Now that CES 2017 is here, we’d like to fill you in on a few of the announcements that are taking place for this year’s next big thing:
Nvidia has updated its Android-powered Shield TV box, known as “The Shield” with the following new features:
- Full 4K HDR capability
- Due to its 2016 firmware update the Shield can stream limited content from YouTube in 4K and Netflix in HDR along with adding Google Play Movies, Amazon Video and games streaming.
- Built in Google Assistant with voice recognition for music and video play.
- Comes with Nvidia Spot, similar to Echo Dot, you can plug it in anywhere in your home and it picks up voice commands.
Nvidia has also announced the launch of its GTX 1050 and 1050Ti graphics chip for laptops. This card can run many games at 1080p and 60fps on laptops that are more affordable than your typical gaming laptop.
Sony has announced their new line of OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) TVs with flat and curved models. Their new AE1 has a unique way of projecting sound. Instead of speakers or a sound-bar, the new Sony AE1 literally vibrates the TV panel to produce sound. The sound comes directly from the screen.
Not to be outdone, rival LG has announced it new 77” LG Signature OLED W7 TV that they describe as the “lightest, thinnest, and most beautiful TV on the planet.” Also available in a 65” model, both run on LG’s well-respected web OS3.5 software, regarded as the best by many.
HTC, winner of 2016’s Best of CES, has created a slew of new accessories to play with its virtual reality headset, Vive. They’ve also included an add-on that makes its virtual reality experience completely wireless.
Laptops at CES
With Intel’s Kaby Lake chips and Nvidia’s GTX 1050 GPUs on the scene there are a lot of new laptops in the works.
Dell announced a major revise to its XPS 13 laptop, which includes the new Kaby Lake architecture.
Razer debuted it’s Project Valerie, a gaming laptop with three fold-out 4K screens. Get the picture?
Acer is launching five laptops and a new desktop, including the Predator 21X which features a curved screen.
As well as their new Q9F OLED TV, Samsung announced two new Chromebooks. The Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus. The Chromebook Plus includes an ARM chip Quad HD resolution, stylus compatibility and is Android app-ready. On the computing front Samsung announced a new gaming laptop, the Notebook Odyssey with a Core i7 processor and new Volcano keyboard.
LG announced its Robot Vacuum, which not only recognizes objects but also asks you to move if it’s close to bumping into you.
LG also announced their new LG Smart InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator which comes with a built in touchscreen camera that let’s you see inside your fridge while you’re at the supermarket.
LG even teamed up with Amazon to bring Alexa to the Smart Insta View refrigerator. You can now add things to your shopping list, check the weather and get answers to any other questions you may have.
Cars at CES
This year is another great year for cars. At last year’s CES Faraday Future revealed a high performance electric car, this year they’ve delivered the finished article. The FF91 is a self-driving car that won’t be available until 2018 but it’s promising 1,050 bhp, 0-60 in 2.39 seconds – making it faster than the Tesla Model S which boasts a 2.5 second speed. Nvidia won’t be left behind; it’s demonstrating its own driverless vehicle, the BB8.
Intel and BMW won’t be left behind, either; they’re working in partnership and announcing a fleet of 40-self-driving cars that will be hitting the road later this year.
Introducing Buddy, from Blue Frog, the family Robot. Buddy glides through your home, checking for intruders, managing your smart home products, reminding you of important events, playing your music and even calling the fire department if it senses a fire.
Here at SureCall we announced the new Flare, the first cellular signal booster that integrates an indoor antenna with a booster making for a cleaner and easier installation. The Flare boosts signal for all North American cell carriers, covers up to 2,500 square feet and supports up to eight simultaneous users. Learn more about the Flare or see our other solutions on SureCall.com.