The world according to CES 2013

January 10, 2013

The gadgetry world gathered in Las Vegas this week to show off their best ideas for how technology can solve problems, improve daily life and basically make the world more efficient.

There’s always a deluge of products coming out of the International CES show, so it can be hard to see how adopting all of this tech could actually change your daily life. But that’s exactly the vision of CES, at a high level. Tech could transform nearly every part of your life.

Take a normal Saturday routine. With, for example, a phone toting a screen that wraps around the edge of your device, you could read at least part of your e-mail without even lifting your head.

As for breakfast, you could pick something to eat by checking the fridge inventory without opening it and find out which food may be ready to spoil — since your fridge let you scan your receipts from the store. Once you’ve decided on a meal, you could even send a recipe to your oven to get things pre-heated.

Tech even reaches the breakfast table, where you could use a smartfork that buzzes when you eat too quickly. And when you brush your teeth, you could have it play music directly inside of your head to let you know how long you should be brushing.

And that’s all within the first hour of waking up.

From there, you may turn on your smart TV with a wave and flick through video options from Netflix, Hulu, Roku, your cable company and other services as you wait for things to cook. Or maybe you fire up some music on a surround-sound bar like the Vizio 5.1, a finalist in CNET’s best of CES contest. You could go for a run wearing a Pebble smartwatch to track mileage or for a drive in a car with features that make it more of a co-pilot than a vehicle. Or maybe you just want to take a walk down Main Street, helped along by smart glasses such as the Vuzix M100, which connects to your phone and floats a display over your eyes that you could use to research something you see on a store shelf.

Back in the home, you could not only watch TV at the coffee table — you could actually watch TV on the coffee table, thanks to enormous tablets like the Lenovo Horizon tabletop tablet. Using the same sort of device, you could play chess with your kids before switching apps and letting them “fingerpaint” without worrying about handprints on your walls.

You could even gather data in your sleep — gadgets like the Fitbit wristband will track your movements day and night, and sync with your devices to tell you if your sleep cycles are off. And if they are? Well, you might try something like the Re-Timer glasses, which — as VentureBeat reported — beam green light into your eyes either before bed or right after waking up to help you get a good night’s rest.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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