CES In-Depth: The top gadgets and stories from Day Two at CES
Here we are at the CES In-Depth Day Two.
I'm Brian Cooley, joined by my colleagues, Donald Bell, Brian Tong.
-Here we are, gentlemen.
-How's everyone holding up?
-Well, after last night's company part, some holding up a little better than others.
-Yeah, my question is code for
how are you holding up since the party?
-That's what I'm talking about.
-We'll go into that offline later.
Anyway we're here live at the CNET stage at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Let's talk about the big must-know products our Senior Editors have spotted in the last 24 hours since we last did one of these roundup shows.
So, guys, let's start with something called LG Home Chat, which was announced a couple of days ago.
We first got a really good piece up on it here, where you can use text commands to control and program your smart appliances.
The idea here that LG
says is, instead of having to get another app,
-and load another interface, and it's own peculiarities, just text the thing.
Say, "Hey, fridge.
How are you doing?"
-Yeah, one of the examples that they used in this video is that it knew where it goes.
It knows what's in your fridge, right?
-So, you just say, "Look for a recipe." And because it's a smart refrigerator, it would then suggest a recipe to eat.
Now, I don't-- based on what's in my refrigerator, I don't know if they could find something I would want to eat.
-What might have made to.
What's in your fridge?
there is spam, there is orange juice.
-Spirally that I'm sure--
-You know, some molded cheddar cheese, so we could make some--
-A little Quinoa.
You take me as a Quinoa guy?
-A little Quino in your fridge?
-There's gotta be.
It would be very--
-I'm a little uncomfortable with this.
I feel like SMS is a very personal medium and this is like a step towards-- my appliances become extension and actually judging me for what I, you know, refrigerator don't refrigerate or
take out or don't or what I leave behind.
-There's a Quinoa I'm not eating.
-And you know, when you accidentally text the wrong person in your little text inbox there,
-That shouldn't be going out that way.
Well, you know, the things you might say to your fridge you might not wanna say to any friends.
You big square dummy or hey, I think you're cool.
-I just got that one.
-That's what going on there.
That's as good as I've got right now.
How many folks here are using any kind of gesture control on their technology?
Whether shake your phone or a leap motion or--
-Even something like a
-none of you.
-That you can sleep during this story.
Elliptic Labs showed our Jessica Dolcourt something that is a new kind of gesture control built into mobile devices or it could be a laptop.
There she is showing it there.
But instead of using infrared or some kind of an optical technology, it's using sound waves that are coming off the device toward you but you know, they're harmless, ultrasonic.
And I was looking over her shoulder while she was getting this demonstration and getting this technology down and it looks to be very, very forgiving.
In other words, it's not--
it doesn't have to have a perfectly clean environment around you.
It doesn't have stray light interference issues.
It looks kind of broke bust and--
-Did you like it though?
Or I mean, did you get to take it out?
-From what I could tell, you know, or use it here, it looked like it was, you know, more or less working right and some of the gesture technologies that we've used of all kinds, they tend to be a little prickly.
-You know, they work like every third time.
-And that gets all into hurry.
-I just-- is this-- I don't know if this if the perfect medium for it, right?
I feel like we're pretty comfortable with
directly touching our devices.
-Well, it's something Samsung would definitely adopt.
-They wanna throw everything at you, they'll be the first ones to throw that in I swear.
-Jessica thinks it might come out on the next Galaxy, who kind of looks like the kind of thing that they might go.
I think that was a Galaxy S4.
-Oh, that's like finger free.
-Finger free S5.
-And they had a little bit of that on the current S4.
-Yeah, you can already do Jedi on your pictures.
-The glance-- yeah, the Jedi and the glance away detect.
-But anyway, that's the latest innovation we saw in gesture.
Where do you really want gesturing your tech products?
I mean, you know, if
it's something you can reach, you could reach.
What would you like to have gesturing that maybe makes more sense?
-I think the one that actually surprised me this past year was the Nest smoke detector.
I forgot what it's called.
-Just a single wave--
-Where you just kind of wave at it and like stop beeping at me.
You don't have to knock it off the ceiling with a broom.
-You actually just like, "Hey, stop."
-I'm sorry I overcooked the food.
The stove tops are already judging me and text messaging me.
