CES 2018: The Best Gadgets So Far


New Year for the tech industry has just started! CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, opened its doors in Las Vegas on the 9th January to give us an insight into the technology of the future.

This year they have over 4,000 companies exhibiting and there was no shortage of new gadgets to play with. Let’s take a look at some of the gadgets they have released so far. 

Self-driving Lyft Cars

The title sums it up in one, Lyft is working to make self-driving cars a part of our future in the hope that ‘self-driving cars will improve society by making streets safer, cities healthier and traffic a think of the past’.

Whilst CES has been on attendees have had the chance to ride along the Las Vegas strip in it’s robot taxis. Find out what it was like to ride in the self-driving taxi.

Self-Driving Lyft Car

Samsung’s “The Wall”

Samsung aren’t calling it “The Wall” for nothing, at 146 inches its more than double the size of the most home sets - and if the size of it isn’t enough, it’s also sporting a fancy display technology known as microLED, which Samsung said was the heart of “the screen of the future”.

Samsung 'The Wall'

Sony Aibo

Sony Aibo is an adorable, artificially intelligent puppy for everyone - what more could we want!

The new version of the Sony Aibo has far more artificial intelligence (AI) and sensors in it than the previous model, so much so that Sony has angled it around simulating an untrained dog. The new hook to Aibo is that owners will need to train it through voice commands and positive reinforcement.

Sony Aibo

FoldiMate Laundry Folding Robot

Who enjoys sitting around all day folding newly washed clothes? Not many people.

FoldiMate is here to help, put your clothes into the machine and it will fold them up and dispense them into a new pile. The robot is still a prototype, but it all goes well this could become a reality in 2019. I have my fingers and toes crossed for this one!

FoldiMate Laundry Folding

HTC Vive Pro

AR is the bit hot topic currently, but VR isn’t dead - it’s getting bigger and bigger. HTC’s Vive Pro builds on the original Vive VR headset with a 78 percent increase in screen resolution - the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye) - improved 3D audio and noise-cancelling microphones. A wireless transmitter will be sold separately and can be attached for a cord-free virtual experience.

HTC Vive Pro

Lenovo Smart Display

Lenovo’s Smart Display is the new rival to the Amazon Echo. The google assistant-equipped smart speaker comes in two sizes, 8 inches or 10 inches, features full HD display. and does everything your home can do.

Driven by the Google Assistant, it can be used as a digital assistant to listen to music, check your calendar, ask about the weather, set alarms and more.

Lenovo Smart Display

Nest X Yale Lock

Google-owned smart thermostat company Nest has joined forces with lock firm Yale to create a smart lock that replaces keys with passcodes.

The Nest X Yale Lock is a touchscreen deadbolt which connects with a whole range of Nest’s smart home ecosystem devices, giving you wa more options on how to secure your home than you’d get with an old school lock and key.

The pin-code can have as many as 250 pin-codes assigned to it, and they can be assigned different times of the day. An example, if you have your dog walker coming over at midday, and a cleaner coming at 5pm, you could give them individual codes that only work within certain timeframes, adding an extra layer of security to your home.

The lock can also be linked to the Nest Secure alarm, deactivating it’s security protocols when legitimately unlocked, and the upcoming Nest Hello video doorbell, letting you unlock the door if you see somebody you know on the associated video feed.

Nest X Yale Lock

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