CES 2018: five new tech products that caused a stir

CES 2018: five new tech products that caused a stir

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing right now in Las Vegas. This gigantic show devoted to technological innovation is the opportunity to discover many products.

Here are some news and interesting announcements made during the first days of the show.

LG and its roll-up screen

The manufacturer LG has unveiled many new televisions, including an impressive panel that rolls upon itself.

This pretty 65-inch screen uses OLED technology and comes to fulfill the plans of LG, which had shown many foldable screen prototypes in recent years.

The idea would be to be able to reduce the size of your screen when you watch a movie - rather than having the black bands at the top and bottom of your screen -, to display a small information banner, or even to put away the TV for a more refined interior.

This product isn't expected until 2019 at best but demonstrates the phenomenal advancements in foldable displays.

After smartphones, the first “smart car”?

A Chinese start-up has unveiled its vision of the automobile of the future by promising to deliver the first “intelligent and intuitive” car next year at a price of around 45,000 dollars (37,000 euros).

This electrically powered concept car, unveiled by Byton, is presented as a computer on wheels equipped with a digital lounge with a panoramic screen dedicated to navigation as well as to the entertainment of passengers and even to their health.

Byton, led by former executives from Tesla, BMW, Apple, and Google, plans to launch its model by 2019 in China and by 2020 in the United States and Europe.

It will have an electric range of over 500 kilometers and will be able to recharge its battery in 15 to 30 minutes.

The Byton will be offered with “level 3” autonomous piloting, allowing certain functions without the intervention of a human driver, and being able to be “level 4” for quasi-autonomous operation from 2020.

HTC announces Vive Pro

Virtual reality continues to make many manufacturers fantasize, despite the measured, if not very low, interest from consumers. HTC is therefore back with a new version of its headset, called Vive Pro.

This is an evolution of its first virtual reality headset, with a better definition of the screen and above all the disappearance of the cable that connects the headset to the PC, thanks to an adapter and the addition of a battery to slip into his pocket. No information circulates as to the autonomy of the whole.

No final release date or price yet.

Acer always sees things finer

Difficult to innovate in the laptop segment. Acer however offers a rather impressive product with its new ultra-portable only 8.9 mm thick. It is quite simply the thinnest laptop in the world.

Inside, there is a seventh generation Intel i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The 14-inch screen offers a definition of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Note also a port for a SIM card and USB Type-C sockets only.

Price announced for this product expected this year: € 1800.

Razer turns your smartphone into a computer

Another great announcement for laptops is Project Linda from the American company Razer, which specializes in products for gamers.

The manufacturer wants to use the power of its new smartphone, the Razer Phone, to turn it into a laptop, simply sliding it into a frame made up of a screen and a keyboard.

Switching from one environment to another would be greatly simplified and we would gain in comfort for certain applications which deserve a real keyboard and a larger screen for working.

But it will be necessary to see if this project will succeed in the stores or if it will be the umpteenth announcement to forget, because the product has no date or no price announced yet.