-Just stop beeping.
are already on you.
-I mean, this is the future we gotta worry about.
-I think that gesture control made sense to me.
That was like, oh, that has a co-application for that.
Or television because it's hard to get to it, it's across the room.
-No one's cracked that, not yet.
-So, you know--
-We find those are pretty hit miss.
Now, let's see.
This is one-- this goes to BT here.
He went out, saw like Fords out here.
-Yeah, outside of the north whole area.
And what did they show you there?
-So, Whitford has-- they have this what they call a vehicle to vehicle demonstration here.
This is a Driver Assisted System
and basically, what happens is these cars have a unit on top of module.
You'll see it in this video but it's a little shark fin and that allows vehicles to detect each other within range.
It's a-- it sends out a signal every 10 times a second.
It's WiFi and GPS based but these all talk to each other.
This is a standard that's moving forward.
It's not just on Ford cars.
-I mean, you know what's on all-- like eight of the OEMs and manufactures that they're trying to push this forward.
-But it's a really nifty technology.
You're not-- it's not gonna take control of your car.
-But it will give you an alert of warning
whether it's an LED display in your car that you hear a sound.
Also the seats themselves have vibration or feedback.
If someone's on your blind spot you'll hear it here.
You'll feel it here.
I think the weird thing about this demo, though, is that they put the vibration in every seat when thes car stop but they didn't put it on the shoulders.
They put it right on the seat area, if you know what I mean and I felt it when it warned me.
-It was a soulful experience though.
-I learned something about myself after that.
-Something that I don't wanna know.
So, what it does as BT mentions, it doesn't take control of the breaks but it gives you an alert saying
you need to hit the breaks because I've detected that a car, maybe two cars up has stopped and there's about to be a pile up or a chain reaction.
So, that's really cool because it can be retrofitted to other cars that don't already have it as opposed to Real Drive Control Systems that you can't retrofit to a car.
-Yeah, the car does not have automatic break and it never will.
-And then here on this demo, this is-- there's a big Penske Truck at your right-hand side.
So, a lot of times you might be going through an intersection and you don't see a car that may not see you actually coming through.
So, this is--
-Yeah, you're about to start here, right?
-Yeah, we're about to start right here.
-And driving towards a
cross intersection is what's being mocked up here.
-There's cross traffic coming from the right.
-I had to put on my seatbelt there.
-BT's buckled up.
-I didn't have my seatbelt on the whole demo until then.
-And there you go.
And as that car went by, that car blew a red light basically.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-And those two would have collided but that driver with BT was given a warning and he hit the breaks.
And as a result, BT is with us today.
-That could have gone wrong.
-This is a scary demo.
-That could have gone wrong.
-Bonnie, our producer screamed during the demos for my life.
-Sony says you don't need to buy new computer, you can turn any table
into a computer and this is sort of a new and refreshed idea.
The idea here is you can project a computer interface onto any surface.
This is kind of like a different way of doing that big, it's an Acer or-- no, a Lenovo tabletop computer.
-Which is an actual computer but this is such a tabletop and the projector projects the computer and gives you the interface and detects your hand motions so you can control the thing.
-We also saw similar things of Microsoft very early on, how these big tabletops--
-the big Surface, right?
-That was where it kind of started and it was
projection-based as well but the projector was coming from the bottom and then up.
It was under the screens.
-At least it kind of gets towards that Star Wars chess table that's--
-Yeah, which you see in all the, kind of like, you know, high-tech drama movies these days.
They get to get at the situation table.
-Threw you a photo, Donald, is this the terrorist you saw in all this stuff?
And it's all crazy and we're spinning things around?
-Does this sound remotely realistic to anybody?
-I mean, do you really-- would we really use it today, right now?
Are intrigued by it?
If we have these over the ceiling, would they be great to have it right
I mean, I think there's so much ambient light in the world that would never get great contrast.
-Unless in the dim room.
-I'm not feeling it.
But you know, maybe you guys are.
I like the effect to me.
It feels futuristic but I don't think it's really gonna--
-Children you think would like it?
You're the father here.
-I think my kids are pretty happy of holding an iPad.
-We love them at the malls.
At the malls, if you ever see those little projection games on the top.
-Oh, that's right.
You could just run over and stomp out the bubble.
