Top Trends at CES 2015

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Let’s face it, it isn’t really the new year until the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) rolls into Las Vegas with more tech toys than we know what to do with. CES attracts thousands of companies and attendees and sets the stage for consumer technology trends for the coming year. Remember when we were told 3DTVs were going mainstream? Or that new e-readers would blow the Kindle out of the water? These are the kind of rumors we live for.

So, what’s in store this year? We’re rounding up the top trends for the whole week at CES 2015:

Day 4 | Friday

CES 2015 is over and the CES hangover has begun. We’re not talking about having a beer too many at theMashBash – we’re talking about the headache that comes with realizing that the majority of cool gadgets won’t be available outside the walls of the showroom anytime soon.

Today for our final roundup we’re sharing some of the coolest gadgets you can actually buy this year!


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Sling TV

If you’re tired of paying for a full cable package when you only watch select channels then Dish’s Sling TV may be the answer. The over-the-top Internet TV service starts at $20 for the base package, which includes ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and the “best of Internet video” with Maker Studios. Add-on packs with additional kid’s and news programming will be available for $5 each. No exact launch date was given but the service is scheduled to be available in the next month.


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Lulzbot 3D Printer

The LulzBot Mini was developed by Aleph Objects as the first in their new line of 3D printers. The Mini uses open-source hardware and software, and can print with a wide variety of materials, including polyester, nylon, UV-luminescent filaments, and filaments filled with wood, bronze or copper. Aleph Objects reports the new printer can print very fast, and produce objects with a very high level of detail. For the cost of $1,350 the LulzBot Mini 3D Printer can be yours as soon as February.


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Fitbit Charge HR and FitBit Surge

Fitbit’s newest wearables—the Charge HR and the Surge—provide caller ID, sleep monitoring, heart monitoring and, of course, the time. Fitbit is now shipping both devices to customers in North America and expects global shipments to begin soon. The Charge HR, an updated version of the Charge wristband, includes continuous 24-hour heart rate monitoring and costs $150. Fitbit’s first device in the smartwatch category, the Surge, features text messaging notifications, music control and GPS, with a price tag of $250.


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Polaroid Zip

The Polaroid Zip is a photo printer that’s about the size of your smartphone. It connects to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth and using a free app, it allows you to take the photos shot with your phone and create 2×3-inch prints. The Zip uses Polaroid’s zero-ink printing technology using paper made of dye crystals which are heated to reveal the desired colors. You can purchase the Zip mobile printer this spring for about $130.


Well that’s a wrap! We had a blast sharing some of our top CES 2015 picks with you this week, and now we’d love to hear from you. What was the highlight of your week at CES? Which gadget are you most excited about? Let us know on Twitter @ParallelsAccess and @ParallelsMac.


Day 3 | Thursday

Forget Samsung, LG and Garmin—today we’re celebrating the lesser-known gadgets that are causing a stir at CES. These are our favorite “best of the rest” for today…

Image courtesy of EnerPlex.

Image courtesy of EnerPlex.


Sun worshippers and outdoorsmen rejoice! The EnerPlex Surfr case is a rugged, rubberized iPhone 6 case with a solar panel built-in to top off your battery when you don’t have access to an outlet. The Surfr has a 2700MAh battery, which can be switched on when you need extra juice. The case boasts an extra 375 hours of standby time and up to 20 hours of talk time. We’re thinking this could come in handy for extreme remote work with Parallels Access!


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We’ve seen a few themes rising at CES this year—selfies, wearables and drones are a couple that have dominated the floor, but we didn’t think we’d see them combined! A wearable drone that takes selfies? That’s right—Nixie is a small bracelet that when thrown into the air, flies away, pauses to snap a picture and then returns to the sender. Nixie was the winner of Intel’s “Make it Wearable” challenge, although it’s not ready for sale quite yet.

Day 2 | Wednesday

Techies hit the ground running for Day 2 of CES in search of the most interesting and innovative technology. We’ve rounded up a handful of the top technologies to keep you up to speed!

Image courtesy of The Verge.

Image courtesy of The Verge.

Razer OSVR

Talk about sci-fi-worthy: gaming company Razer and professional virtual reality company Sensics are leading the charge to standardize virtual reality development with the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) platform. OSVR is a development system meant to get virtual reality on all kinds of hardware.

