Electronic companies flocked to the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2013) for these last three days to reveal their aces, starting 2013 with announcements to woo investors and interest.
Untold’s designers, developers, writers and strategists share the stories that sparked their interest:
Intel’s investment in Movea’s motion-sensing technology: Intel hopes to make motion sensor-based consoles like the Nintendo Wii or Microsoft Kinect more safe with technology including various sensors and an Intel-chip working alongside an existing game console (Wii & Xbox) to monitor a player’s movement and their surroundings.
Why: Will Untold consider integrating this technology into our gesture-based installations?
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Targus Touch Pen: Windows 8 was designed for touchscreen devices but with the high cost of touchscreen monitors many people can’t update their hardware to work fluidly with new software. The Targus Touch Pen gives older hardware touchscreen capabilites. A small receiver attaches to the side of the monitor or laptop and uses USB to turn your computer into a touchscreen. It works with any computer using Windows 8 and monitors up to 17-inches, and doesn’t require any software or drivers.
Why: Can this technology be used to simulate a more cost-effective Cintiq display for artists and designers?
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800: Qualcomm’s keynote address introduced big news about a small product: the Snapdragon 800 series will roll out in the second-half of 2013. You might not know about Qualcomm’s current Snapdragon S4 processor chips — these little guys give your mobile phone and tablet the power to play videos, process information and run games. The 800 series boasts an impressive 75-percent performance boost by running faster and consuming less energy. It’s the most advanced processor aimed at top tier mobile devices and tablets..
Why: The new faster process means quicker load times, higher quality video and a better user experience. All in all, a win for digital advertisers looking to garner audience attention in the mobile space.
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4K HDTVs: 4K-screens boast a resolution of 3,840×2,160 pixels — almost four times that of current HD televisions. Almost all major TV makers showed of their screens at CES 2013. SHARP even showed off an 8K-screen! Panasonic included 4K in its new 20-inch tablet. Heck, outputting to a 4K-screen is even included in Nvidia’s Shield Gaming Handheld.
Why: Similar to the launch of HD, the big question we have is “Where is the content?” There are no TV channels or films currently provided in 4K. Blu-ray and HDMI will not support the larger size. Will consumers pay a premium if there’s little to watch?
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Performteck’s biometric headphones: seems like the natural step in fitness plus technology. Gallup found that more Americans were exercising in 2012, no doubt apps like Synchstep and Cruise Control that play music to match a runner’s pace make it easier to go a little further. Performtek’s new development is a natural progression. It lets portable music players provide gym-goers with soundtracks, but also a series of assessments about their performance.
Why: Will Untold create an app allowing users to upload motivational photos that will scroll across the user’s screen during the final (hardest) minutes of their workout?
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Panasonic’s SR-SX2 rice cooker: In a world full of smartphones, smart TVs, even smart cars, it’s easy to wonder if there are inanimate objects left to breathe technological life into. Well, how about a rice maker? It sounds like a joke, but that’s exactly what Panasonic has done with their new Android-based SR-SX2 rice cooker. While this appliance isn’t “smart” enough to remind you to call your mother on her birthday or give you turn-by-turn directions, it can receive recipes and cooking instructions directly from an Android phone, and output ingredients in easy-to-read text files for you to print or email.
Why: These features aren’t breathtaking or remarkable, but what’s notable here is that household appliances are now finding their way into the Android ecosystem. Expect to see this trend continue in Android-based laundry machines, ovens and vacuum cleaners. The only thing left to wonder is how much brands will pay to advertise in your kitchen.