CES Unveiled and Pretty Corvettes
The show floor officially opens Tuesday, but there are a billion press events before that. One such event is CES: Unveiled, which is put on by the CEA. I dropped by to see what was up, even though I wasn't going to cover the event. I saw some cool things, especially in the fitness tech/wearables area. Lots of activity trackers that do more than just track activity (think heart rate monitors, blood pressure cuffs, sunlight trackers…etc), and plenty of portable audio options (headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and everything in between.
I also carried my swanky DSLR around so as to look like I was working.
Chevrolet was showing off its super-sexy Corvette Stingray. Well, actually, they were showing off the new PDR, or Performance Data Recorder, which will be a premium option for 2015 Corvettes. The PDR is sort of like a GoPro on steroids -- it involves an HD camera mounted behind the rearview mirror and extra-sensitive GPS so you can track your track progress. Oh yeah, it's really for performance drivers, aka people who drive on a track (though it can be used off-track, as well…in case you want to record your morning commute). There's an SD card reader in the glovebox, where all the data is stored. Perfect for one-upping track buddies with your mad driving stuntz over wings and beer. Or something like that.
I won't lie, I'm a huge fan of Escort, their radar detectors, and their Escort Live service. Not because I speed or run red-light cameras, of course (I don't…), just because they are awesome. And NOT ILLEGAL. At least, not in any state that's not Virginia-slash-DC.
Unveiled was full of health tracking…thingies. Apps, gadgets, wearable devices. I like Tinke's because it's…wait for it…Android-compatible. There are way too many iOS-only gadgets out there right now. You go, Tinke!
After CES: Unveiled, Chevrolet kicked of the CES Press Conference Party (™) with the first press conference…that I attended. At this conference, they announced the vehicles that will have 4G LTE service (via AT&T) -- including the Spark and the Corvette, natch. They also announced the Chevrolet App Store, which is…an app store, but in your car! At launch, the app store will feature 11 free apps, including a car-health app that will tell you if your shop is trying to screw you over.
RunPhones was another company I checked out. It's kind of a neat idea -- flexible headphones inside a soft, moisture-wicking headband. I don't run, but if I did…this would probably be awesome. I don't know how usable it'll be inside a gym, though, since I'm not a huge fan of headbands over my ears.