The Consumer Electronics Show has rocked Las Vegas once again – the 50th anniversary of the annual resolution, in fact – where roughly 200,000 attendees converge to get their hands on tomorrow’s tech today.For geeks like yours truly, it’s the well-known kid in a candy store. A candy store that’s nearly 2.5 million square feet, that is.
From self-driving cars and delivery drones to wireless wearables and voice-controlled smart home gadgets, CES dishes out a glimpse into the near future. And at the risk of overhyping what’s to come, it’s simply strange.
After roaming much of the massive showrooms, the following are just a few showstoppers from the 2017 CES.
Phone it in
Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress classically has all the coolest upcoming smartphones, Changhong’s H2 – the world’s first molecular-sensing smartphone — made its official debut at CES this past week. By partnering with Consumer Physics, the Israel-based maker of the SCiO sensor, and Analog Devices Inc., a U.S.-based semiconductor products and solutions maker, the 6-inch Android-powered H2 lets you scan an object and immediately receive feedback on its chemical arrangement – whether it’s food items (like fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat), medication, and even body parts. Simply place the infrared spectrometer over an item, then captured info is uploaded to a cloud database, and you’ll see an listed list of properties on the screen. For example, scan a chicken breast and it’ll tell you the amount of protein, fat, calories, and so on. The H2 will be out the U.S. later in 2017.
Thanks for the memory
Imagine on your keychain you could carry 768,000 photos, 531,344 songs, or nearly 1,800 full-length movies? While it might sound like science fiction, Kingston Technology Company chose the 2017 CES to unveil its 2-terabyte DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT), the highest capacity USB Flash drive on the planet. With up to USB 3.1 performance, you could also speedily transfer large files to and from a laptop. Available in February and with no price publicized just yet, this DataTraveler Ultimate GT is made of a zinc-alloy metal casing for shock confrontation, and includes free technical support and a 5-year warranty
Lap it up
Award Honoree nod, Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 (from $999.99) is the world’s smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 computer that squeezes a 13-inch InfinityEdge display into an 11-inch laptop frame. Like its award-winning forerunner, it’s called a “2-in-1” because the UltraSharp QHD+ screen is on a durable 360-degree hinge that lets you use it like a laptop or a tablet, when the display is bent back all the way (disabling the keyboard and trackpad while tucked underneath). Powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, this Windows 10 machine also boasts up to 10 hours of battery life between charges.
Storytime gets surreal
Whether it’s a child playing in their room or story time while tucking in the little ones, a new line of products adds magical increased reality (AR) experiences to a carpet and bedding. From TILT, the SpinTales Jungle Rug and SpinTales Enchanted Duvet ($99.99 apiece) both wowed the crowds at CES as the cartoon characters apparently come alive on the rug or duvet and pillows, when viewed through the lens on a smartphone or tablet (free apps for iOS or Android). On the rug, characters like Milo and Haggy dance in the jungle, jump in a river and climb up a tree, while the bedding adds a modern twist to classic tales like Little Red, Three Pigs, and Magic Beans.
elevisions are a big draw at CES, and this year was surely no exclusion. Amid much fanfare, Sony took the wraps off its first consumer OLED TVs, including its flagship XBR-A1E BRAVIA OLED TV. Televisions with OLED panels (“organic light-emitting diodes”) offer higher contrast relations compared to LED-backlit LCD televisions, as well as delivering better brightness, more lively colors, and wide viewing angles. Pronounced “oh-led,” these OLED TVs are also much thinner – as no backlighting is required – plus they’re more vigor efficient than other TV panel types. In sizes ranging from 55 inches to 77 inches, the A1E is a 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) TV with imposing Acoustic Surface audio, too, with sound that emanates directly from the screen itself. The built-in Android TV platforms gives you access to thousands of apps and Google Home compatibility. No price or accessibility has been announced.