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Win Some of the Top Gadgets from CES 2014

by Moderator January 2014 - last edited October

After four exhilarating days of cutting edge innovation, CES 2014 has drawn to a close for another year. A total of 3,200 exhibitors filled more than two million square feet of space in Las Vegas, and now you have the chance to win some of the exciting new products unveiled at CES.

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CES Show Floor © www.cesweb.org

Read on for more information about the gadgets up for grabs, as well as details of how to enter. Some of the fantastic prizes, courtesy of Veho, include:

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Veho SAEM™ S4 Bluetooth Receiver

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Veho 360⁰ M5 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

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Veho PEBBLE™ Explorer 8400mAh Portable Battery Tablet Charger.

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Veho PEBBLE™ Smartstick+ 2800mAh Portable Battery Smartphone Charger

As ever, there was no shortage of amazing new products on display over the course of the four days at CES 2014. BMW arrived in Vegas armed with their new self-driving car capable of drifting around bends and slaloming through cones without any driver intervention. There was also the EyeLock – a palm-sized device which plugs into your computer and uses a sensor to scan your eye before granting you access. Remembering passwords is so 2013.


EyeLock’s Myris

Awards were also handed out across the various categories, with the much-coveted ‘Best Startup’ prize going to The Airtame. The small USB plug-in device enables you to wirelessly beam your PC or laptop across multiple screens.

Video game enthusiasts also had plenty to shout about, with the award for ‘Best Emerging Technology’ going to the ‘Crystal Cove’ virtual reality headset. Its cutting edge technology promises to take gaming to the next level, thanks to improved clarity and graphics.

A total of 150,000 industry professionals attended CES 2014, of which 35,000 came from outside the United States. Those travelling to the show will no doubt have been impressed with the variety of portable products on display, ideal for making life on the road or in the air that little bit easier.

It's no secret that technology forms a key part of modern day travel. Whether you're jetting off for a well-earned break in Las Vegas or heading to New York for business, gadgets help you stay connected and entertained whilst on the move.

What You Can Win

Here at Virgin Atlantic, we realise how important technology is to our passengers, which is why we're delighted to offer you the chance to win some of the amazing products unveiled at CES 2014. We've partnered with Veho, a leading lifestyle consumer electronics company that featured in our recent CES 2014 preview blog.

Amongst the prizes is Veho's S4 Wireless Bluetooth Receiver, which wowed the techies at CES 2014. It plugs into your headphones or speakers, enabling you to wirelessly stream music from a handheld device or stereo system straight to your headphones.

Not only does it remove those awkward wires, but it also combines perfectly with another great prize; the Smartstick+ Portable Battery Smartphone Charger. Batteries on handheld devices can drain quickly, and there's nothing worse than running out of power whilst on the move without a charging point in sight. Smartstick+ solves your problem, enabling you to re-charge your device without the need for a power socket.

Here is the full list of prizes to be won in our competition, which is only open to people living in the UK:

First Prize

•            Veho 360° M5 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

•            Veho PEBBLE™ Smartstick+ 280mAH Portable Battery Smartphone Charger

•            Veho SAEM™ S4 Wireless Bluetooth Receiver with Track Control

•            Veho PEBBLE™ Explorer 8400mAh Portable Battery Tablet Charger

Second Prizes

•            Veho 360° M5 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

•            Veho PEBBLE™ Smartstick+ 280mAH Portable Battery Smartphone Charger

Third Prizes

•            Veho SAEM™ S4 Wireless Bluetooth Receiver with Track Control

•            Veho PEBBLE™ Explorer 8400mAh Portable Battery Tablet Charger

There will be a total of 5 winners – with 1st place receiving the ultimate travel bundle.  So be as creative and unique as possible to be in with a chance of winning one of these great prizes.  For full details please see our terms and conditions.

How to Enter

Enter our competition today by answering the following question: If you could build your dream piece of technology to accompany you on your travels, what would it be and what would it do?

