This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, was jam-packed with technology spread over 1 million square feet of conference space. More than 170,000 participants got a sneak peak or a hands-on experience with the most cutting-edge tech that’s available, or soon to enter the market. These gadgets made several “Best of CES” lists, but only time will tell if the tech they advertise makes it way into consumers’ hands in the next year.
Razer Project Valerie
Speaking of the cutting edge (pun intended), Razer, a PC company specializing in experimental equipment mostly for gamers, showed two standout products: Project Ariana and Project Valerie. Ariana enhances the gamer’s station by expanding the screen with a smart projector, which many have compared to Microsoft’s IllumiRoom shown in 2013. Valerie expands the screen by adding more screens. Three built-in, 17.3-inch, 4k display screens expand from the lid. Self-controlled, and with fully contained internal wiring, a single image across all three monitors can take up over 11,000 pixels. Only one source remarked that the massive screens could be less than desirable, calling it “chunkier than a 1990s Apple Powerbook.” Someone found Razer’s display appealing enough that they reported some of the prototypes were stolen from their CES booth. The CEO hasn’t clarified which models exactly were pilfered, and will continue working with the Las Vegas law enforcement.
The AirBar fills a very specific niche for people looking to enhance their laptops by giving them more functionality than only clicking or typing on the keyboard. They want an Apple product, but also want it to have a touch screen. The AirBar, when placed at the base of the 13-inch MacBook Air, projects an invisible screen of light across the computer screen, effectively turning it into a touch screen. Set to ship in March, Neonode has also teased an AirBar for Windows at sizes from 15.6, 14, and 13.3 inches. One reviewer notes that since the AirBar uses USB 2.0 to connect, Apple fans getting the latest model of MacBooks will have to use a USB-Type C converter – anyone who plans to get the new MacBook Pros will have to use those converters for everything.
LG OLED W7 TV
As Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, famously said, “You can never be too rich or too thin,” and at least the latter of these also applies to televisions. LG stunned the CES crowds with the thinness of their OLED W7 television, which was called a “seamless centerpiece,” “more like a work of modern art, “ and “wallpaper thin.” The trick is mounting it to the wall with thin magnetic brackets, and connecting via a proprietary cable to the sound bar, which houses the audio, connectors, and all of the other TV hardware that would normally bulk up the screen.
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The Razer Valerie, LG OLED W7, and Neonode’s AirBar are just a few of the amazing gadgets with innovative displays that were released for the world to see at CES this year. Next, we’ll take a look at some wearables and more “gadgety” gadgets, like the smart toaster!