Cityline visits CES 2013!

The Consumer Electronics Show—more popularly known as CES—is where hundreds of thousands of technology enthusiasts, journalists, and gadget-makers gather to find out what’s trending in the upcoming year in the consumer electronics market, and I had the pleasure of visiting the five-day event in Las Vegas, NV, on Jan. 7 through Jan. 11, 2013.

Among the sea of people were the latest innovations in technology today, including the smartest of smart refrigerators, eco-friendly app-controlled thermostats, and larger-than-life television sets.

Over the next year, the Smart TV Alliance will be working towards creating a connected environment across all of its member television manufacturers, like this curved, OLED television from LG.  The end result will include thousands of applications from weather to news to games to social media—all from the comfort of your television’s remote control.

When it comes to being connected, gadget-makers are pushing even harder this year to keep you connected to the Internet all the time.  For example, the Samsung GALAXY Camera is connected to the cellular network, so no matter where you are, your photos can be uploaded to your favourite social networks from Facebook to Twitter—all without a Wi-Fi network, USB cable, or computer!

Here’s a look at what I found in connected technology for the home:

With parents constantly on the go and kids more digitally connected than ever before (be it at home or in the classroom), families are facing increased challenges to stay caught up with the latest technology. Apps, gadgets, and “smart” technology for the family are largely in focus CES this year.

Busy moms are in luck this year, too.  Baby monitors, like VTech’s Safe & Sound, will allow you to not only hear your baby, but now you can even see your baby from multiple camera angles on a 2.8-inch full-colour screen.  If you are looking for something to keep your child occupied, the MINDSTORM EV3 will bring your LEGO to life!

Check out my web-exclusive look at family gadgets here:

What are you most excited for in the world of technology in 2013? Share them in the comments below!

Camera by Alex Tutt.

CES 2013: The 21st-century connected family

TheDigitalLife_VINCIWith moms constantly on the go and kids demanding more than ever online (be it at home or in the classroom), families are facing more of a challenge to stay caught up with living in a digital home.

Apps, gadgets, and “smart” technology for the family are largely in focus at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, this year.

Baby wireless monitoring is a technology being elaborated on this year for new moms, with gadgets like the Vtech Safe & Sound being unveiled.  This state-of-the-art baby-monitoring device comes with a built in high-resolution digital camera, two-way intercom, and improved digital transmission so you get the clearest view and communication with your toddler.

More affordable tablet computers will be on market this year.  The VINCI is a tablet computer built just for children between the ages of one and nine.  The VINCI Tab MV is designed for young children, allowing kids to communicate, stay entertained, and play games appropriate for their age group.  The device runs on your home Wi-Fi network.

When it comes to simplifying your everyday tasks around the home, “smart” appliances are set to go mainstream in 2013.  Appliances on the market for around the house like your fridge, washer, and dryer will be connected to Wi-Fi.  Consumers will be able to download an app on their smartphone, and notifications can be pushed to let you know when your laundry is done, or even when your child leaves the refrigerator door open.

Robots are coming to a playroom near you.  LEGO announced the Mindstorms EV3, to come out in the second-half of 2013, allowing your child to build the toy, integrate motors with built in IR sensors to allow them to move around, and connect them to an app on your smartphone—perfect for stimulating the minds of your tech savvy kids.

What connected technology do you want to see in your home this year?  Share them in the comments below.