The world’s biggest consumer tech event is back. The Consumer Electronics Show descended on Las Vegas this week, introducing us to 2018’s trendiest gadgets. All the big tech giants were there - debuting TVs, smartphones, tablets, VR and AR, self-driving cars, drones, robotics, wearables and more.
This week, we take a look at ourfavouriteannouncements from CES 2018.
SONY ANNOUNCES SMARTPHONES, ROBOT AND MORE
Sony is a safe bet at CES – they regularly announce new phones and products at the event, and this year was no different. Sony unveiled three new mid-tier smartphones this time around, with a focus on camera technology. The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra will both have 23MP rear cameras, as well as Full-HD screens. The phones will come with Android 8.0 Oreo. A third device, the Sony Xperia L2 was also announced.
Sony revealed an improved robot – Sony Aibo (pictured above). Designed to look like a robotic dog, Aibo comes with advanced sensors and improved intelligence. Other products announced by Sony include an impressive 4K HDR TV with OLED screen, wireless headphones, a sound bar and a camera. For the more info on these announcements, check outsony.ie.
SAMSUNG REVEALS TVS, HOME APPLIANCES, LAPTOPS AND MORE
This year, Samsung put the emphasis on smart technology. The tech giant revealed its vision for the internet of things, focusing on streamlining its software and services so that they will connect and work together. This is something Samsung has struggled with in the past, while competitors such as Apple and Google raced ahead.
One way Samsung intends to rectify this is by installing AI assistant Bixby (launched last year with Samsung smartphones) onto TVs and home appliances. There will also be a Samsung SmartThings cloud and app, making it easier for all devices to work together.
In addition, Samsung unveiled a new super-fast processor, as well as laptops and home appliances. One of our favourite products is their new modular TV, named ‘The Wall’ (pictured above). Samsung surprised everyone by revealing a 146” TV that uses MicroLEDs instead of LCD or OLED, and can be configured to any size you like. For a full list of their latest products, check out news.samsung.com.
MOVIPHONE COMES WITH BUILT-IN PROJECTOR
Heard about Moviphone? Wireless Mobi Solution, Inc. (WMS) original mission was to develop wireless devices, software, and infrastructure solutions, and at CES they announced their Movi Smartphone – with a built-in projector.
The Movi Smartphone is embedded with a Laser High Definition (HD) pico projector, which can project 720p images up to 200” in size diagonally. The 50 lumens projector allows the user to use any flat surface as an additional screen to enjoy movies, video, and games. The Movi Smartphone also comes with a 16 MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, as well as a long-lasting 4,000 mAh battery. For more info and to register your interest in the device, check out moviphones.com.
WEARABLES AT CES 2018
Wearables have been growing in popularity over the last couple of years, so CES 2018 was the perfect opportunity for companies such as L’Oreal and Garmin to demonstrate the latest advancements in wearable technology.
Cosmetic company L’Oreal debuted at an innovative battery-free wearable that measures UV exposure in an effort to reduce sun damage and skin cancer. At only 2mm thick and 9mm in diameter, the tiny electronic sensor can be worn on a fingernail, a pair of sunglasses or any other item that's exposed to sunlight. The UV Sense works with an accompanying app, available for both iOS and Android, which syncs and translates the data from the sensor.
Garmin revealed the Forerunner 645 Music (pictured above), integrating music into their wearable’s for the first time. Users can now store up to 500 songs on the device, or stream from Deezer. To register your interest in the Forerunner 645 Music, check out buy.garmin.com.
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