Elio Motors' reimagined, 3-wheel florescent car sums up everything great about CES: it's innovative, cool and very, very weird.
But, as an added twist, Elio is practical too: the $6,800, 84-mpg three-wheeler will begin rolling off the lines next year at the former General Motors Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant in Louisiana. If this is the future, I love the future.
See: Three-Wheeled, $6,800 Car Set for 2015 Release
PHOTO: Elio Motors
Early SmartWatch leader, Pebble, wowed the CES crowds with its new Pebble Steel watch, which features all the Pebble App smarts but backed with Gorilla Glass and a CNC-machined steel casing. It's some serious high class high tech for the wearable technology crowd.
Drones: Coming Soon
If CES is any indication, the skies will soon be filled with the buzz of private and commercial drones, like this one from DJI Innovations, which captured video of the event from above. Privacy considerations aside, these things have some serious potential in plant monitoring. Stay tuned for that story.
See: The Drones are Coming
After selling us three generations of ever thinner, ever flatter TVs and devices, CES gadget-makers throw a curve. Bendable, flexible, curvey screens are the future, they say, as we begin a whole new epoch on anti-box designs. The highlight of this at the show was Samsung's massive, 105-inch u9500 Curved Ultra HD TV. Because not only is you flat screen too flat, your HD isn't HD enough.
3-D Printing: Tasty
3-D printing had a starring role at CES this year, from mini-MakerBots to low-cost startups. Somewhere in that mix, among its seemingly endless stream of product launches and innovation, 3D Systems presented the world with ChefJet, a tabletop food printer with which savvy chefs will soon be designing some wild, tasty treats.
PHOTO: 3D Systems
As sports industries finally come to grip with the impact of head and neck injuries, Reebok offers its CHECKLIGHT sensors to the industry, which measures impact activity while the athletes play. It seems like this can be brought into high-risk factories without much translation at all.
There's good news for all the Blackberry expatriates struggling in a screen-typing world: buttons are back. From iPhone add-ons to this incredible "rear-type" QWERTY keyboard from TREWGrip, there are plenty of new options coming out for the tactile typers. And that's good news for those of us trying to negotiate gloves and devices down on the floor.
Oculus Rift's latest virtual reality prototype, Crystal Cove, easily won over gamers and fanatics at the show, but the implications go far, far beyond entertainment.
Backed with Siemens' new Google Earth inspired simulation system at Ford or any of the other advanced simulation systems making headlines, this robust VR environment could have a major impact in R&D.
See: Ford and Siemens: Googling the Future of Manufacturing
PHOTO: Occulus Rift
The wearable technology/sensors everywhere trends have combined forces to solve (or at least ease) new-parent anxiety for good. Here, the SmartOne onesie monitors everything from temperature and orientation to breathing and delivers it right to your phone. So maybe we can get some sleep, finally.
And once again, there are some big implications here: What if we could monitor the status, health and safety of every worker on the floor in real time? What if we could pick up patterns of fatigue or exhaustion to prevent accidents before they happen?
And while we're at it, why not throw some sensors in our toothbrushes too. Unveiled at CES, Kolibree's connected toothbrush detects how much tartar you remove in each brushing and keeps a log of all your sessions via a smartphone app. Because this is how we do it in the 21st century.
See: Brush Smarter: Internet-Connected Toothbrush Debuts at CES