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CES 2014: The final word
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CES 2014: The final word

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Brian Cooley and Donald Bell sum up the key themes and products of CES 2014, offering a crash course on what mattered most.

-All right, welcome back to CNET's continuing coverage of International CES 2014, the big show in tech. You're here at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I'm Brian Cooley. This is Dr. Bell. It's good to have you with me. -It's always good to be here. -And you're specialties, many as they are, have been shown to great effects I believe. -Staying alive and making it through and staying upright. -Everyone especially here at this stage of the show for sure. -Right. -because a lot-- you could say most of the announcements have been made and they have been exhaustively picked apart by us. We've been up here analyzing everything from what looks like big ideas in television to small ideas in that B Day that Tong showed us yesterday. -I missed that one. -Oh real small. So, what is there left to do? Well, today on this show, what have we got going? -Well, we are going to look over and boil down all the best coverage and products you've seen at CES 2014 and go to the must-see products. This is going to be the chit-chit of the entire show if you wanna walk away from CES. If you feel like you have a grasp on what just happened, we're gonna try to tie it altogether. -We're all in it together. So, let's get to it and start off with wearables. Wearables and health technology starting with the LG Life Band. Here's a fitness band that has really nice build quality. It doesn't look like some, you know, just piece of plastic on your wrist. It's got an OLED display. It kind of clips open and apart there. It's got a button to one side of it and all this. And the idea is to give you phone notifications and controls primarily. -Uh-huh. -We were just talking to Scott Stein backstage and he was kinda scratching his head as to, you know, what are these wearables really doing that is new. -Right. -Not much. -Not much. Instead, it's a lot of other players getting into the game. I mean I think we've seen over the past year the wearable category not really taking off in the smartwatch space. -Not yet. -But definitely getting more and more momentum when it comes to tracking your health-- -Yeah. -and giving you notifications. -Yes. Notifications, fitness monitoring, and also, you know, giving you just some very basic relay of information from your phone. -You've got to simplify your phone. -And still the promise of some kind of-- -Yeah. -eye wear. -Yeah. That's the other big wearable. So, it's either wrist or face. It's kind of where we're at in the wearables. -Pebble Steel, that came out here as well. Almost nothing different about it technologically, but it looks like jewelry now. Now, it's-- I contend these things have to do if they're gonna be successful. -Yeah. I think it's too much to dismiss the product for not improving technically because I do feel like the biggest hurdle for the-- you know, smartwatch is getting something that people are actually gonna want to go out and buy like-- -There's some style to it. -That's probably if-- if the iWatch is not just a figment of someone's imagination for Apple,-- -Yeah. -that's probably the thing that they are, you know, with their design team working on the most-- -They can nail it if anybody can-- -Yeah. -and make something I want 'cause I say that a watch is no longer about what it tells you. It's about what it tells others about you. You wear it because it's a simple of your style, your fashion taste, your income level. That's what a watch says. It doesn't tell you the time. You have a phone for that, which is vastly more reliable, more accurate, and always with you just like a watch. Okay. Now, let's move-- go outside of the hall here for a moment. Many carmakers are here at CES showing off their latest car technologies including Audi. Our own Sharon Vaknin just got a demo of a self-parking car from Audi that they're showing outside the building here. -Hey guys, I am just outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Audi parking lot where the company is showing off its self-parking technology. Now, we've heard a lot about self-driving and even a few months ago and as far as last year we did hear about self-parking. But last year, that technology required an entire trunkful of tech. This year, Audi has condensed it. So, right now, what you're seeing is a guy getting out of his car. Mathias knows that that parking spot is really, really tight. And if he park it himself if he could, he wouldn't be able to actually get out of the car. So, the car is doing it for him. So, in order to do that, what he's doing is he's got an app. His smartphone app is connected with the car. All he does is press a button. And as he continues to press that button, the car will begin to park itself, okay. Audi didn't have to add too much tech to the car to make this happen. Power steering is already there. Cruise control is already there, which