Three CES 2017 Innovations that Bring the Cloud Home

Three CES 2017 Innovations that Bring the Cloud Home

Here are three cloud-based announcements at CES 2017 that caught our eye. 

While our colleagues at SuperSite for Windows have been at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas seeing first-hand all of the latest consumer technology this week, Talkin’ Cloud has been watching from afar and taking note of some of the cloud-focused innovations.  Here are a few we thought you may be interested in.

Did you see anything at CES 2017 that caught your eye? Let us know in the comments and head over to SuperSite for Windows for more coverage.

Personal Cloud

No smart home is complete without your own personal cloud, and in case you’re not as technically savvy as BitTitan CEO Geeman Yip, who runs his own cloud on Microsoft Azure, Promise Technology has something that could get the job done on a budget. It has released the 2TB Apollo Cloud, which will be available from Apple stores in February for $199.

Apollo Cloud lets up to 10 users share files and access content through iOS and Mac apps. The 2TB Apollo Cloud joins the original 4TB model, which can be yours for $50 more.

Are personal clouds a threat to cloud service providers? Although Apollo Cloud could be used by small business, its target audience really is the home user.

Cloud Gaming

Nasdaq darling Nvidia has launched a new service that lets gamers extend the capabilities of their PCs to play high-end games. The GeForce Now service will soon be available for any PC or Mac. It essentially allows users to login to a virtual desktop and stream games from their various game libraries without needing a pricey gaming computer to do it, Forbes says.  

Of course, a slow internet connection and first-person shooter games don’t mix, so there could be certain games that benefit from the service more than others.

Hardware

Physical keyboards really haven’t been the focus of much innovation since designs for more ergonomic models started to come to market about 20 years ago. One company sees an opportunity left in this under-whelming device, however, with the launch of the 5Q by Das Keyboard this week at CES.

Das Keyboard says that the 5Q is the first “cloud-connected” keyboard, a functionality that allows it to pull down email and other notifications, displayed through a series of colored lights, not actual text, CNET says. There is also an API which allows users to hack the keyboard to work for their specific needs. 

The Das Keyboard 5Q is currently available for preorder in the U.S. for $229. It will ship in spring 2017.

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