Our favourite tech from CES 2015
Discover the best technology CES has to offer you.
There's a lot to be excited about at CES 2015, with thousands of companies travelling to Las Vegas to reveal their best and latest technology. We've braved the bright lights and bustle to bring you our pick of the top new products unveiled this year.
4K OLED TV
Following last year's debut of the World's first 4K OLED TVs, LG have expanded its 2015 lineup with seven new flexible, curved and flat 55", 65" and 77" models. LG's award winning OLED TVs continue to stand out from the crowd, by offering a whole new viewing experience inspired by picture quality with perfect blacks, brilliant whites and vibrant colours.
4K Ultra HD TV
Also on show is the new 4K Ultra HD TV range featuring LGs new quantum dot technology. By harnessing nano crystals to a film placed in front of the LCD backlight, each dot emits a different colour depending on its size. The result is vivid colour reproduction and improved brightness.
webOS 2.0 Smart TV
Lastly, in response to the growing frustrations of overly complex Smart TVs, LG have unveiled the company's new web OS 2.0 Smart TV platform, Embracing the theme "Make TV Simple Again", the new platform's has been designed to incorporate three main features; simple connection, simple switching and simple discover. The result is easier navigation and quicker response time when changing settings and launching channels.
The keen photographers among you will already know Nikon's track record for innovative cameras, and their latest DSLR - the D5500 - doesn't disappoint. The first DX-format camera with a vari-angle touchscreen, the D5500 is much lighter and slimmer than its predecessor. Add to this an improved "deep grip", this ticks all the boxes when it comes to comfort, portability and ease of use.
But it's when you take a look at the image quality that the D5500 really gets exciting. The 24.2 MegaPixel DX-format sensor has been designed without an optical low-pass filter, meaning the camera makes the most of the full resolution and produces amazingly crisp images - especially when captured with a NIKKOR lens. The ISO range of 100 - 25,600 gives brilliant results even in low light conditions. There's also a 39-point autofocus system and continuous 5 frames-per-second shooting for fast action. And if you're wondering about video performance, the D5500 can shoot full HD at frame rates of up to 50p / 60p.
The innovation doesn't end there. The vari-angle screen makes it easy to achieve just the right angle, and can be positioned so you have the perfect view for constructing your shots. The touchscreen is the real gem here, though. Tap where you want to focus, pinch to zoom - just like on a tablet. It's really intuitive and makes photography a joy. The built-in Wi-Fi is a bonus too, letting you share or store images while still in the field, or even activate the camera remotely via a synced Smart device.
When it comes to lenses, the D5500 is fully compatible with the entire range of DX-format lenses, giving you access to the acclaimed clarity, brightness and sharpness of the NIKKOR range. Nikon is releasing two new lenses alongside the D5500 - the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II is a lightweight and portable collapsible zoom lens, measuring just 83mm when retracted. Alternatively, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is the first ever F-mount NIKKOR lens equipped with a Phase Fresnel element which allows for a compact and light body without sacrificing image quality.
SuperStar BackFloat speaker
When Monster announced their new portable speaker would be making its maiden voyage at CES, we didn't realise how literal they were being. The Monster SuperStar BackFloat speaker sails into view as a portable and floatable speaker. You get the sound quality you'd expect from Monster, and the music doesn't have to stop when you reach the water.
The audio is great - Monster call this "best-in-class wireless stereo sound" optimized for Smartphones, tablets, notebooks and PCs - and can also connect to any wired music device with a 3.5mm Aux socket.
It's what pool parties were made for!
DNA PRO 2.0 headphones
Also demonstrating at CES is Monster's new flagship Monster DNA PRO 2.0 headphone with its specially created accompanying Pure Monster Sound experience app. Hailed as a breakthrough this app gives music lovers a new way to listen to their favourite genres of music from rock, pop and country, through to classical, hip hop and just about everything else.
Also debuting is the new adidas Performance line of high-performance headphones designed to bring the vest audio performance to athletes and sports enthusiasts. Designed to deliver great audio but keep you tuned into your surroundings, the headphones also benefit from patented SportClips to stay in your ear and can be worn with helmets, goggles and glasses.
