CES 2014: Day 2 highlights

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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The weeklong Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest technology exhibitions around town, and this year it began on January 6. We’ve already covered some of the cool gadgets from the show, but here are a few that might work their way into your life.

For all you gamers out there, Sony’s new Playstation Now program is almost guaranteed to be a favorite. This service essentially streams video games from a cloud service called Gaikai to smart gadgets. Not only does it work for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and Playstation Vita, but it can even work on devices such as TVs, tablets, and smartphones.

All a person has to do is purchase a monthly subscription in order to access any video game that is stored on the cloud, and voila; they can fire up a large number of titles. “The tethers that have constrained consumption for decades… soon dissolve,” said Sony CEO Kaz Hirai. No doubt gamers will mess up their sleep cycles to enjoy all the games, so thankfully there’s a special NASA light bulb to help them fall asleep again.

The company Lighting Science has developed light bulbs for NASA astronauts to regulate sleeping patterns. This is done by using specific blue frequencies which have an effect on a hormone related to sleep. If the blue is relatively intense, it stimulates energy and wakefulness. Alternatively, lower intensities encourage rest and relaxation.

Well, these bulbs will be available for everyone starting at around $70 and you can have your pick between Awake & Alert, Definity Digital Good Night, or the Bluetooth-enabled Rhythm Downlight. That last one will be especially useful for when you’re already tucked into bed, since you could control it straight from your phone.

Speaking of phones, the company Flir Systems just introduced their latest product called Flir One, a thermal-imaging gadget designed for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Basically, the gadget can track heat – which is invisible to the human eye – and create a map straight on the phone screen. It may not sound too practical, but Flir One could come in handy when looking for a pet in the dark, walking in dark alleys, and possibly some awesome spy missions. Thermal-imaging gadgets usually cost up to thousands of dollars, but this iPhone accessory will start at around $350.

Of course, these are just a few of the items on display at CES 2014, and there are plenty more coming our way as the week goes on!

Featured image courtesy of Sony via YouTube. Image of thermal imaging courtesy of Fil One.