14 gadgets we wish would be unveiled at CES

User-friendly telematics
gallery gadget unicorns ford sync

Cars' climate control and radio technology is generally pretty intuitive: Turn the dial to the right to get more heat/air conditioning /sound/bass, and turn the dial to the left to get less.

Then in-car telematics systems came and mucked all that up. Figuring out how to change the temperature with some of these systems can induce stress headaches, because the geniuses who designed them thought it was a smart idea to make something that used to take one step now take five.

Some telematics features are awesome: Read-aloud text messages, voice control, syncing a phone's music with the radio, automatic 911 calls, and car status reports can make driving safer, more cost-effective and more enjoyable.

But can't we figure out a way to make that all easy to use? -DG

  @CNNTech - Last updated January 07 2013 01:36 PM ET
Join the Conversation
More CES coverage
The star-studded history of CES celebrity gadgets

Pop stars come out in droves for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, hawking signature products.

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.