NR’s Laura: Geeky things I’m looking forward to in 2014

With 2014 here, there are many things I’m looking forward to for 2014. Of course, there are tons of movies that we are all excited for, but there are more than just movies that I’m excited about.

television

Helix (January 10, 2014, SyFy)

helixWith Ronald D Moore (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Battlestar Gallactica) as executive producer, I know Helix will be fast paced and exciting. Starring Billy Campbell and Hiroyuki Sanada, this show looks pretty good.

Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic, Arctic Biosystems, to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.

 

 

Black Sails (January 25th, 2014, Starz)

black sailsI trust Starz and their selection of shows. I loved Spartacus and I believe I will love this show.

“The eight-episode first season of the pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) stars as Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver.  Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.”

http://youtu.be/Qh19hCkvVLw

 

 

Resurrection  (March 9, 2014, ABC)

ressurectionI’m not sure how this is considered geeky but the trailer sucked me in about a boy who died and came back 30 years later looking the same. It made me want to know, “what the f**k happened?!”

The people of Arcadia, Missouri, are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia; and an Immigration agent, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Harold (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Garland (Frances Fisher), who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents.

http://youtu.be/8MFrquHzlWA

 

 

Believe (March 2014, NBC)

believeBased on the trailer, this show reminded me of the show Alphas and Heroes (before it got bad). This little girl named Bo is gifted with powers. She can levitate, control nature, predict the future and has telekinetic powers… and everyone wants to use her. So basically, she needs to be protected. Don’t know how far this series can go, but let’s see.

http://youtu.be/sg6dO4XDtZM

 

 

Cosmos (Spring 2014, Fox)

CosmosIt’s back… the science-themed show hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Seth MacFarlane is producing this sequel to Cal Sagan’s 1980s series. SCIENCE, bitches! I’m so excited for this.

 

 

Doctor Who (September 2014, BBC One/America)

doctorwhoYes, it’s not a new show… but it’s a new Doctor. We have a whole 9 months to get over the 11th Doctor’s regeneration (and Matt Smith’s departure). With Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor, we have no idea what to expect this coming season!

 

 

videogames

inFAMOUS Second Son (March 21, 2013)

secondsonI’m a sucker for a good storyline. Cole MacGrath is not in this (spoiler alert: he’s dead). We have a new character who becomes a conduit – Delsin Rowe. He is fighting the good fight against other conduits and the oppressive DUP. The graphics look really cool and if they are like the other two inFAMOUS games, then I think this will be fun.

 

 

Watch Dogs  (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, PC; Spring 2014)

watch dogs

After watching the 14-minute game play of Watch Dogs, I grew interested in playing this game. The graphics look really good – the dimensions are so awesome. It is also user friendly – they crafted it to each player’s taste – hacking from far away or going into stealth mode to enter the building. I like this game because it’s a lot of strategy. My brain feels like it had a good exercise.

 

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technology

It seems like wearable technology is the latest thing in 2014 – Google Glass, Smartwatch, Zepp golf sensors, dog collars, etc. We will be seeing more of the wearable kinds of tech. CES debuted several already, here are my favorites:

sleeponeSmartOne infant sleep monitor by Sensible Baby

I have many friends having babies now. As first time parents, they stress out on every litle thing their child does. I introduced them to this product. This device can be worn on your baby’s chest pocket and send information/alerts to your cell phone regarding the baby’s temperature and breathing.

 

 

sony smartwatchSony SmartWatch 2

I was going to get the Samsung Galaxy SmartWatch, but I figured I’d wait til more of the new generation of SmartWatches come out. This one by Sony is promising. It also seems more user friendly as well.

 

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Bop.fm

bopfmBeing a user of multiple music platforms – Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, Rdio, I can just get my songs and share them through one outlet – Bop.fm. It provides the link to purchase the song as well. Did I mention, this was all free and you don’t need to sign up for anything? Free music.

Read our tech review here.

 

 

LyftlyftYeah, Lyft has been around since 2012, but it has gotten bigger since then and I predict big things for it in 2014. I plan on using it this year – because of how easy it is to confirm payment through the app. Conan O’Brien has already utilized Lyft.

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There you have it. Geeky things I’m looking forward to using in 2014.

What are you guys looking forward to?

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