C.E.S. 2013 takes the world by storm


Jonathan Garza

4K TVs were among the products unveiled at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 8-11.

Jonathan Garza and Jonathan Garza

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas satisfied 150,000 people from all over the world with the unveiling of several gadgets from Jan. 8-10.

Clearly, the champion of the show was LG, who revealed an 84-inch 3-D video wall, the first of its kind.

Representatives passed out 3-D glasses, which once put on, brought the images to life.

Two-by-fours threatened to poke viewers, paint brushes forced crowds to take a step back so they might not get stained, and balls bounced right in front of the picture.

It was magnificent. It was true 3-D.

“I put on the 3-D glasses LG provided, and I was blown away at how the objects exploded off the screen.” Mario Aguilar of Gizmodo.com said.

On the television front, Samsung came close to LG, but only because of a stellar showcasing of a 110-inch television, considered to be the largest in the world.

But it wasn’t just TVs that stole the show.

You have heard of Wi-Fi. But what about Wi-Di?

The acronym is short for Wireless Display, which allows for the user to marry his tablet with his TV, syncing the activity between the products and displaying the picture on the bigger screen.

Connecting the two is a device that utilizes a Wi-Fi connection.

A range of 20 feet is plenty of room for any casual user or even a teacher, who could greatly benefit from the newfound technology.

Gone are the days when teachers needed projectors, or even laptops to present a lecture to their class. Here are the times of Wi-Di.

Also arriving swiftly are ultrabooks, which combine the usefulness of a laptop with the portability of a tablet; all at the ease of a flip, literally.

Different Intel processors have been created to suit the different needs of consumers.

“They all have different mechanisms. They’re fully loaded with Intel processors,” Ben Young of Intel said of the different ultrabooks.

Other things seen on the CES floor included: the world’s biggest subwoofer, the Lexus LS 460L featuring Intelligent Transport Systems, various sound systems that took over the suites of the Venetian hotel, and Combat Creatures.

Combat Creatures is an invention from England that pits robots against each other, each maneuvered by a remote controller.

“This is the closest to owning an army that you will ever get, and it’s all controlled at the palm of your hands,” Chris Hood of Wow! Stuff, the company that invented the toy said.

He wasn’t kidding. The robot was easy to guide through the use of the controller. It felt like playing a Playstation 3 game sans the monitor.

The convention was definitely worth the trip and it’s easy to say that you should get excited to see the many inventions become introduced into the economy in the coming months.