The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual trade show offering the latest and greatest gadgets along with a window into what the future of innovation will be. This week’s security news roundup looks at some of the highlights from the conference, with a specific look at some of the security innovations unveiled.
Apps Take Security by Storm
Not to be excluded from “the internet of things” (a term referring to app/smartphone integration with seemingly any and all objects), smart security systems were out in full force at CES. One much buzzed-about device, a WiFi doorknob, integrates with a smartphone app, telling you who is at your door. Other smart security systems feature locking and unlocking your doors using your smartphone. This seems like a good time to bring up the fact that BrickHouse Security recently launched a home automation and smart security system of its own, MORzA.
The Year of the Wearables
From Google Glass to smart watches and cutting-edge GPS fitness earbuds, the wearable tech showcased at this year’s CES took popular but arguably underdeveloped ideas of 2013 and updated them, making the gadgets simultaneously more fashionable and functional. One of the most relevant devices for personal security aficionados is the emergence of an advanced pair of smart glasses that look completely natural but feature cameras, a computer processor, and apps to allow the wearer to share hidden camera video online.
Intel Dumps McAfee Name
Password security and the cloud were also hot topics at CES, with Intel saying it was dropping McAfee as a name, transitioning to a new brand – Intel Security – and focusing on delivering products aimed at offering consumers powerful, intuitive solutions for computer, cloud, and mobile security for their data and transactions.
Celebrities and CEOs Get a Little Weird
The tech event, which has become a major meeting place for trendsetters and innovators, wasn’t without its celebrity drama. Movie mogul Michael Bay walked off stage while presenting a new Samsung TV on Tuesday after becoming overwhelmed by trying to “wing it” after the teleprompter failed. Watch the video below:
T-Mobile CEO John Legere, never one to miss a chance to show the media his company isn’t afraid of the mobile giant AT&T, tried to crash their party because he “just loves Macklemore.” The CEO also fired several shots across AT&T’s bow, complaining that the wireless industry needs to change, even offering to pay for the early termination fees of AT&T customers who break their wireless contracts to joint T-Mobile.