allows them to automatically control the brakes and the steering wheel. The car is stocked with 12 different ultrasonic sensors and a laser center in the grill of the car just below where the license plate would normally go. And using those sensors, the car is parking itself. It's finding the ultimate spot right in between the two cars. And as you can see, okay, it's gonna take about five years for this technology to actually come to market, but it's already pretty flawless. If the car senses that someone is too close. It's going to stop. It's got that safety feature in there and look at that. Perfect. Now Mathias doesn't have to worry about getting out of a cramped spot. -Wow. All right. -All right guys. -I thought she was gonna say-- -Back to you. -it's gonna take five years to park. It's gonna take a little while. -It almost took five years to park the car. -It could take five years for this car to get parked, but-- -Well, you pointed out as we were talking about this earlier, we heard it was gonna be a demo of a car that would park in a space too small to actually open your door and get out of, but now you've jammed up the guy next to you. If passengers can't get in now either that maybe he parked so close to a car, after a while it's like one of those little world puzzles-- -Right. -where you can't move anything until you move the first thing. -Or you just fear that your phone is gonna die and then you're not gonna have access to the unparking button. -Halfway into the spot your phone dies. Now what? Now what? There is something about this, is it's actually beyond just Audi. Ford's got this coming up next summer. They've announced this. This is gonna be the next big industry wave, these cars that you park by getting out and hitting a button on your phone. And by the way, to do it, he was standing outside. He didn't have to be there. He could have easily just walked away. Ford's vehicle to vehicle technology was also going on here. Check this out. We've got some video from something that BT and I shot yesterday. These are cars that are alerting their driver. See that one that swerved there. And when it swerved out of the way, the third car suddenly saw that a car was stopped. We get this situation all the time. It's like jam on the breaks, big heart rate increase and possibly an accident, but these are cars that are now telling each other about cars that are ahead. It's vehicle to vehicle communication. -So, the one got the alert that you need to swerve out of the way and then-- -Yeah. -the car behind it by virtue of the car in front it knew to-- -Knew, yeah. So, you couldn't see there was a car stopped ahead. -Right. -But the cars told each other about it. And this is vehicle to vehicle communication. It's passive. It just gives you an alert. It didn't actually jam on the brakes. -Right. -The driver did. -And it's retrofittable for that reason to older cars because it's not invasive into the systems. -Let's got to TV now. -Okay. -I think we've all agreed now, if you had to pick one product here that was a GWiz product, maybe not the most important, but the biggest GWiz. It's that bendable TV, you know? -I feel for the GWiz factor absolutely. -Yeah. -The product I want the most I'll tell you later, but I do feel like this got the most talk of CES, was Samsung's-- You don't' have to make up your mind now. Just take the TV and you can decide later whether you want-- -And leave your $80,000 by the way and then take the TV. -Right. -Yeah. -Then you could play with the curve-uncurve button all you want at home. -Knock yourself out. -Test it out with your-- -Leave the money. -family and friends. -Yeah. -Right. Well, we don't even know if this TV is going to come to market. In fact, it seems like Samsung has made this as a proof of concept, but is mum on details about it. -I think they just announced it's gonna be real and like, you know, they'll make this many of 'em. -Right. -So, Noel Lee from Monster will buy one to go with his Lamborghini. -Or like-- Yeah right. Or the easel TV that they came out with. -Oh yeah, that big boy that was here last year. -Right. Yeah. -Yeah. So, this is a curved flat like you've mentioned. I think the idea here is that people have noticed that they've been buying really thin TVs lately. The sit on the wall and they're nice and thin. Now, we're making curved TVs that stick out of the wall 8 inches. -Yeah. -So, here's one that you can have it curved when you wanna watch it and then disappear into the wall when you're not using it so it doesn't ugly up your house. -I guess. I still feel like the curved fad in the general is one that is being shown across every vendor, but-- -Yeah. -no one has said anything great about the benefits of the curved. If anything, they've been saying how glare becomes even more of a problem on the curved screen. -Yeah. Here. -How your seating placement becomes more of an issue when you're looking at a curved screen. -Yeah. Don't sit off angle. -Dead center. The smaller the screen size-- and by small, I mean like conventional 60-inch size screen-- -Yeah. -if that's conventional now. -Yeah. -The smaller the screen, the more dead center you have