CES 2018 began with a bang today, or should I say a flood. The first rain to fall on Las Vegas in 116 days swept into the city yesterday, drenching crews who were rushing to open the show. By this morning, the convention center was leaking, Google had to shut its splashy pavilion and rivers were flowing through a hotel car park. Of course, that all made the abysmal traffic that marks the first day of CES even worse.
The show, however, always goes on, and plenty happened to keep us busy. Here's what mattered as CES began and if you missed the highlights of CES Press Day,as well. We'll keep adding to this list before the day is out.
- Ford said it vehicle-to-everything communication (V2X). Working through a cellular connection the technology would help identify dangerous driving situations, the status of traffic lights and just about everything happening on the roads that could pose a hazard to the driver. with Qualcomm to equip its vehicles with
- Amazon's Alexa voice assistant in some Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the US later this year. Drivers will be able to remotely lock a vehicle, play music, find recommendations for nearby restaurants and get directions, all using voice controls.
- In a nameless phone from Vivo, Jessica Dolcourt checked out the first fingerprint scanner built into a phone display. Rather than needing a separate button below the display or a separate sensor on the phone's back, you register your digit by touching the screen. Yes, the same screen you use to text, tweet and, once in a great while, dial a phone number. Jessica says don't be surprised if this technology shows up in some high-end phones this year, like the yet-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy S9.
- Razer's Project Linda blurs the line between phone and laptop by taking a laptop (in this case, a Razer Blade Stealth) and adding a space below the keyboard to insert a . You can then use the phone phone's display as a touchpad or a second laptop screen.
- Honda skipped over cars and
- Sony showed its at the CNET Stage (after highlighting it at its press conference the previous evening). Cuter and more dog-like than ever before, it has OLED screen eyes, a camera in its nose and one on its back for learning the layout of your home. You pet it in three different places to show your love. It's available only in Japan right now with a price that translates to roughly $1,759, £1,299, AU$2,249. Sony also has a that looks a mid-century modern side table. The top is artificial marble, the frame is finished in half-mirror aluminum and there's a wooden shelf below.
- Dell's is "the world's most compact Thunderbolt 3 storage device," or so the company says. Both the 500GB model ($439) and the 1TB model ($799) go on sale Feb. 28. The company also showed a and an that can run VR.
- Daydream. It allows a wider freedom of movement than we've seen from phone-based VR goggles before.
- Xerox said it could replace most of the water in your washer with dirt-sucking reusable XOrb Polymer Beads.
- Your first opportunity to ride in a self-driving car may be in Navya's Autonom Cab. It can seat six people and is designed to travel at about at about 35 mph. We hoped to go for a ride, but the rain go in the way.
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