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The best is yet to come

The CES 2018 went beyond expectations this year with advances in technology – Part II

brunch Updated: Jan 30, 2018 19:35 IST
Rajiv Makhni
Toyota’s full-scale autonomous vehicle, that is a full store, drives to you
Toyota’s full-scale autonomous vehicle, that is a full store, drives to you

It’s done and dusted. Millions of products, billions of metres of cables and trillions of dollars of deals are all done this year. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas has wrapped up and closed its mighty tech doors for a short while. Many called this the best CES ever (take that with a pinch of salt, most PR companies spin it like that every year). Still, CES this year went above and beyond expectations. Continuing from where we left off last week, here’s Part II of the absolute best of CES 2018.

Sennheiser Ambeo soundbar

Sennheiser pulled off huge crowds, long lines and hours of waiting. All because of this one sound-bar. This is a Dolby Atmos sound system that doesn’t need speakers to be placed on your roof or at the back. It gives you 3D sound from a single unit. And it sounds divinely Ambeolicious.

Desktop Metal 3D printer

3D printers! It’s awesome to have a device that can produce any shape or object within minutes. The only problem – they all look ugly as hell as the material used predominantly is plastic. Enter Desktop Metal that prints 3D objects in metal, steel, aluminium, copper and titanium – and all from one single process machine. No more cheap plastic trinkets from your super expensive new machine!

HTC Vive Pro

The Vive has always been crowned the King of VR headsets. But now, it’s taken a quantum leap forward. The resolution inside is now a staggering 2880x1660, has built-in headphones with an amplifier, dual microphones and is completely wireless. Virtual reality is finally starting to look very real.

Razer Project Linda

Many have tried before and have failed. But Razer may just have cracked it. The premise is simple. Your smartphone now is as powerful as your laptop. So why should you need one of each? Slip in a Razer phone into the trackpad area of a Razer Blade Stealth chassis and it automatically boots up as a laptop. Bigger screen, completely different layout and system! Time for Apple and Samsung to come up with their own.

Toyota e-Palette

First we went to shops. That’s now called offline retail. Then the shops started to send us things by mail. That’s called e-commerce. How about we combine both? The full retail shop now comes to us. Toyota’s full-scale autonomous vehicle which is a full store drives to you. A bakery, restaurant, pizza store or a shop full of designer outfits. Get ready to burn an even bigger hole in your pocket.

Vivo under screen fingerprint sensor

How do you make Apple look bad? You come up with a phone and technology that they should have got first. The Synaptics FS9500 Clear ID optical sensor sits between the display glass and OLED panel. Just press your finger on the screen and voila. Vivo showcased what the iPhone X should have.

L’Oréal UV sense

A cosmetics company got into the wearable business and surprise, surprise – its kickass! A UV sensor that needs no battery, attaches to your thumbnail and communicates with your phone to tell how much sun and exposure you’ve had and warns about over doing it. Imagine the headline – L’Oréal eradicates skin cancer!

Lenovo smart display

In a world dominated by smart speakers with voice assistants, Lenovo went in a different direction. Along with the Google Assistant and a speaker, it adds a smart display screen that pops out even more information. Hey Alexa, are you nervous?

Omron Forpheus

While we all rile about how Robots and AI will take over our world, here comes Omron Forpheus, the most gentle robot in the world. It’s a table tennis playing robot that is almost impossible to beat, but sends out encouraging messages and tips on how to play better. Let me just give you its full name – Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics. What could be cuter?

Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV, and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3

From HT Brunch, January 28, 2018

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