Best Tech news 2014

Best tech news 2014

You don't need a crystal ball to see what the future of technology holds. Every Consumer Electronics Show lays it out for you. You've just got to know where to look.

So judging by CES 2014, we can expect a future where 8K is the new 4K, consumer-friendly Steam Machines battle the PS4 and Xbox One for living room shelf-space, and everybody wears a fitness tracker. Heck, even the idea of the digital home is making a comeback, while VR continues to enjoy the coolest of reboots.

So here is our list of gadgets, gizmos and concepts that have the potential to disrupt and improve our digital world...

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1. Nvidia Tegra K1

Yes, Nvidia's newest quad-core chip isn't a gadget per se. But imagine the next-gen gadgets that it could power with its 192 CUDA cores, desktop-class Kepler architecture, DirectX 11 and Unreal Engine 4 support. Nvidia claims that the K1 can outperform the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, delivering new levels of graphical realism in slate-style playthings that you can hold in the palm of your hand. No TV required. Nvidia plans to set the K1 free later this year in 32-bit 2.3GHz and 64-bit 2.5GHz versions. We're excited to see the devices it will power.

Coming to a tablet near you son

2. An improved Oculus Rift

With VR headsets, digital watches and Yahoo launching new products, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd stepped back in time to CES 1995. But back then, when teenagers stood agog at the Lawnmower Man in cinemas and tuned into the X-Files on TV, Virtual Reality promised a digital escapism that the technology couldn't deliver. Nineteen years later, the Oculus Rift is amazing people all over again and the updated 'Crystal Cove' hardware, with its 1080p OLED display, adds positional tracking, reduces latency and eliminates motion blur for a more nausea-free, immersive experience.

No more motion sickness from the Rift

3. Steam Machines

No. This list isn't ALL about gaming. It's just that most of the exciting technological advances at this year's CES seem to be gaming-related. Take gaming out of CES and what are you left with? Curved Ultra HD TVs, slimmer smartphones, slightly better tablets, more refined Ultrabooks, and concept cars with laser headlights.

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