To enter, login via the Facebook Connect button below and leave your answer within the comments section.  For full details of the competition please read our terms and conditions below. Good Luck!

***This competition is now closed***

CES 2014 Competition

A. Entry into this promotion (the “Promotion”) is open to residents of the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands aged 13 years or over, except for employees of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and agencies directly connected with creation of and administration of this Competition and their families.

B. There will be five prizes (“Prize(s)”) available as follows:

One First Prize

  • Veho 360° M5 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • Veho PEBBLE™ Smartstick+ 280mAH Portable Battery Smartphone Charger
  • Veho SAEM™ S4 Wireless Bluetooth Receiver with Track Control
  • Veho PEBBLE™ Explorer 8400mAh Portable Battery Tablet Charger

Two Second Prizes

  • Veho 360° M5 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • Veho PEBBLE™ Smartstick+ 280mAH Portable Battery Smartphone Charger

Two Third Prizes

  • Veho SAEM™ S4 Wireless Bluetooth Receiver with Track Control
  • Veho PEBBLE™ Explorer 8400mAh Portable Battery Tablet Charger

Terms and Conditions

1. By submitting your entry you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

2. To enter participants must answer the following question:

“If you could create your dream piece of technology to bring along with you on your travels, what would it be and what would it do?”

2.1 To enter click the Facebook log-in at the bottom of the blog. Enter your log-in information and then write your comment. Then click the “Post your comment” button.

2.2 Participants may enter either via their valid Facebook account or alternatively by sending an email to:   blogeditor@fly.virgin.com with the subject heading "My dream travel gadget". Email entrants must include their full name and date of birth

3. Entries must be submitted between 00.01 (GMT) on 22.01.14 and 23.59 (GMT) on 31.01.14. Submissions received outside of these times will not be considered.

4. No purchase is necessary to enter however participants must pay their own costs of connecting to the Internet.  

5. Only one Entry will be accepted per person. In the event an individual submits two Entries then, subject to clauses 10 and 11 below, the first one in time will be counted.

6. Full name, date of birth and valid e-mail address (“Relevant Information”) must be available to Promoter. If entering by e-mail, please provide name and date of birth. All details are subject to verification.

7. Any Entry received without Relevant Information will not be entered into the Promotion. The Relevant Information will only be used by us for the purposes of administering the Promotion, contacting the Prize winners and otherwise in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Please see our privacy policy at www.virginatlantic.com for more information about how we look after personal data.

8. All eligible submissions shall be judged based on their creativity and originality by a panel at Virgin Atlantic and the top 20 submissions will then be placed in a draw from which five prize winners (“Winners”) will be selected at random on 05.02.14 (the “Draw Date”). For your confidence the Draw will be conducted using a random electronic generator system.

9. The Winners shall be notified by Virgin Atlantic using the contact details provided by participants within four working days of the Draw Date.

10. If Virgin Atlantic cannot establish contact with the Winners within 14 days of the Draw Date, Virgin Atlantic reserves the right to arrange for another name to be drawn at random to receive the relevant Prize.

11. Bulk entries made from trade or consumer groups will not be accepted. Incomplete, illegible, entries by macros or other automated means (including systems which can be programmed to enter), and entries which do not satisfy the requirements of these terms and conditions in full will be disqualified and will not be counted. If it becomes apparent that an entrant is using a computer(s) to circumvent this condition by, for example, the use of ‘script’, ‘brute force’, masking their identity by manipulating IP addresses, using identities other than their own or any other automated means in order to increase that participant’s entries into the draw in a way that is not consistent with the spirit of the promotion, that person’s entries will be disqualified and any Prize award will be void.

12. Participants must submit their own work. Each Participant warrants that their Entry and all information which they submit does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or any other rights of any third party, and does not contain anything which is libellous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening

13. Receipt of submissions will not be acknowledged. Virgin Atlantic does not accept any responsibility or liability for lost submissions or submissions which are delayed, damaged, corrupted, incomplete or not received. 

14. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the Promoter and not to Facebook.

