If I'm being honest, I know little to nothing about technology. Sure, I have an iPhone and some Bluetooth speakers. I even like playing a video game once in a while (although I'm more likely to play Nintendo 64 than PlayStation 4).
So to give you a good overview of CES 2014 thus far, I decided to turn to a few of the pros: Fast Company, Popular Science and Mashable. Let's see which products and ideas each of these tech-loving companies think stood out.
Of all the products and services showcased at CES 2014, Fast Company's Fast Co.Create said the following three were the best:
1. Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype: A virtual reality system that will amaze you. "Rift is now smart enough to tell, not just if you’re turning your head left or right, but if you’re leaning your body in to peek around a corner," Fast Co.Create reports.
2. Lacie Sphere: An external hard drive that's actually kind of beautiful.
3. LG webOS TV: Apparently this operating system was supposed to help bring Palm back from the grave. Now LG's incorporated in it into a line of televisions features like multitasking and voice and gesture controls.
1. Maingear Spark: A PC gaming desktop that's lightweight and small, promising not to ruin your HDTV's sleek look.
2. Lenovo Horizon 2 Tabletop PC: This 27-inch touchscreen PC "breathes new life into the oft-declared-dying desktop PC," according to Popular Science. Its innovative pairing technique allows users to place their smartphones on the screen and easily share recent photos.
3. Intel RealSense 3-D Camera: A new camera that uses color-mapping technology to determine where objects and people are actually positioned in relation to other things in the scene. It can be used for things like augmented reality gaming.
1. Parrot MiniDrone: A flying toy that's a serious upgrade from whatever's available on the market now. It uses more sensors and two wheels that help it climb walls.
2. LG 105-Inch Curved 4K LCD TV: This impressive television is massive, and is unique because it uses LCD technology instead of an OLED display. Mashable reports that it's "one of the most impressive feats of consumer display technology we've ever seen."
3. EyeLock myris Iris Scanner: An iris-scanning device that plugs into your computer's USB port, making for an extremely secure biometric. Its creators hope it will be built into products one day soon.
As you can see, CES 2014 was chock-full of technologies most of us couldn't even dream up. Which of these products and ideas impresses you the most?