CES 2014 Futuristic Tech Trends

Engadget editor on self-driving cars, smart homes, wearable and much more at CES.
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When -- bring in Michael Gorman senior associate editor having -- net and he is all over the hottest -- trends intact at the Consumer Electronics Show. It picks up in Las Vegas today and it's one of the most talked about gadgets this here. It's the fitness monitors like he's -- and it's. That's right yes there's quite a few companies there -- there's a few big names Nike does a lot. Smaller outfit that's that's doing something with design called misfit. There's quite a few companies entering the space at this point. So what do you think. -- like the coolest tech trends of the year that we're gonna see. -- will certainly do I think wearable technology generals going to be one of the biggest ones and a fitness trackers are certainly something a lot of people familiar with arm of course -- got blue -- which got a lot of headlines last year. -- will be seeing more of that of course as we go along. CS is always about higher resolution TV's every year it gets higher and higher this year -- which got Forte you HD what they call which is actually four times the resolution of what most people's HD televisions are as well armed and -- I think you also have a lot of kind of connected home products like light bulbs thermostats -- -- nest thermostat and -- their own. Smoke detector is well. Kind of connected devices that let you control a lot of your home from its largest with those -- -- -- You've seen the fitness -- the fitness gadgets become the things that are really caught on with the mainstream audience is also the -- TVs obviously something. The -- -- on especially around the holidays everybody goes out. By the new TV or a lot of people do because of the door buster deals. But in terms of the new wave of things that we might see out of this CES the people will actually adopted 2014 what do you expect. Although that's kind of tough question a lot of the stuff that we see here in Vegas is kind of really far out looking on technology like stuff that you might see a prototype for it looks good at CS -- minute doesn't actually show -- on store shelves verb. A year maybe suit -- I think one thing that we will certainly see a lot more on this -- another of -- that -- mentioned before become. More automation in cars a little more technology I think you're gonna see a lot more auto makers bringing up. Infotainment systems -- -- -- -- kind of -- with your font and let you get your music and stream kind of data through your phone and get -- in the car you know things like you can bring up to your navigation -- -- manager walked into the car -- it -- -- -- it brings -- up on your display in your -- -- -- -- of -- seamless integration -- of mobile electronics and -- Don't enough distractions already it -- them. So I I think you're absolutely right and I think that that's kind of been -- even though we've had a technology and capability for a long time that's why it has been integrated in the cars more. Yet just because there's a lot of concerns about safety so you've got some cars that are putting like heads up displays where you can see information. Directly on the windshields -- you're looking through its you don't actually have to take your eyes off the road you also have a lot of voice controls that allow you control things without having to take your -- also -- ago. That's pretty well that idea and we get used to donkey is a company that actually apple at one of its conferences and unveiled on -- -- -- self driving car. How much of those self driving cars are we going to be seeing out of CES and do you really think. That in two years we may actually be seen self driving cars on the road. -- -- Actually. So I actually live in Mountain View California where Google's headquarters that's kind of -- -- -- and self driving cars right now silencing and kind of roaming the streets for a long time but as far as widespread adoption I think two years is a little -- I don't think anybody's going to be buying. Self driving cars and having you know automated should protect -- -- they wanted to. -- -- but I do think that that will see a lot more companies entering it we'll see more manufacturers having them on the roads in two years in testing amount I think it's not. It might not even necessarily be the technology they're holding it back it's really the regulations figuring out how -- they are making sure. And and kind of having the laws to deal with this entirely new kind of former transportation. -- you wanna know that -- are safe before you start out on the route I'd I'd like he's personally know that when I -- over to my writer my left and I see a car without a person in it. I'd like to know that it's been tested. -- -- There's another thing that is a big theme at the CES and that is. That and basically there's all of this you know houses that have been completely connected and and people probably are starting to see it in their own homes with either -- castor apple TV and going between. -- phone and their television. How much of that is going to be new and what are some of the cool things we might see there. Com so. I don't know that it's going to be terribly new in this sense those. Brand new technology did an implementation -- that you know -- -- he's kind of a new spin on an old concept where just kind of brings. You -- contents from the web onto your television and you've got TVs that are kind of building technology directly into their TVs is Welsh I think really -- kind of the new thing will be appliances it is political editor and -- -- -- -- connected coffee machine -- -- and those kinds of things that we've already seen thermostats -- -- -- that allow -- -- it to get that sort of damage you know if you -- if you know you're gonna have a late -- you're coming home from -- you can just cranked -- the coffee maker you know -- or something like that X. I think we're gonna see a lot more of those things we've got companies building kind of wireless frameworks that'll allow everything in your house the -- Talk to each other in and trigger different actions automatically and I think that's really where it's gonna get to be better where these things just -- learn your habits. And do without even having to tell them to do it in addition unable to. I don't need a late night to want my copy ready to go when -- wake up in the morning I'm just happy to see it there I make it everywhere in the first thing I do when I get up. RA Michael Gorman thanks so much we really appreciate -- happy new year. Thanks for having me having -- -- you -- Thanks.

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