15. All entries must comply with the Facebook Terms of Use, the Facebook Code of Conduct and any other Facebook terms or policies in operation from time to time.

16. It is a condition of accepting the Prizes that the Winners give consent to the Promoter to publish their nameand county of residence in association with the Prize in any and all forms or media as required by law or otherwise in connection with the promotion of the Promoter. Winners may be expected to participate in reasonable publicity.

17. The name and county of the Winners are available upon request by sending an e-mail to: blogeditor@fly.virgin.com.

18. Virgin Atlantic reserves the right to substitute the Prizes for an alternative equivalent prize if for any reason beyond the control of Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Atlantic is unable to award the Prizes. No cash alternative will be available in whole or in part.

19. By sending submissions, participants agree to release the Promoter from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Promotion or with the acceptance, possession, or use of any Prize (except death or personal injury caused by the Promoter’s negligence, for fraud, or otherwise as prohibited by law).

20. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

21. The Winners accept their prizes at his/her own risk.

These terms and conditions are subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Promoter: Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited, Registered Office: The Office, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9NU, England.

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floart January 2014

I'd have a gadget that was basically an electronic mum... a little magic box of gadgetry that somehow ensured that the children and partner cleared up after themselves and the dishes were washed by themselves, so that I didn't have to do it all when I am supposed to be on holiday. I'd build in an extra smart device that I could plug into my car so that it would drive me back to the villa so that I could have a few drinks on an evening out and actually get to enjoy myself rather than being general dogsbody and chauffeur for my family for 2 weeks.

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daydreamer January 2014

My invention is very simple but could have a huge and beneficial impact. and reduce road rage incidents therefore leading to better and safer driving.  


I'd like a device that would convey apology/ a big SORRY to other road users or pedestrains if a driver has unwittingly annoyed or incomvenienced them, eg accidentally cut them up, stalled at lights when they turn green, pulled out without looking and so on.


The sign or indicator woud have to be non-aggressive in appearance - preferably in a peacable colour - blues/lilacs/pinks to give  a calming effect. In addition I'd incorporate technology which could send out calming alpha-brain waves.

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jessicawabbit19 January 2014

Something to safeguard my phone from wet... my phone actually broke due to mega hot sand though, so maybe something that just protect my phone equally?! Also if I do have a holiday it's usually my partner and I so we hardly get any photographs together, so gadget to enjoy the memories together :) xxxx

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triggerdog January 2014

I would design a gadget that translated what people were saying, and also had a screen that I could scan menus etc which would then be translated.  It would include hot spots for activities and where not to go along with a weather app and free wifi for phoning home.

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hatton02 January 2014

Often I'll be packing my bag and things just won't fit into the small space, but you are restricted on size. Folding towels up helps but the more you fold, the taller they get (but you're compensated with the width reducing). I wish a gadget existed that you could put all your clothes into and it tightly packs everything, even those objects that don't tessellate. Similar to when you put something into a bag and suck all the air out.

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fts100 January 2014

my perfect holiday gadget would be an app on my smartphone for a hairdryer, so that I wouldn't have to lug the hairdryer around with me everywhere!

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champlad January 2014

A roll up tablet, powered by sunlight/day light, with the capbility set of 3D printing both items and food. Adequately technofied with visual and sound capability sets and also communications link with satellite systems for global coverage. The device also being able to make me invisible at the flick of a switch, full spectrum of visibility infra red, night vision, telescopic lens, see through buildings and capable to eaves drop long range - THE ULTIMAT ESPY GADGET.

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NatalieWhite91 January 2014

My dream piece of technology would be a little robot that folds/packs my clothes back into my suitcase... Packing to go home is the most depressing part of the holiday - it would be awesome to avoid it!!

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baddesley January 2014

Easy, a gadget that allowed me to know what a woman was thinking - especially about me! I don't see one of those coming onto the market in the near future though. Shame.