to be. So,-- -Yeah, that's right. I mean there's like-- There's the warring 105-inch curved screens from Sony. -LG, Samsung. -Samsung and LG. -Sony. They all had big curved-- -But that's the only way to do it because at least then-- -Yeah. If you don't have a huge TV,-- -you can have a little bit of flexibility. -the curve doesn't turn in-- -Right. -The other thing we noticed is if you really want a curved TV to look like something immersive, you've gotta get it extra wide, the 21:9 ratio, which is very rare. Vizio has had one out for a while and those 105s you're talking about-- -Right. -21:9. -But there's very little shot in 21:9. A few big screen movies. -Yeah. That's strictly Blu-ray content, but when you-- -But you're back to letterbox again. I though we got rid of that. -Right. Right. -Remember back to the black bars and the side there. So, there's a lot of-- there's a lot of weirdness around-- -Absolute trend across the board at CES. -I think it's inevitable in a few years that you will be buying a 4K TV. We don't know if it's gonna be curved or not. That seems like perhaps a gimmick, at least a lower case G. -Yeah. -But a 4K TV is probably the next inevitable just like 3D. Doesn't mean you're gonna use the feature as much as you're gonna have the feature. -It's gonna come built into your TV. -Exactly. Always remember there's a difference in usage versus ownership. Okay. Sony had an ultra short throw projector that solves all kinds of ergonomic issues with projectors. Check this thing out. It looks like a baseboard heater-- -Yeah. -I think you were saying. I mean it exactly looks like a baseboard heater. The door lifts up there the top of this thing. It's huge. You see that big white thing on the floor? That's it. It's like a big piece of low furniture and then it projects from-- what is that-- 12, 14 inches away from the wall, a none keystone, great, big. I think it's a 75 or 80-inch display and it's 4K. -I think they were saying you can go-- it can scale up to like 140 inch. -Oh that big? -Like it's the way to fit 140-inch TV into your home. I can get this into-- -You may have a wall for 105 or 110 inch TV, but you have a door that it can get through. -Right. You can put the Amazon box on this thing. You can order this thing up. -Right. -But this is the one I really want. Just blank check. -Yup. -And you would need it because what is it like-- -Tens of thousands to get this thing. And it's even shooting-- I don't think it does it justice because we have to have some lighting on here in the camera just to be able to show the actual projector. -Yes. We've got to watch out the picture by shooting. -But you're getting a beautiful, beautiful 4K quality image at a size where you could really appreciate it and you can walk up to it. I mean you couldn't-- -Right. -You're not blocking the projector by walking up to it or getting close. You're not worrying about where the projector is behind you. -I have to put it in some high mount shelf. You know, I've got mine in a closet in the TV room. I have to open the closet doors. It sits on a shelf at about mid level because it doesn't have great keystone control. It's just-- It's just a mess. It's an event projector. It's not a regular use thing. -And you're not running cables either. -Right. -It's an all-in-one box. Speaker-- -Right. -is built in. I mean it's a beautiful solution. If you're getting that perfect Dwell Magazine,-- -Right. -you know,-- -Exactly. -like living room, that is the one to go for. -It's a hot product. It's obviously niched, but it's a really cool fully thought out product. It seems to hit all the bases just right, I think. Oh, let's see what else we had. Streaming was a big deal to go into these 4K TVs-- -Sure. -as well. -'Cause that was the missing part of this 4K discussion last year, was the content, right. I mean Sony-- -Yeah, what do you watch? -show off-- In order to sell a 4K TV, they were gonna give you that media center-- -Yeah, the little round server. -that had 4K content on it, right? -Here's a computer. Use this. -Here's your 4K content for the year. That's all you get. -All 20 channels. -Yeah. So, Netflix announced that they are-- they have every intention of having 4K quality content streaming from Netflix. -Yeah. -Amazon came up as another option for 4K content,-- -That's right. -I believe, or at least there were another option now for a few different services. -And I believe they'll do download and streams since they're big on both. Netflix of course stream. -Yeah. -And both of those guys have their own studios now. So, they have certainly already been shooting in 4K-- -Right. -'cause almost everybody in Hollywood is now. The good news for content is that it's already in the vault as 4K. -Right. -New recent stuff. So, it's not a 3D pipeline issue where not much had been shot in 3D in the prior years so you couldn't go to the back catalogue and bring it to market. 