I'm here in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, a bacchanal of amazing technology where everything - and I mean everything - is shiny, fun, and new. There is, to be clear, lots of stuff here and plenty of things I could talk about, but I wanted to share a few cool things that I spotted in my travels.
iHealth iBaby Monitor M2 - You know you're in the future when your baby monitor looks like it belongs on the deck of the Starship Enterprise. This one has a built-in battery so you can take it around the house and even talk back to baby when she's crying.
Another cool product from iHealth is the HeartSense, a fetal Doppler device that lets you hear baby's heartbeat on your iPhone. You can also record the heartbeat to send to Grandma and Grandpa.
Sharp's 8K TV - It's hard to actually describe this product without sounding incredulous. 8K TVs are, in short, some of the most striking screens you'll ever see in your life. Sharp's model, which is the talk of the show, is absolutely huge and amazingly bright and crisp. It is, in fact, like looking through a window.
Without getting too geeky, your current TV is probably at 1080p which is 1920×1080 pixels. An 8K TV is 7680×4320 pixels or, to put that in picture terms, 33 megapixels (many many more megapixels than your average camera).
8K TVs are wildly expensive and probably won't launch for years, if not decades, but it was cool to see them at the show. Don't worry: you won't have to update your TV anytime soon.
Fitbit Flex - I'm a big Fitbit fan and carry these tiny pedometers with me as I walk the show floor (I've averaged about 14,000 steps per day, which is about 6 miles). The new Fitbit Flex has a bright little LED readout that tells you how far you've roamed in a day and is surprisingly small and light. It's not exactly as cool as the models with the bright OLED digital display, though.
Double Robotics - Ever wanted to be in two places at once? This $2,000 iPad stand is basically a roving robot that you can control remotely. If you're, say, in Burundi and want to check up on the kids in Scranton, you can enable this robot and roll it around the house and issue commands and dole out kisses.
Which of these new technologies would you be interested in buying?