We saw plenty of great new products at Sony’s CES display, including a pair of standout soundbars. First up is the Sony M500 soundbar, a small soundbar that packs a big punch. More style-conscious than the typical soundbar (when was the last time you saw one that wasn’t black?), the Sony M500 is available in charcoal and cream versions, colors that will better blend into the typical family room decor. A slim subwoofer will be easier to hide in a corner, or even under the sofa. Of course, the M500 is also packed with high-tech features: built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, an ARC HDMI input, the ability to play Hi-Res audio files, and easy integration with Google Home.
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Imagine controlling the lights in your home by tapping directly on your tabletop. Sounds too good to be true right? Well the experts at Sony made it all possible by creating a prototype, the Xperia Tablet Projector. We had the chance to see the tablet projector at CES 2017 and it is awesome! This prototype isn’t like your ordinary projector, in fact it has many capabilities of a tablet built into it. You can control the lights, surf the web, or Skype your friends by touching the flat surface. It can project up to 23″ on a flat surface and up to 80″ on a wall surface. The Xperia tablet projector is an Android based device so many apps are built into it and connectivity isn’t difficult at all. All you need is the power cable and you’re all set!
ASUS is one of the most popular computer and computer component manufacturers in the world, and for good reason. They produce just about every type of component or accessory available, in addition to phones, tablets, monitors, and complete desktops and laptops. While many of their products are intended for the mainstream audience, ASUS is also strongly devoted to the PC gaming community. The ASUS Republic of Gamers—or ROG—sub-brand features a product line stacked with ultra-high-end tech designed specifically for the most demanding gamers.
We spent some time with ASUS at CES 2017 to learn about their newest ROG gaming laptop offerings, which pack desktop power and features into (mostly) portable PCs.
First up, we have the ASUS ROG Strix GL553 and GL753, a pair of entry-level gaming rigs. Inside either laptop, you’ll find the latest Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processors, for overall speedy performance. The GL553 sports a 15-inch screen, while the GL753 has a 17-inch display, and the laptops will be available with either an Nvidia GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 ti GPU. While not the fastest mobile GPUs around, these new cards will still perform respectably even with today’s AAA games. ASUS emphasizes that while great for gaming, the GL553 and GL753 also make perfect all-around productivity machines.
Belkin has long been one of the top names in technology accessories, creating products that make it easier to use your tablet, computer, smartphone or other devices. At CES Unveiled, we got a closer look at some of their new accessories for 2017. While the selection was iPhone-heavy, Belkin does also have non-iOS options for most of these accessories in the pipeline. While it may seem like there’s only so much innovation a company can do with a power cable or phone case, Belkin has thought of some clever improvements to each.
Check out the DuraTek Lightning cable, which is wrapped in DuPont Kevlar fabric (the stuff used to make bulletproof vests), built to withstand 5000+bend cycles and equipped with a laser-welded connector that withstands over 40 lbs of force. It very well may be the last Lightning cable you ever buy.
SpeedX wasn’t the only company at CES 2017 bringing smart technology to the world of two wheels. At CES Unveiled, we got a look at the Cosmo Connected smart brake lights. Designed for a motorcycle helmets—but adaptable to some bicycle helmets—the Cosmo Connected is an auxiliary brake light meant to be worn on the back of the rider’s helmet. In this position, the extra-bright light is at eye-level for other motorists on the road, making them more aware of the rider’s position. In addition to operating like a normal brake light—getting brighter as the rider stops—the Cosmo Connected can be set to constant flashing, or extra visibility.
For years, bicycle computers have been getting smarter and smarter, adding options like wireless data transmission and GPS tracking, and integrating with a bike’s drivetrain to track gearing and power output. There are countless options on the market, offering increasing levels of features and complexity. The new SpeedX Unicorn smart road bike simplifies everything by baking those features right into the bicycle itself. And if you’re worried about a tech-company focusing on gadgetry instead of bike performance, fret not. The SpeedX Unicorn is a high-tech machine built from the ground up to go toe-to-toe with top-tier racing bikes from the most well-known brands.
Virtual Reality (VR) has made its way in the tech world, and especially in the gaming world. Virtual reality is fully immersive, giving you an extraordinary 3D experience. Top manufacturers like Lenovo are stepping up their game by providing more content and a better experience. The Abt team was able to get a sneak peek at Lenovo’s new VR headset at CES 2017. Just recently, Microsoft released Microsoft Holographic, a platform for VR experience that Lenovo plans for their headsets to run on. Microsoft Holographic offers new and diverse content, providing thousands of apps available to view on VR. This means, not only will the new Lenovo Virtual Reality Headset serve for gaming purposes, but also for communication and productivity.
The seminal sci-fi comedy Back to the Future II was responsible for two of the greatest fantasies of the late 20th Century: the Cubs winning the World Series, and shoes that lace themselves. We were lucky enough to see that first wish finally come to fruition this fall, and after our visit with Digitsole, it looks like the second one has arrived as well. Digitsole has been making waves at CES for the past few years, first getting rave reviews on their Warm Series of heated insoles back in 2015. This year, Digitsole displayed a full complement of connected shoes.
If you’re one of the estimated 60 million people a year who have trouble falling asleep, you may have found that listening to soothing music before bed makes the Zs come easier. In fact, the practice is actually encouraged, especially for those with chronic sleep disorders or the over-stressed. But if you’ve ever tried it with headphones, chances are you’ve woken up tangled in cord, if you were lucky enough to get the headphones to stay on for more than a few minutes. And headphones are pretty much a no-go if you’re a side-sleeper. AcousticSheep aims to change the game for bedtime music listeners.
Every year for the last few years, wearable technology has been one of the hottest topics at CES. We’ve seen everything from smartwatches to smart shoes, smart jewelry and smart shirts, and smart functions added to just about anything else you can attach to your body. This year, we got up close and personal with smart tattoo. The Rotex Electronic Tattoo claims to perform many of the typical functions of your wrist-mounted activity tracker—monitoring vital signs, brainwaves, muscle performance, etc.—through an ultrathin adhesive patch that sticks directly to your skin. There is even the possibility that these tattoos can track muscle movements and translate them into commands that would allow the wearer to wirelessly control a device.
No other equipment is needed for the tattoo to perform its monitoring, though a small auxiliary device about the size of a package of gum is used to read the recorded data. That device can then send the data to your smartphone or computer for further analysis. The tattoos are temporary, but should last a full week, surviving showers and regular exercise. Will this replace your Fitbit? Not likely, though it might someday. A more likely application would be for people who need to monitor their vitals for significant health reasons but don’t want to wear a bracelet or other comparatively bulky device 24/7. The Rotex Electronic Tattoo will be hitting the market sometime mid-year, so keep an eye out if it’s of any interest to you!