The Top 5 Gadgets of CES 2017
At this year’s CES events, we have seen a lot of advancements and experimentations and also progress in some the existing products. This week we bring you the top 5 products from CES 2017.
1) Dell Canvas
Dell’s 27-inch panel is pretty similar to the Surface Studio in the way it functions. But it is not a PC. It’s a display that connects to any PC and runs off its hardware, serving as an extension of your existing computer. The Canvas is meant to be laid out in front of, and connected to, a large standard monitor instead of replacing your screen. This provides you with a new area to work on for input, while the main monitor is your visual space. This is ideal for artists and other creatives.
With audio or photo programs, you can place the scrub bar and other files on the bottom of Canvas screen, and display the work in progress and other aspects on the main display. The tablet has a kickstand, but that only props it up to about a 45-degree angle. The Canvas features a Dial-like peripheral along with a stylus. It’s got a sharp display, covered in anti-glare Gorilla Glass. It will be available this year for $1,799.
2) Razer Project Valerie
The newest laptop from Razer is a prototype called Project Valerie and is bigger and bolder. Its 17-inch display is packed into a pretty thick case, but only because there are two additional 17-inch displays hidden in inside the lid. The two extra screens pop out from either side of the main display, via an automated deployment mechanism, and snap into place without needing user adjustment. Valerie comes with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which is the current top of the line for laptops, and each of the three displays uses Nvidia G-sync technology, which matches the screen refresh rate and the output of the graphics hardware. There has been no information about the pricing of Valerie.
3) Misfit Vapor
The Misfit Vapor is a circular smartwatch with a full touchscreen display and supports both Android and iOS devices. It’s packed with fitness-focused features including built-in GPS and an optical heart rate monitor. The most interesting aspect of the watch is that Misfit is making its own operating system. While the hardware is pretty much good to go, it’s the software that Misfit tells us still needs some work before the launch. There’s just a single physical button on the side and that’s essentially your means to turn the 1.39-inch OLED display on and off.
When it’s on, it’s an absolute beauty with rich, deep blacks that really help the Vapor’s UI stand out. Misfit Vapor provides music and GPS straight to your wrist, built-in location services and activities in real time, track heart rate, Bluetooth connectivity to keep you connected and much more behind a sleek and vibrant circular touchscreen that is both stylish and smart.
Kuri is a robot with a camera that you can use to check on your pets and kids when you’re away. You can set reminders and use its Wi-Fi connection to check the weather. It’ll also work with IFTTT to control some connected devices. Kuri can also recognize faces and context and adapt its responses accordingly. Those responses include chirps and nods since Kuri doesn’t talk. But Kuri will play podcast, music and tell stories. It also has LEDs built into its chest that can change colors.
Kuri successfully navigates from room to room, remembering where the rooms are once you guide it by using the remote control in the app. It can also navigate around objects in its path using a laser sensor. Kuri can patrol your home using a predetermined route, and lets you know if it spots something out of the ordinary. It can also use its motion and sound detection to hunt down an unusual occurrence and send you a recording. Kuri comes with a hefty price of $700.
5) LeEco Smartbike
LeEco is traditionally known as the brand for TVs and mobile devices. But this is for the first time they have launched a smart bike. The LeEco Smart Road Bike weighs 18.5-pounds and has a Toray T700 carbon fiber frame, seat post, fork, handlebars, and wheels. There are sensors for safe riding, music playback option, ride logging, GPS, communication modules and much other stuff which needs an OS. LeEco has developed ‘Bike OS’, which is an Android Marshmallow based Operating system. These devices are IP54-protected which means all electronics devices are splash and waterproof.
In addition to on-screen directions that feature turn-by-turn navigation for bicyclists, you’ll get a compass, a barometer, and a speedometer. The bikes can also play music -both online and off. You can also talk to other LeEco smart bike owners via onboard walkie-talkie technology. The display is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor and a 6,000mAh rechargeable battery.
Keval Padia is the founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing mobile app development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.