Adieu 2014, and a hearty warm welcome to 2015. As the year of the smartphones comes to an end, it will be remembered as a milestone for several good or bad reasons and most importantly for creating some important reasons to look forward to the next year, as 2015 looks like a year of smart gadgets.
Yes, it's nearly that time of year again where we traverse the ocean to arrive in the nether regions of the Mojave desert, where the annual International Consumer Electronics Show is about to kick off once again.
Running from 6-9 January, the world's tech giants and hopefully startups will converge in Las Vegas, showing off their tantalising tech wares for all the world to see.
Here is a list of the top 10 most anticipated gadgets which are scheduled for launch at CES 2015.
Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
Kodak Android Smartphone:
Kodak could launch its first Android operating system powered Smartphone this year at the show. The camera film making company, just out of bankruptcy is working with a British-based company for this new handset. The company has already announced that it will be launching "a range of Android-powered mobile devices" next year. The first device will be an Android camera which will launch during the CES 2015 (date not specified) and later will be followed by a 4G handset, a tablet and a connected camera during the second half of the year.
LG G Flex 2
The successor of the LG G Flex launched in 2013 could arrive at the CES 2015. This new phone with a curved profile is expected to be a 5.5 inch with a fullHD display (that is 1080 x 1920 pixels), unlike the 6-inch predecessor which has HD display only. This new handset is expected to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It might come in 32GB and 64GB internal memory options and could feature a 13 megapixel camera on the back side with laser autofocus like the LG G3. The device could run Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box.
Nepsu M1 tetrahedral shaped speakers:
The Nepsu M1 which hit Kickstarter this year in May is to be launched at the CES 2015. These speakers connect easily and quickly with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 for comfortable and smooth audio experience with an easy to use app that allows music control and multi-room streaming. NFC technology is also available in the speakers for easy pairing.
A Magic Box
H+ Technologies will show its new Magic Box at the CES in January at Las Vegas. The new Magic Box is basically an entertainment system that converts flat 2D content into a 3D holographic experience. One needs to place the tablet or Smartphone on the Box and then, the box uses Holographic technology to convert the images to make it interactive for kids and families.The Box consists of a display panel with light detection sensors to adjust the brightness automatically and comes with built-in speakers and tablet and Smartphone charging capabilities.
ltrahaptics Reaction’s no touch technology:
"What is it like to feel without touching? Ultrahaptics' revolutionary mid air tactile feedback technology opens a whole new world of possibility." - says Ultrahaptics Reaction as its teases its new technology for the CES 2015. As it appears from the video teaser the new technology is a way to handle computer applications, games and more without touching, with the gesture only. Well, we noticed the users used bare hands (nothing at all!)The company uses mid-air tactile feedback technology, that enables the users to immediate tactile feedback for mid-air gestures.
Smart car Gatgets:
Volvo Cars and POC and Ericsson are expected to demonstrate life-saving wearable cycling tech concept at CES 2015. The new technology involves connecting wearable Gadgets like the helmet with phone and cloud that is also connected to a smart car. Now as you move on the road the technology finds the unseen ‘smart obstacles' (cars moving on the roads) and alerts you beforehand.
BMW will also be showing off its new tech-laden i3, which features four laser sensors which let it have a 360 degree view of its surroundings. This lets it navigate around pillars, pedestrians and trolleys when you're parking - al lwithout requiring any input from you.
Even better, when you're returning to the car park with bags of shopping, just give your smartwatch a verbal command and it'll drive itself right up to you. Ghost chauffeur?
Smart technologies by Texas Instruments:
Texas Instruments has announced its participation at the event with a list of new technologies like next-generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to innovations for the Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes and wearables, and new semiconductor technology. One of the interesting displays at the show will be the Haptic Bluetooth Kit that includes a haptic driver powered with wireless connectivity. This system will provide updates to users through non-visual means (indeed will be a new product for those who are visually challenged). The new technology will connect via an iOS app to allow easy prototyping, in order to add tactile feedback to nearly any application.
LifeLogger's new wearable camera:
Lifelogger has announced that it will showcase its new wearable camera and new cloud solution this time. This is a new clip on camera that uses face, text, and even audio recognition to make your memories great. The gadget needs you to upload your memories to the LifeLogger Cloud using the iOS or Android operating system and then, record and live stream your memories anytime, anyplace.
Sensoria Fitness Pitch:
Heard of the Sensoria Fitness Pitch? This is a new sensor that uses proprietary smart-fabric sensors embedded in the sock, detecting pressure and force. The user needs to snap-on a smart anklet on the sock which will turn-on the socks automatically.Combined with a fitness companion app that gathers data using the sensors, the new sensor and the app together provide real-time, easy to use stats and actionable information about how far, how fast and how well you run. One can connect multiple garments to the app running on your iPhone, Android or Windows Phone.
Augmented Reality glasses from ODR:
ODR (OsterHout Design Group) has announced that it will launch next-generation in head-worn computing at the CES 2015.The company this year announced the R-6 and R-7 this year in September. The R-7 Glasses as first fully integrated, 3D see-through, augmented reality (AR) eyewear using the Qualcomm Snapdragon805 processor chip inside. These glasses are expected to make their way up to the show in January next year. According to the company the will initially target industrial and government customers and will be shipping to developers and partners in the second quarter of 2015.