You know those few drips of rain you feel just before it begins to pour? That's kind of like the New York CES press preview-- just a tiny sampling leading up to the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas each January.
It's not just the biggie categories like TVs, cellphones, cameras and computers. Everywhere you look, there are brand new innovations like the Tobii EyeMobile, geared primarily towards people with mobility issues. Just plug a Windows tablet into the EyeMobile dock, out now for about $2,400.
"You can swipe, you can open apps, you can scroll, zoom in, things like that using completely hands-free, just your eye movements," Stephan Floyd, of Tobii Assistive Technology, said.
Fitness gadgets are quickly taking over much of the exhibit space at CES, but not just your step trackers and calorie counters. You also have new devices like Skulpt, which measures your muscle quality to help tell you tell how well the exercises you're doing in the gym are really working.
"You can put it to any muscle in your body, your biceps, your chest, your triceps, uses a technology called electrical impedance myography that's been under development for about 10 years," Jose Bohorquez, of Skulpt, said.
The Skulpt is due out middle of next year for between $100 and $150.
Finally, one of the most fun aspects of each year's CES is those unexpected finds. For example, you enter a room filled with cutting-edge technology, yet somehow, one of those old Polaroid-type instant picture makes a place for itself.
It came from the Impossible Instant Lab. You take any photo from your mobile device, load it up through the Impossible Instant Lab app, place it on top, and then the unit takes a picture of your picture to create a retro-looking hard copy photo.
"It's almost just like a mini-enlarger," Kayce Baker, of Impossible USA, said. "So what you're really doing is, you're taking an image, you're exposing it right onto the film and popping it out."
That's out now for around $300.