Technology is making a splash again in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing (and a little rainy), which means there’s a slew of new gadgets to consider. Here are my top picks so far–the devices you might actually buy (or crave) in 2018.
1. Motorola Keyboard Mod
I won’t say this could change computing as we know it, but there’s a chance at least. The Keyboard Mod works with the Moto Z smartphone. You snap the phone onto the keyboard and can start typing in Google Docs and check your email. Why is a game-changer? If your phone works for real work when you travel, why bother with a laptop anymore?
2. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
Don’t say laptops never change. The super-thin Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 uses a new type of keyboard where magnets push the keys up and down instead of the typical plastic levers. It’s a sign of things to come: The processing power, even at a size of only .62 inches, matches or exceeds much thicker notebooks.
3. Lenovo Smart Display
I like the idea of having one of these small displays, which lets you talk to the Google Assistant bot, right on your desk. You can ask about directions to a meeting or set a reminder. Plus, it looks quite modern with a white and black design and a speaker right on front. It’s one step closer to a future where we don’t need smartphones.
4. Peloton Tread
I’m excited to try out this treadmill, which could work as a workout machine at the office and connects you to live or recorded classes from a studio. There’s a social side as well. Other fitness nuts can connect through the app and in classes. I’ll go a step further and say this treadmill could work as an ideal stand-up desk (although it’s not designed to do that).
5. Byton SUV
What would happen if this highly-connected electric SUV gave Tesla something to think about? It has a good chance based on the initial peek–an on-board high-speed connected network that beams 4K video onto screens for every passenger and autonomous driving tech. It’s supposed to come out next year and cost $45,000.
6. Sony Aibo
The return of the king? Maybe. This robo-dog now adapts to the environment and your own interactions. It uses 22-axis points that move in unison to convince you it looks real (or at least realistic). The original Aibo did not benefit from cloud-based deep learning algorithms like the new model will. It’s a toy…but it’s also a convincing social companion.
LG Rollable TV
LG has developed a 65-inch OLED TV which can be rolled up like a poster. It is still a concept, but first of its kind which allows users to take advantage of the flexible nature of OLED panels. It is 4K screen with resolution of 3,840x,2160p, bezel less design and a ultra wide aspect ratio of 21:9. When rolled up it settles down in the base box. This makes it moving around a lot easier hassle free. There is no update on availability or price as it is still a prototype.
Self driven luggage
Chinese company Forward X has announced a smart suitcase, called CX-1, which can move and follow its owner by itself. The suitcase comes with a wide angle camera with a range of 170 degree and uses face recognition tools to identify its owner. It can also detect obstacles in its path and move around them. If it loses its way in a crowed place, user can redirect it back on track with the Bluetooth connected smartband. The smart suitcase is likely to be available later this year at an expected price of $400 (approximately Rs25,502).