4K is different. They've been shooting 4K for a while. -I think the other interesting part of that puzzle-- and you've been doing some research on this-- was the actual codec involved in streaming 4K-- -Yeah. -or running 4K content 'cause I think last year that was gonna be the huge headache. Even if you had the content, being able to get that on a disc or get that somehow into your TV was gonna be-- -Yeah. -a real struggle using the existing technology. We had to encode-- -Now the talk is about the H.265 code which is the next follow on from H.264, which if you do video production you know that one well. And it apparently can move 4K at the same or smaller amount of data rate as current HD. So, that's not just as good. That could even be better. So, less data, more res, twice the resolution. If it really works that way, it's gonna be impressive. But remember, whenever you compress something, you are actually throwing out most of the information. -Right. -So, are you taking something that needs to have full fidelity and stripping out the fidelity? It's kind of a weird little tale changing situation. -It's a weird shift in the market like we're gonna-- At the end of this year, if we-- even if we have 4K TVs and we have 4K content, we're gonna be looking at it. It's gonna-- -How could we look? -We're gonna be kind of-- We're going in circles. The entire industry is revamping itself for 4K content. -But they'll get us to buy a new TV and that's the big issue for the TV industry right now. They are on the-- 2013 was their second year in a row that TV sales went down year over year. -Yeah. -That's the first two years in the history of flat panels that that has happened. So, there is-- -Yeah. I don't think it's too much to say there's a red alert in the TV industry right now. They have got a problem on their hands and that's why they're throwing all the stuff out there. -Makes sense. -Okay. Now, let's see, we've gotta talk one more thing of the TV area, about Roku. That company revealed this week it's partnered with a couple of TV makers to put Roku technology like on little boxes actually built into the TV. We've got Brian Tong standing by at TCL in the central hall. He'll tell us more about the Roku television. -What's up Brian and Donald? Now, we know that we've seen all these technologies here; OLEDs, 4K, and curved TVs. But really, we're still trying to figure out how a smart TV can be easy to use with all the content. We're changing our behaviors now. We're watching a lot of streaming content. Well, Roku is trying to be that answer. And what they've done is they've taken their entire platform from the Roku box and put this in the Roku TV. Now, the partnering with TCL and Hisense, two chinese manufacturers making a big push in the U.S. But you can see here, this is what you would see when you first turn on your TV, an elegant clean UI. You have your cable, your game with Blu-ray. You just jump into. You don't have to deal with inputs. And then what also makes this unique is at the tip of your fingers, you'll have access to things like your settings. We got it here in our home. Sorry about that guys. And then down here all your streaming services. Netflix. Also a favorite of mine, CNET. I would recommend you guys check that out. Now, these TV sets are gonna range anywhere from sizes from 32 inches to 55 inches. They're looking to partner with more manufacturers in the future. But right now, TCL and Hisense are the first two launch partners. Also, you've got a lot of these cool technologies and features. Like we know about Roku's headset jack where you can watch TV, listen through your headset. And that is going to save a lot of relationships. That's gonna be up to manufacturers to incorporate into their systems. But again, these are gonna be coming out sometime in the fall of 2014. But there you have it, one of the must-see products here at CES 2014. It's the Roku TV coming to you in 2014. Back to you guys. -Thanks, BT. Okay. So, one of the things that David Katzmaier, our TV guru, mentioned to us yesterday was he's excited about this because Roku is really good about issuing updates. -Right. -New channels. New interface improvements. And smart TV makers never do that. You buy that thing and they forget you ever existed. -That smart software that's in there is what you're gonna be stuck with. -It's dumb the next day on and it gets dumber as you're going. -The thing I find most interesting about the Roku TV is that it boils down to your cable connection, your cable content down to like a square on it. You're booting into-- -Yeah. -I mean, you turn on the TV-- Not really a boot-- But when you're turning it on, it's Roku, right? -Yeah. -Your decision to watch cable over any other streaming content-- -Is now secondary. -is now-- is now an-- is an optional thing. -Yeah. -You're not just being pushed right into that cable experience. -You remember you turn on the TV and you get to cable and then you go decide to go to an alternate-- -Like, oh, I can't find anything on. Now, I'll go to my Roku. Yeah. -Yeah. I'm sure it's about Roku. Again, as part of the deal, it's like, look, you make us the primary type of behavior. We wanna start to move the ball forward. And of course, TCL and Hisense, a lot of folks may not know these companies. These are-- You know, these are on the companies you came to CES to watch to say, what's the next LG and Samsung who were the