Good e-Reader was live at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 5th year in a row. There were only a few near e-ink based devices to be shown, a few new tablets and plenty of alternative tech. Curved 4k televisions, Smartwatches and Drones were the stars of the show.
The Samsung Galaxy Note PRO line of tablets were a big hit and will be one of the big releases to watch in the next few months. Game and software developers confirmed with Good e-Reader that Blackberry is starting a section in their app store for straight Android ports. This new section in the store will open in the next few months. Curved television sets by LG, Samsung, Hisense and many other companies were the talk of the show. It seems as though 4k televisions are poised to take off in a big way with the new Youtube video codecs. Amazon and Netflix are jumping onboard the new ultra hi-definition bandwagon and going to start streaming within the next five months. WWE announced their new network, with apps on Smart televisions by Samsung and will have PPV’s as part of their $9.99 a month deal.
Smartwatches were the major trend of the CES show this year. For the first time ever they had a entire section where over nine different companies were showing their entire lineup. One of the more notable absences were Pebble and Samsung. It had a startup kind of vibe in here.
e Ink had some interesting tech on display this year, solidifying their departure away from e-readers and more into digital signage and alternative markets. They had a new luggage tag system they allowed you setup your flights within an app and then the tags change in real time. If you are prone to checking in your baggage you can track where it is, if it made it on the flight and if its lost, you can take it via GPS. They also had a bike with e-ink gauges and a big clock made of e Ink. Of course, we also saw the new Pocketbook CAD and Yotaphone.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.