As for why I didn't update you guys before the tradeshow circuit, I have no excuses. Sorry 'bout that.
Anyway, CES. CES this year was...hectic, as usual. My beat for CES was mainly car tech, so I got to hang out in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and check out all of the sexy, high-tech cars (and the sexy, souped-up rides that the aftermarket companies brought in). It was pretty sweet, not gonna lie, and since AVN stopped having its porn-a-palooza during CES week, thankfully free of porn stars.
Here's what I covered:
Cobra's under-the-hood radar detector is first of its kind -- Okay, so it's not the first under-the-hood radar detector, but it's the first one that uses your smartphone as a display (via Bluetooth).
Chevy adds Siri and TuneIn radio integration to its Spark and Sonic cars -- Yep...Siri in your car! What you've all been waiting for!
Toyota and Lexus showcase autonomous research vehicle -- Apparently, Toyota and Lexus are finally ready to start testing self-driving cars. That's so 2010, says Google.
Ford launches open mobile app developer program for SYNC AppLink -- Ford said it was the first automaker to open its app platform to third-party developers.
GM joins Ford on infotainment platform for app developers -- ...and then, three hours later, GM opened its platform. Take that, Ford! (says GM)
Audiovox brings aftermarket Siri to your car -- Take that, Chevy! (says Audiovox)
Chrysler shows off connected Dodge Ram truck -- Take that...nobody. Says Chrysler. Chrysler's connected-truck is only like, the 11th of its kind.
The open-source car: automakers eagerly woo app developers -- Well, Ford and GM did it. And there are other people doing it too.
Audi's car parks itself, takes baby steps toward vehicle automation -- This self-parking Audi was by far the coolest demo I saw at CES.
Ford inks deal with app makers to pipe content and navigation tools to drivers -- A quickie video we did on the last day to show off Ford's new apps.
I also did a couple of non-car-tech videos at CES: this one on Neurosky's brain-controlled cat ears and helicopter, and this one on a high-tech concept jacket.
|The PCWorld/TechHive/Macworld trailer!|
|The Toyota Fun-Vii concept car, all decked out in TechHive|
Smart Forstars concept car has built-in movie projector -- Yeah...it's a concept car with built-in impressive, cutting-edge video projector technology!
Mercedes taps into technology to give drivers an assist -- A quick overview of Mercedes-Benz' safety tech.
Electric motors come to big trucks by way of VIA -- Is there anything more awesome than a hybrid Silverado?
Tesla's Model X crossover SUV looks to rock the suburbs -- My future mom-car :)
High-tech concept cars at the Detroit Auto Show -- They may not be practical or even totally feasible, but they are awesome.