CES Las Vegas; where the biggest tech companies flex their muscles with their latest, and (sometimes) greatest kit that are coming down the line. This year was no different, so let's take a look at what caught our eye at CES 2015.
Intel Compute Stick
HDMI powered dongles are nothing new for video streaming, with Google leading the way with Chromecast. Intel however, unveiled a new take with the Compute Stick, which turns your HD TV into a Windows-based PC. It comes with 2GB of RAM, a quad core processor and Windows 8.1 as an operating system, which is plenty for standard use.
Samsung Portable SSD
Expected pricing is around US$149, so this is definitely one to watch for this year.
Samsung are renowned for producing some of the larger pieces of technology around (Note 4 anyone?), but one of their more impressive innovations this year was their latest SSD (solid state disk drive). Having jumped on the perceived lack of confidence surrounding cloud data storage, Samsung have produced a 1TB drive that’s about the size of a credit card, allowing large data transportation the old fashioned way.
It will also transfer data at 450MB per second, up to 100 times faster than a standard portable hard drive.
LG Flex 2
While this is not the first intentionally curved smartphone to be released on the market (LG have been here before with the G3), the Flex 2 has been given the treatment to rival the superpowers in the smartphone market.
With a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a faster Snapdragon processor and running Android 5.0, LG now have a device that genuinely excites. The curved display is what makes it stand out, just be careful not to sit on it.
Hyundai Bluelink for Android
Remote central locking is nothing new, we have all seen and used it at some point. However, Hyundai unveiled plans to release apps on Android Wear (Google's Smartwatch platform) that will allow you to unlock and start your car using voice recognition on your smartwatch.
That's right, because reaching for your keys in your pocket is 'so last year'.
This one left me scratching my head a bit. a 128GB portable music player sounds all well and good, but definitely nothing new.
And a suspected price of UK£789? Not much more to be said about this.
3D food printer
No, that's not a typo. One of the more futuristic pieces of technology this year came from XYZprinting, who showed off their 3D food printer. Just like a normal 3D printer, it allows the user to create and print their own designs using raw ingredients.
Whether it will be a winner in 2015 remains to be seen, but we love the idea. And anything that makes cake better is fine with us.
Belty was one of the first things to catch my eye from CES this year, but I am still on the fence about it. Developed by Emiota, Belty promises to make weight lose easy by monitoring your waist size, and vibrating to alert you when you've eaten too much.
And while anything that helps to keep you healthy is a good thing, I'm not sure if I want my belt telling me not to have a second helping of sticky toffee pudding ...
So there you have it. A snapshot look at some of the best (and worst) things to come out of CES this year. And with plenty of time too... only 11 months until!