CES 2014: 20 Hot Products From Opening Night

CES 2014 Kicks Off

This year's Consumer Electronics Show is sure to have plenty of new technology on display, from wearable computing devices to personal drones, not to mention the latest tablets, smartphones and TVs. Here's a look at 20 of the hottest products from the show's opening night at CES Unveiled.

Lenovo Horizon 2

Lenovo has dominated CES in recent years and with good reason -- the computer make always has sleek new gadgets and devices to show off in Las Vegas. This year the company is showing off the Lenovo Horizon 2, a combination all-in-one desktop and extra-large tablet PC. The second-generation Horizon boasts a 27-inch touch-screen display and is even thinner than the original Horizon. The Horizon 2, which can be laid flat in a tablet mode, will come with a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor when it ships this June.

Wellograph Wellness Watch

Looking to combine the latest in health monitoring technology with sensible fashion? Then check out Wellograph's Wellness Watch -- the device has the look of a sleek timepiece but it also doubles as an activity tracker and heart rate monitor that can track users' athletic activity and provide valuable data through the watch's digital interface. Plus, there's a Wellograph companion app for both iOS and Android that gives users additional data and analysis. The Wellness Watch is scheduled to launch this spring.

DJI Innovations Phantom 2 Vision Drone

Drones are everywhere these days -- just ask Jeff Bezos. The latest drone from DJI Innovations is, according to the company, a "flying camera." The Phantom 2 Vision is a standard quadro-copter drone equipped with a full HD video camera and a 14-megapixel camera for still photos. There's 4-GB microSD card included for storage, and users can control the camera with their smartphone via the Phantom 2's companion app. The drone's battery supports 25 minutes of continuous flight time.

Lenovo ThinkVision 28 Smart Display

All the major TV manufacturers are getting into the Ultra HD market, so why not computer display makers? Lenovo's 4K display features a 28-inch UDH display with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution; the ThinkVision 28 also comes with an Android interface for media center functions and full 10-point multitouch touch-screen support. Lenovo also showed off the ThinkVision Pro 2840m smart display, designed for professional users and CAD/CAM tasks. The ThinkVision 28 will ship this summer while the Pro2840m will arrive in April.

LG Electronics G Flex

The long-rumored G Flex apparently lives up to its name. LG claims it's the world's first curved and flexible smartphone, and the G Flex does in fact bend slightly without breaking. Plus, the G Flex has "self-healing" technology that fixes scratches or other damage to the device's rear case (warning: the self-healing technology will not piece the phone back together if the G Flex is bent too far). It's also got a stunning 6-inch OLED display and runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core platform. No word yet on when the phone will arrive for U.S. carriers, but the news is expected to be revealed this week at CES.

Lenovo S930 Smartphone

Lenovo's new Vibe Z is getting a lot of attention, but the computer maker's phablet-size smartphone also is turning heads. The new S930 packs a 6-inch HD display, plus a MediaTek quad-core processor and support for gesture controls. Designed for heavy media users, the S-Series Android phone also comes with twin speakers and Dolby Digital Plus technology. The S930 is only available overseas, but Lenovo has said it will enter the North American smartphone market at some point, so stay tuned.

Samsung Smart Cameras

Samsung stepped into the CES spotlight this year with a new line of indoor and outdoor smart surveillance cameras.

Samsung's SmartCam HD and SmartCam HD Outdoor Wi-Fi cameras offer 1,080p full HD streaming and 128-degree ultrawide angle lenses, giving users the ability to remotely monitor activity -- both inside and outside their homes -- via any computer or mobile device. Both SmartCam models also can be set up to automatically record video when motion or audio is detected, and users can choose to receive a real-time alert or push notification when something is detected. What's more, the cameras' advanced detection technology makes sure users are only alerted to something significant -- say, a break-in -- rather than just a leaf blowing in the wind.

Okidokeys Smart Lock

Wouldn't it be nice to remotely control a home's door locks so someone doesn't have to rush home to let in a repairman in or help out a spouse who locked his or herself out of the house? Okidokeys Smart Locks and Smart Keys allow users to not only control the devices remotely via Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, but users also can program the locks to open at designated times. Users also can get an optional smart card or wristband, equipped with RFID chips, that can unlock Okidokeys systems quickly and easily. The Okidokeys devices will be available this spring.

Phone Halo TrackR System

Running late and can't find the keys? Phone Halo's TrackR system can help avoid that frustration. The system works by pairing a TrackR smartphone app, which works on iOS and Android devices, with small, discrete TrackR devices. The devices themselves can be attached to commonly used items such as car keys, wallets, purses or luggage. Then, as long as those devices are within 100 feet of the phone, the TrackR app will hunt them down.

Ascent Solar Technologies EnerPlex Chargers

Ascent Solar Technologies showed off the newest members of its EnerPlex product family of solar power chargers for mobile devices. Among the new additions are EnerPlex solar charging cases for Apple's iPhone 5 and 5s; instead of having to plug in a cord to charge the smartphone, solar panels on the back of the case will handle that chore. There's also larger solar power charging stations for additional electronics needs. Ascent said the new EnerPlex line will be available in early 2014.

