The show floor at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may not have opened until yesterday, but product announcements and keynotes have been firing off since Monday morning. In the time since, we’ve seen a flood of new wearable technology and the chips to power them, curved TVs, further advancements in virtual reality, and all manner of hardware and gadgets.
Intel made some of the biggest splashes of CES so far, announcing a transition from the McAfee name in favor of its new Intel Security brand for data and device security software. It also introduced the Edison chip, a full Linux computer the size of an SD card built to be the brain of wearable devices.
Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich used part of his keynote address Monday to introduce a selection of wearable devices powered by Edison, detailed further down in the wearables section of our roundup.
Dual-boot Windows/Android devices
Rumored Microsoft plans to allow Windows and Windows Phone OSes to run simultaneously with Android on the same device turned out to be true, as AMD, Asus and Intel announced dual-boot devices and strategies.
Mozilla and Panasonic team up for Firefox OS smart TVs
The two companies announced plans to jointly develop a version of Mozilla’s smartphone and tablet operating system for a line of smart TVs, allowing users to interact with their Internet-connected televisions. The Firefox OS deal wasn’t the only news complicating the smart TV marketplace, though. LG made a similar deal with Palm to use its mobile software in smart TVs, and Roku, the set-top box for streaming channels such as Netflix, announced Roku TV with built-in streaming to cut out the middleman.
LG and Samsung both debuted big bendable TV models. Samsung presented the 105-inch curved LCD TV, which presenters touted as an immersive experience that gives a 3D-like effect without wearing 3D glasses, providing more lifelike picture quality and depth. LG showed off a similar 105-inch curved HD TV billed as a “CinemaScope” screen. It also rolled out a prototype 85-inch “Bendable TV” that has a mechanical system to switch the display from a flat panel to a curved screen.
Sony’s keynote on Tuesday showed off a new streaming gaming service called PlayStation Now, supported initially on the PlayStation4, PlayStation3, PlayStation Vita and 2014 Sony Bravia TVs, with 720p streaming and cloud storage capabilities for saving games. The PlayStation Now announcement led into the company’s cloud-based video service, which extends streaming content to smartphones and tablets.
What was Yahoo doing at CES? Apparently, proving to everyone that it’s a news organization. CEO Marissa Mayer introduced Yahoo digital magazines, headlined by Yahoo Food and Yahoo Tech, that will debut with no banner or display ads. She also announced the acquisition of Aviate, a smartphone launcher that organizes apps based on usage data and locations.