For most people, the new year starts on January 1, but for techies the year doesn’t really start until CES—the biggest consumer electronics show in the world. Hosted in Vegas during the first month of each year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Just like its predecessors, the CES 2018 created much hype in the tech world and thankfully lived up to expectations. Here the highlights of CES 2018!
51 years and counting, the Consumer Electronics Show held in Vegas each year garners much media attention and is visited by people from all over the United States. Things were no different this year with CES 2018 attracting more than 180,000 attendees over the course of four days. The attendees included the general public, exhibitor personnel and the media. Of course, the attendees were there to either exhibit or experience the tech on display. So, what was the most noticeable or interesting technology on display? Check it out.
Samsung Galaxy A8
It seems as if Samsung—the South Korean Brand of electronic items— wanted to launch its phone early this year. One of the Samsung Phones that you can expect to buy during the first quarter of this year is the midrange version of the Galaxy A8—a smart phone on display at CES 2018. The first handset from the Korean tech company with an all-display front, the mid-range version of the A8 is expected to sell for a lower price than this year’s flagships. However, we won’t guarantee this because Samsung is yet to announce the price for the phone.
Equipped with the new 2.4GHz octa-core Exynos 7885 processor of Samsung, the A8 has storage capacity of 32GB and comes with a 4GB of RAM. The phone has 16-megapixel camera on its rear side while the front is equipped with dual cameras—a 8-megapixel and a 16-megapixel f/1.9 camera.
One of the things that stood at this year’s CES were the Alexa devices on display by Amazon. However, the American ecommerce and cloud computing company wasn’t the only company flaunting its home assistants at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. Google—a multinational tech company headquartered in Menlo Park, California, also exhibited its Assistant at the event and announced that it would get a screen soon. In addition to Google itself, Sony and LG will also produce Google’s home assistants with screens this year.
Bixby—an updated version of Samsung’s assistant also managed to attract attention at the CES 2018. In many ways, the smart assistant from Samsung is similar to the Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri. Unlike many other smart assistants, Bixby will be able to connect with refrigerators and televisions in addition to integrating with the phone.
Fisker Emotion—the luxury electric car developed by Fisker automotive, will be up for sale in 2020. However, it was on display at the CES 2018 and it looked drop-dead gorgeous—inside and out. A car that is expected to provide Tesla with stiff competition, the Fisker Emotion is equipped with a battery that charges rapidly, a level 4 autonomous driving technology and a carbon fiber chassis. The car can reach a top-speed of 160 MPH and comes with futuristic butterfly doors that slide up.
HTC Vive Pro
One of the most noticeable things on day two of the 2018 Consumer Electronics show was the HTC Vive Pro—the latest version of HTC’s virtual reality headset. A headset that makes it possible for to play games at 3k resolution, the latest HTC Vive features dual OLED display for pin-sharp text and high contrast images.
A major attraction at the CES 2018 were rides in self-driving Lyft cars powered by Aptiv technology. The rides were to twenty pre-programmed destinations in Las Vegas. By offering the rides, Lyft wanted to test the viability of making self-driving cars part of its fleet in the future. Equipped with intelligent driving systems, Lyft’s self-driving cars drove around town with the same expertise as a professionally trained chauffeur.
A plethora of health gadgets was on display at the 2018 Consumer Electronic show. The 2018 CES was thronged by gadgets that help improve the health and well-being of people. This included Sleep enhancing wearable headband by Philips and mouth guard capable of detecting concussions by Prevent Biometrics—a company that deals in concussion impact monitoring technology.
Another health gadget on display at the CES 2018 that caught many people’s attention was the ‘smart swimsuit’. Jointly designed by Spire Health Tag and Swim.com, the swimsuit allows swimmers to keep track of their workouts in water. SkinScanner—a product of Neutrogena, also managed to garner considerable attention at the event. To allow users to access the health of their skin, the scanner can sync with the Skin360 app and connect to an iPhone.
The area with smartwatches on display was one of the most crowded areas at the CES 2018 and a reason for this was the Misfit Path—the good-looking smartwatch from Misfit. A smartwatch with an analog timepiece, the Misfit Path can track your sleep, distance and calories burned. Additionally, it can receive app, text and call notifications from your phone. Another benefit of this smartwatch is that it is waterproof. So, you don’t have to worry about wearing it in the shower or pool.
In addition to the seven mentioned above, the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show had many other highlights all revolving around the emerging technology that could potentially transform our lives and the world we live in. For those Technology Enthusiast, this show is awesome. To go, you need to have a tie to the technology industry, but if you can reach that threshold, the show will be worth your while and expense. Check it out in 2019.
by Bobby J Davidson
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