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LG OLED W made a lot of noise at CES, and as a result collected a whole string of awards from most publications like "Best TV in the Show". There is a reason.
The Latin letter W in the device name stands for "Wallpaper" and it accurately describes the concept of the TV. Its thickness is an insane 2.57 mm. The model is so thin that from a distance it looks like a canvas without a frame, literally glued to the wall. This design has two secrets. Firstly, W is OLED TVs, and such a matrix has a more compact backlight system than conventional LCD models. Secondly, most of the filling of the TV is hidden in a separate block, with which it is connected with a wire. This unit is not only the "brain" of the W, but also a speaker system with Dolby Atmos support.
Of course, the new LG is stuffed to the eyeballs with all existing TV technologies: there is 4K resolution, there is support for any HDR modes, and it runs on its own webOS operating system.
The TV will go on sale in February. The price was not disclosed, but it is guaranteed to be sky-high.
Traditionally for CES, the exhibition halls were filled with tons of "gaming" equipment this year. A gaming laptop is a must for every major computer maker, and even Samsung has joined this year with its version of the "ideal machine for gamers." Razer decided to bring to the exhibition not only finished products, but also prototypes: a gaming laptop with three folding screens and a Project Ariana projector. And if the first one raises the question "why", then the second one is really interesting.
Ariana is a 4K projector equipped with 3D cameras and should not be used in place of a monitor or TV, but at the same time. It displays the image on the wall in such a way that the "main" picture on the display of the device is organically woven into the overall panorama. For example, if on TV you see only the hero's hands, then on the wall under the TV - the forearms. It's like your character has peripheral vision.
In addition, thanks to the camera system, the projector is able to recognize objects on surfaces and "bend" them with light beams, creating a uniform picture. This means that if, for example, a power outlet sticks out of the wall, Ariana will arrange the image so that there is no distortion in this place.
The release date of the projector has not yet been announced.
Touchscreens don't seem to have exhausted their potential yet, even after Apple made them pressure-sensitive in new iPhones. The Americans from Tanvas have come up with something even more interesting.
Their touch screen is capable of transmitting tactile sensations. When you touch the cotton image with your finger, you will feel that you are not stroking the glass of the display, but the sleeve of your T-shirt. And if, for example, a line of stones lined up in a row is depicted on the screen, then the joints between them will be "given" to your hands.
According to the developers, their system is based on electromagnetic pulses that are sent to the points where a person's finger touches the display.
It is not yet clear where exactly the Tanvas development will find application, but I already want to see it in smartphones and tablets.
Self-balancing motorcycle Honda
One of the most important and useful technologies not only at the exhibition, but also in the last couple of years, was shown - unexpectedly - at the Honda stand. The Japanese demonstrated there how they managed to defeat gravity.
It is relatively easy to keep the motorcycle upright at speed. But once you stop, the rider has to either put the bike on a special footboard or lower his leg so that the wrong bike doesn't fall. And if in the case of sports light motorcycles this is not such a problem, then the owners of powerful and heavy "iron horses" simply hate to stop.
Therefore, Honda just took and made the Riding Assist system, which, without any visible fixtures, keeps the motorcycle on two wheels in almost any circumstance. You can take your hands off the wheel, stand upright or even get out of the saddle altogether - Riding Assist will analyze the position of the motorcycle in space, determine the center of gravity and shift it as needed in real time.
The timing of the launch of the first "smart" bikes in production has not been named, but given the excitement around this technology at CES, there is no doubt that Honda will try to get it as quickly as possible.
Thanks to the efforts of technology companies, familiar things are getting smarter almost every month - at CES 2017, the turn came to shoes. They are called Digitsole and were invented by the French from Zhor-Tech.
Two versions of the Digitsole were presented at the exhibition: one with heating, the other with a height-adjustable heel. Like almost all smart technology, Digitsole is controlled by a smartphone. You need to change the temperature and heel height (from 4.3 centimeters to 7.8 centimeters) in a special application. Both versions can also (who would have doubted) count the number of steps and calories burned.
The appearance of the shoes is unlikely to make anyone want to buy them, but as a demonstration of promising technology, Digitsole makes the right impression.
Bang & Olufsen continues to strengthen its wireless speaker lineup. This time, the Beoplay line has been expanded, which includes the most affordable Danish products.
Traditionally for the company, Beoplay M5 looks good and sounds great for its small size. Minimalist design in place: visually, this is perhaps one of the friendliest B&O products. The aluminum case is combined with a fabric based on wool. It is reported that the material does not affect the quality of the sound emitted by the speakers.
The controls are hidden from view: you can adjust the volume and switch songs by touching the metal top of the speaker. Like some of the company's other devices, the M5 sounds 360 degrees.
In addition to the usual Bluetooth, the speaker has built-in support for Chromecast and Airplay, so you can connect any modern smartphone and even a computer to Beoplay M5.
Programmable toys are the future, and for everyone who doubts this, Lego has a new line of construction sets at CES called Boost.
What is the point: in addition to the usual building blocks, the constructor also includes a special platform equipped with a set of sensors, which can be programmed for certain actions. This is the "brain" of the designer, and it is to it that additional blocks are connected, from ordinary bricks to motors that set the entire structure in motion. Having assembled the robot, the child will then be able to program it for certain actions. Moreover, programming here, although presented in a playful way, is as close as possible to how everything works in full-fledged languages.
The child will be able to learn how to write simple scripts, and then watch how the robot brings them to life. Not "City of Heroes", of course, but you need to start somewhere.
This is not the first programmable construction set on the market - the very same Lego had a set of Mindstorms, which allowed you to do about the same. However, Boost has a number of important benefits. Firstly, any Lego blocks are suitable for it, and not just complete ones. Secondly, you need to program in Boost through an application for a smartphone or tablet. Mindstorms, on the other hand, required children to be able to use a computer and work in a specialized program.
A total of five Boost variants will go on sale. The starting price is $ 160.>