CES 2017 – Tech

I think I’m going to update this page as I read more on the tech at CES 2017 to make it easier on you and me so bookmark this page.

LG Signature OLED W (aka W7)

Courtesy of LG

This is LG’s flagship television coming in at 2.57 mm thick for the 65 inch model.  Do you understand how thin that is?  The iPhone 7, for example, is 7.1 mm thick!  Yeah.  In fact the “W” in the name of the TV stands for “wallpaper”.

OK.  I’ll level with you.  The reason they can do this is because this is literally only the screen. See the sound bar below the TV, that is where all the other components sit.  Still pretty awesome, but LG is definitely being tricky here.

The TV comes in 55, 65, and 77 inches and features Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound.

They’ve also invented a magnetic bracket with which to mount the TV to the wall allowing for no gap between the TV and the wall.

No price or release date but you can check it out at select Best Buy stores in the U.S.

Faraday Future FF 91 Self-Valet Electric Vehicle

Courtesy of Faraday Future

Faraday Future brought their flagship electric vehicle called the FF 91.  Their website describes the vehicle as a vehicle that learns the more you drive it.  You can customize the seat position, music, videos, temperature, drive hand, etc by way of you driving the vehicle and via a smartphone app.  The smartphone app will also allow you to get out of your car and send it off to park itself.

The Verge put together a 7 minute video of the original presentation to show the highlights.  Because I know all you care about are the demos, check out these points in the video:

  • 1 min 29 sec: Demo of the car parking itself
  • 3 min 24 sec: Demo of the 1,050 HP by going 0 to 60 MPH in 2.39 seconds
  • 5 min 17 sec: Demo of someone coming out of the car, asked to summon the car to drive away…and fail.  They stood there in awkward silence waiting for the car to drive away but it just sat there.

Hover Camera Passport Drone

Courtesy of Zero Zero Robotics

It seems the theme of the drones marketplace was portability. One of the most popular drones was the selfie drone called the Hover Camera Passport.  It is portable, foldable, light-weight (less than 0.52 lbs meaning it doesn’t require FAA registration), and no drone experience required because it hovers autonomously.  Using an app, compatible with iOS and Android, you can have it follow you as you walk around.  By turning on Beast Mode you can remove the speed restriction and have it track you at higher speeds.  Plus, you can record video in 720p, 1080p, or 4k.

To fly it you simply pop on the camera/battery to the propeller body.  Hold the drone from the center and it will automatically turn on.  Let go and it will hover in place as it uses body tracking to keep you in frame.  I’ve been watching videos of it and it is a very impressive drone.

It’s not a cheap drone, currently at $599, but I think the technology is well worth it. If interested, check it out at their website: Hover Camera Passport

Ossic X Headphones

Courtesy of Ossic

The Ossic X headphones were a big hit at CES this year according to various reviews.  Ossic calls these the world’s most advanced 3D audio listening system.  The headset measures your head and takes that into consideration when producing sound from all directions including areas from above and below your ears.  Move your head and the sounds will stay stationary in virtual space.  This is unlike current headsets which produce sound that appear to come from a horizontal plane around your head not top and bottom.  People at CES were able to experience the headset with the HTC Vive virtual reality gear and said it was incredible.

Courtesy of Ossic

Ossic started on kickstarter and raised over $2 million dollars.  According to their website, you may pre-order a headset for $300.  When released to the general public they will go for $500.  For more information, check them out at Ossic.com.

More products to come…

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