CES is a massive, miles long, completely insane, totally exhausting labyrinth from which it feels you may never escape. CE WEEK, however, held each week in smaller venues across the country, is an interesting, manageable look at the latest in tech.
Every year for the past few years, the folks at Techlicious have done me a huge favor: they’ve walked the floor of CE Week ahead of time, picked out the most interesting, relevant things, and taken me on a tour to see them. So what did I see? Read on:
This Super cool Thinium charger:
Ever see someone with a looong cord sticking out from her purse leading to the phone at the end of her arm? I know I have. I’ve even been that someone several times! So I loved this nifty little charger from Thimium that has it’s USB mini cord built right in, and still manages to be soft, light, and sleek.
Sometimes it’s the simple things.
2. These AMAZING LG TV’s
Ever see the movie of the first movie being shown to an audience? It was the Lumiere Brother’s Train Footage, and it had folks screaming in terror, because the moving train looked so real? The new LG Ultra HD TVs would have killed those people on the spot – it’s that scarily clear and crisp.
Plus, it’s integrated web OS (operating system for those luddites out there) makes it easy to find what you want online and to adjust your TV settings without exiting from what you’re watching to a whole new screen. And with the X-box style remote – just wave it at the screen, rather than pushing a gazillion times to get to where you want to be, it’s easy to use, too
In an exclusive promotion, consumers who buy a qualifying LG Ultra HD 4K TV by August 16 get a free year of Netflix, courtesy of LG.
Best Travel Organization App Ever!
3. That incredibly well organized itinerary – TripIt, brought to the Techlicious luncheon by TravelingMom, was a revelation on my trip to Napa Valley. (I’m typing this on my return home! Yay in air wireless! Boo, end of trip!)
Once you’ve set it up, TripIt automatically scans incoming emails for confirmations from thousands of Travel partners – from airlines, to hotels, to venues – and organizes them – AUTOMATIALLY!!! – into an itinerary of your trip, including directions, phone numbers, and more. No more searching for those confirmation emails. It does it for you.
If you’re not staying with a major hotel, or doing something at a big commercial venue, no worries. I simply entered the information for our small B&B manually, and Trip It automatically added it to each day we stayed there. Feel funny about TripIt scanning your emails? Just forward relevant ones yourself. That works, too.
TripIt even alerts you to flight changes, and to check in for your flight. Genius. And FREE! (The Pro, Paid version comes with perks like upgrades in your various travel program status, and the ability to track loyalty points on airlines and hotels.)
This was my first trip with TripIt, but it absolutely won’t be my last.
4. Those waterproof, sweatproof headphones from Philips. I’m proud to say I jogged two out of four mornings in Napa. And it’s Napa, so it’s HOT. Sweatproof headphones means you can rinse them off when you get home – which I LOVE.
This not-so-simple thing that simplify your life,
6. Honeywell’s Smart Home system, that knows when you’re nearing the house and automatically turns on the air conditioning or heat, depending on your settings. It can turn on your lights, check the status of your refrigerator to make sure it’s energy efficient. And (of course!) you control it all from your smart phone.
Makes me wish I lived in an actual house that had a thermostat for it to replace, instead of an apartment in a 100 year old building with steam heat….well, almost, anyway.
So there you have it. A few highlights from CE Week. Thanks to Suzanne and Techlicious for making helping me sort it all out!