

Last few days took place in Las Vegas the largest electronics fair in the world takes place. On the stock market to consumer electronics manufacturers to see what they have in store for this year’s CES is an indicator of trends we can expect in the market.

This year there were no smartphones or tablets that the face of the stock market determined, as was the case in previous years, and PCs and laptops seem to play. Increasingly marginal role for some time CES 2014 was dominated by a lot of pixels and curved screens, while many large and smaller companies seized the trade show to show. “Wearable electronics” The latter category, which will appeal to gadget lovers especially, among the many smart watches and other smart wristbands which should make. Life easier Also smart spectacles fall under portable electronics, though there were few to be found. Google Glass competitors

In addition, CES 2014 was the exhibition of alternative operating systems. Thus, it became clear that Android is omnipresent. The operating system comes along with Windows PCs and tablets to stand going into cars run and made his re-entry on TVs. LG surprised by high bet on webOS, ever developed by Palm for its televisions. Valve received a lot of attention with the announcement of the first real Steam Machines for the consumer game consoles based PCs, with SteamOS operating system.

Now the show is over, we can look back on the flood of announcements and take stock of what 2014 and beyond will bring us. Of course, we will also continue with some publishing previews of products from the show floor.
The curve TV here to stay?

TV manufacturers have but tricky. TVs are thinner, smarter and bigger, but unlike smartphones innovations are not such that people run to the store to purchase annually. Latest generation For that you need a unique feature that you can slide. Prominently forward in advertising

In previous CES fellowships happened for example with 3D and Smart TV while oled been as promising but expensive technology provides a number of scholarships at the center of the stands of TV manufacturers. However, this year took place in a modest but OLED and who hoped to affordable consumer models, was disappointed. This year there were as many as two other fads in television: curved screens and associate, the successor of HDTV, with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels.

Samsung and LG, already the fighting cocks in the TV market, combined both properties at giant televisions, which they used both the claim ‘first curved UHDTV the world. ” The 105 “TVs were great highlights, but too big to be truly consumer interest and with a price of $ 70,000, they only fall within the range of the upper few. These incidentally to TVs with LCD panels and not OLEDs, such as the curved 55 “TVs that Samsung and LG spent last year on the market.

LG 105" 21:9 curved uhdtv

The companies maintain the curved shape is not just for show models. This year there will actually new TV lines with curved panel are meant for retail sales. Samsung has this, the U9000 Series Curved models with screen sizes of 78 “, 65” and 55 “with associate professor resolutions. LG keeps it at expanding its existing line of curved OLED screens. This manufacturer comes with variants with higher resolutions and larger versions, with 65 “- and 77” diagonal image.

Samsung curved 105" 21:9 uhdtv

Now is a curved screen fun to brag, as a curiosity, but it is not very practical, as Samsung and LG seem to realize. Therefore, the two groups revealed alongside the curved screens, also bendable TVs. Samsung showed a 85 “prototype which users could switch between flat and curved display. With the push of a button, LG showcased in turn a 77” OLED panel that is completely flat to change. Curved With one press of the button will act behind the electric motors in operation that modify the curvature of the display screen, which takes about ten seconds.

LG oled televisies CES2014

It is notable that only Samsung, and LG focus on the curves. Panasonic demonstrated or curved OLED screens on its stand, but only as decoration. As we have already more than once pointed out, we do not see it. Practical use of curved screens, the geometry of the image is affected by the curvature and the viewing angles are not better. It would therefore be surprised if ‘curved’ commonplace and we think the competitors LG and Samsung do well to keep. Outside the battlefield The trends of CES 2014: associate professor, curved screens and wearables

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Many pixels: associate professors and 4k

One feature that quickly makes her march to the consumer, which is the successor to HDTV: Ultra-HDTV. These TVs have a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels over two times as many pixels in height and width as the HDTV screens of 1920×1080 pixels. Last year the TV market already under the spell of associate professors, but at CES, the TV manufacturers went all out. Each manufacturer kondige a new line to associate professor and the prices seem to continue to decline, although it still goes to high-end products. The large companies have also bags with their prices, the small Chinese manufacturers are on the rise and one of them has recently converted UHDTV of 360 euros announced .

LG announced fourteen associate professor of models, with screen sizes ranging from 49 “to 105” and supporting hevc 60p decoding. The cheapest line, the UB8500 series, with screen sizes of 49 “and 55”, and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Prices are yet unknown.

In addition to the U8500-line curve TVs and some big S9 models, including a huge 110 “TV, announced also Samsung U7500-line flat UHDTV rental. This line includes models of 48 “, 55”, 65 “and 75″ She has been 3cm thick and the screen edge 5mm thick. The TVs support HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 hevc decoding and 3.0 mhl-video input. Samsung also mentions the prices.

Samsung 110S9 CES 2014

Sony comes in 2014 with seven new uhdlcd spread over three series. The Bravia X95 is only available as a 84” model, while the X9-line variants with diagonals of 79 “, 65” and 55 “and opens the X85 series also appear in 49”. UHDTV’s all new feature MHL HDMI 2.0 and 3.0, a Triluminos display and a built-in camera for Skype. Moreover, the 4K X-Reality Pro image processor available for upscaling.

