Highlights of CES 2018CES — the official name and former acronym for the Consumer Electronics Show — is an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association. Held in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, the event typically hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry.
Each year, electronics companies big and small use the CES to introduce their upcoming slate of products. The majority of products are niche products for a specific audience or tweaks to previous models. But a select few are exciting & innovative. Let’s have a look.Alexa is coming to Windows 10Alexa is an artificial intelligence powered voice controlled personal assistant developed by Amazon & first used in the Amazon Echo.
As Alexa popped up in more speakers, fridges, microwaves, and lamps, it was only a matter of time before it showed up on the desktop operating system that a vast majority of the world uses. At CES 2018, HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer announced that they will release Alexa-compatible laptops. Similar to Cortana, Alexa can be voice controlled in a very similar way, “Hey Alexa, send that spreadsheet I’ve been working on to Andy.
” It’s not reality yet, but it could very well happen this year.Nvidia and VW, sitting in a treeCES 2018 brought no shortage of companies boldly declaring that they would usher in our self-driving pod car future, but Nvidia brought less talk and more silicon. The company that already powers Tesla’s bar-setting Model S this year announced both an insane new chip called Xavier, and a new partnership with Volkswagen that will bring it to the masses.Xavier basically compresses the computing power of “a trunk full of PCs” to a package the size of a license plate, which should be enough power to unlock true “level five” autonomous driving. That means steering wheel optional – sit in the back and Instagram your way to work. It’s the next big thing.Intel’s new AMD-powered chipsAMD has been in competition with Intel for making the best CPU. It’s been 45 years; AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies.
AMD’s latest GPU named “VEGA” has touched a milestone in mobile computing & power efficiency. Seeing this as a huge opportunity Intel and AMD have teamed up. This partnership bring us one step closer to ultra-thin laptops that can do everything. For years, computer buyers had a choice to make: buy portable laptops that could run basic applications, or buy chunky heavy laptops that were hardly portable but could run everything, including games, virtual reality (VR), and video-editing software.With Intel’s announcement on Jan 7, 2018 at CES, all of that is about to change.
Intel announced new details about its 8th-generation chips, which include central processors (CPU) from Intel and graphics processors (GPU) from the company’s industry rival AMD.For the uninitiated, every computer has a CPU that runs programs we use every day, like web browsers and simple apps like Microsoft Office. GPUs are only necessary for power-hungry applications, like video editing, gaming, and VR.Intel’s and AMD’s hybrid chips include a separate CPU and GPU on the same platform. In performance laptops, CPUs and GPUs are typically installed on their own separate platforms.By combining the CPU and GPU onto a single platform, the new chips made by the Intel and AMD partnership will have a smaller footprint inside laptops. A smaller CPU and GPU footprint will allow for incredibly thin and portable laptops with enough power to comfortably run power-hungry applications, including games and VR.
Google’s new point-and-shoot VR camerasThis year’s CES is jam-packed with various virtual reality announcements, but expect 360 imagery to make way for much simpler and more accessible VR180 technology. Since the launch of Cardboard in 2014, Google has been attempting to make immersive video and VR gaming cheaper and more available to the layman, but now it wants to take the hassle out of the filming process. Google and its new Daydream team have been working with several tech giants to launch ‘point-and-shoot’ VR180 cameras that will arrive in the coming months.Perhaps the most interesting thing about these new cameras is that they aren’t 360-degree cameras. Yes, they each possess two lenses, but they’re aligned on the front of the thin, rectangular-shaped units instead of being situated on the front and back.
The reason for this design choice is to capture the depth required to bring your memories to life while retaining a classic form factor.Sandisk squeezes 1TB storage into a prototype thumb driveSanDisk is a company well known for its storage devices, and at CES 2018 it showed that it was aiming to push the envelope further by presenting a USB thumb stick with 1TB of storage – the largest capacity yet for such a small drive.It also includes a USB-C connection, which will mean incredibly fast data transfer rates when you plug it in to a compatible port on your laptop or PC, and it may even be compatible with smartphones.
Its just a prototype at the moment, stay tuned to see the final product come out.