Best products of CES 2017

 

CES 2017 has been the biggest year so far for the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than 175,000 attendees converged on the strip this week to be among the first to see what the world’s top technology companies have to offer. Car tech took center stage for much of the show, which is certainly understandable considering all the disruption sweeping the automotive industry right now. Connected devices were a top theme once again as well, as the Internet of Things continues its shift from fantasy to reality.

There was plenty to take in at CES 2017, and we had a blast checking out all of the exciting new gear headed to store shelves in 2017 and beyond. In this post, we’ll focus on 10 products in particular that rose above the rest and really wowed us at CES.

Faraday Future FF 91
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Tesla turned the auto industry on its head when it released the Model S, and rival automakers have had no choice but to embrace electric cars far sooner than they would have liked. There are some truly exciting cars in the works, but nothing else we’ve seen in development comes anywhere close to packing in as much innovation as the Faraday Future FF 91.

The Gardena, California-based startup has had a difficult time this past year due to financial woes and several executive departures. But Faraday has managed to stay the course, and the company wowed CES 2017 attendees on Tuesday night when it finally took the wraps off its first production car.

 

Faraday Future’s FF 91 is an entirely new breed of automobile, and it’s scheduled to enter production next year.

LG Signature OLED TV W7

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An iPhone 7 is 7.1 mm thick. A number 2 pencil is 6 mm thick. LG’s new Signature OLED TV W7 television is 2.59 mm thick.

2.59 mm!

 

This stunning next-generation television truly represents the future, packing 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR into a razor-thin panel that practically becomes part of the wall thanks to a special magnetic mounting system. The components are offloaded into an accompanying sound bar, and the result is a design that will literally reshape televisions for years to come.

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Wireless HTC Vive (using TPCast)

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Virtual reality is one of the hottest spaces in consumer tech right now, and the HTC Vive offers one of the best VR experiences money can buy. Like all dedicated VR experiences from big-name brands, however, using the Vive means being tethered to a PC. That’s where TPCast comes in.

 

With financing from HTCs Vive X Accelerator fund, TPCast created a simple solution that connects to the standard Vive headset and converts it into a wireless VR system. In other words, users get the best-in-class VR experience the Vive provides while also enjoying the freedom that a smartphone VR solution affords.

TPCast will initially launch in China, where it will cost just over $215.

Honda’s self-balancing motorcycle
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Honda showed off its new Riding Assistant technology that keeps your bike balanced when it’s moving at speeds less than three miles per hour (like when you’re pulling out of the garage or stopping at a traffic light). The tech will even work when the rider isn’t onboard, meaning you never have to worry about your bike falling over on its side ever again.

This is still a concept, so we might never the tech in actual bikes, but it sure does look cool.
Razer Project Valerie is a gaming laptop with a triple-screen

 

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The newest laptop from Razer is a prototype called Project Valerie, and it’s very different from the current Razer lineup, which goes for a slim minimalism. For example, the Blade Pro is a very portable gaming laptop, and the Blade Stealth is a very sharp-looking MacBook alternative.

 

But the new Project Valerie is bigger and bolder. Its 17-inch display is packed into a pretty thick case, but only because there are two additional 17-inch displays hidden in inside the lid. Razer says this is, “the world’s first portable laptop with three built-in monitors.” Which seems to be true, even if it’s only because no one has thought to try an idea like this before. The two extra screens pop out from either side of the main display, via what Razer calls “an automated deployment mechanism,” and snap into place without needing user adjustment.
The laptop has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which is the current top of the line for laptops, and each of the three displays uses Nvidia G-sync technology, which matches the screen refresh rate and the output of the graphics hardware.
While we’re used to new laptops that are 3 pounds or less, and as thin as 10mm, this one goes in a different direction. Project Valerie is 1.5 inches thick and weighs around 12 pounds, according to Razer. As this is a concept piece, there’s currently no information on a potential price or availability, so don’t expect to find it for sale anytime soon.
Sony’s MDR-XB950N1 (Wireless,Bass Boosting, Noise Cancelling Headphones)

 

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The Sony MDR-XB950N1 are headphones which are designed to be portable and as a result you can expect them to fold and the they do come with a carry case for added protection when in transit. These are headphones that are powered by 40 mm drivers and provide a frequency response of 20Hz-20,000Hz. In terms of battery life, the Sony MDR-XB950N1 are listed to offer up to 22 hours of playback. Although the level of battery usage on offer does depend on whether you are using the noise cancellation feature or not. Either way though, these headphones to come with a jack port. So regardless of whether they have a charged battery or not, they can be used in a traditional ‘wired’ manner by attaching the included cable. Of course, as these are EXTRA BASS headphones, they are also designed to offer the listener a deeper and more punchy sound.

In terms of availability, Sony has yet to provide firm details on when the MDR-XB950N1 headphones will become available to buy in the US. However, Sony has confirmed the MDR-XB950N1 will be available to buy in the UK and in Europe from April of this year. In terms of price, the MDR-XB950N1 will cost £230 in the UK and €280 in Europe and will be available in more than one color.

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