Coolest, craziest new products at CES 2014

Coolest, craziest new products at CES 2014

Each year the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas produces some of the most interesting to bizarre new products in high tech.

This year was no exception. This year’s trend was wearable technology and this slideshow will showcase some of that along with an ultra-high tech baby monitor from, of all companies, D-Link and a digital whale from Intel. Yes, a whale. Click on the first slide to find out more about that new product.


Intel and the whale

Intel wowed the audience at CES 2014 by showing an augmented reality-based whale flying over their collective heads.

The whale image came from an Intel RealSense 3D camera that features a depth sensor and a full 1080p colour camera. It has the ability to detect finger level movements enabling highly accurate gesture recognition, facial features for understanding movement and emotions. It can understand foregrounds and backgrounds to allow control, enhance interactive augmented reality, simply scan items in three dimensions.

Price: Can you put a price on that experience?


Click here to read the story about Intel’s RealSense technology: Intel introduces a small 3D/2D camera at CES

Smart glasses

You’ve heard of Google Glass, but what you may not know is that eyewear is now part of the big wearable technology trend. One of the more interesting new products out of CES 2014 came from Colorado-based Pivothead. Its SMART eyewear provides the full 1080p high definition video and 8 megapixel photo capture capability.

Pivothead introduced a new design at CES that features full HD wireless live streaming, and is geared towards real-time sharing activities across numerous applications.

Price: $629


Look Ma no hands

Ohio-based Perceptive Devices unveiled PERCEPT-D, a gesture interaction control for computing devices.

PERCEPT-D manipulates devices such as tablets, laptops, smart phones, smart TVs, head mounted displays, smart eyeglasses, industrial/medical equipment, car infotainment systems and more, without the use of a mouse, hands, touch, or voice.  Users can operate their devices using head gestures or eye gestures combined with facial expressions such as smiles.  This can be helpful when a user has limited use of hands, or when it is not convenient to use hands or voice.

Price: Not released yet.


A versatile baby monitor from D-Link

Yes it’s from D-Link. D-Link, the vendor you know from networking and surveillance equipment is branching out and showed off a product that weighs in at 6.4 ounces and standing a mere 4.2 inches tall at CES.

Called the D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera (DCS-825L) it’s a Wi-Fi enabled baby camera that provides at-home and remote monitoring using a smartphone or tablet device and the new free mydlink Baby Mobile app and service. This allows parents to keep an eye on their new little bundle of joys from just about anywhere with a Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G connection, the Wi-Fi Baby Camera features HD video, integrated motion and sound detection, temperature sensing, instant push alerts, night-vision technology, integrated lullabys, and video recording.

Price: $180


Dancing stuffed animals that produce sound

I’m not sure if these products from Wheeling, Ill.-based Cobra Digital are supposed to compete with those Bose QuietComfort speakers or the Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bear. But the company is putting a new meaning on the traditional teddy bear stuffed animal with its Party Animals Dancing Speakers.

These plush pets connect with any audio device to amplify the music through the embedded speaker and literally dance to the tempo.  According to Cobra Digital, by expanding the Party Animals line people can get Pogo the Pug, Penny the Panda, and Rosie the Raccoon.

Price: $25






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Former editor of Computer Dealer News, covering Canada's IT channel community.

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