Taking place from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, with a preview on Jan. 5, the Consumer Electronics show hosted in Las Vegas has revealed some of the best, the dumbest, and the most futuristic products that are set to hit the market this year. You may think that you’re happy with your regular old crockpot right now, but does it have a remote control and can it be controlled via smartphone? Didn’t think so.
One of the least advanced technologies that was open for preview at the event was an app designed by InteraXon that is intended to help individuals reduce stress and anxiety. Now, I would really like to understand how an app is intended to help reduce stress and anxiety. More often than not, in my case at least, apps create even more stress because all they do is crash, crash, crash. Possibly one of the weirdest products at the Consumer Electronics Show was the Toyota i-Road electric three-wheeled concept car. Three wheels. Let us all know that the third wheel in the back is much smaller than the two wheels in front and it’s only a one-seater. Who in their right mind would want a car like this? On the upside, I would bet money that it gets great gas mileage.
If you have ever been sitting on your laptop, taking notes or doing homework, and have thought, “Man, it would be awesome if I had a 27-inch tablet…” then you’re in luck. Windows has created a 27-inch, 10 point touchscreen that can be paired to an Android phone. I don’t understand the appeal, though. Can you imagine the cases for this thing? You’re always going to look like you just stole a flat screen TV and you’re always going to be that awkward person who can’t walk into class without smacking their stuff all over the backs of people’s chairs. Having a 27-inch tablet just seems ridiculous to me. I’ll stick with my iPad mini. But hey, if you’re in the market for a gigantic table, all you have to have is $1,500.
Not as far-fetched as the tablet, LG Electronics has already released the LG Flex, which is the world’s first “flexible” phone. The curved phone features a 6-inch screen.
Perfect for all the moms out there, or the newlywed couple I suppose, is Belkin’s Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker which will be priced at $99.99, which will be available in March. The crockpot is controlled via smartphone so you can control dinner even when you’re at home or work. From the looks of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, 2014 may just be the year where we are gifted with even better technology than we have now. A year of three-wheeled cars, 27-inch tablets, and smartphone-controlled crockpots… Can you picture anything better?