Razer’s goal is to speed up virtual reality’s realization. The team at Razer is hoping to “do what Android did for mobile,” but with virtual reality, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan told Engadget. OSVR is not an operating system but an open-source software platform that encompasses multiple game engines, head-mounted displays, and control schemes.

Android TV

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Android TV

Google has officially retired its Google TV operating system, sending Android TV to the center stage. Google’s VP of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer announced that Sony, Sharp and TP Vison, with its range of Philips TVs, will ship Android TV-powered sets this spring. The Android TV boasts access to live TV, apps, games and much more from a single remote. In addition, the device boasts cool features such as voice search functionality, GoogleCast options from mobile devices, and Lollipop’s design aesthetic.


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Garmin Vivofit 2

Garmin’s latest fitness tracker is sure to appeal to the fitness-obsessed and style-conscious techies. The Vivofit 2 fitness tracker is a minor upgrade from the original model—it still has a battery life of 1-year, is waterproof up to 50 meters, tracks steps, distance traveled, calories burned and sleep patterns. The new version improves on those features with an audible alarm for when you’ve been inactive for too long. But what truly shines on this latest model is the style aspect: the traditional strap can be swapped out for different designs, including leather and stainless steel bands. Additionally, Garmin also partnered with designer Jonathan Adler to create a series of custom pattern-printed bands for the tracker.

Day 1 | Tuesday

It’s here! CES 2015 officially kicked off in Las Vegas today and it hasn’t disappointed. Here’s a look at some of the hottest tech that’s swept across the CES showroom so far:


Asus Zenfone 2

Asus pushed the limits on Android devices with the announcement of the ZenFone 2. Building on the success of the Asus ZenFone, the ZenFone 2 has an all-new user-friendly design, a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 13MP/5MP PixelMaster cameras, a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB RAM and 4G/LTE connectivity. Not only does the ZenFone 2 boast high-end specs, it’s affordable, starting at just $199.

Image courtesy of Mashable.

Image courtesy of Mashable.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000

We had a hunch (see below) this was going to be the year for 4K to expand beyond just TVDell is one of the first to make the leap with their Inspiron laptops. The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 offers a 4K resolution option (3,840 x 2,160) which is powered by a fifth-generation “Broadwell” Core processor, along with Intel HD Graphics. For the serious gamer or graphic designer, there is also an option for an AMD Radeon R7 M20 GPU.

Press Preview | Monday

Image courtesy of Business Week.

Image courtesy of Business Week.

The Next Generation of Wearables

In 2014, we went crazy for wrist-worn wearables, but we also saw a lot of variations on the same thing—bands that tracked movement, steps, calories burned, and sleep. This year, we expect companies to move beyond mere activity-tracking wristbands. The next generation of wearables will offer more capabilities, styles, price points, and advanced hardware.

The press preview on Sunday was filled with niche wearables—everything from Tzoa, a wearable device that measures air pollution and UV exposure, to Ring, a wearable that uses simple wandlike gestures to control gadgets in the home. Stay tuned: We’re sure this is just the beginning of the flood of wearables at CES 2015!


While we won’t see Apple tease the next iPhone at CES, there are plenty of other big players announcing new phones with a plethora of standout features. One of the most exciting announcements we’ve seen already is the LG Flex 2. LG announced the G Flex successor during a press conference today. The phone boasts a slew of impressive upgrades, including a 5.5-inch touchscreen that has a 23-degree arch and a “scratch-proof” back. We’re also keeping our eye on Sony, Samsung, and Xiaomi.

4K Everything

4K displays have been a source of eye candy for several years, mostly due to their five-figure price tags. It sounds like this is the year for 4K to go mainstream—we expect to see 4K TVs with premium features, but also 4K cameras, computer monitors, and even 4K phones! Sharp announced it’s going all in on 4K this year and will offer a wide variety of 4K TVs, including an entry-level model priced well under $1,000.

Image courtesy of Financial Times.

Image courtesy of Financial Times.

Virtual Reality, For Real

Virtual reality has come in waves of hype and failed attempts for decades, but most recently Oculus Rift has breathed new life into the field. Not only do we expect Oculus to show off its latest advances at CES, but we’re sure to hear from new players in the space, such as Samsung. In addition to new hardware, expect to see new software that will take advantage of these virtual reality environments.

We’ll be sharing updates daily on the hottest announcements and news from Las Vegas, so be sure to check in tomorrow!

Share your predictions and thoughts on #CES2015 with us on Twitter @ParallelsMac and @ParallelsAccess.

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