Vivoactive GPS smartwatch
Showcasing at the Garmin Booth is their new purpose-built wearable Vivoactive GPS Smartwatch. This lightweight, ultra-thin smartwatch features Garmin's signature technology that helps users reach their fitness goals by capturing their activities with GPS enabled running, cycling, golfing, swimming and activity tracking apps.
The running app for example displays pace, time and distance using GPS along with Vivoative's built-in accelerometer to track speed and distance when GPS is unavailable. You can also monitor your heart rate, pace and walk-run intervals with additional app features.
Golfers can download course maps from more than 38,000 courses worldwide. Using GPS Vivoactive can provide stats of the greens, keep individual stroke play scorecards and measure shot distances.
Water resistant up to 50 metres, the swimming app can count the number or lengths, distances and paces by length or interval plus calories burned.
With up to 3 weeks battery life, you can also track steps, calories and distance when not working out.
Other Garmin wearables on show include the Vivofit 2, designed to be worn 24/7 to encourage users to be consistently active by monitoring progress all day and the epix™ hands-free navigator, to provide accurate positioning, compass functionality and detailed mapping for outdoor enthusiasts.
One of the 6 new products showcased by Netgear this year is the wireless Arlo Smart Home Security camera. This battery powered camera can be installed virtually anywhere inside or outside your house without the need for a power outlet and features HD quality 'instant on' video recording.
Featuring in Sony's new product line up at CES are 12 new super thin (approximately 4.9mm) 4K Ultra Bravia LCD TVs and come equipped with Google's latest Android TV operating system. Sony are also introducing a new range of 4K compatible products including its new Action Cam model capable of shooting 4K video and a 4k Handycam camcorder that's 30% smaller and 20% lighter than its predecessor.
In the realm of audio, Sony is debuting 10 new Hi-Res compatible products for inside and outside the home, including headphones, wireless speakers, home theatre systems and multi-channel amplifiers. Newly developed technologies have enabled higher quality music transmitted wirelessly through Bluetooth, while the new SongPal Link allows simultaneous audio playback through multiple connected devices.
Also pushing ahead is Sony's Smartwear devices. Partnered with the Lifelog app to log activities and record the actions of the user. the range this year will strengthen its ties to fashion and lifestyle brands to take on new forms - from headsets to eyewear.
Also to be launched this year is a number of Sony's Life Space UX products. These include a LED Bulb speaker - a bulb shaped speaker that doubles as a light bulb, and a portable cube shaped Ultra Short Throw Projector - only 10cm each side, that is capable of throwing up to a 50" image.
Canon introduced several new products at this year's CES, including four new PowerShot devices, three IXUS cameras, a new LEGRIA HF R Series of camcorders. They also officially launched the Connect Station CS100, a new form of photo-storage device.
Perfect for capturing moments from a distance is the new superzoom Powershot, including the SX530 HS Bridge camera with an outstanding 50x optical zoom and 100x zoom plus. More pocketable are the SX71 and SX610 HS. All three provide models has an Auto zoom function to keep your subject in the frame, while the palm size N2 features a dedicated selfie mode from its tilted touchscreen, and a Creative Shot mode to capture stills and fun, short movie clips using a variety of creative treatments.
Stylish and compact, the pocket size IXUS 160, 165 and 170 make it simple to shoot your favourite moments in brilliant detail while on the move. Canon's smallest cameras to date, the Smart Auto feature controls the cameras settings, and filters to let you take really creative shots.
The LEGRIA HF R68, R67, R66 and R606 feature a 32x optical zoom with a 57x advanced zoom with the advantage of zoom assist which automatically pans out to help relocate your subject - perfect for capturing those special family moments.
Finally, the Connect Station CS100 acts as a central hub for up to 1TB of content, meaning you needn't worry about which memory card or device your images are stored. All your photos and movies can be imported from NFC enabled Canon cameras and camcorders with a single touch.