The tech from CES 2018

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The tech from CES 2018

Let's take a look at some of the innovative products exhibited at CES 2018 and our view of them.


Here's our view on some of the top products of the CES 2018.

But before that what is CES all about? Let's take a look.

CES - the official name and former acronym for the Consumer Electronics Show - is an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association. CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years -the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. It takes place in Las Vegas in January. It attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. This year's CES was held from 9-12 January in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

So now let’s take a look at some of the innovative products exhibited at the CES 2018.

1. Hyperkin's Ultra Game Boy

Nintendo's original Game Boy stands as one of the most iconic personal electronic devices ever created. It boasted a library of 8-bit games to rival Nintendo's own home console and dominated technically superior devices such as the Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx. When Nintendo replaced it, the original survived as an instrument for chiptune artists. Hell, it was tough enough to survive the Gulf War. The Game Boy is a masterpiece. And Hyperkin's brought it back for CES 2018. It's showing off the Hyperkin Ultra Game Boy, an enhanced recreation of Nintendo's original hardware encased in a durable aluminum shell.

Hyperkin's Ultra Game Boy

2. ForwardX CX-1

You never want to lose your luggage. But what if luggage didn't lose you?

Combine self-driving tech with facial recognition and camera AI smarts, put it on a carry-on suitcase, and you have yourself the CX-1. Made by Chinese company ForwardX, the hands-free autonomous carry-on luggage followed people around like a puppy during a demo at the CES 2018 show floor. The camera on the front is set to follow owner, track movements and roll along at a max speed of 7 mph. But if the owner suddenly jolted out of view of the camera, a smart wristband would be used to help finding it again.

ForwardX CX-1

3. Fenix AR augmented-reality helmet

The Fenix AR brings some of the cool technology that cars have had for quite some time now into the motorcycle world. There is a rear-view camera that displays a 180-degree view on a transparent head-up display along with turn-by-turn navigation. When paired to a smartphone through Bluetooth, Voice commands can be used to make phone calls and start music playback. All of that is viewed through a semi-transparent display that takes part of the bottom right hand side of vision.

Fenix AR augmented-reality helmet

4. Intel Volocopter

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled a self-driving 'flying car' Volocopter at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018. The Volocopter VC200 took off inside the keynote venue at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas without a pilot flying it. The two-seater craft can have a 30-minute flight. When fully charged, a Volocopter can cover a distance about 27 kilometers. The Batteries charge completely in less than 40 minutes. When fully charged, a Volocopter can cover a distance about 27 kilometers. The Batteries charge completely in less than 40 minutes.

Intel Volocopter

5. Razer Project Linda

This is the one product everyone proclaim as one of the best of CES 2018.

Razer Project Linda has changed the way we use Lapdocs. Lapdocks have never been cool like this. The project turns the Razer Phone into a fully working laptop. The trackpad is gone and in its place is a hole where you slide the Razer Phone in. There are a couple of rubber bumpers at the back to hold it in place and a soft fabric to avoid scratches. Slot it in and push the docking button on the keyboard and a motorised USB-C connector plugs into the phone. Now that’s how you make a lapdock cool.

Razer Project Linda

6. HTC Vive Pro

The Vive Pro was announced at CES 2018 bringing in with higher-resolution displays, revamped design and built-in headphones. HTC has increased the resolution of the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution in the current Vive. The result is noticeable. Aside from the resolution bump, the design changes to the headset make it more comfortable to use. HTC has taken feedback and added a sizing dial at the rear which can adjust the comfort level accordingly. It now feels like putting on an Oculus Rift headset and adjusting it. The weight and balance also feels better, and the subtle changes make for a better headset.

HTC Vive Pro

7. Toyota's e-Palette concept vehicle

E-Palette, an automated, electric, flexible vehicle concept by Toyota that can be tailored to various needs and lifestyles. Speaking at the consumer electronics show CES 2018 in Las Vegas where the car was revealed, company president Akio Toyoda also announced the e-Palette Alliance, a partnership which will see Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber collaborate on vehicle planning, application concepts and vehicle verification activities. This progressive vehicle comes with an open control interface, modular enough for purpose-built interiors that suit different individual and business needs - be it parcel delivery, ride sharing or on-the-road e-commerce. Its set of software tools allows companies to install their own automated driving system and vehicle management technology so the transport hub can be shared for various business needs, shifting seamlessly from one application to another.

Toyota's e-Palette concept vehicle

8. LG Display's roll-up OLED TV

A couple of years ago, LG Display showed off an intensely futuristic 18-inch OLED display that could be bent and rolled up just like a newspaper. Today, that prototype has grown to 65 inches in size, with the company announcing that it's managed to scale up the tech to the dimensions of a large TV. At CES 2018, LG Display will be demonstrating the new 65-inch roll able OLED prototype, which also happens to have UHD (aka 4K) resolution. Why would you want to roll up a TV? Well, it obviously makes for easier storage and transportation, but more than anything else, it still remains a distinctly sci-fi concept. Being flexible enough to roll, the display panel becomes more organic and natural. The format lends it the properties of a painting canvas or a (very big) sheet of paper.

 LG Display's roll-up OLED TV

And then a BLOOPER of CES:


How's your toilet working? Can you flush with a wave of your hand yet? Does it blow warm air on your toes? No?

At CES Kohler presented an entire smart bathroom, connected by technologies like Amazon Alexa. It allows you to talk to your mirror or shower or sink. And while I would make fun of it, there’s nothing I can say that Kohler didn’t in its own self-promotion: It’s the most romantic commercial about a toilet you’ve ever seen. Like if you’re alone enough to have a romantic relationship with your bathroom.