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12 things in CES 2017

1. Samsung says its new QLED TVs are better than OLED TVs

Samsung QLEDs featured claim to have double the brightness of the previous ones (1500 to 2000 nits vs 1000 nits) and way more color reproduction meaning more vibrant greens and richer reds. QLEDs still require backlighting though unlike OLEDs but don’t suffer burn-in like OLEDs either.

2. Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 — the first 10nm SoC

“The Snapdragon 835 features a new Kryo 820 CPU with four high-performance cores running at 2.45GHz and four efficiency low-power cores running at 1.9GHz. These are backed by dual channel LPDDR4x memory at 1866MHz.” More here.

3.The Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor really lives up to its name

Wow this is thin. What impresses most is the idea of moving all bulky hardware to the base of the monitor leaving only the display elements to the user facing panel. Really sleek.

4. Amazon’s Alexa moves in on Google’s Android system

A far as Sci-Fi films and series go, one of the coolest features we viewers long to have is the computer assistant. While the Marvel universe isn’t Sci-Fi, who hates Jarvis? Amazon has Alexa and the IoT revolution is on its way so, it is a great time to roll your digital assistant out. Amazon is actually racing to beat giant Google to the masses as the latter shut others out of their assistant making it exclusively for Pixel smartphones. So Amazon brought Alexa to Android and top white-good manufacturers to back it to that end. Amazon is up for a head start. It won’t be long before your fridge actually tells you ‘We’re low on milk.’

5. Dell Precision 5520 is world’s lightest 15-inch mobile workstation

3.93 pounds, 15.4" screen in a unit that feels like a 14", latest 7th-gen Intel Xeon and Kaby Lake CPUs. Also, that screen is 4K.

6. Razer goes immersive with new in-room gaming projection and 3-screen laptop

Razer displayed their latest project, Ariana. While still just a concept sort of right now, the hardware displayed was impressive. Ariana is an ultra-bright sleek looking gaming projector coupled with immersive surround sound. Razer acquired THX recently, so the technology is probably being put to good use. Also, project Valerie, an impressive multi-monitor laptop. 3x 4K 17.3" monitors in a laptop!

7. CES 2017: Faraday Future unveils super fast electric car

Still sounds too good to be true, especially considering all the effort put forward by Tesla in design and manufacturing of what can only be described as the most brute force approach to forcing a product to succeed. Faraday Future claims massive battery sizes and long ranges. While the vehicle does look a bit bulkier than a Tesla it will probably weigh a lot more if those claims are true. Also the features mentioned are more like a laundry list of features available in other vehicles.

8. At CES, new Vive accessories fix some of VR’s problems

Wireless HTC Vive! Pricey but very much welcome change to the Vive line as the sold out TPCast units back in November clearly showed demand. If you want to add wireless connectivity to your Vive, the TPCast is your solution. HTC is rolling out worldwide with this bad boy.

9. Dell’s Canvas is a 27-inch tablet for creative professionals

Dell’s 27" answer to Microsoft’s Surface Studio. 18.5 pounds, anti-glare Gorilla Glass, 2 “dials” (different sizes each) as well as Stylus.

10. Honda’s Riding Assist gives motorcycles balance tricks from its Asimo bot

Motorcycles are heavy. Honda developed a self balancing motorcycle using things they learned from their Asimo humanoid robot.

11. Toshiba’s BG Series M.2 NVMe SSDs are super compact

SSDs in the M.2 NVMe form factor are really popular among performance seeking users. Toshiba’s latest GB series continues the trend towards smaller is better. Small on the outside, big on the inside (upto 512GB) and this is really small, on the outside.

12. Blitab is a Braille device for visually impaired people

Braille displays were always costly because of the complex mechanicals involved. Braille is the tactile method used by the visually impaired for reading. Blitab uses a unique braille display coupled to a real Android tablet (tiny though). The real kicker is in the relatively very low cost, almost 10 times cheaper than conventional braille hardware.

Other things that caught our eye at CES 2017.

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