10 Technologies That Turned Our Heads: 2013 CES in Pictures [Slide Show]

Scientific American’s trip to this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show turned up some oddities
1 of 10


Panasonic, one of several major manufacturers introducing ultra-high-definition TVs at CES , unveiled what the company refers to as “the world’s largest 4K OLED,” or organic light-emitting diode, developed in partnership with Sony (which had its own version of this TV on display at its booth).....[ More ]


Tech Tips demonstrated a finger-mounted stylus designed for touch-screen precision, particularly on smart-phone screens. For those tapping away on smart phones while out in the cold, the stylus can also be worn over a gloved finger.....[ More ]


Many (many) companies came to CES bearing cases, stands, screen protectors and other accessories for the multitude of smart phones, tablets and other gadgets on the market. Few displays were as creative as this one by Acase .....[ More ]


This is not your grandmother’s sewing equipment, unless of course your grandmother uses a state-of-the-art 10-needle embroidery machine with a Sharp high-definition LCD touchscreen display. The Brother Entrepreneur Pro PR1000e includes software with 110 built-in designs and 28 size-adjustable fonts.....[ More ]


Based on the sampling of high-tech marketing devices on display at CES, holography should play a big role in the future of selling products. Displair showed off its “airborne interactive display,” which projects an image against a stream of ultrafine vapor that pours upward out of the device and works a bit like a humidifier.....[ More ]


Ozaki was one of dozens of companies showing off iPad and iPhone cases. They were the only company, to our knowledge, sporting an iPad mockup the size of a Ping-Pong table.....[ More ]


If it seems there’s an app for everything, that’s because there probably is. OhMiBod offers one that connects its lineup of vibrators and other personal massage devices to the iTunes library running on an iPhone or iPad .....[ More ]


As usual Ford used CES to show off a number of new vehicles and technologies, including this single-seat, open-wheel Formula One EcoBoost Road Car. Although at first glance the racer doesn’t look street legal, it does have the requisite license plates, wheel covers, front and rear lights, mirrors and tires to keep its driver from being pulled over (as long as the local speed limit is respected).....[ More ]


Although most consumers will never have the opportunity to drive Audi’s R18 e-tron quattro , the concept hybrid racecar made quite a splash at CES. Aside from being a feast for the eyes, the R18 sports some impressive technology, including a specially designed flywheel accumulator system that recovers and stores kinetic energy during braking .....[ More ]


Acton, Inc.’s spnKiX are battery-powered electric skates that strap over your shoes and are controlled by a handheld remote. The company refers to them as “the world’s smallest electric vehicle.” That may be a bit of a stretch, considering you’re doing a lot of the work (just to stay upright).....[ More ]

risk free title graphic

YES! Send me a free issue of Scientific American with no obligation to continue the subscription. If I like it, I will be billed for the one-year subscription.

cover image Subscribe Now
Share this Article:

Give a Gift &
Get a Gift - Free!

Give a 1 year subscription
as low as $14.99

Subscribe Now! >


Email this Article