CES 2018!

By: Amanda Reichert


CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018 is all wrapped up and finished for another year. However, the tech shown at this year’s event have blown tech gurus and attendees away. There were many incredible gadgets that you can be looking forward to in the near future, as well as annual awards given to the tech that stood out in each field. Here are some highlights from the event. 


If you are into cars, here are a couple that might catch your interest. Lyft is working on self-driving cars, creating a faster and, hopefully, safer alternative to getting into a car with a person you do not know. This idea has been thrown around before, but both Uber and Lyft, with high numbers of human employees, have pushed the idea off. Suddenly, Lyft is going forward with the idea. Second, now this car is the star of the show. The Fisker EMotion is a stunning new eclectic car set for 2020. However, this beauty is a killer, inside and out. With fine leather seats and a clean interior, it will be a pleasure to drive. It has a carbon fiber chassis, level 4 automatic driving, a 400-mile fast-charging battery, and a top speed of 160, this thing will cost a pretty penny, but be worth it. Many are saying Fisker will contend heavily with Tesla in the coming years. 


Many of us like large televisions, but have you considered a 146-inch television? Samsung decided that a very large television is something everyone needs. Samsung created “The Wall,” a 146-inch 4K flat screen, that supposedly can be crafted and changed into any shape the user desires, including a smaller screen. However, LG couldn’t allow Samsung to outshine them. LG answered back with the 65-inch rollable, yes, rollable, television. The stunning 4K OLED screen can fit nicely into a box and out of the way. It’s easily portable, beautiful quality, and looks great when flat. 


If computers are more your thing, and you are into some gaming, this next piece of tech is perfect for you. Razer, a very well-known gaming company, has recently introduced a way to turn your phone into a computer. With a certain Razer laptop and phone, titled Project Linda, you can place your phone in the dock on the laptop for full access to your phone on a desktop. The dock is where the track pad would be. This also would work reversely, as in, you work or play a game on your computer, remove your phone, and you play on the phone. Think of it as something like the Switch, or the phone is powering the laptop. There were some critics of this tech, but fans took well to it overall. Dell also released a laptop, the Dell XPS 13. The redone model has a smaller, sleeker frame and look to it, with a better core processor and USB-c outputs. It’s looking a lot like the MacBook Pro, but with a nicer finish and better accessability with ports and plugins. To top off the gaming idea, HTC also release the Vive Pro, a cleaner, better quality, and better sounding VR headset. 


Finally, the awards are given. 31 are given for the 31 categories. I will not list them all, but here are some general highlights: Diabetic Socks by Siren awarded for best tech in Fitness, Health and Biotech, Ryzen Threaddripper by AMD for best Computer Hardware and Components, AR4 AI Security Camera by Amryllo International for Smart Cities, Intel Movidius Neural Computer Stick for best Computer Embedded Technologies, LG 4K UHD projector for best Home AV Components and Equipment, and Trident 3 Artic for best Gaming Technology. All of these awards are honorary and are simply a title and recognition.