next Sony and Panasonic who were the next Motorola and Zenith? It depends how far back you wanna go. There's always another two or three companies every way. These are the kinds of companies to watch; higher TCL, Hisense. You know, remember back 15, 20 years ago there was a brand called Goldstar and it was kind of low end junk? Today, it's LG. It's really good stuff and it's huge. So, these companies come along really quick and they can really make a big difference. -Vizio is another story like that. -Vizio. Yeah, another rapid stardom or rise up. -Okay. Some PCs-- PC news actually. Some more form factors and more operating systems came out. We saw computers that were doing 2 in 1. We also saw modular designs. There was this thing called the Razr Project Christine. So, this is for kind of the hack DIY, you know, enthusiast market. And RAZR-- But RAZR's always got something interesting here. From those game controllers, they have iPads in the middle-- -Right. -to a game platform. And now, this is kind of-- almost like a blade server model in the enterprise space where you add and drop modules into a back plane-- -Right. -and create the computer you want. -It kinda-- It reminds what I thought was like the Drobo drives like the conflict--- -Oh yeah. -The drobofication-- -Yeah. -of the-- -Yeah. -of the PC here. And so, yeah. Performance machine really geared towards gamers. Concept, it remains to be seen whether this is something to really move on, but they've definitely put a lot of work into it. An interesting idea. I mean it's a boutique part of the PC. -I could see our video editors at CNET loving this because one of the biggest features is always having to add more power, more graphics adapters, and especially more fast storage to our editing computers. Any of you who edit video, you know it's always about adding more fast storage-- -Yeah. -and then once in a while more processing power to go-- to go with the new software. Here you could add on those modules into a backplane. It's really kind of a cool idea. I hope they-- I hope they message it to more than just gamers. -Well, I think it's also-- it's an interesting take on the ops into the spectrum of what the Mac Pro now has come out. -Yeah. -But you know, that's-- you can't really add anything into it. -Unified. -You're ordering that as configured-- -Yeah. -and breaking away [unk] out of her like Thunderbolt cables,-- -Yeah. -you know, to add accessories. This is really-- You're buying it and you are-- you are doing whatever you want to plug in. -It's a cool-looking thing. I gotta say. I was taken with it. I didn't think I was going to be. And then there were 2-in-1 computers with Windows and android in the same machine. Now, we're still trying to figure out, you know, do you need Windows and android or are you gonna do one of the other on different device? But here's a detachable. It's an ASUS. You can pull the display off. It becomes a tablet. Nothing new there. But what is new is it can be Windows or android when combined or detached. In the past, when you pulled the screen off, it was android only. When you click it back on to the keyboard, it could then be full Windows. But now, they've said, no. In any configuration, it can be any OS. That is making more sense now because now I can do anything any way. I still though don't know if I need an android computer. -Yeah. It's also-- I feel like the-- what's appealing about this is also I feel like salt in the wound of the Windows 8-- -Oh yeah. -Right? -A little. -'Cause the whole feature in Windows 8 was like we are both your tablet interface, you know, for when you wanna keep things kind of fun. -Yup. -And we can be your serious computer for when you-- when you wanna get some real work done. Now, this is like we've got-- You've got a third option now that really does that, you know, mobile tablet experience. -Yeah. Microsoft cannot be liking this-- -Yeah. -because android is also massively popular and of course Windows as a mobile platform is still, you know, quite small. The other one that-- This is interesting because our Dan Ackerman, our computer guru, has been very impressed by this interestingly enough. It's the tabletop Lenovo computer. It's basically a giant 22, 27 inch. It's a great big thing. The Horizon they call it. It's like a small coffee table on a stand. The stand's option, but, you know, you typically use it. -And you typically use it as a table flat. -Uh-huh. -And they've put an overlay, a skin on it, as you're seeing right here, that allows you to do something beyond Windows. You do this kind of, you know, CSI kind of thing where you're sharing things back and forth and I'm flicking things to you and you're flicking 'em back and playing games, virtual air hockey. -Sure. -You know, it's a device that's been around two or three years now. It keeps getting revised. I've never seen one in the wild. I imagine they're out there. I'm sure they're for sale, but-- -Yeah. I think if you wanna deck out, you know, an office to make it look like a control room,-- -Yeah, right. -look at your Starship Enterprise experience. This is the quickest way to do it. But I still don't see a lot of