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Trends from CES

With the doors closing on CES today it seems fitting to take a look back at the hottest trends of the show and highlight some of my favourite tech pieces.

Garmin

Wearable technology has been a dominating trend at CES this year, especially in the fitness arena. A host of bands, watches and detachable gadgetry were unveiled with the promise of improving our sleep, training our brain and enhancing our fitness. Launches such as the Garmin vivofit (www.garmin.co.uk), available from March for around £99.99, intend to monitor your personal activity levels and use the information to set tailor made goals. The water-resistant band tracks your sleep, counts your steps, monitors calories burnt and sets out to help you achieve your fitness goals with its progress tracker and inactivity sensor.

LG

The term “the internet of everything” was key at CES 2014. The phrase essentially identifies that technology firms are working hard to  make our homes, lives and cars smarter using interactive technology and data communication. From the aforementioned fitness trackers, to LG’s smart fridges and washing machines that you can text, the major tech players are aiming to use technology to improve the efficiency of our day to day activities.

Earlier on in the week we focused on Ultra HD and curved technology. Both elements have played a huge part in CES 2014. With smartphones and televisions literally bending – our visual experience becomes highly immersive and our calls more ergonomic.

Toyota

In the automotive sphere, hydrogen powered cars and self-driving capabilities caused quite a stir. Toyota announced the as yet untitled hydrogen and oxygen powered car, set to launch in 2015 (www.toyota.com/fuelcell). Toyota claims that despite its sustainable fuel, the car will perform in the same way as a ‘regular’ car – achieving 0-60 in 10 seconds and reaching top speeds in excess of 100mph. The firm acknowledged and commented on the challenge of refuelling the fuel cell car with niche and currently sparse refuelling systems, announcing that certain areas in the US are becoming focused on significantly multiplying the number. BMW showcased its latest autonomous driving tech at the show in its 2-Series Coupe and 6-Series Gran Coupe. The technology facilitates the cars to navigate bends and hurdles without driver intervention thanks to cameras, radars and sensors.

Griffin

In addition to these key trends I want to highlight some other stand-out products from the show. The Griffin Wireless Powermate, available from Summer 2014 for around $59.99 (www.griffintechnology.com). Achingly stylish in its metallic, circular form, the Bluetooth LE running Powermate can be programmed to carry out six key commands for most computer applications in a click or a spin – from simply adjusting computer volume and replacing repetitive keystrokes, to becoming the hacker’s choice for programming smartly. The rather quirky, russian-doll inspired styled Mother product from Sen.se caught my eye, available to pre-order now for $166 (www.sensemother.com). The ‘doll’ assumes the role of a nucleus and four connectors are then attached to items that you want to essentially make ‘smarter’. A connector can for example be attached to a pill bottle and if the bottle remains untouched an alert will be sent to your smartphone to remind you to take your pills. I was really impressed by the ranges on show from Ozaki (www.ozakiverse.com) – the Taiwanese company got is so right with its array of cool smartphone and tablet accessories including the mini piano keyboard for iPhone and interactive chess set for the iPad – Chesspoly.

Goodnight from Las Vegas!

 

 

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It’s good to get Goo.ey

Goo.ey is the ingenious new accessory that grips to smooth surfaces, so that you can use your device ‘hands free’. This advanced material does not feel sticky, yet holds fast to flat, glossy surfaces – in the home, office, gym or car.
By sticking goo.ey to your tablet or smartphone, you can place the device in a convenient place and it stays put. Apps like Facetime, iTunes and Googlemaps are now easier and more fun to use. Goo.ey also gives you far more freedom to use the inbuilt camera for ‘selfie’ photos and videos.

It is extremely handy when keeping the children entertained (YAY!) as you can fasten your iPad / iPhone out of reach of ‘grubby’ fingers so your children can watch FaceTime, films etc.
The company was actually founded by busy mum Rachel Verghis as she always felt she needed an extra pair of hands! Her son was her first product tester in fact.
Goo.ey is great, it’s removable, reusable and won’t leave any sticky mess!
Price £15 for smartphones, £16 iPad mini, £18 for iPad.
Check out  www.gooeyskins.com
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And finally a bag that does it all…

As the fashion world embraces the rise of the designer laptop and iPad totes, could yours be letting you down in the fashionista stakes? For the girl that needs to carry it all – you can now do it in style with the new toffee day bag and zip-around wallet.

Cleverly proportioned to provide compartments for all of your daily carrying needs, the day bag stylishly has a protective quilted MacBook/laptop compartment, tailored pockets for your iPhone/smartphone, paperwork and handbag essentials, plus a front zip section to hold your iPad/tablet as well – and with everything neatly in its own place, there will be no more endless searching for your keys!

For those days when you don’t need to carry much, lighten the load with the toffee zip-around wallet. More than just a wallet, it can be used as a handy ‘mini bag’ or evening clutch as it smartly features a dedicated slip pocket for your iPhone as well as the usual compartments for coins, cards and notes, allowing you to keep your phone secure and protected without being tied to your heavy bag.

Availability

The toffee day bag is available in classic red or black top-grain leather priced at £189.95. Dimensions suit a 13″ MacBook or Notebook plus an iPad or Tablet.

The zip-around wallet is available in red, tan and croc black luxury leather, priced at £59.95. Dimensions suit the iPhone 4/4s and phones of equivalent size.

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Chic and Functional: iPad shoulder bag by Capulet

Capulet introduces the new Lynda shoulder bag. The Lynda is designed to fit an ultramodern woman’s essentials, including a dedicated compartment for her iPad.

The Lynda shoulder bag features a detachable shoulder strap, and can also be worn cross-body or carried as a folio. Lovingly handcrafted in England, the Lynda is made from French embossed leather. The bag is comes  in a cobalt finish, with other finishes to be available in late summer.

This modern shoulder bag is available now from capuletlondon.com

Price  £795.

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Turn your iPad into a TV

Turn your iPad into a TV with the Elagato EyeTV mobile plug and play free view tuner. You don’t even need an internet connection just a decent Freeview signal. It’s pretty reasonably priced too at £79. Available on www.amazon.co.uk

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