Talking Cars and iPhone Tethers: The Consumer Electronics Show


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We all love when technology makes our lives easier, but does anyone really want their car and their alarm clock deciding when you should wake up?

It's just one of the ideas to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas—that convention where tech geeks bliss out to the point of nirvana. This is the show where tech giants roll out their latest, greatest and the not-quite-reality-but-just-you-wait inventions and gadgets, and where the public gets its first look at what people will be camped out in line to buy sometime in the future.

This year, it has turned into a bit of a car show, with major automakers unveiling some high-tech rides that apparently will have the ability to run your life for you. Leading the tech pack is the Ford Evos, a concept design that includes the ability to check your schedule, the weather, your work email and traffic reports before sending a signal to your alarm clock to tell you when you need to wake up. Check out video at Smithsonian Magazine's website.

Other trends include gaze interactive technology, which allows you to control what happens on computer screens with the movement of your eyes.

Entertainment tech company LG has even announced it will be introducing a new television that measures only 4 mm thick—that's right, that TV you got for Christmas is so 2011.

Ultra-thin ultrabooks are also expected to be a major theme, as well as just about anything boasting some sort of green-energy theme.

There's also some cool stuff for the nerds who like to get outside once in awhile, including the BodyMedia armband that acts like your own electronic personal trainer, and the iBike Powerhouse.

There also seems to be a lot of products based around the iPhone, including things to extend batter life, and even an electronic tether that lets you know when you're too far from your phone. We can't help but wonder if it will start conspiring with your car and alarm clock.


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