the practical applications of it. -I always want it to be big. -If I'm triaging e-mail, the table experience is not gonna be-- -Yeah. -helping me out. -I mean it's for more visual, graphical applications, I guess, but I always want to be bigger so I can make it my desk. -Right. -You know, my desk at home, a 50-inch. And it's a computer. It's got good resolution and I can-- You know, I can work on it and I can push papers aside and I can check e-mail then put paper back there again. -Well, we all saw that Sony projector PC-- -Oh yeah. -option that for any service you want is gonna be projecting down-- -Projects the computer on to your-- on to your table and it also picks up your hand gestures via, I think, laser, maybe it's ultrasonic, so you're actually using it the same way, but the computer is up there in the projector and it's virtually here-- -Right. -versus literally here. -So, a lot of people are taking a stab at that idea. -Yeah, the tabletop is not going away. -It remains to be seen whether people really want it. -Yeah. -Yeah. -Interesting. Okay. Let's go into some gaming stuff now. PlayStation Now was big. This is Sony's way to give you the retro catalogue-- -Uh-huh. -on the PS4. You'll stream-- -And PS3. It was going across a lot of different options. -Yeah. -PS Vita. You could-- So, a lot of Sony's armory of, you know, devices-- -Yeah. -can now have access to this PlayStation Now service where you are-- instead of playing the game directly on the device, you're streaming it-- -Right. -back and forth. -Right. Right. -Know what I mean? So, it's getting the input content. And hopefully with minimal lag time, giving you that game back to you. And so, you can play here, I think, in the demo where it's like the Last of Us is being played like a PlayStation 3 title, PS Vita-- -And the quality of response looks good. I mean-- -Yeah. -if that's-- if that's real, the framery looks nice, you know, if they're really playing that over a real network and not just mocking it up, but that was a big deal from Sony and it also has movie and TV content. So, it's a complete streaming service of gaming and video content to kinda keep them in step as much as they can be with Netflix and Amazon who are, you know, sort of unmitigated leaders. Steam box is-- This is-- This is a device that lets you bring lots of game platforms together in one-- -It's like the serious PC gamer's, you know, version of an Xbox console. Like I said,-- -Yeah. -the consolification of PC gaming. -Yeah. -So, it's been-- The blueprint for this is out and now we're seeing all the manufacturers making their own version of the steam boxes. -Yeah, this is some kind of a reference design. -Uh-huh. -Steam OS. And multiple companies including Alienware are building them. -Right. So, a lot of people are excited to see these come to market especially at a time where maybe what they saw from my Microsoft and Sony wasn't kind of-- -Yeah. -for it for them. This is a lot of different vendors bringing a box to market where they're gonna be able to get a serious PC gaming experience and have a lot of options available to them, but they're all in that 500-dollar range kind of, you know, sitting alongside-- -Yeah. -your PS4 and your Xbox. So, you're not saving a lot of money, but you're getting a wider breath of real-- -Yeah, you're getting-- -serious games. -a little more freedom-- -Yeah. -to play the game and the game era that you wanna reach back to-- -Uh-huh. -and make sure it works currently. -And that Steam box-- the steam controller too. Like that was another big-- -Good controller. -We'll, we've seen that before. -Yeah. -But the-- I think it helps mimic that-- more of like the trackpad and keyboard experience, but in like a controller-- -Okay, so it really is bringing the PC game into a more modern era. -Yeah. -Okay. Let's get into smarthome and connected home stuff. You know, a lot of this was about-- this year about getting big brand names. This is from Lowe's. It's called Iris. This is the-- their control module. They've got a bunch of modules that go with it to do whatever you may wanna do. Home security, smoke detection. They introduced water leak detection here that will turn off your water at the house if you have a pipe break automatically by itself. They also rolled out voice command. And of course, they have cameras that go with wireless doorbells. The story here is that this is really going mainstream at a lot of big box retailers that people go to all the time. It's no longer something you go get at some-- you know, at some geek catalogue that you aren't quite sure how to put it all together. -Right. -So, this is the mainstreamification of this. And then we also saw iSmart alarm is another company that came out with a similar kit, again not being sold so much in big box retail, but unifying all the possible sorts of sensors and controls. Here's Belkin WeMo, their smart plugs. You've got so many different products out there that lets you control your house. That brings us to the question of, do I have to have a different app to control all the different brands? -'Cause then it can become cumbersome more like, how do I check my garage