06 Jan Five things from CES that you may actually want to buy
CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world, kicked off Monday with a sneak peek at what some companies will be exhibiting on the show floor this week. Even with a smaller sampling of exhibitors, there was a dizzying amount of tech to take in — everything from drones to laser-powered gizmos that promise to regrow your hair. We walked the floor and picked out five items that might be worth buying if they ever get to the market.
There is a catch: Like so much of the gadgetry on display at CES, all of these items aren’t for sale yet. They also don’t have some of the finer details, such as price, worked out yet either.
A gaming laptop that tracks your eye movements: Tobii has been working for years on eye-tracking sensors for PCs so that you can use your eyes to navigate around the screen. At this year’s show, the company was back with Taiwanese firm MSI to reveal a gaming laptop that fully integrates the eye-tracking technology. What does that mean? It means you can shoot people with your eyes, that’s what. The technology was layered on top of existing games, so that players still control the way a character moves and the general camera angle with a traditional controller. But instead of having to flick through available targets, you can just look at the part of the screen where you want to aim, and then shoot or jump where you want to go. Tobii has partnered with Ubisoft to put the technology into the PC version of “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” sometime this year, and a representative from Ubisoft said support for the technology will launch with “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” another major title, this spring.
Cast: We’re all probably guilty of sharing the password to a streaming video service at some point in our lives, right? With Cast, a streaming video hub, you won’t have to play fast and loose with the law anymore to share videos with far-flung friends and family members. That’s the idea, anyway. This streaming hub is designed to let you share content from paid services (think like Netflix or HBO Go) with up to five of your friends — letting you watch on up to six devices together just as you would if you were all gathered on your sofa. So how could this possibly be legal? That’s a main issue the company that makes Cast, Genii, is tackling ahead of its planned launch sometime this year. To make sure things are above board, the firm is talking to several content providers who seem on board with the idea of limited sharing — perhaps recognizing that consumers are going to find a way to share content anyway. The Cast Hub had a short-lived Kickstarter campaign that started in November, in which it offered the device for an early-bird price of $129 for the base. It canceled the campaign at the end of last year, saying that it wanted to focus its efforts on getting partnerships — and to get through CES — before continuing with the crowdfunding effort.