-Stomp on the bubble.
That's a great use for it.
-But you don't want the kid doing that in kitchen table.
Not near the knives anyway.
T-Mobile, not a tech product but a tech policy, they say, "Switch over to us, leave your current carrier and we'll pay your earlier termination fee." Now, T-Mobile has been kicking up a lot of dust lately.
They're kind of, you know, taking its mash mouth to a lot of other carriers with their whole uncarrier idea.
But this is-- they're stepping up, I mean, that can be a big feat.
And they're saying, come on over and we're gonna pay it for you.
It's, you know, they remain sort of a, you know, second tier in terms of their
-compared to AT&T and Verizon.
So, looking for something to do differently.
I thought one of the other interesting stories here, that Roger Chan, one of our reporters posted, it's up on a CES side how he inadvertently got the head of T-Mobile thrown out of the AT&T party.
-He's [unk] with the company I guess.
-They did a selfie or something and he put it up and he--
-Hey, guess who's here.
-and you're right.
There it is.
There's John Lusher,
-At the party.
-who's doing the photo with Roger and then this one, I guess he did a #AT&T or AT&T
Party or something on the AT&T folks.
So, I've said, "Get out of here."
-He got escorted out, right?
-He got escorted out and then I heard he got back in.
-He got back in.
-Because the roadies of the band that was playing didn't pass this.
-So, T-Mobile's CEO will not be denying.
But I do like the idea of the-- getting bought out of your current-- I feel like it's probably-- for a lot of people, as soon as I feel the pain of whatever situation they're in currently,
-like-- I have like another year in my contract or I don't wanna--
-Oh, you sweat it out, you hate it.
-But if John is gonna lovingly
just like buy you out of this, like he's paying for your divorce.
Like, you're done, it's fine.
Come over to us.
-He's like that parent who enables you.
-He's like, "All right.
I'll bail you out but don't do math again."
-Are you talking to Donald directly?
I don't know.
-No, I'm just looking--
-I'm looking generally around the table.
Don't look at me like that.
-That's all I'm doing.
Now, this report of the show where we normally have-- we go live to one of our reporters out on the floor and we're gonna do that.
Let's go to the CES Show floor and see what Sharon Vaknin has been up to.
Now, Sharon, tells us where you are
and what you've got for us?
I am the most comfortable I have been throughout all of CES.
Here I am lounging in the CNET lounge, playing with a piece of technology we found called Beam.
It's a telepresence device, which means that you can be at two places at once using this.
It's a-- it's not a robot, okay.
They're not calling it a robot.
It's a telepresence device.
So, you log into your computer
and there you appear on the screen and what that means is that you can go to work and be at work without ever leaving your house and that's how most people are using this device.
So, the way I control it is with my computer and I'm gonna start doing that now, okay.
I'm gonna ride this thing through.
-Here comes Sharon.
-Here we go.
-And what I'm seeing on my computer is basically, the device has two cameras.
One on top,
-Oh, oh, oh, you're gonna shot.
There you go.
-at the top of the screen, and then another just below it
so I can see the ground below me.
-There she is.
Uh-oh, there you all.
-Here's your audience.
Look at this guy.
He says, "Come here, give me a hug right now." Right now, you big LCD thing you.
I don't even need to get out of here.
This is just doing all of my work for me.
-Look at Sharon.
There she is.
-So, so again, two cameras--
-How's it going over there?
I don't have to deal with all the bright lights.
I don't have to deal with the crowds.
I'm back here, enjoying my life.
-I think you should eat a little more ice cream.
Your legs got real skinny, girl.
Aside from that, you look great.
You look great.
-Yeah, I have to say that I'm resisting like a bully impulse just to push you over, you know.
And you see, this helplessly you're real spinning on the ground.
-I'm defenseless, Donald.
You can do that.
Not too much effort actually.
-So, it's about an 8-hour battery life.
It only takes four hours to charge.
It's not for everyone, it is $16,000 plus a few piece here and there.
-But for the corporate
guy who needs them in two places at once, not a bad deal.
That's pretty cool.
-That's pretty cool.
-You know the battery life of eight hours is perfect for workday as well.
-So, that's just the thing here.
-You see what this is for?
-Yeah, they're smart about that.
-Stay home, yet be there.
