The coolest thing I've seen at CES 2014 so far has been Structure, an infrared sensor bar built for iPad which lets users scan real-world objects and have them translated into 3D virtual objects that you can manipulate elsewhere. Use cases here can range from the obvious, like 3D printing, to more mainstream tasks like scanning a room so you can check for furniture dimensions later with a true-to-scale layout, and augmented reality gaming. The AR gaming mechanic holds a lot of potential, since any object in the real world stands to be a 3D puzzle piece, a chunk of cover against enemy fire, or any number of potential in-game entities.
A while back I was doing a review of a Tech21 case, which uses non-Newtonian material to absorb impact and protect your phone, when I did a drop test and... promptly broke my phone. I was an edge-case — literally, I somehow managed to hit an edge — and not only did the Tech21 case remain my favorite of the year, I simply had to seek them out at #CES 2014 and see what more they'd come up with for this year.
You can see the "now" up top, and journey back with me to re-live the "then" below!
LG will this spring offer a new wristband fitness device called the Lifeband Touch, and our colleagues at Android Central got a look at it. As it turns out, the Lifeband Touch won't just work on Android - it'll support iOS as well, according to Apple Insider.
Georgia had a chance to catch up with the folks at White Diamonds and chat with them about their cases for iPhone and iPad. As the brand name implies, White Diamonds specializes in creating cases that are not only unique, but elegant. Many of the cases White Diamonds create come complete with remnants of Swarovski gems and diamonds. The best part is that it doesn't come with the same high price tag.
94Fifty was at CES 2014 demonstrating their recently-launched Bluetooth-enabled basketball, and it’s pretty impressive even if you’re not into sports. This baby charges wirelessly, communicates detailed information to your mobile device, such as spin and shot angle, and connects to the wider world through social challenges. Serious basketball players can run through a wide variety of drills, which include handling, shooting, and everything in between.
Not only is the sensor accuracy on the basketball itself is really solid, but the app is highly polished, providing real-time feedback as you’re training. There’s even audio feedback that sounds like a real coach that barks at you to make corrections mid-drill.
Rene bumps into Brian from Pad & Quill. The company has distinguished itself as a premium maker of handmade leather cases for iPhone and iPad. Now the company's rolling out a line of specialty messenger bags made of leather and canvas that will make your laptop look great. Just the sort of thing that intrepid adventurer/archaelogist Dr. Indiana Jones have used, if he'd been born later.
Marta Hall, President of Velodyne, has new headphones to show off and she swung by the #CESlive stage to give us a better look at them. vQuiet headphones cancel over 90% of sounds like maintaining quality. They are currently available and shipping for $299. She also showed off the vLeve headphones with custom skins.
We had a chance to meet up with some of the guys from Elgato at CES 2014 and talk about Smart Key. Anyone who's prone to losing either their iPhone or their keys can deal with both problems with one app and the Smart Key.
Sensor Jacket, a new product that was developed by Dr. Jacob Fraden, is essentially a case for your smartphone that not only provides protection but can use additional sensors and augmented reality in order to provide lots of new functionality and capabilities. Want to know if your breath is bad before going on a date? There's a Sensor Jacket for that!