We Americans love our gadgets, don’t we? Especially our high-tech ones. I don’t believe I could function without my Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry or Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad.
That’s why the coolest show in Las Vegas is not Cirque Du Soleil (as much as I love them). No, it’s the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that takes over Sin City every year in early January. About 150,000 people flocked to this year’s just-completed show to gawk at the latest cloud-based services, advancements in digital health, vehicles, and innovative gadgets.
This year’s items ranged from wacky (like the iPotty) to futuristic (a headband that tracks brainwaves). The latest developments in high-definition TVs and tablets got a lot of the attention, but there were a few other innovative gadgets that jumped out at me:
- Tactus Morphing Touchscreen- the screen looks and acts like a touchscreen, but it can create and remove tactile keys on demand. It can provide the physical input (making typing easier) without having to sacrifice a touch screen tablet or phone.
- Next generation cloud that allows you to control your home’s appliances, temperature, locks and more from your mobile device.
- The latest, greatest in HDTV: I’m not sure how clear our pictures need to be, but the technology keeps moving forward.
- Fitbit – a wristband that tracks your steps, distance, calories, and sleep patterns in order to help create the best “health” plan to help you achieve your personal goals.
I love keeping up with the latest breakthroughs as a consumer, but also as an investor. You can make a lot of money investing in “game changers” that are shaping and changing the world we live in. Sometimes it’s a company that is already changing the game that continues to innovate; other times it’s a company that comes out of nowhere with amazing new technology that will stick around for the long term.