Fifty years ago the first Consumer Electronics Show was held in New York City, giving local nerds a sneak peek at all the electronic toys arriving in 1967. Twenty years later, Art Vuolo attended the 'Summer' edition of the trade show with a giant camera on his shoulder, giving us a wonderful time capsule of what was drool-worthy 30 years ago.
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It was only a matter of time before we saw our first clone of Microsoft's Surface Studio. The uber-expensive new desktop computer is part iMac, part Wacom Cintiq display and all kinds of cool looking. But when Dell showed Gizmodo the new Dell Canvas 27, a 27-inch touch-enabled display meant for artists and other creative types, the rep bristled at the clone label.
The new 2017 BMW 5 Series will be like what the new E-Class is for Mercedes, and not just a midsize luxury sedan. The new 5 will be the platform in which BMW will test a ton of new autonomous gizmos. To show everyone what to expect, BMW brought an automated prototype to CES that's pretty much capable of driving itself.
We've seen some incredible TVs at CES this year: Stunning screens that practically melt your eyeballs. But the real stars of the show haven't been the displays. Instead, the TVs are remarkable for their designs. The coolest TVs of CES 2017 pulled all the guts of the TV out of the display hardware, and in the process effectively completed the modern television's transition to a giant arse computer monitor.
VR is cool. VR is expensive. VR is not quite ready for our frail little bodies. So let's forget about VR and get excited about other hyper immersive gaming experiences -- like Razer's new concept, Project Ariana, a 4K projector that splashes entire virtual worlds onto the wall of your home.
Despite the added functionality that manufacturers keep trying to cram inside them, watches have always been, and will always be, a fashion accessory first. And that's why we're lusting over this new concept E Ink watch from Sony that can instantly change its design, but is also thinner than a credit card.
You know what the laptop needed to make it better? It doesn't need better battery life or to be lighter or thinner. It needs three goddamn 4K displays strapped onto one device. At least that is what Razer thinks, and having played with its new concept device, Project Valerie, I've got to say, I'm down with having a laptop that's thick as a brick so long as it has three 17.3-inch monitors built in. That's a lot of pixels.
Thanks to Onkyo, throwing on a pair of fancy rose gold Beats headphones is no longer a status symbol. Compared to Onkyo's new Diamond Headphones which will be available -- to a select few -- for somewhere around $US100,000 ($137,188), those rose gold ear goggles you were so proud of might as well be just another boring pair of white iPhone earbuds.
If you can't stay organised or remember your to-do list without a myriad of sticky notes plastered around your computer's screen, this new compact printer makes it easy to turn messages, photos, screenshots and basically anything on your phone into a tiny square of paper you can stick or share.
The hype around consumer 3D printers has mostly died down, but that hasn't stopped the startup Divergent 3D from barrelling full steam ahead in the industrial printing world. The company debuted the first 3D-printed supercar -- the Blade -- two years ago and has since continued developing its printing methods. Now, it's working with major industry players like Peugeot and SLM Solutions to use its printing methods at mass scale.
Instead of building and designing bomb-laden autonomous drones, or humanoid robots like ATLAS who are probably going to overthrow humanity in a couple of years, researchers should be inventing robots like the Frobot vending machine that only exists to serve up frozen yogurt.
Last year, Samsung embedded a giant tablet in the front of a fridge and called the fridge smart. People kind of bought it, and there was much hype. This year Samsung is hoping that some software updates to that fridge tech will set it apart. But it won't. Instead, the Samsung smart fridge must suffer. Because LG one-upped Samsung and made Windows and Android refrigerators.
Dell is known for making fantastic laptops, but the company hasn't exactly been known for its innovation in the past. So the new Latitude 7285 2-in-1 feels like a pretty damn delightful departure for Dell, as it's the first two-in-one to gleefully embrace wireless charging.