Sony uhd Bravia X9

Sharp announces Aquos know how many dollars are 4K Ultra HD models will cost. with screen diagonals of 60 inches and 70 inches The manufacturer introduced it in the U.S. for 5000 and $ 6000 respectively. These TVs feature include four HDMI 2.0 ports. Although these prices have been lower than last year, Sharp sees that the amounts consumers are still massively going to pull across the line. As an intermediate step between HDTV and associate the company has therefore Quattrone + with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels developed. The number of sub-pixels is 16 million, which would give a better picture. Than average According to the group, the Quattron + the only HDTV that can play 4K content. The prices of these models start at $ 2300.

Sharp Quattron+

Panasonic also stuck to two relatively large associate professor models. The new Life + Screen AX800-series consists of a 58 “- and a 65” model, including HDMI 2.0, local dimming, and a dedicated image processor for processing 4K video and upscaling: 4K Fine Remaster Engine.
Affordable senior lecturer: monitor

Who really affordable senior lecturer image wants to do with the preliminary monitoring and probably at this moment for instance programmers too much sense to be able to see than for TV viewers. More pixels The prices of the displays with 3840×2160 pixels have hatched under 1000 euro. For example, the Asus PB287Q with 27 “screen $ 799 fee and Dell dives there with his 28 “P2815Q another 100 euros below. Lenovo asking $ 799 for his ThinkVision Pro2840m with 28 “screen. Not all specifications are published, but it seems in all cases to tn panels to go, so you get a very clear picture, but still a poorer quality then with an IPS screen.

Asus PB287Q
Where is the content?

The big problem right now is that while the number of screens that can display large amount of pixels is steadily increasing, but the content remains strong while. And if you have nothing to 4k view, what did you get it? There have been announcements that the necessary precautions should eliminate. Among consumers at CES That did not work, most announcements concerned the U.S. market. So Samsung has teamed up with Amazon, Comcast and DirectTV to bring. 4k video to users Netflix will also stream at 4k, but it really is just about the new season of his own series House of Cards.

It will be some time before 4K streaming is widely available, in which the question is which quality can be. Then supplied Samsung plans to publish a stopgap an associate Video Pack HDD supply. Films and documentaries New content should mainly come from downloads offered by Sony and Samsung.

It was striking that the Blu-ray Disc Association, the CES is not seized for an official announcement from blu-ray to 4K content, despite a report last September that the specification sure would appear. yet in 2013 The show this year was the opportunity for such notice and would concerns about the offer have been eliminated. Now we had to make do with a hand comment that the standard at the end of 2014 should be ready. It has been the question of the value of associate professor at TVs with screens smaller than 55 inches, the difference with 1080p at normal viewing distance is barely visible to non. If the content is still in a prolonged period, it is the growth of technology a lot in the way. Operating systems: Android, webOS and Firefox OS

Although less visible, CES 2014 was the stock market for alternative operating systems. Alternatively, we can not mention Android in general, but it has become clear in recent days that the operating system makes its appearance on devices that barely got a foothold so far.

Thus appeared all-in-ones from Acer, HP and Lenovo with Android, and a striking dual boot hybrid from Asus. All-in-one computers with Google’s operating system and dual boots were there already, but there were not many, and it seems like a serious alternative to Windows is seen. A company must stipulate for came, was Intel. The chip giant encourages manufacturers to openly Android to put next Windows systems to blow. Hoping the PC market new life It would appear the days of Wintel thing of the past. AMD also promoted during the fair openly using Android, but within Windows, through a partnership with BlueStacks.

Intel CES 2014 dual OS credit: VR-Zone

CES this year marked a major step forward in the efforts of Google to the auto industry to operate with Android. Under the heading Open Automotive Alliance Google is working with Nvidia, General Motors, Audi and Honda to achieve, with the door to other partners is wide open. this business work on direct Android integration, but also to better cooperation from Android devices with in-car systems.

Audi Smart Display CES 2014

Philips made a splash with its announcement to provide. Televisions Android The company emphasized the possibility all apps from the Play Store, especially games, to install and to use. There was still unclear at the announcement, but perhaps it is a special TV version of Android, which Google’s Google TV flopped want to forget.

TP Vision Philips Android credit: TrustedReview

LG seems to have Google TV completely left behind, but through a totally different way. The Korean manufacturer is HP acquired and developed by Palm webOS ever dusted. WebOS should also LG’s own Smart TV platform NetCast replaced and the goal is to simplify. Operate a complex device like a smart TVs strongly Our first impression is that the company it passed is. Because apps for webOS as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript based on web technologies, the threshold for developers to create applications for the platform very low. This may increase rapidly as more LG TVs webOS be provided. The number of apps Until now, TV manufacturers have struggled to raise, because they all use a proprietary platform. The number of apps


Panasonic throws it on yet another bow. The competitor LG chooses conspicuous enough for Firefox OS as a platform for an upcoming television. Panasonic also seems to hope for a simple app extension and easy connection with other devices by using the web platform. Panasonic will use Mozilla’s WebAPI use and functionality as menus and EPG are written in HTML5The start of the revolution wearables

If we leave aside TVs, CES 2014 was the exhibition of wearables. Companies tumbled over each other to demonstrate. Their smart bracelets, fitness accessories and smart watches A striking driver was Intel. The world’s largest processor manufacturer threatened the boat for smartphone and tablet chips missing in recent years and had all the stops to hook. The manufacturer seems to want to prevent this from happening again in wearables. Intel said in a smart watch, earplugs and a headset to work .

