At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), exhibitors provide a glimpse of what the future of gadgets, appliances, smartphones, and laptops, among others, is like. This year, they have proven the predictions from years ago, with most attendees saying the event did not disappoint – despite flooded floors and a power outage during the convention.
From connected devices to laptops and robots, the biggest consumer technology show on earth showcased diverse electronics innovation in 2018. Visitors in the Las Vegas show from January 9 to 12 were given great demonstrations.
So what are the hottest technology trends present at CES? As curated from those have attended (hopefully by next year, a GineersNow rep will be one of them), here are the things to be most excited about in consumer electronics:
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The Lenovo X1 Yoga changes the way we use our laptops and tablets, that’s because the convertible can be used as both. When the user wants to use it as a tablet, it only requires folding the keyboard behind the device.
Augmented reality and virtual reality
These two, while being different in nature, still have immense applications since they were introduced. With the AR glass Vuzix Blade and the VR headset HTC Vive Pro exhibited at CES, we expect more immersion with our world and the imaginary.
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The show is not complete without robots. In 2018, companies introduced robots not only for housework but for entertainment and companionship. Like Somnox, which created a robot to help you fall and stay asleep. Another robot which caught attention is the Root robot, which teaches kids how to code designed with learning configurations according to their age.
New devices will become part of the Internet of Things, and at CES 2018 they were present. Panasonic showcased an array of logistics-related technologies like sensors to track wine bottle purchases and robots with the ability to perform a greater variety of tasks by themselves. Bosch presented machine-learning-enabled cameras can automatically report accidents to police.
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Intel continues to develop better chips, this time with the graphics of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD). In a laptop chip battle with Nvidia, the company forwards combo chips that combine high computing power, longer battery life, more memory, and major graphics capabilities.
Vivo shocked everyone with its in-display fingerprint sensors, which work through a “Clear ID” from Synaptics that’s hidden below the phone’s OLED display. Blackberry also garnered the same response with its new handset that is color bronze (typically, their phones are black), coming with a dual-SIM. Meanwhile, Huawei Mate 10 Pro was announced to make its debut in the US.
Huge televisions made it to the show, like they always do, but far more than the size is the technology that came with it.
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OLED and MicroLED televisions are in. Samsung’s 146” panel called The Wall feature modular tech. LG boasted its 65” 4k TV which allow to be rolled unfurled and an 88” 8K OLED panel which is by far the largest and highest resolution OLED panel ever created. Sony, on the other hand, displayed its 65” A8F TV which is rather unique because of its Acoustic Surface technology – the sounds come out of the panel.