At CES 2015, I saw the future. And the future looks absolutely amazing. Everything in our homes, offices, schools, cars and elsewhere will have the potential to be connected to the Internet, and that network of devices — the “Internet of Things” — will change our lives. The functionality offered by these devices will be automated, and devices will communicate so that performance is improved over time.
FROM EARLIER: I saw the future
We’re still a few years away from realizing this future, of course, but the building blocks were all there in Las Vegas last week, along with plenty of fantastic new devices that push other consumer electronics categories forward.
Here are our picks for the recipients of the BGR CES 2015 Seal Of Approval:
HP Stream Mini
This $180 computer has the potential to completely kill the desktop computer for a huge portion of consumers looking for a simple home PC for web browsing and light work.
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
It’s easy to take the glass that covers our favorite devices for granted, but ensuring that those devices are durable is a daunting task and Corning just made some great progress.
Parrot RNB6 In-Dash System
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in one system? Sign us up!
SmartThings Hub 2
The future is connected, and all of those connections need a hub.
Samsung JS9500, JS9000 and JS8500 SUHD TVs
Samsung’s Ultra HD TVs at CES 2015 were absolutely stunning, and the JS9500, JS9000 and JS8500 are the three we’re looking forward to most anxiously.
Sony XBR-75X910C and XBR-75X850C Ultra HD TVs
Of course, Samsung wasn’t the only company at CES 2015 with stunning Ultra HD TVs, and the XBR-75X910C and XBR-75X850C from Sony are absolute gems.
Energous WattUp Charging System
Wireless charging is about to be supercharged, and Energous’ technology can charge a device from up to 30 feet away with the simple addition of a tiny chip during manufacturing. It’s amazing. Period.
ZTE Spro 2
ZTE invented a new category with the Spro portable projector, and the Spro 2 improves upon it in every conceivable way.
Mercedes-Benz F 015
Mercedes-Benz’s first autonomous car is futuristic and luxurious, and it’s packed full of technology that will help shape the automotive industry.
Dell Venue 8 7000
The Dell Venue 8 7000 is the most beautiful Android tablet we’ve ever seen, and it packs impressive performance to match its stunning design.
Lenovo LaVie Z
Lenovo’s new LaVie Z ultraportable laptop is lighter and thinner than any touchscreen notebook computers that have come before it, and the sleek design doesn’t come at the expense of usability or performance.