Intel smart watch The smart watch, according to Intel for children. The watch can use independently of the Internet and supports geo-fencing, which allows parents to see whether children take the right route to school for example. Register earbuds include biometric data such as heart rate, for fitness applications. The Intel Smart Headset works with a personal assistant and includes voice recognition and sensors to get. An indication of the situation of the user Intel seeks collaboration with the fashion industry and designers to create wearables less geeky and initiates the group include the Make it Wearable competition for innovative ideas.
2.0 smart watch and bracelets

Sony had with its Live View accessory, later SmartWatch, 2010 though early on, but a new version was not there this year. However, there was the Smart Band . This is a bracelet that can be used with a smartphone for life logging linked. The device keeps various statistics, can distinguish between walking, sleeping and running, and can serve as a remote control. Sony will sell the Smart Band for 99 euros.

The Pebble is one of the most popular smart watches so far, but a very luxurious look had the device yet. This situation has changed with the new version, which is almost identical hardware, but instead of a plastic wristband a variant of brushed steel has . The Pebble is equipped with e-ink display that counts 144×168 pixels and for reading in the dark background lighting.

CES 2014

ZTE showed at the Pebble-like Blue Watch with Pedometer and ability to remotely control the camera. a smartphone

CES 2014

That companies from unexpected wearables to work, let Razer seen. The manufacturer of gaming products showed his Nabu , a bracelet with two OLED screens, one with a resolution of 32×32 pixels that are publicly visible and a private display “of 128×32 pixels on the inside of the wrist. The communication with the smart phone is via Bluetooth 4.0 and there is also an accelerometer and an altimeter.

Razer Nabu

The expectation was that many small businesses with Google Glass variants would enter the show floor, but that was not the case. Well Epson, was best known for the printers, the Moverio BT-200 -smart glass. It turned out to be the second generation of multimedia spectacles go. The glasses are working with two LCD-based projection lenses in combination with a light path in order to give. An augmented reality view of the layer on the carrier The Moverio includes a camera and motion sensor, and comes with a control accessory.

Epson Moverio

Another Google Glass competitor came GlassUp. This Italian start-up claims already started before Google announced his glasses. His glasses GlassUp think more successful than Google by integrating, rather than a geeky looking headset, such as Glass would be. Their display technology into an attractive looking ordinary glasses Moreover GlassUp shows notifications, directions, and e-mail messages, according to the business center of the field of view, what would be good for the eyes. Less tiring For now, however, is the prototype for the company is very striking and practical little off. The viewer is according to VentureBeat as a high-tech monocle on a headset attached so that the user must place itself. before his eyes

GlassUp CES 2014 credit: Venturebeat


There were a lot of spectacular televisions display at CES and especially Samsung and LG took a lot out with giant curved models. However, this appears to be a trend for show models and it’s unlikely that there are affordable TVs with a curved screen in the short term. Since this type of fencing is mostly impractical, for this reason we do not have to be. Mourn

Associate professor has been given a permanent place in the range of all TV manufacturers and there appear many new models this year, including in formats that do not fill your entire wall. Here too, the utility still limited. More pixels is obviously wrong, but the announcements about 4K content were disappointing. The streaming selection is limited and given the bandwidth problems it brings, many hurdles must currently be overcome. Around 4k for Blu-ray remained virtually silent, making it temporarily through downloads offer will expire, a distribution method where content providers and film companies are not keen on.

CES 2014 also marked the start of wearables revolution, but it is expected that it will take place. Only slowly At the fair were mainly seen collecting biometrics for fitness applications. Many bracelets A really big announcement was lacking. Nevertheless, we are going to see this year more smart portable electronics, for example, works with your smartphone. What flexible OLEDs, glass , socs and connectivity is concerned, the market seems ready.

A major trend this year in Las Vegas, which was less visible, which was in the field of operating systems. Chip manufacturers Intel and AMD, and several computer manufacturers openly embrace the arrival of Android to PCs running the Windows team will have anyway. Nervously responded in Redmond The announcement of the Open Automotive Alliance for Android in the car should not be underestimated. The car manufacturers are keen to bring the connected car to the consumer and Android this would be the main platform. Best

Android also comes to the TV, but although TV manufacturers in the past announced massive support for the failed Google TV, this time remained the only TP Visions Philips. Nevertheless, we would not want to write off Google, given the elaborate app platform, where TV manufacturers are desperate here. LG seems to have done in this regard with its webOS platform, which is a pleasant impression and many developers can attract a good move.


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