CES 2018 Highlights

One of the biggest highlights of the tech industry is the Consumer Electronics Show. Running from January 9th to 12th, companies big and small attended this year’s conference to show off their latest technology. This year’s focus was on drones, Internet of Things, AR/VR, autonomous vehicles and most importantly AI.

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Future of autonomous driving : Nvidia Xavier

The winner of this year’s CES definitely goes out to Nvidia. What would one expect from a GPU manufacturer’s press release in CES? Some fancy new architecture for their new GPU lineup, right?

Well, that’s not the case this time. Nvidia’s CEO revealed their plans for integrating their rendering systems for autonomous driving, and they have already partnered up with over 300 vehicle and parts manufacturers on what is a revolutionary tech for the auto industry.

Partnerships with Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen surely ushers a new era in the industry of autonomous driving, and it tells us that 2018 is going to be a year of AI and autonomous driving.

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Defining the mobile gaming industry : Razer Linda

The most impressive and feasible tech in CES this year was the Razer Project Linda. After unveiling the Razer phone a few days before, Razer has revealed the Project Linda; a dock for te Razer phone. It’s safe to say this will revolutionize the Desktop Experience so many tech giants are trying to pursue, except this time it’s in a compact laptop format. And all of it makes sense.

Featuring a Razer Blade inspired shell, slide your Razer phone into the Project Linda and it’ll transform into a workstation. You can play games on it, multitask, watch movies. The phone’s excellent 120hz display works as a trackpad and if you still need a mouse, you also have a USB port to connect it.

Razer says the final product will feature a 1440p 120hz touch display on the dock.

It’s hard to say how this product will be received in the market, but for now, it looks like a really cool concept. Brilliant stuff from Razer, as always.

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Under glass fingerprint : Synaptics FS9500

From 2017, rumors of under-glass fingerprint sensors were in the air. But we never expected it to be this close. Vivo and Synaptics revealed the Synaptics FS9500 Clear ID sensor this year in CES. The best part is, the sensor is already available for inclusion in a variety of devices featuring OLED panels in the near future.

The thin sensor sits between the glass and the display panel and detects through the pixels to register your fingerprint. For this reason, it cannot work on LCD panels. But it works seamlessly with OLED panels. The utility? Other than bringing life to science-fiction stuff, we think this would be a great starting point for the iPhone X’s successor on it’s list of improvements, given the backlashes on the face-recognition tech the phone uses.

War of Assistants : Google’s aggression on Alexa

2017’s CES might have been dominated by Amazon’s brilliant new AI assistant, Alexa, but Google have tried their best to make the market theirs this year. If someone visited CES this year, there’s no way no-one noticed Google’s presence in it. And it’s all for Google’s integration for IoT. Google’s smart assistant is getting better everyday, and it has evolved a lot since it’s launch. But up til a few days ago, it’s utility was mostly on phones and some watches.

This CES, Google showed off the AI assistant’s capabilities on vehicles and smart home devices ranging from microwave ovens to speakers from JBL and Lenovo. Will Google claim this market from Amazon? Only time will tell.

An unlikely partnership : Intel and AMD

Up til now, top-of-the-line gaming laptops had GTX 10 series GPUs integrated into the laptops for maximum performance. But what seemed to be impossible happened this CES; Intel and AMD teamed up to release more laptops featuring AMD GPU based on AMD’s new Vega architecture. There’s one already out, and it’s HP’s flagship Spectre x360.

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Rise of robots : mechanical companions

Robots in the past were used for complex tasks that would be inefficient under human labor force.  These mechanical marvels weren’t utilized for purposes other than industrial usage. But this year, CES saw a rise in robot companions. Somnox, for example, is a companion robot that helps you to fall asleep.

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Innovation with vision : LED panels

LED panels have been around for some time, but some interesting new techs popped up this CES. OLEDs have been all the rage for the yesteryear, but OLEDs lose their flair after the panels finish burn-in.  Samsung showed off it’s microLED panel, Wall. the panel isn’t as susceptible to this burn-in, and still looks just as, if not more impressive than OLED panels. This is probably one of the best technologies of CES that will change the media consumption industry of the future.

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