Our top picks for what is newsworthy, disruptive, and just plain cool from CES in Las Vegas
TV as it should be
On Monday at CES in Las Vegas, Dish Network, an American direct-broadcast satellite service provider, announced a web-based TV package called Sling TV. The shake-up is aimed at younger users, who are currently opting for an individual TV experience on YouTube, Hulu, or Netflix. Sling will offer the best content from ESPN, Disney Channel, TBS, TNT, etc. at a fraction of the cost of cable ($20 compared to $100).
Why should you pay for dozens of channels you’ll never watch just to get the five shows you really want to see?
PC on a (really really small) stick
You can get a lot on a stick: hot dogs, deep-fried mac & cheese, even live concerts. But Intel tops it all with a full Windows PC on a stick: 32 GB storage, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support. Not bad for such a small thing.
$300 million for diversity
Intel set the bar in another domain as well. CEO Brian Krzanich announced that the company will invest $300 million by 2020 to increase diversity in the organization through encouraging and supporting the hiring and retention of women and underrepresented minorities.
The gender and diversity gap have long been an issue in tech. Funding solutions is a good start, but the question remains whether money alone will make a difference in improving the work environment.
Parallel parking for dummies
Cars aren’t flying like the DeLorean in Back to the Future yet, but this year’s CES shows us that there is a lot of futuristic innovation going on in the car business.
BMW showed off a fully automated parking technology that allows a car to park itself—not just in a single parking spot but also in a driveway or parking garage. Simply push a button on your smartwatch and sit back while your car handles the maneuvering for you.
Another promising technology from BMW is gesture-based control. Soon, you will be able to adjust the volume of your car hi-fi system by drawing circles in the air.