-You can also-- you can incorporate rumba on the bottom to get some, you know--
-That is so weird.
We'll take a real quick break and when we come back, you know what we gotta do.
-We gotta play the game.
-It's the game, the game at CES that we'd play.
-What's the game called?
-We call it CE Yes or CE No.
You know what we'll be talking about in just a few moments.
-That's coming up right after a break here at CES Live from CNET.
-My dad had a Honda.
My mom had a Honda.
-Who's coming from 2007?
-I traded for Orvis Titanium.
-[unk], 15 different vehicles.
I kind of was indifferent to our Ford and then I saw the Fusion for the first time and I was just like, "Wow.
This is it.
You have the
power but you have the fuel economy.
That's what ego boost does." I love to tell people, look at what Ford has to offer.
BT's favorite game, BT's original game.
-But not your only game because you got a lot of games.
-A lot of games.
Thank you, Cooley.
I appreciate that.
Now, I'm feeling a couple-- no, I'm not.
All right, guys.
Check this out.
We're gonna hit some music.
Get a little-- have a little fun here.
This is where we show you some of the things we've seen here on the CES floor.
Sometimes they are gadgets, other times they are just things that we see because we see a whole lot of stuff here, all right?
-So, there's different ways to get people's attention to boost.
One of them posing in a yoga form.
-And I wanna know if we see this picture here.
-Bring it to us.
-I'm looking at it.
-What we're looking at, bring it up.
-Wanna give that a yes or a no?
Is that what we're doing?
-Here we go, here we go.
-Oh, here it is.
-Would you go into
that booth, Cooley, with someone flexing like that?
-Look at, she is going-- what is she doing?
-Is that the warrior post?
Who does yoga here?
Is that the warrior?
-Oh, that's the-- yeah, right.
It's like downward dog, upward cat.
Or you know, I work in a restaurant pose.
I'm carrying two platters with her hands on the wrong position.
I'm not gonna-- I'm gonna go there.
Everyone knows this one, the smell in the South Hall, it is amazing.
Thanks to this Ben &
-I know what that is.
-CE Yes or No, fellas.
-Yes, my goodness, of course.
You also see a bunch of this stuff.
I thought this is quite odd.
A man trying to exchange numbers with two feathered women outside of the CES sign.
It's a guy trying to get his game on.
CE Yes or No, Cooley.
-Both of them are married to Rogue Cops, CE No.
I don't wanna die tomorrow.
-It's too good to be true.
-I'm gonna stay clear, CE No.
Stay clear with that.
Here, this is an actual product here.
This is Intel's concept of a wireless charging ball.
-Right now, it supports your smart headphones, you can throw in there and it charged them wirelessly.
They're hoping that they can bring this stand or two things like, you know, your cellphone or other products.
It's a ball that charges.
CE Yes or No?
-I thought it was a new bidet.
-So, CE No.
I thought it was like a Ironclad undergarment or something like that.
It kind of-- CE No.
-Not since the Renaissance
that we had things quite like that.
And one of the hottest cars in the world right now, at Monster's booth, the Lamborghini Veneno, $4.5 million.
One of nine made.
Cooley, you're a car guy.
-You're gonna be shocked.
-No, why no?
-I can't handle that kind of visibility.
-It takes a big man to handle that kind of attention and that's too much.
I don't wanna be seen like that.
-I love being able to park my crappy car and have no fear that anyone is gonna try to steal it.
This thing will give me a
panic attack just getting somewhere.
-This Veveno [unk] Monster's stage, right?
-Yeah, this is Monster's CEO's car.
They outfitted it with all types of speakers.
It awesomely sounded hot inside.
I mean, it was great but, you know, $4.5 million, you got that changed later--
-Like I'll say it, that's why those cables are 45 bucks.
-All right, guys.
There you go.
That's it for today.
We're gonna do this again tomorrow but a little earlier time, 11 AM Pacific I believe that is and we'll do our last CES
In-Depth then and that will be the final word, not just on the day but on the most important trends and products that we've seen for the entire show, because by tomorrow, everyone has got a good perspective on it.
That's it 'til we see you tomorrow, and the stage is back at it with all kinds of great CNET programming as you are wrapping up the show tomorrow.
Thanks for being with us.
Good night, from CES 2014.
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