Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cool Technology Trends

From wearables to apps to self-sterilizing keyboards, technology is helping to make lives easier and more enjoyable. We've compiled a list of some cool (and innovative) technology trends to look out for.

Wearables!

Fashionable yet functional, the wearable tech craze has just begun and it's not going to slow down anytime soon.


From glasses to watches to baby monitors, these gadgets can do anything from track your daily fitness activities to monitor your baby’s sleeping patterns.
 

  • Liquid Image Co® is a leading Action Camera manufacturer and the developers of the first in-goggle camera with the lens mounted at eye level, allowing for True POV video capture. The Apex HD+ is a Full HD Video Snow Goggle with WiFi for live streaming to Smartphones and Tablets. With the camera lens positioned just above the eyes, the Apex captures True POV footage of everything you see. (pictured above) 
  • Intel unveiled a headset nicknamed “Jarvis” that is supposed to act like a personal assistant.
  • Razer’s Nabu is a smartband health tracker that reports calories burned, steps taken and hours slept, among other things.
  • A SmartOne infant sleep monitor fits into a chest pocket and sends information and active alerts ontemperature, baby orientation, and breathing to a parent's mobile device.
  • The Quardiocore heart monitor can send the electrocardiogram to a smartphone and the EKG can be forwarded to a physician for remote heart monitoring.
  • YEI Technology's PrioVR, a virtual reality gaming accessory, allows sensors on the player to translate movement into the game.
 Rumor has it that Google is coming out with a watch that has it all! Rather than having to pull out your smartphone or tablet for frequent email, text and social media updates, you’ll glance at your watch.

Check out more wearable technology at http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/wearable-technology-ces-2014/. 


Apps

 
Technology companies are constantly developing new apps to make our lives easier. There’s literally an app for everything!
Five years ago, Apple only offered 500 apps for download on its brand new App Store on iTunes. As of October 2013, Apple announced 1 million apps in its App Store.


Top Apps of 2014 from CBS News


  • Beautified is an app that offers discounted spa services and helps you find and book same-day beauty appointments. 
  • Hotel Tonight is an app that features last-minute hotel deals.
  • Groupon Reserve gets you 20 to 40 percent off last-minute dinner reservations.
  • TodayTix is a new app that gets you up to 50 percent off theater tickets.
     
Self-sterilizing Keyboards

 
Forget all the Lysol and hand sanitizer! The ultra-modern UVLightBoard zaps bacteria from its surface as you type.


Smart TVs getting smarter


Nowadays more and more customers expect the ability to use Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and their web browser via their televisions. As a result, television manufactures are working harder and harder to make their TVs even smarter.


Smart TV shipments are expected to reach 123 million in 2014 – up from about 84 million in 2012.


3D Printing

 
The world has already seen some amazing things from 3D printing. However, from the looks of things it’s only the tip of the iceberg.