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cuddlebunny January 2014

a teleporter watch so i could anywhere & not get lost as i am awful with directions

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butterfly January 2014

A cross between a navigator and itinery planner for sight-seers etc.  It would be their personal mapping station/satellite 

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howellsr January 2014

It would have to be a personal jet pack that fits neatly into a normal backpack. Solar powered of course because I'd only like to go to sunny places. But once there nowhere would be out of reach!

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emadbuzz January 2014

A dream piece of tech would be one that can harness the power of all the residue unused mobile and wifi signals to convert them to electrical energy that can be recycled.

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bbmc1 January 2014

I'd invent a portable  Food replicator device....so I could produce favoured dishes at will instead of relying on suspect 

food outlets when traveling.... and also it would allow me to replicate dishes that I discoverd on my travels when back at home to bring back memories of my travels. With the speed that 3D printers are evolving its probably not that far away!

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Kathderoet January 2014

It would be technology to slow down the good times as holidays seem to pass so quickly, and something that would automatically record what we do on our travels with the kids, keeping all the best bits edited already for us. Something like this would be perfect to preserve the precious moments with our children which are all too fleeting as they grow up as well as giving us a record of them for posterity.

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Twiddle January 2014

If I  could build my dream piece of technology to accompany you on your travels it would be a time macine so that when my holiday was finished i could travel back in time to the start of the holiday to have another one and another and another :)

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LINDY January 2014

If I were to build my dream piece of technology to accompany me on my travels, it would be a remote robot. A robot that I could tell to do things while I was away such as turn the heating on if it's below a certain temperature, water the plants, close the blinds and turn on the lights at dusk and open them and turn off the lights at dawn. Record a certain tv programme. All sorts of things that I often think I wish I could do when I'm not there.


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tarbygirl January 2014

If you could build your dream piece of technology to accompany you on your travels, what would it be and what would it do?


Hoover sleep bed... Making sleep on planes just that bit more comfortable by hoovering above the heads of passengers.

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Caroonte January 2014

I would love to fly in an airplane with an inteligent polymer on the walls. With the image of the outside being filmed with special cameras, the inside walls of the plane will show what's on the outside, so they will virtually be "invisible" to your eyes and give you an exiting feeling of flying.

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kezei68 January 2014

if i could build a dream piece of technology to accompany me on my travels it would be complete noise free earplugs that put you in a deep sleep and wake you when needed,that means a complete peaceful sleep

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Jaydeeez January 2014

I would make a self charging computerised carbon fibre exoskeleton to wear so I could walk every where, inlcuding up mountains instead of using my wheelchair, I am limited in where I can go as I can't self propel it. 
 The exoskeleton would have to have minimal movement of my hips so it would need a decent gyro and a step up accelerator. I'm fed up of missing out on the outdoors so excuse me while I go and tinker with an old bike and a zx spectrum to see what I can come up with.

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mh1963 January 2014

My dream travel gadget would be a flux capacitor so i can turn the plane into a time machine :-)

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Shscc February 2014

I'd love a full sized Robot Friend to look after my 'almost' every need.

Robert would arrange all my travel documents and reservations.

Robert is strong, so he would carry my luggage .. also, at home, he would carry the bags when I'm high street shopping.

He would also have an in-built coffe maker, so I will never be without a quick cuppa .. even when flights are delayed!

Probably, a toastie machine for cheese and am sandwiches.

Talking of toastie .. He would have an in-built heater to fend off the chilly weather.

I could get rid of the kindle, as Robert would also have a book/mag reading facility.

He's also incredibly funny and witty because I like to laugh.

Prehaps, he could have a seat that slides out from his bottom area, so I'm never without somewhere to sit down.

In fact, I could sit there, while he takes me to where I need to be?

He could have hair dressing and make-up skills, so I will always look my very best.

I like swimming, so Robert needs to be a swimmer, too.

Id like him to bea highly skilled in self defence .. when I say 'self' I mean 'my' defence. I've come across very aggressive taxi drivers abroad before, so I'd feel happier with Robert looking out for me.

I think I have fallen a little bit in love with Robert ... Please can I find and keep him?

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Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.