CES 2014: Tech Trends from CES gadget show

Consumer Reports' Electronics Editor Glenn Derene talks about CES 2014 and some of the hot items, including curved smartphones and TVs.
January 10, 2014 4:04:56 AM PST
Consumer Reports' Electronics Editor Glenn Derene talks about CES 2014 and some of the hot items, including curved smartphones and TVs.

LG G Flex Smartphone (AT&T exclusive, pricing TBD)

Innovative technology and a sleek, curved design ? the LG G Flex is a flexible phone that not only delivers a more comfortable grip and fit, but it offers improved voice and sound quality. Along with its stunning vertical curve, the LG G Flex also features a rear key to help users avoid accidentally powering off the device, as well as QTheater, Dual Window and Face Detection technology, a camera timer and an urgent call alert system. Additionally, it boasts a "self-healing" coating on the back cover, which gives the innovative G Flex the ability to recover from scratches and nicks. It will hit the U.S. market on three of the four major carriers -- AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile -- in the second quarter of 2014.

LG 77-inch Flexible OLED TV (pricing TBD)

LG unveiled the world's first Flexible OLED TV. What separates LG's Flexible OLED TV from every other TV set in the world is that the curvature of the display can be altered using the TV remote to suit the viewer's preference. The range of curvature was determined by taking into account key factors that affect the viewing experience such as screen size and viewing distance. Since the viewer can adjust the curvature, they can enjoy the best TV viewing experience, tailored to their tastes, every time. The 77-inch TV unit is the result of technological integration encompassing all aspects of producing a product as innovative as this TV, such as design, displays, quality assurance, etc.

Samsung 85-inch Bendable Ultra HD LED TV (pricing TBD)

By combing Ultra HD resolution with an immersive, curved TV design, Samsung creates a viewing experience that draws the viewer deeper into the picture. The wows got even bigger when Samsung announced the first 'bendable' UHD TV. It's a breathtaking innovation that seems to defy laws of space and time. With a touch of a button, it transform from a flat screen UHD TV to a curved screen. It bends to the needs of the viewer.

Vizio Reference Series 120-inch Ultra HD TV (pricing TBD)

Not to be outdone by LG's 105-inch UHD set, Vizio unveiled it's own 120-inch UHD TV. The TV, which won't hit until the back half of the year, is part of a new Reference series of Ultra HD TVs, which have full-array LED backlights with local dimming, plus 5.1-channel soundbar speaker systems that include a separate powered subwoofer. Despite its size?the set is about 6 feet high and 9 feet wide?the TV is stylish, mounted on a sturdy, attractive stand. Ultra HD, or 4K TVs, have 4 times the resolution of full HD TVs.

Asus Padphone X (pricing TBD)

The PadFone X is a 5-inch full HD smartphone that activates a 9-inch full HD tablet when the phone is docked. It runs Android KitKat 4.4. and features a thin and light design with a brushed metal frame, a soft-touch back cover and dual front speakers that deliver captivating audio. The PadFone X combines both smartphone and tablet into a thin and light package with seamless transitions that lets the user choose between two screen sizes dependent on the task at hand.

The Wellograph Wellness Watch ($320, ships this Spring)

One of the latest entrants to the crowded wearables market is an activity tracker that you might actually want to wear on a night out. Wellograph is an activity tracker, a heart rate monitor and a running watch in one that delivers live, insightful information about the wearer's activity through simple infographic interface. It senses the quality of your activities thanks to the integrated heart rate sensor. It tells not just how much you have moved, but more importantly, how hard you have exercised. collected data are summarized in "Today" and "Week" views, and analyzed into users' true fitness age and fitness percentile ranking.

Wellograph features Bluetooth 4.0 technology for wireless, effortless sync with smartphones for deeper data analysis and other social networking benefits. The app's home screen handily summarizes your week and show today's exercise score. The information is presented as easily-digestible cards.