The 17 CES gadgets you could actually buy this year
Much of what is shown at CES never actually goes on sale, but here are some products that you'll really be able to buy this year.
LAS VEGAS -- Though CES always lives up to its promise of delivering a huge showcase of new tech, many of the products on display never make it off the show floor and into retail stores. We call these products "vaporware," since after the masses leave Las Vegas, they tend to vaporize into the air like a puddle on a hot summer day. Fortunately, there is a selection of gadgets from the show that really will go on sale. Here's a few that we found this week.
An update to the best phone-to-tablet transformer series we've seen is landing exclusively at AT&T in the second quarter of 2014. That makes the Asus PadFone X the first PadFone to come to a US carrier.
Press a button on the remote control of the Samsung 85U9B and small servos behind the screen spring into action, bending the edges out into that soon-to-be-familiar curved shape. Though it looks like classic vaporware, it is set to go on sale this year. We're as surprised as you are.
The $599 iRobot Scooba 450 hard-surface-washing robot claims to be able to get rid of up to 99.3 percent of the gunky build-up on your hard flooring surfaces -- that includes potentially harmful bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus. It's available now.
The sleek (and dare we say sexy?) LaCie Sphere is a shiny 1TB portable drive that comes with a spherical chassis handcrafted from silver-plated steel. It should be available in the first quarter of 2014 for $450.
The Tablo works a lot like Simple.TV, recording free over-the-air TV to an external hard drive, then streaming those shows over your home network to other devices, like an iPad or a Roku box. The two-tuner model will hit stores in February with the four-tuner following by July.
The 13.3-inch Transformer Book Duet TD300 packs a performance punch, with a quad-core Intel i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. It should land in stores in the second quarter of this year.
The Acer Iconia B1-720 tablet ships with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 and houses a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. According to Acer, the Iconia B1-720 will be available in stores in mid-January.