CES 2017 begins on Thursday, but there already have been quite a few unveilings at the pre-event days for the media and we’re going to discuss a bit about the best ones.
Las Vegas is already witnessing a lot of Smart Home Tech as well as the tech for augmented reality, which is not so good yet as well as gaming centric products and below is our selection of the coolest ones on display.
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Dell’s 14 and 15 Inspiron 7000 series
Nvidia’s new GTX 1050 series is in the market, and the companies have already lined up their products with the snappy graphics supporting chipset.
Dell isn’t staying behind in the gamer’s race is all set to give tough competition to Lenovo’s Legion gaming laptops which sport the same graphic card.
The 14-inch laptop gets the GTX 1050 chip while its bigger 15-inch variant gets the GTX 1050 Ti chip. Both the laptops essentially look the same as their 2016 variants but get considerable spec upgrades.
Both the variants are available with an option of either the 7th-gen Core i5 7300HQ processor or the Core i7 7700HQ quad-core processor.
Other than this the 15.6-inch model gets better specs with a 512GB SSD, GTX 1050 Ti graphics, a 74 watt-hour battery and an option to opt for either a 1080p or 4K IPS screen.
For $799 starting price, these laptops are a steal, especially when compared to Lenovo’s Legion laptop’s base price of $899. If you want something better, Dell is also offering Alienware starting at $999.
The NeOse Smell Recorder
Technology has fast emerged in audio and visual spectrum but has been largely defeated in one of an essential human sense: smell.
One company — Aryballe Technologies — is still fighting the odds and has put up its ‘optical nose’ christened NeOse on display at CES this year.
The device has a preset database of scents and uses chemical sensors mixed with an optical system to figure out the scent, then matches it against the database and gives an identification on an iOS app.
Right now the product isn’t targeted towards the consumer as it’s approximately going to be priced between $10,000 and $15,000 and right now is aimed towards businesses, primarily in food and cosmetic industry.
Whenever the company aims to sell it to consumer mass market, they’ll surely find a handful of customers who’re into keeping food in their fridge and can’t seem to figure out when it’s going stale — that makes the most of us.
The device can also be used in waste management units to detect leaks and can also be used to test the air quality. The device will be made available sometime during May or June this year.
PowerRay Submersible Drone
As we were expecting, drones are now going to dive underwater too. Going out fishing? Take your new buddy alongwith, not only does it find fish for you using its sonar technology combined with LED lights, but will also film your catch in 4K.
The drone is designed to withstand underwater pressure for up to 30 metres and can detect fishes within a distance of 40 metres.
The drone can be connected to a iOS or Android app and can send data, videos and images to it from over 70 metres away via Wi-Fi.
VR experience also has been integrated with the drone to give you a first-person experience as the drone fetches fish for you. Not only that, you can control the drone’s movement by simply tilting your head too.
While this isn’t fair for the fishes, the company likes to call the product a measure for ‘recreational fishing’. The price of the product hasn’t been specified yet, but pre-bookings start this February.
Happy fishing — might as well take a nap while your drone is at it.
Faraday Future’s FF91
The FF91 — a 1050 HP churning beast which can hop the meter from 0-60 in under 2.39 secs — has to be one of the fastest cars produced, if not the fastest as the company claims.
There was a lot of buzz surrounding the Faraday Future 91, and if the company can deliver on their promise of specs as well as delivery, Tesla would surely have something to worry about.
Anyone interested in buying the car can pre-book it for $5000, which is refundable, at their official website and will also have the option to upgrade to the limited edition ‘Alliance’ models.
The deliveries for the futuristic car are expected to begin in 2018.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835
Qualcomm has finally unveiled its Snapdragon 835 SoC which will be powering most of the higher end devices at least in the first half of 2017.
The Snapdragon 835 is an octa-core processor which clocks at 2.45GHz and is supported by Adreno 540 GPU unit.
The new chipset boasts of enhanced battery life for the device as well as an advanced capability to support both virtual reality and augmented reality.
The company boasts that the new chip will be consuming 25% less energy than its 820-series predecessors, which roughly translates into 2.5 hours of extended battery usage.
The chip has QuickCharge 4.0 capabilities and also protects devices against overcharging. The company also claims that the chip enhances the photo/video shooting capabilities of the device as well as delivers better audio.