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Friday fun for the IT crowd: International CES highlights

January 09, 2015
By Lisa Dare

The International Consumer Electronics Show likes to go big: big numbers (140,000+ attendees), big announcements and, well, big flops. This year's CES is no different. 

A “Rift” with reality

Everyone’s curious about Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset Facebook spent a fortune to acquire in March. There’s still no retail product still not in sight, but a lucky few got to try it at CES. And apparently, Oculus Rift keeps getting better.

So that happened …

The food printer is getting ready for mass market. Hungry? Just print some cookies. Nauseated? I can't help you there.

Straight from sci-fi

Mercedes demoed a new concept car that that looks—and is—pleasingly futuristic. It’s self-driving, of course, and Mercedes make a major redesign of the interior space that tips its hat to the fact that driving ourselves will look and feel different: The front seats actually turn around to face the rear ones. Make sure to check out the photos. And in an invention that's both sci-fi-worthy and practical, BMW previewed an automobile that retrieves itself from a parking garage. 

For those of us who won’t be running out to buy a Mercedes—or upgrading our clunker—anytime soon, Parrot offers a great product to endow your old car with modern functionalities like gas mileage tracking. The dashboard connects through any car that can accommodate a CD player (if you’re still driving that classic with the 8-track, you’re out of luck) to connect to your Android or iPhone, allowing you to use voice commands to control your apps. It also hooks into a camera you can mount to provide features like lane assist and braking alerts. 

For true IT geeks

For a sneak preview at some of the high-end machines Microsoft unveiled behind the scenes, check out Geekwire’s alluring photos

A different point of view: 20 reasons why CES is just the worst

Just read the article.

On the “Verge” of sanity

Amusingly, a Verge writer thinks a high-end wireless router looks just a little too advanced.

Enjoy reading about tech trends? Check out Are robots coming for your job?

Lisa Dare is a marketing writer for TEKsystems who enjoys learning about IT from some of the smartest folks in tech. She frequently blogs about IT career advice and the lighter side of tech, and on her off days loves to kayak and play with her toddler son.

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