Top 5 Cool New Gadgets From CES 2018 | Best of CES

January 15, 2018
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Our favorites from the stream of cool new devices presented this at CES 2018.

Samsung The Wall

During CES in Las Vegas, we saw companies competing with gigantic TVs and absurd resolutions. But ‘ The Wall ‘ from Samsung is not just another TV. We see the future of Samsung TV and it goes in a different direction than OLED. Competitor LG has fully focused on OLED TVs and also makes screens for Panasonic and Sony. Samsung decided to completely drop OLED in 2014.

The Wall is certainly not an OLED, the TV uses MicroLED. That technology shares some characteristics with OLED and also consists of millions of pixels that emit both colors and light though backlight is not necessary. To be able to display black, pixels are set individually, so black is really black and a much higher contrast is possible.

Big difference between OLED and MicroLED is that in an OLED organic material is used. This is relatively expensive, current OLED screens are sensitive to static image burn-in and have a limited lifespan. MicroLED promises all the advantages of OLED without the disadvantages of the OLED. According to Samsung, The Wall can easily display a large, static image.

Moreover, the screen is modular. The Wall consists of all small borderless panels of about 10 by 10 centimeters, which together make one big screen. This allows customers to put together a screen in exactly the format and even the ratio they want. Samsung itself showed a screen of 146 inches, according to the company is the largest screen that fits in a normal living room.

Although The Wall came across as a concept, Samsung plans to tell more about the TV during an event in March. Should the TV appear this year, expect a high price. Also, check out our list of Cool New TVs unveiled at CES 2018.

LG 4K projector

For a big picture, you do not necessarily need a big TV. Projectors for the home are also still being developed. The new 4K beamer from LG is very interesting. The tightly designed projector looks like a stretched black cooler box, with a handle and a cover under which the lens is hidden.

The projector can create a maximum of 150-inch image with a brightness of up to 2,500 lumens. This makes the 4K beamer the brightest LG projector ever, and about as bright as other 4K beamers. The projector also supports HDR10, although HDR does not work as well on TV projectors as on TVs. With beamers, high contrast is more difficult because you project around a white surface, which makes deep black values difficult.

The projector can be placed on the floor or attached to the wall or ceiling. There is no info on when will the 4K Beamer from LG come to the market and at what price. Models with a comparable performance cost around US $2,000.

DJI Osmo Mobile 2

Good image stabilization turns an amateurish mobile video into a high-quality video. There is still nothing like a larger, external stabilizer. Drone maker DJI also makes excellent gimbals and the newest is a lot cheaper too. The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is a handle where you can click your phone. A motorized gyroscope ensures that the camera remains stable, even if you are moving wildly. Phones fit into this new Osmo Mobile both vertically and horizontally.

In addition to smooth videos, the Osmo also makes it easy to create stable time-lapses while you move your shot horizontally or vertically. The Osmo Mobile 2 is lighter than its predecessor, has an improved 15 instead of 5 hours of battery life and can also charge your phone. It is also a lot cheaper, 130 dollars, where the previous one cost 300 dollars.

Fingerprint scanner Below the screen

For a long time, there were rumors about a fingerprint scanner that could be built inside or under the screen of smartphones. Apple was rumored to be working on it, Samsung is still working on it. The Chinese Vivo became the first to show a working copy during CES 2018.

It is exactly what you expect, a fingerprint scanner but not in a button under the screen or on the back of the phone, but under the screen. If you have to verify your fingerprint, a picture will appear on the screen. Press your finger on it, and you’re done.

Apple may then put its money on face recognition, but with this step forward, the fingerprint scanner has certainly not yet been written off.

HTC Vive Pro

The HTC Vive Pro improves VR glasses in all areas: the screen has a 78 percent higher resolution. The original Vive had 2160 x 1200 pixels, the Pro has 2880 x 1600. That makes 1400 x 1600 pixels per eye, good for a density of 615 pixels per inch, 37 percent higher than the previous model.

The glasses are now also suitable for full wireless use, with the new Vive Wireless Adapter. It can also be used with the current Vive and allows you to move freely through space without the hindrance of cables. The new sensors on the Vive Pro map out your surroundings so that you do not bump into anything.

The Vive Pro also has built-in headphones, improved headband and is lighter.

Bonus: Razer Project Linda

Razer has created a working concept of the laptop that is powered by a smartphone. And why not, smartphones are now just as fast as many laptops. Project Linda works great. The laptop is nothing more than a silly shell with a screen, keyboard, and batteries.

You place your phone where the trackpad normally is. The touchscreen of the phone works a touchpad, and the chips of the device provide the computing power. So you have the advantages of both a laptop and a smartphone, and you also have a faster laptop when renewing your phone. Whether that is lucrative for makers of both laptops and smartphones is a question, but for consumers, it is definitely an attractive prospect.

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