For three days every January, Las Vegas transforms with the Consumer Electronics Show to give buyers and sellers a peep into tomorrow. This year, it displayed some spectacular innovations like autonomous drones, flexible phones, mighty high-resolution audio transformations, and the astounding single-router wireless gadget chargers. We live in the future
Sony ZX2 High-Resolution Walkman
The latest incarnation of the Sony Walkman, the ZX2 is made for audiophiles. Using what Sony calls High-Resolution audio, this Walkman is capable of taking your mediocre music and making it special using some pretty software tricks. To match the audio quality, the body of the Walkman has been crafted out of a machined aluminium frame. With 128GB of storage and the ability to add another 128GB using a microSD card, this newest Walkman is expected to come to India soon.
It is 2015. And it is the biggest electronics show in the world. So you could expect two things in abundance. Selfie sticks .And drones. Intel showed off drones that could fly by themselves. Among all of them one stood out because it was not shaped like a quadcopter or an aeroplane. It was the ‘Bionic Bird’ and true to its name it looks and flies just like a bird, by flapping its wings. Using an iPhone as the controller you can fly the bird for up to 10 minutes on a single charge.
Dell Venue 8 7000
A thin, beautifully made, useful Android tablet is an oxymoron. Dell, which is trying to re-invent itself in the post-PC world wants to change that and it looks like the Dell Venue 8 7000 is its first real stab at that. The first thing that will strike you is its impossibly thin machined aluminium body. At 6mm it is a bit thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus and since the bezels around the screen are almost non existent even with an 8.4-inch screen it has a smaller footprint than an iPad mini 3 with a 7.9-inch display. And that display is gorgeous with a bevy of speakers and a front facing camera packed into a wedge at its bottom.
Withings Activitie Pop
Withings is a French company, also the only company in the world that is not called Apple to understand that a wearable smart device is primarily about fashion along with a little function. Activité, the company is coming with a cheaper, pop cultural version of it’s smart fitness tracker and it is called Activité Pop. The smart watch will sync with your iPhone to give you up to the date information about how active your lifestyle is. It can track your walking and running, your swimming, and even your sleep patterns. With a battery that lasts eight months it does away with charging and using gentle vibrations acts as a wakeup alarm.
LG G Flex 2
LG knows what you are thinking. LG made a massive bent phone last year. This year, it is following it up with the G Flex 2. The massive 6-inch screen has been scaled back to a more manageable 5.5-inches and the bend has been massively scaled back. That screen is a 1080p beauty and comes with Corning Gorilla glass chemically treated to make it more durable. The back plate is made from shiny plastic that is extremely bendable and comes with a self-healing technology that heals any scratches within ten seconds. And when it will be available later this year it will come with a 13-megapixel shooter and a high speed charger that takes the phone battery from 0 to 50 in about 40 minutes.
Smartphones and smart watches, drones and smart everything are all fine. But to keep them all running means constantly charging them and in turn it means jungles of cables in our homes and offices. The Energous Wattup aims to solve that problem by asking a simple question. The Wattup is a single router that can charge all your gadgets wirelessly from a distance of 15 meters. Going beyond wireless charging technologies available presently which depend on armchair materials like charging mats, the Energous Wattup when it comes to the market in an year or two will make sure that we will never have to touch a charging cable ever again.