As another year of the iconic Consumer Electronics Show draws to a close, it goes without saying that it has had its fair share of interesting products. The influx of new technology is not an uncommon occurrence, but this year definitely brought forward some interesting innovations and designs that have never been seen before. While the floor is usually dominated by televisions and displays, this year saw an influx of less common products. From drones and robots to electric vehicles and smart home systems, CES 2017 was like no other and has definitely set the tone for technology this year.
One product that immediately comes to mind when thinking about this year’s show is Razer’s new triple-display gaming laptop, dubbed Project Valerie. The absurd looking machine bears three 4K displays that fold out when the laptop is opened and is based on Razer’s current gaming laptop line. What makes Project Valerie’s existence even more ridiculous is that the two prototypes were stolen from the floor sometime during the show, presumably by a rival company. Razer officially called the ordeal “potential industrial espionage” and is offering a $25 000 reward for whoever finds the culprits.
South Korean tech giant LG showcased a TV that was no less than a showstopper. Explained by its creators as the “lightest, thinnest, and most beautiful TV on the planet,” it is easy to see why. The LG Signature OLED W7 measures in at around 2.57mm, which is little over that of a coin. The panel will be powered by a speaker, which acts as a hub for all the internals that get the display working. It will run LG’s highly regarded webOS software and will come in 65 and 77-inch models.
The somewhat troubled startup Faraday Future revealed a more complete version of their futuristic self-driving EV. Dubbed the FF91, the oddly shaped car runs purely on electricity and is capable of producing over 1000 brake horse power. Faraday Future made sure to indicate that the car will be capable of reaching 60 mph in a mere 2.39 seconds, which would make it the fastest accelerating car in the world according to the startup. Faraday Future also showcased how the FF91 is capable of finding a space and parking itself without a driver ever entering the vehicle.
HP decided to take advantage of CES to release a laptop that defies current design norms. The stunning Spectre X360 is slightly thicker than its predecessor and as a result, HP claims that the increased battery size gives it the ability to last three hours longer. This may seem somewhat trivial, but in a world where manufacturers are sacrificing functionality for aesthetics, it is refreshing to see HP resort to consumer appeal as opposed to design. Not to say that the Spectre is an eye-sore, as the laptop looks especially impressive in its black and gold shell.
When it comes to displays, few companies make them better than Dell. This year saw them release an insane example of what can be done with monitors in 2017. The 32-inch panel has an incredible 8K resolution, which means it tops the quality of a Full HD display 16-fold and is capable of displaying 1.07 billion colors. The $4999 machine is made for top-end professionals who are looking into making an investment into their career that will last for many years to come.
Among a sea of generic, uninspired and re-branded products, many true innovations called CES home this year and have definitely influenced the way consumer technology will shape 2017.