CES 2017 took place last week and befitting of its 50th year, the New technology showcased, which comprised: super-thin, dazzling displays, flying, autonomous and even emotional, yes… emotional, absolutely WOWed!
With Smart car, Drone and VR technology stealing the show, it’s fair to say we are in a full-blown IoT era, as there was an abundance of intelligent interconnected home gadgets, user electronics and even our own bodies on showcase.
In this (now annual) series of posts, we pick what we’re most excited about and looking forward to getting our techy mitts on… (Everything listed automatically goes on our wish list, which is always open : )
Having already released a similar USB accessory for 15.6-inch PCs screens, Airbar showcased a New “plug-and-touch” device gives your 13.3-inch MacBook Air touchscreen powers.
The simple installation process involves: putting a couple of magnetic strips on the laptop to hold the AirBar in place, plugging it into a USB port, then, Voila!… begin using your pinch-to-zoom and scrolling gestures.
Both the Windows and Apple Air (available around March) versions can be bought from the Neonode website for $69
Razer WOWed! CES 2017 with the announcement of Project Valerie; based on their Blade Pro gaming laptop.
Here’s the score…
- It is (pleasantly) heavy!
- It has three 17-inch 4K screens, which slide out from each side when the system flips open
- Performance is impressive (according to reviews)
- It looks awesome
It is only a concept, but I believe the gamer in us is hoping that this hits the shelves soon.
Dell added the XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop to its already impressive Dell’s XPS line and this seem to have gotten a lot of praise.
The XPS 13 2-in-1, branded “the smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 on the planet”:
- Easily turns into a tablet
- Features an infinityEdge dispaly (very thin bezels)
- Is powerful
- Is sleek
Check the Dell website for full specs
It starts shipping later this month, starting at $999
Similar to SubPac, Lofelt’s Basslet is a funky wearable subwoofer for your body.
Using totally new technology, it delivers the beats and basslines of your music directly to you – so you can literally feel the music…BOOM!
Technically, it looks like a watch, which houses a transponder that converts the low frequencies of your music into vibrations that “feel” like bass, resulting in a powerful sound experience that headphones alone cannot provide… but who care about technology as long as you can FEEL THE BASS!, right?
Funded through their kickstarter, it is available to pre-order from the Lofelt website at a cost of $179 (which includes a $40 saving) and ships in February
…It is innovative, made by audiophiles for audiophiles and I want one NOW!
With it being generally accepted that the breast pump industry could do with advancements, another tech product, which was a BIG hit was Willow’s wearable hands-free breast pump.
It provides a quiet, hands-free and cordless approach to pumping on the go. The set of two wearable pumps slip into the wearer’s bra and pump until bags are full.
The portability of the product allows it to be worn while moms go about their daily activities. It is easy to clean and has an accompanying app, which tracks how much is pumped.
Obviously, this convenience does not come cheap and when available this spring, it will retail for $429.99, plus $0.50 per milk storage bag.
The Future is here and it’s… well, Faraday Future (FF, for short)
Faraday Future debuted their first pre-production vehicle – the FF 91, boasting some pretty impressive specs… It is:
- Autonomous driving capabilities – Of course
- Fast – 0-to-60MPH in 2.39 seconds
- Energy-efficient – Of course
- Intelligent – Will learn your habits and adjust the driving experience over time
- Connected – With multiple LTE modems and Wi-Fi
- Aware – Has 36 sensors around its body
It is still a while before we can expect to see them on the roads, as initial delivery is set for 2018. In the meantime, if your are super keen, hit the Faraday website to make a pre-order with a $5000 (refundable) deposit.
Every year amazing consumer electronics are showcased at CES and this year has been no different. One on the brightest (literally) on show was Samsung’s Q9 QLED (that’s Quantum LED) TV
It uses quantum dots (nano-particle-sized silicon) to create screens at twice the brightness level of its competition (closest being the very impressive LG W7, Wallpaper TV)…. Samsung’s QLED TV must be really Bright!
In addition to brightness:
- It promises to be energy-efficient and durable,
- It includes ‘Q-Style’, to handle setup, software and aesthetics,
- It provides a solution for cable clutter
- and is supposed to be very easy to mount.
Ah!, It also includes wireless sound bars and an embedded sub-woofer, which promises to be decent.
No details about release date and pricing yet, but won’t be surprised to see them hit the shops by spring this year.
So this is it for CES 2017. As always we will update with feedback on whatever we give a try, and do feel free to drop yours too; using either the comments section of this post or our social channels (Facebook / Twitter / Google+).