As some of you may know one of the largest Consumer Electronics Shows in the world (CES 2015) finished up a few weeks ago. This show is where tech companies get a chance to show off their latest and greatest gadgets. Now that the show is over we wanted to share some highlights of what we thought were the coolest gadgets.
1) The Slingtv by Dish Network
As regular television services have become a thing of the past and the majority of video is consumed online through a streaming device or PC, Dish is trying to get in on the action and reinvent themselves with Slingtv. According to CNET “ The $20 Sling TV base package includes ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and the “best of Internet video” with Maker Studios. Add-on packs with additional kids and news programming will be available for $5 each.”
This could be a great solution for the audience who holds onto their cable just for the sake of sports and we are excited to see it develop. The best part is that it’s accessible from all of your devices and is in the format of live TV, just streamed online.
2) The Oculus Rift
You may have heard of this before but this year was the first in which The Oculus rift was open to public testing in their booth at CES. This virtual reality headset was purchased by Facebook last year and is in continued development. The latest iteration (pic below) includes headphones with 3D positional sound to create a completely immersive virtual reality experience. Holodecks here we come!
3) Intel’s Compute Stick
Last but not least is the Intel Compute Stick. This tiny HMDI dongle plugs directly into any TV (that is HDMI capable) and contains the hardware of a tablet at a very slick price point. There are two versions of the Compute Stick the first has Linux installed and costs $89 and the second has a full version of Windows 8.1 and only costs $149.
Whether you want to stream Netflix or work on your PowerPoint presentation in the living room the Quad-core Atom processor and 2GB of on-board RAM in the Compute Stick will be more than capable and for less than you would pay for a tablet. I have a feeling this will be on many geeks’ wish lists this year.