CES 2013 Products to Watch For

The stuff we're eager to get our grubby little hands on at this year's CES.

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The gadget Garden of Eden

There’s never a shortage of impressive new technology at the annual International CES conference, and it doesn’t look like 2013 is going to be any exception. Here’s our look at just a few of the gizmos, gadgets and other gear that we’re looking out for at this year’s show.

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Lowe’s Iris smart home platform
Lowe’s

Lowe’s Iris smart home platform

The “Internet of Things” is an absurdly overused term, but here, it’s appropriate – Lowe’s will be showing off the Iris smart home platform, which lets you control a lot of your home’s functions directly from a smartphone or tablet. Unlock the door and let the pizza guy in without leaving your couch! (And subsequently gain weight since you haven’t had to move in days!)

Winbot
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Winbot

Thought the Roomba was cool? Check out Winbot, a robot that can attach to glass windows and clean them automatically. Now we just need a robot to dust, and maybe another one to say “it’s a pigsty in here!” if we don’t use the other robots often enough.

Wireless bike (but did they have wires before?)
Cambridge Consultants

Wireless bike (but did they have wires before?)

U.K.-based Cambridge Consultants will show off a bicycle that will let you shift gears using a smartphone or tablet app. That’s neat, we suppose, but the real promise is in integrating things like heart rate and map data into a unified framework, according to the inventors.

Huawei’s half-foot Android behemoth
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Huawei’s half-foot Android behemoth

Sticks-in-the-mud like me have been bemoaning – or at least gently mocking – the upward trend in smartphone sizes for a while now, but it’s getting increasingly comical of late. The 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate was teased by executive Richard Yu in December, and will apparently be released at CES.

ZTE Grand S
ZTE

ZTE Grand S

While it’s not as big as the Huawei Ascend Mate (but what is?), fellow Chinese hardware maker ZTE is getting in on the 5-inch, 1080p bandwagon with the ceramic-built Grand S, also set for release at the big show. My Google Translate of a social media post from the company about the phone seems to say they’re calling it a “God Machine,” so at least they’re not over-promoting it.

Tobii REX
Tobii

Tobii REX

Not a mechanized dinosaur, as the name might suggest – REX is the brainchild of vision interface company Tobii, which says it will showcase an eye-tracking system for controlling your PC at this year’s CES. An initial production run of 5,000 units will go on sale in the fall, with general availability scheduled for 2014 or 2015.

Tegra 4(?)
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Tegra 4(?)

Nvidia is widely expected to show off the next generation of its Tegra series of mobile systems-on-a-chip at the show. According to what’s purportedly a leaked development slide posted last month to Chinese forum Chiphell, the Tegra 4 could boast 1440p hardware video output, 72 processing cores, and a host of other impressive features.

More Huawei…
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More Huawei…

Company CEO Yu Chengdong says Huawei is also planning to release a budget Windows Phone 8 handset at the show, dubbed the Ascend W1. Not as sexy as the enormous Ascend Mate, for sure, but another entry in a slowly growing Windows Phone 8 field.

…and more ZTE!
ZTE

…and more ZTE!

ZTE says the dual-mode LTE modem in the Grand Era LTE uses about a third of the power consumed by comparable earlier-generation devices. It, too, should be on display at CES.

Probably not much Motorola, though

Probably not much Motorola, though

While tantalizing rumors about a new “X” phone, co-designed by Google, have been reported in the Wall Street Journal, it’s unlikely that any such device will be unveiled at CES.

Ericsson and Volvo team up in the cloud
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Ericsson and Volvo team up in the cloud

The car company and the electronics manufacturer will show off a cloud-based system meant to allow access to navigation, entertainment and other info to drivers and passengers at this year’s CES. We can only hope it doesn’t actually let motorists watch movies themselves, since we’re sure someone would be dumb enough to try it.

YotaPhone
Yota

YotaPhone

This handy “two-fer” device sports both an e-ink reader and a traditional display, giving it a bit more flexibility than the average slab of hardware and allowing users to accomplish some tasks without using up battery power via the main screen.

Samsung Smart TV evolution kits…
Samsung

Samsung Smart TV evolution kits…

Is your 2012-era Samsung Smart TV starting to show its age? Probably not, in all likelihood. Still, if you want it to perform even better, the company’s going to roll out a new evolution pack at CES, which attaches to your Smart TV and provides it with additional capabilities and performance.

…and Ultrabooks.
Samsung

…and Ultrabooks.

The much-maligned Ultrabook is still alive and kicking at CES 2013, as Samsung has showed us with its Series 7 devices.

…and even Windows Phones…
Samsung

…and even Windows Phones…

The Samsung ATIV S is, many have said, essentially a Windows Phone 8 version of the Galaxy S III – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

…and, just maybe, a revolutionary new TV design.
Samsung

…and, just maybe, a revolutionary new TV design.

Finally, the company’s teasing an intriguing TV prototype that could represent a major sea-change in TV design.

Ubuntu for smartphones
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Ubuntu for smartphones

Not to be confused with Ubuntu for Android (though it undoubtedly will be), this fully-functional version of the popular Linux-based operating system for smartphones will be on display at the show.

Velocity Micro – tablets to go with your gaming PC
Velocity Micro

Velocity Micro – tablets to go with your gaming PC

Velocity Micro is mostly known as a builder of meaty gaming rigs for the (we’re told) dwindling PC enthusiast market. Maybe it’s a sign of the times, then, that the company is going to show off two new Android tablets at CES.

Westinghouse super-mega-gigantic TV

Westinghouse super-mega-gigantic TV

Westinghouse will show off a frankly absurd 110-inch TV boasting 3840x2160 resolution (four the pixels of 1080p, or “4X”) at this year’s show. We honestly can’t really get our heads around how big this is, but we’ll be sure to have a look and let you know.

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E 7 gaming keyboard
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Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E 7 gaming keyboard

While this specialist keyboard for the high-spending gamer undoubtedly looks like business, we can’t help but question why it doesn’t have mechanical key switches. But since it won a “best of show” award in the gaming hardware category, it seems like it’s our journalistic obligation to give it a whirl.