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Win Some of the Top Gadgets from CES 2014

by Moderator January - last edited February

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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lapsapchung January

I'd have a push-button invisiblilty cloak - ideal for when the boring passenger next to you on a flight wants to tell you their life story, or a horde of street vendors want to sell you plastic beads and carved giraffes.

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hannahbjm January

Mine would be something to occupy my 2 year old son and be able to tell when he is getting bored and change the stimuli. Probably in tablet form and solar powered so don't have to worry about getting a seat with a charger!

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boulbyallen January

got to be a pair of glasses that would feed all the information history and myth and magic about a place or thing right in front of you, now that would be multi tasking

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oli January

My dream piece of travel tech would be a translator built into a pair of google glass, that used augmented reality to instantly translate text in different languages as you looked at it.

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Maryandbuzz1 January

It would have to be a mini scooter which flies. This would enable us to avoid traffic and queues, see sights from above and zip down to the beach without any hassle. 

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Farhana January

some sort of compact microwave facility to help with kids especially toddler food. 

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Nigel January

I would build a 6" Ipod touch as the ipad mini is too big and my ipod touch would be great with a bigger screen to enjoy my entertainment more, on the go.

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srob030869 January

Solar powered, flexible touch screen computer that you can wear around your fore-arm. Internet connected and able to receive and make telephone and video calls as well as project what is on the screen onto a surface such as a wall for sharing media and presentations. It would have cameras fitted to read and provide instant translations, giving either text or vocal feedback as required. Waterproof, dust proof, and resistant to physical damage and having built in to it a personal protection device to disable or disarm an attacker such as a taser with instantantaneous multiple discharges.

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sean2311 January

Definitely a teleporter as long journeys are the worst part of travelling.

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boxedinkayleigh January

If I could have a dream piece of equipment with me when I go travelling would be a built in eye camera, a camera that allows you to record by pressing somewhere such as your ear and then recording everything exactly how your eyes see it. It can be constantly recording for however long you like and then your brain can pick out the key moments that your brain 'enjoyed' and bluetooth them over to your smart phone.

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boothby26 January

If I could build my dream piece of technology to accompany me on my travels it would be a gadget that could really send things as i see them or smell them so flowers i walk pass on my travelle i could send the smell of them to someone and also be able to link it all to all my favorite sites in just 1 click to all

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Elle8 January

my dream gadget would be 'Dorothy slippers' where I could click my heels, say there's no place like home... And hey presto there I'll be

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ribbo69 January

3D HD Video recording contact lenses


These gadgets will sit in your eyes like normal contact lenses. But they will have three tiny cameras and a to beam record directly what you see, creating images in 3D high resolution as good as your eye can see. Then I'll have the best holiday videos ever and I can always go back there by watching the video :-)


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mattbissell January


Some device which translates different langauges quickly, allow two people who speak different lanaguages to speak normally without long pauses.

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ppdbyrne January

I would have to invent a way of connecting all my devices together which would keep them all in sync and charged with an emergency global sim card for short emergency calls as, when if needed

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it would be some type of interactive tablet, that was waterproof and shockproof (and theft proof!) that could be used like a tour guide. It would have maps on it, reviews and ideas of places to explore and discover, the ability to film and really capture the moment. It would be able to translate all those tricky words and phrases, and would even be able to 'talk' to locals so that they can understand rather than relying on hand gestures and phrases learnt out of the guide book. This gadget would organise your travel, allow you to book taxis, coaches and ensure you get back to the airport on time. It would really be an essential and take the stress out of travelling.

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emmr January

A watch with webcam on so I could see family/friends back home when I call them when on holiday.

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fergie29438509 January

As a keen astronomer, I would like smartglasses that would guide me to the planet or star I am looking for and through an earpiece inform me of interesting facts about what I am looking at.

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woodsey2010 January

-=X--> THE BABEL FISH <--X=-
This gadget is a sophisticated 'in-ear' device, as small as an ear-plug, that can decode up to 30 foreign languages, and translate them into your language of your choice, while repeating them directly into your ear. Initial development will focus on just the number two language of the world (Spanish) and focus on translations just to English, using 'Siri' (apple products) language programme with Google translate....lets break down barriers ppl !

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chris2 January

A camera that fits in my pocket,or around my neck,  no need to focus, just point and click, with just a password to type in when l view them on the computor, plain and easy, no downloading

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jamie17456 January

I'd create a camera attachment for my smartphone. It'd have multiple cameras on it to pick up views from 360 degrees. So my video would show my face as I walk through the bird market in Hong Kong, or through Santa Monica on my skates. It'd be an interactive video so people can pan round to see different things as the video plays, one minute they'll be looking at my ugly mug, the next the beautiful scenery in front of me!

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AdamWillingham January

A weightless suitcase, so no matter what you put in it, it will always weigh nothing. 

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jeremiah January

A microwave bed. It would enable me to have 8 hours of sleep in just 3 minutes.

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stix January

Glasses with built in camera, object recognition & translator which is connected to the web so you can so you can access the internet & use it as a sat nav so you never get lost again

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tu573 January

I don't have a smartphone (too expensive+expensive to run) but I would love a hand held walking GPS navigator for abroad that is accurate and works well and for which I don't have to pay roaming charges or have to pay to run (one-off cost). Becasue I always get lost a ton of times when abroad and it is a pain having to print out maps beforehand. I've been to about 20 countries and do solo travel (not part of tours usually and I rarely use taxis). So, lots of walking in places I don't know. 

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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.