From high-tech kitchen gadgets and 3D printing to incredibly large smart TV’s and video game consoles, 2014 is shaping up to be an amazing year for consumer electronics. Whether you simply want to upgrade your current appointments or take things to the next level entirely, developers from all over the world are eager to please with an ever-increasing and dizzying array of fantastic gadgets. Culling some choices from several different categories for various areas of your home (or flat), we present the following items…
There are dozens of reasons why you should pick up a Smart TV to replace your older model. As streaming internet services continue to trim cable bill costs and companies like Netflix (and many others) are moving to assert their dominance in consumer entertainment markets, it’s clear that a paradigm shift (of sorts) is taking place. Moreover, since many smart model televisions also offer increased resolutions and compatibility with other equipment, such as video game consoles, there are additional reasons to pick one up.
Of course if you really want to go “high-tech”, you should start looking at the various curved and projection sets which are hitting the market. LG’s 105” OLED 4k TV has recently been blowing people’s minds with its unbelievable picture quality and massive viewing surface. Calling it “the Ultimate Display”, LG has packed an incredible number of features into this unit, which certainly accounts for its rather hefty price tag.
Of course if you’re looking for something that’s perhaps more dynamic and magnificent, there’s Sony’s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector. Quite simply, this device can transform an entire wall into a 4k TV screen – there’s not really anything like it out there. Better yet, since it projects from a rather short distance, installation is immediate and simple.
Video Game Consoles:
Sure, you could buy a shiny new PlayStation 4 to perch in the middle of your home entertainment center, but 2014 is also going to see the release of some truly exciting alternatives. Case in point – there’s Valve’s “Steam Machine” series, which will be released by a coterie of manufacturers, each one essentially building their own unique box. For all intents and purposes, these gaming consoles are basically high-powered PC-like devices which are focused on streaming titles from Valve’s online “Steam” service (which warehouses 1000’s of games).
If you’re truly serious about eggs, Quirky’s “Egg Minder” is a novel solution which allows you to keep track of both freshness as well as quantity, right from your smartphone. It’s basically a smart tray which monitors your eggs and tells you when they’re going bad, a special app which connects to your device allows you to receive notifications. Needless to say, if you’re a cook (professional or amateur) this is a pretty cool gadget to own.
According to many analysts, 3D printers might very well become mainstream in 2014 and beyond, and this makes sense if you think about it. For instance, with world economies on the decline, why buy something when you can simply make it? A leader in the world of consumer 3D printing, MakerBot offers a variety of machines which you can use right in your own home.