again? Which app is it? -Which app does that? -Right. Right. -'Cause I might have Philips light bulbs. -Right. -I might have, you know, a Lowe's Iris garage door automation. -You're a Belkin crackpot. -Belkin crackpot. Emphasis on crack. And so, the question is, how do you really do this? They-- This is the next thing we saw. Revolve is an example at Home Depot. It's a hub. Kind of pricey at 300 bucks. There it is right there. This will talk to many brands of connected home gear and you have one app that talks to the Revolve and the Revolve talks to the different devices. This is a big trend. There's the app there. It's a really big trend here at the show. I think it's important because people do not wanna have four or five platforms of connected home. -Right. I think-- -Not worth it. -it's one of those products that is ahead of its time 'cause I don't feel like a lot of people are experiencing the headache of-- -Right. -having their-- -They're not doing it yet. -their connected home are fractured. But once they do, then this product's gonna make more sense to a broader range of people. -Yes. And if that's a little pricey for you, 300 bucks kind of a lot of money to add to your existing investment, for 100 bucks, at Staples we saw this thing called a smart hub. It does roughly the same thing. Has a different collection of brands. You see the phone next to it there. And again, it's just a simple app that controls all the different brands it works with. None of these guys work with every brand of connected home gear. That's another example of the simple, simple app and all the things you can do with connected home. Irrigation, sound system control. It's going beyond just fire and intrusion detection-- -Right. -to things that we actually like to do and not things that we just worry about, which is great. -For you, it would be mostly like spying on your cats. -Cat cams. All cat cams. 6 cats, 7 cams. That's a good ratio. I recommend it. Belkin WeMo, they added LED light bulbs. There they are right there. You control these wirelessly. That's not new, but they're new in the space. Unlike Philips Hue, theirs do not change color. But also unlike Philips Hue, theirs have motion detectors built in which Philips Hue don't I don't believe. And they also added, what we just mentioned, the internet slow cooker, the Crock, Crock-Pot, all right. -Okay. -Stupidest thing I've ever seen. Oh, come on. The idea on a slow cooker is that you don't have to control it. -Right. -Now they've given you a way to control it and fuss with it. Turn it on when you want. Turn it off when you want. Turn the temperature up and down. That's not a slow cooker. That's called a saucepan. And we've already got those. Uh! -I had no idea this is the part that upsets you the most from CES. -Drove me nuts. Drove me nuts. -All right. -And it doesn't have-- I don't think we have a picture. But it doesn't have Belkin's great design. Sleek white lines and all that. Look like a crock pot from the early '80s. -Yeah. -It's got a black and chrome. -I know it. -It's got this bad Betty Crocker look. It's like throw-- -Grandma does have a lot of ways to show that she's up on the times, but if she's gonna make one investment this year, it's our Connected Crock-Pot. -Uh! -Oh! -I think it's-- I think it's pretty cool. -Thanks. Great gift. I appreciate it. All right, one last thing, a little kicker here. This isn't a product. It was probably the most interesting story about playing Smash Mouth tech and policies. T-Mobile's CEO John Legere said they now will brutally come to their carrier, leave whoever you're at, and they will pay your early termination fee. And it's not a promotion. The say this is their policy from now on. You wanna come to T-Mobile? You just went to Verizon a week, no problem. What's your breakoff fee? 450 bucks? Fine. Come on over, we'll pay it. -And it's great because I feel like that's usually where the pain really sets in, is week one, week two into your new carrier. Realize you're not getting the reception you want or the price-- -And you've just lost your little window of return. It's three weeks in or something. -Right. -Yeah. -Like come on over. -These guys are saying they'll pay. -We'll bail. -Yeah, I was very impressed by that. But, you know, T-Mobile's has been the kind of in your face carrier for a while, a little uncarrier in their doing. -Yeah. -And when they started to do one of those fast upgrade plans when that was the big deal last spring, theirs looked on paper to me like the best. The one that really would let you save money and upgrade frequently. So, that's not a bad-- That's not a bad following. Well, that's the show about the show. -Right. -That encapsulates CES 2014 I think for the most part. Well, which camera we're going to? I'm getting dizzy. This means the show is over by the way. CES goes on for the rest of today and in tomorrow as well. We got a lot of great program. You're still coming here at the CNET stage. More coverage photos and analysis from our editors at ces.cnet.com. For Donald Bell, I'm Brian Cooley. Thanks for joining us. We'll see you later.

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