I Saw the Integrated Future at CES

 

CES is traditionally a wonderland of new devices and new technologies, some frivolous and some functional, some ready-for-prime-time and some preparing for a hopeful or eventual future.

Also, traditionally, most of these new devices and technologies exist by-and-large in siloes, distinct product categories or distinct applications designed to work, perhaps, tangentially, complementary or supplementary with other existing or new devices and technologies.

This year’s CES felt different to me. Continue reading here to see how.

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Top 10 Gadgets From CES

A list of the gadgets I found at CES that are more practical than future fanciful, more useless than cool, that’d I’d actually buy; from the Huffington Post, which you can read here.

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How Net Neutrality Is Like Game Of Thrones

A more expansive exploration of the real reasons behind the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules from a version originally published in the CES 208 Show Daily.

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My CES 2018 Coverage For TWICE Show Daily

For the (at least) 30th time, I helped TWICE, the leading trade magazine in the consumer electronics business and publisher of the official CES Show Daily, cover CES.  Here’s some of my coverage:

What Does ‘Google Assistant Compatible’ Mean?

Pai, FCC A No-Show At Annual CES SuperSession

Sony Unveils Second-Gen Bravia OLED (Sans Easel) At CES 2018

Panasonic Intros 1st OLED UHD TVs

Smart Home Continues To Confuse, But Coalesce

Everyone’s Talking About Voice Control At CES

How Net Neutrality Is Like ‘Game Of Thrones’

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Hedy Lamarr Finally Gets Her Spread Spectrum Due in ‘Bombshell’

A review of a new documentary on Hedy Lamarr, movie star and inventor of frequency hopping, aka spread spectrum, the technology that makes all wireless communication possible.

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Are There Killer Apps for AR and VR?

Restless grumblings are rocking the virtual reality (VR) world. Previous rose-colored projections are undergoing hasty revisions as disappointing VR hardware sales reports trickle in. We’re shocked that folks don’t like putting stuff on their heads that completely blind them, forcing them to grope around to find the controllers, bumping into walls or furniture, and looking like complete idiots to anyone peeking in. And these are just a few of VR’s mass consumer adoption problems.

Augmented reality (AR), on the other hand, seems to be becoming a thing without consumers even realizing it. Since AR is mostly software, consumers don’t need to know it even exists to adopt it. It’s just another cool thing their smartphone does.

So the question is:

Are There Killer Apps for AR and VR?

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How The Vision-Impaired Are Being Gouged By Aid Device Makers

We’re about to see some great new products to aid the vision-impaired, but some companies are still insanely and hypocritically over-pricing their products. Here’s a story on one such company gouging the vision-impaired.

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VR’s Rocky Road to the Mainstream

VR suffers multiple format, ergonomic and technical issues that could delay or even permanently impede its path to the radio-TV-web mainstream. Read more about VR’s Rocky Road to the Mainstream in this blog post.

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Guardzilla 360 Wi-Fi Security Camera review

Here’s my review of the Guardzilla 360-degree Wi-Fi security camera from Gear Brain.

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Blueair Classic 205: Can You Measure the Invisible?

Blueair Classic 205: Can You Measure the Invisible?

What is in the air we breathe?

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