CES 2014: Best in show

From hardware to smart baby monitors, CES 2014 did showcase a number of gems.
1 of 12 Dong Ngo/CNET

LaCie Sphere

Pricey and pretty, the LaCie Sphere is an ornate external hard drive promoted at CES 2014. The silver-plated portable drive is focused on design rather than function, and is the result of a partnership between LaCie and French silvercraft brand Christofle.

The USB 3.0 portable drive contains 1TB of memory, and is estimated to cost $450 when it is released in the first quarter of 2014. 


2 of 12 Valve

Valve steam machines

An important announcement for gamers took place at CES this year, where Valve announced a dozen new Steam box OEM partners -- upping the ante beyond the fight between Microsoft's XBox One and Sony's Playstation 4.

See also: Meet the Steamboxes (Gallery)

The new gaming systems, twelve in total -- although it is expected only a few will be launched commercially in the first half of this year -- will allow gamers to access over 3,000 titles on the Steam network. The consoles range in power and specs; entry-level systems starting at $499 to premium models for up to $6,000.

Via: ZDNet

3 of 12 Lenovo

Lenovo's N308: Android-based all-in-one

Lenovo rolled out an Android all-in-one home computer designed to also function as a multimedia PC -- the Lenovo N308.

With a price tag starting at $450, the N308 is an 19.5 inch, 1600x900 touchscreen desktop complete with an Android 4.2 operating system, webcam, keyboard, mouse and three hours' battery life. The computer is powered by a Nvidia Tegra processor and has 500GB of internal storage.

Via: ZDNet

4 of 12 Mimo Baby

Mimo Baby with Intel

We saw a number of companies touting wearables this year, and the Mimo Baby is no exception. 

Made by Rest Devices and powered by Intel chips, the Mimo Baby is a onesie equipped with two green stripes that hold respiratory sensors. In addition, the clothing comes with a turtle-shaped clip that monitors the child's body position, activity rates and temperature. 

Once connected through an Android or iOS smartphone app, parents can see this data to check everything is ok -- warning parents if rapid changes or problems occur. 

Via: Engadget 

5 of 12 Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Samsung took the tablet and went further -- revealing the Galaxy Note Pro, a series of mobile devices with 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4-inch screens. 

Developed to cater for "every possible user case scenario," the tablets could be used for both work and pleasure. The Note Pro has a display of over 4 million pixels, an optimized magazine UX for the display of content easily on the large screen, and a virtual keyboard. 

Via: ZDNet


6 of 12 Notch


Notch is one of many fitness-related wearable devices unveiled at CES this year, but is also an interesting prototype due to the link of ten sensors mounted around a wearer's body -- allowing the gadget to track complex motions.

The sensor network, paired with a mobile app, allows the user to review their movements. For example, a footballer could review their kicks and potentially refine their techniques based on such data.  

Via: The Guardian

7 of 12 iDevices

iGrill2 Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer

I'm a terrible cook, especially when it comes to meat. It's either raw or overdone,  and so devices like the iGrill2 Smart Meat Thermometer -- anything to prevent people suffering my culinary efforts -- catch my eye.

The iGrill2 allows you to monitor the temperature of your food via an app and Bluetooth from up to 150 feet away. Featuring an LED display, magnetic mounting, probe ports and a 150-hour battery life, the gadget lets you track up to four different temperatures in order to produce better meals and avoid overcooking. 

The iGrill2 is priced at $99.99 and will be available this year. 

Via: iDevices 

8 of 12 Makerbot

MakerBot Replicator Mini

In the flurry of mobile devices and wearable technology, 3D printing has not been forgotten.

MakerBot announced the MakerBot Replicator Mini, a 3D printer suitable for use at home. Priced at $1375, the printer is cheap enough for enthusiasts who can't shell out for professional options like the MakerBot Replicator or MakerBot Z18. 

In addition, MakerBot plans to open an online store for printing fans to purchase and download blueprints for 3D objects. 

Via: SmartPlanet

9 of 12 Epson

Epson Moverio BT200

Epson's Moverio BT200 "smart glasses" were also on show this year, but unlike Google Glass, are targeted towards the business market.

The Moverio glasses are an augmented reality projection system comprising of two parts: an LCD-based projection lens system and optical light guide in each side of the glasses, which project digital content in the wearer's field of vision on a transparent display at 960x540 resolution. 

The glasses run on Android, have up to six hours of battery life and built-in Wi-Fi. 

Moverio will be shipped from March 2014 and come with a $699.99 price tag. 

Via: Epson

10 of 12 Polaroid

Polaroid's Socialmatic

A gadget destined to be popular with fans of Instagram, the Android-based Socialmatic is a modern take on the instant photo-taking Polaroid cameras. The system allows users to take photos, customise them through a touchscreen, and then print stickers. The Socialmatic is expected to be released by the end of 2014.


11 of 12 Sony

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact is a small version of last year's Z1 mobile device. 

The 4.3-inch Android smartphone is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, is equipped with a 20.7-megapixel camera and a Sony G Lens. The phone is also waterproof and dust resistant, according to Sony.

The Xperia Z1 Compact is expected to be launched from mid-February. 

Via: CNET Asia

12 of 12 Nvidia

Nvidia Tegra K1

Nvidia's Tegra K1 is a 192 core "super chip" designed to connect mobile and supercomputing. 

Based on Nvidia's  Kepler architecture, 192 cores are parallel and programmable, and will come in two versions: a quad core A15 based on ARM, and another available on Nvidia's Denver CPUs. 

Via: ZDNet

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