05 Jan The six wackiest gadgets (so far) at CES 2015
Smart home products, home security systems and plenty of gadgets to help improve your health were on display as International CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, kicked off its annual event Sunday in Las Vegas. The official convention doesn’t begin until Tuesday, but companies traditionally make several big announcements to the press during previews days ahead of the show.
Late Sunday, chipmaker Nvidia announced a new generation of its Tegra chips and two new car computing platforms to help further research into self-driving cars that can easily recognize objects around them — such as people, dogs and even emergency vehicles. Also on the car front, Chevrolet teased the press with a very quick glimpse of the new Chevy Volt, which will get a full introduction next week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
But the early stars of the show were definitely the products and companies featured during “CES Unveiled,” where dozens of exhibitors gave guests an early feel for what will be big at the convention this year.
In the spotlight for 2015? Security products of all stripes, from smart home camera systems to personal trackers and high-tech alarms for both your physical home and your home network. Cybersecurity and tracking are expected to be among the biggest stories coming out of this year’s show, in light of high-profile breaches last year that have made cybersecurity a more pressing concern for average people.
But while the overall mix of products was a bit more serious than in years past, there were still some really out-there gadgets on display.