Consumer Electronics Show, an annual four-day event, witnesses exhibitors from all across the world showcasing the most innovative technology and gadgets. Taking place in Las Vegas, the show is halfway through and here we bring a quick two-day roundup, covering some interesting bits of the same.
The first day witnessed a downpour in the city which had an impact on the exhibitors. Google was putting up a booth for the first time but, it had to shut it for the day due to the rain. If it was the steady showers on day one, day two witnessed a power outage for around two hours. But, this did not stop companies from unveiling some of the coolest gadgets. Have a look –
Acer Swift 7: World’s Thinnest laptop
Among a bunch of laptop gaining attention at CES, Acer’s Swift 7 is grabbing more eyeballs since the company says the refreshed model is the thinnest of all. And, well, yes, it is just 0.35 inches thick with a display of 14 inches. Coupled with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, it comes with a built-in 4G LTE connectivity. The model is slimmer than MacBook, HP Spectre 13 and 0.04 inches thinner than the 2017 Swift 7.
At the event, Acer also announced its Spin 3 laptop with a durable 360° dual-torque hinge that allows it to be used as a laptop, tablet, along with the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop.
The robot suitcase
Yes, this is no joke, a California-based startup, Travelmate, has made this possible. It had come up with the concept of self-driving luggage and made that a reality. This suitcase can be controlled with an app and it will roll with the speed of upto 11 kph alongside the owner.
The startup has integrated artificial intelligence in the suitcase. For navigating around the hurdles, it relies on computer vision and a driving algorithm. This autonomous luggage will debut in the U.S. market in February followed by the availability in Europe and Japan. With a pricing of about $1,100, looks like these robotic suitcases will be seen before the commercial rollout of self-driving cars happens.
The standalone VR headset and a VR camera by Lenovo
Based on its Daydream platform, Google unveiled ‘Lenovo Mirage Solo’, its first standalone virtual reality headset. The product by Chinese hardware maker Lenovo, costs less than $400 and will go on floors between April and June. The self-contained headset would enable users to experience the virtual reality without connecting to a desktop or a smartphone. With a said battery life of seven hours and 4GB of RAM, Mirage Solo operates on Snapdragon 835 VR platform.
The Mirage Solo, made by Chinese hardware maker Lenovo, will go on sale sometime between April and June for less than $400. The forthcoming headset, which allows users to step into virtual worlds without connecting to a PC or a smartphone.
While the VR camera christened Lenovo VR180 Mirage camera, lets you shoot VR videos and pictures upto an angle of 180 degrees in high-resolution, upto 4K. The user can easily transfer the content to the VR headset and view it.
Laptop powered by a smartphone? Razer makes this possible!
Razer clearly took its game a few notches higher with this bizarre yet amazing concept. Razer’s Project Linda uses the Razer Phone, the company’s first smartphone to power a full-fledged, ultraportable laptop.
The laptop seems pretty normal with its design and Chrome keyboard, however, when you look close enough, instead of a touchpad a depression is visible where the smartphone needs to be inserted.
The device, once placed in there, acts as a touchpad and an audio source. Not only this, the laptop also operates on a lpatop-sized Android just like the phone. This implies it is like a large battery with a screen and keyboard with the processing power being handled by the phone.
Smart TVs on the roll
Well, this wasn’t just a metaphor. LG unveiled a 65-inch Ultra-HD rollable OLED with a flexible display. By rollable, I mean, the TV can be rolled into its base, just like a projector screen. The company showcased its prototype, however, it could hit the retail by 2020. This model is certainly expected to disrupt the market, despite its high pricing.
On the other hand, Samsung showcased a modular TV named ‘The Wall’. The panel TV is non-bezeled, i.e., it is made up of smaller pieces, which when combined together create the magnificent 146-inch 8k display.
Stay tuned for more mind-boggling innovations and gadgets from CES 2018!