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CES 2015 highlights

Published:Monday | January 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The end of CES 2015, aka 'Ground Zero for tech'. The sheer number of technology here will cause the normal person to be dumbfounded. So we here at Tech Times will help to highlight the best that CES 2015 has to offer. This one is dedicated to noteworthy tech that I strongly believe Jamaica wants to know.

Samsungs SUHD TVs

Just when you thought HD or UHD was enough; here comes SUHD TVs that make picture and videos look more real than they already are. I heard a guy behind me in the audience saying that it's really scary how life-like the picture quality on the new line of Samsung SUHD TVs are. SUHD TV dictates a new era for TV with proprietary Samsung display technology, SUHD remastering engine and smart TV functions powered by Tizen. Tizen is a feature-rich OS built from the ground up by Samsung and will be the controlling force for all Samsung smart TVs from this day forth.

Samsung's POWERbot VR9000

The Powerbot VR9000 is an automated vacuum cleaner which has a FullView Sensor TM that detects even small obstacles across a wide area with minimal blind spots. With high-performance chips, sensors and an onboard digital camera, the Visionary Mapping TM Plus System creates a complete map of the home to calculate the most efficient cleaning path, avoiding roadblocks like a set of steps or a child's toy. The POWERbot VR9000 will also guide itself back to the docking station for recharging after it has finish it rounds. It seems like the lifestyle of the Jetsons will soon be upon us, thanks to Samsung.

LG's G Flex 2 and G Watch R

LG was certainly present at CES this year with one of the flagship phones, the G Flex 2, and their smartwatch G Watch R. The Flex 2, as most persons know, is the successor to last year's LG G Flex. A year later, the hardware in the Flex 2 is leagues ahead of it predecessor. It comes with the new Snapdragon 810, which is a 64Bit Octa-Core processor, and 3GB of RAM, depending on the model you purchase. The Flex 2 feels more manoeuvrable in the hands and is made of mostly plastic. The curved display is a joy to look at and fits the contours of your face when held to your face. LG seems to be improving their designs and specifications rapidly.

LG has also entered the smart wearable market and their G Watch R is no joke. It is running Android Ware as its OS and comes stocked with high-end specs like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and 4GB of internal storage. After a few minutes up close with this device, I realised that a lot went into its design. The bands are made with leather but not the expensive type, and the watch itself is small and neat on your hands. The downside is that manoeuvring the Android Ware OS takes a little getting used to.

Samsung slide-in induction Chef Collection range with Flex Duo oven

An induction stove or cook top stove has only benefits while cooking, because it's less likely you'll burn your dinner as heat is more evenly distributed, and you don't have to worry about someone touching a hot surface and being burned. The one drawback is, because the technology used is both silent and invisible, it is hard to tell if or how hot the pot is without seeing a physical flame. Samsung has used a method to get around this that is definitely in the realm of 'awesome'. The new slide-in induction range, part of Samsung's Chef Collection line-up, projects a virtual flame on to the side of the pot to help eliminate this problem. I know ... awesome is the word you are looking for.

Writer: Payton H. Wilmott