Medissimo iMedipac Smart Pill Box

Medissimo is helping patients make sure they never miss a dose with iMedipac, a smart pill box that communicates with its users, or its users' family, when it's time to take a pill.

iMedipac is a seven-day pill dispenser with 28 unique pill compartments. The idea is that a user can go to a participating pharmacy to pick up a tray of pills that are enabled with near-field communication (NFC) technology. That tray is then slid into the iMedipac dispenser, which reads the information via NFC and can tell when and how much of each pill should be consumed. From there, the dispenser lights up, or can even text or call a user, with a reminder.

Holi iPhone-Controlled Lamp

Looking for a little mood lighting? Holi is a sleek, modern-looking lamp that be controlled entirely via an iPhone. The lamp can produce what Holi says are millions of color combinations to suit any mood. It also can sync to music and alert users to incoming messages or calls. According to Holi, this little square lamp produces more light than a 40-watt bulb using nearly five times less energy.

Netamo Sun Protection Bracelet

Another stand-out product in the health and fitness category is Netamo's June bracelet, a stylish, wrap-around leather bracelet that helps guard againts sun damage. The bracelet has a built-in sensor that keeps track of UV rays and wirelessly sends that info to a smartphone. Users can reference the app to see how much exposure to the sun they've had, and whether it's time to reapply that sunscreen. The app and bracelet even give tailor-fit sun protection advice based on the habits and skin type of its wearer. Not into bracelets? The Netamo June sensor also can be worn as a brooch.

Sense Mother

The connected home is again a big theme at this year's CES, and Sense Mother is unique little gadget -- or, really, a family of gadgets -- that fits into that category. Sense Mother sits at the head of a family of small, connected sensors that can be used to monitor pretty much anything in a user's day-to-day life. The system works by connecting "motion cookies" to select objects and then having those cookies report back to Sense Mother, which lights up or makes sounds to alert users to, say, the front door opening or the temperature in the baby's room being too cool. The cookies can even be hooked onto things like a toothbrush, so that Sense Mother can keep track of how well the kids are brushing.

Not near Sense Mother? The cookies can also send SMS or phone calls to a smartphone.


Earbuds are a great way to listen to music on the go -- except when they become a tangled mess of wires. Yurbuds, a set of Bluetooth-enabled headphones, help avoid that. Targeted at athletes, these $169 wireless earbuds have a unique twist-lock technology that prevents them from falling out and, best of all, don't need to be tethered to an iPhone or iPod to crank out high-quality tunes. They are also sweat-proof, have a 6-hour battery life and come with a lifetime warranty.

YEI Technology's PrioVR

Why just play a video game when one can be in it? That's the theory behind YEI Technology's PrioVR gaming suit. Said by YEI to provide eight times the performance of other optical systems, PrioVR leverages an array of high-end sensors that lets users interact with their PC games entirely through the motion of their bodies. When it launches in June, YEI said the system will be completely wireless, allow for multiple simultaneous users and will work anywhere, both indoor and out.

NPR Labs' Nipper One System

NPR Labs, the technology research and development arm of National Public Radio, showed off Nipper One, a unique emergency alerting system for the hard of hearing. The system is comprised of an FM radio that is hooked up to an Android tablet, and works by taking emergency messages from FIMA, such as those of an impending tornado or hurricane, and transforming those radio frequencies into text. That way, if a person can't hear the alert, he or she can read it on the tablet. NPR Labs said the system can even be synced with technology that shakes users' beds to notify them of an alert when asleep.

Seiki U-Vision

Users can get the most out of a new 4K Ultra HD TV with Seiki U-Vision, a set of HDMI accessories that can convert 1,080p content to 4K. Designed to work with 4K Ultra HD TVs, the Seiki U-Vision accessories can enhance the picture quality of HD video content and perform real-time detail enhancement, edge restoration and noise reduction. In other words, it can take that 1,080p content and make it sharper, brighter and better looking than ever.

The accessories also can convert 720p to 1,080p, Seiki said.

Moneual Rydis H68 Pro Robot Vacuum

CES is no stranger to robot vacuums, but the Moneual Rydis H68 Pro takes the prize for being the smartest and sleekest yet.

Available in the spring, the H68 is actually a mop and a vacuum rolled into one and can even act as both at the same time. It's Moneual's third-generation robot vacuum and includes new scanning and senor technologies that let it map out the most efficient path in a room and ensure no spot is left unscrubbed. It even includes a Deep Clean mode that makes sure every inch of floor is covered at least twice.

Withing Smartphone Blood Pressure Monitor

Whithing's smartphone blood pressure monitor stood out in a sea of health and fitness devices at this year's CES. The gadget basically turns an iOS device into an on-the-go blood pressure monitor: Users simply wrap Withing's monitor around their arm, plug it into their Apple device, and get instant visibility into their systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate. Users' results are automatically saved to the iPhone or iPad, and can be emailed to a doctor with a simple tap.