The Future of TV Is Just Screens All The Way Down

January 17, 2018

CES is still a TV conference. Even as the tech manufacture ventures with augmented actuality, self-driving autoes, and the outer limits of what you can embed in a refrigerator, everything in Vegas still revolves around the big screen. The 2018 pasture mainly marches along the same footpath producers have been following for decades: Everything’s a little large and sharper, and there are new inscrutable acronyms everywhere you ogle. All in…

Read More >>

HTC’s Most Important CES Announcement Isn’t the New Vive Pro Headset

January 16, 2018

This week at the Consumer Electronics Show, HTC unveiled a new headset as part of its Vive virtual-reality line. The Vive Pro isn't an entirely new generation of VR hardware, but it's an impressive incremental upgrade, boasting integrated audio, a 2880 x1600 display that matches Samsung's Odyssey as the highest-resolution consumer headset, and improved ergonomic design. (How much will it be? Great question. When will it be? Another great question!)…

Read More >>

CES 2018: More Gadgets We’re Drooling Over

January 16, 2018

The world's greatest gadget pageant, the Consumer Electronics Showcase, kicked off in Las Vegas this week. Among all of the new products jockeying for our attention—the world's first AI-enabled doorbell! an augmented reality toothbrush!—there were a few things that stood out. Yesterday, we got excited about the first wave of augmented reality glasses, new places to put Alexa, and a robot that folds laundry for you. Today, we couldn't wait…

Read More >>

Google’s VR180 Cameras Are the Future of Point-and-Shoot

January 16, 2018

When the hyperloop first activated a turmoil in 2013, it was just an Elon Musk Big Idea–very exciting, maybe possible, definitely hard to believe. Now, five years old on, a account of the futuristic, tube-based transportation system is taking contour in the Nevada desert. Some 35 miles north of Las Vegas, the area is all sand, rock, and spiky shrubbery, leading up to stupefying reddish elevations on the horizon. It’s…

Read More >>

Climb Inside Bell’s (Theoretical) Flying Taxi of the Future

January 14, 2018

Flying cars will start filling the skies above you by 2020. So says Uber, anyway, which wants to launch air taxi trials over major cities including Dallas, Dubai, and Los Angeles. And somehow, it's not completely crazy: The technology to produce and fly battery-powered vertical takeoff and landing aircraft is on its way, and big players in aviation are starting to talk seriously about how to deploy it in the…

Read More >>

The Google Versus Alexa War Is On at CES 2018

January 13, 2018

It's been a while since Google showed up in a big way at CES. The company's always in Vegas, of course: execs hold meetings with carriers and partners, and the halls of the convention center practically overflow with devices. For the last few years, that's been enough for Google. At CES 2018, however, Google's back in a big way. Its massive installation in the convention center parking lot includes a…

Read More >>