CES 2014: Unbelievable Tech, Disturbing Trends

Many of the announcements made and products shown here signal what's to come for the entire tech industry over the next year. By Matt Whitlock

Every year the technology industry converges under the bright Las Vegas lights for the largest expo in the world - The Consumer Electronics Show. It's importance as an event is questionable and its timing right after the holidays always irritating, but there's no doubt many of the announcements and products displayed here signal what's to come for the entire tech industry over the next year.

First up, the cool tech...

UHD Displays Flex Their ... Themselves?

Every year since the initial debut of HDTV, the CES show floor has been littered with the latest and greatest televisions sporting whatever technology fad TV makers were throwing out there that year. Some fads stick; many don't. Years' past have brought us the rise and fall of Plasma TV, the reign of 1080p, Internet connected displays, 3D, Smart TVs with apps, 4k, and now huge OLED displays that bend inward when you press a button. Why? Because bendy TVs are cool... or so they tell me.

NVIDIA's Kepler K1 Mobile Chip is a Beast

Nvidia used CES to show off its next mobile processor in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, and it is incredibly impressive. Running demos of the game engine Unreal Engine 4, the Kepler part managed to handle high-resolution 3D graphics with loads of dynamic lighting effects and other DX11 features, thanks to its integrated 192-core GPU. Major advancements in mobile processing technology shouldn't come as much of a shock year-to-year, but with the high end moving slower, the difference between gaming on PCs and mobile devices is coming closer than ever.

Intel also isn't letting the next wave of mobile devices get away from it thanks to Edison, a 22nm processor package (essentially a kit PC) the size of an SD card that's poised to power the wave of microelectronics and wearable gear coming to a Wal-Mart near you.

The Cloud at Home

The cloud isn't going anywhere, but it's also not going to be the only game in town for a while, because new desktop storage devices offer up way more capacity than is feasibly possible in the cloud. The 4/5-bay desktop NAS is a particularly heated category. LenovoEMC, for example, showed off its new 4-bay px4-400d for $729 base with loads of features. ioSafe followed up the awesome N2 hardened NAS with the 1513+. For a 5-bay NAS it's pricey at $1,599, but not until you notice that it's expandable to 15 drives, and it's basically disaster proof against fire and flood.

About the Author

Matt Whitlock is online director and technical editor for ChannelProSMB.com.