CES 2016 is in full swing and the announcements have been flying in. Although the big giants like Sony, Samsung and LG only have their media events tomorrow morning, we have a few announcements that we think will tickle your fancy.
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Acer Liquid Jade Primo Phone
Acer has unveiled a brand new smart phone that will incorporate Windows 10 like never before. The Liquid Jade Primo Phone will integrate Windows 10 apps to provide a PC-like experience when connecting the phone to a secondary display. The phone will feature a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED touch screen display, with a dual-flash, backed up by a 21mp rear camera and a 8mp front facing wide-angle camera.
With a USB Type-C monitor, wireless display accessories, or the Display Dock, the Liquid Jade Primo can provide a PC-like experience on an external display with Windows 10 universal apps. It can be used as a touchpad and virtual keyboard, or a keyboard and mouse can be connected for multitasking on both the screen and on the external display. This unlocks stuff like:
- Connecting the smartphone to a TV or monitor at hotels or anywhere on the go for productivity-intensive applications, so that the heavier laptop can be left at home.
- Projecting presentation decks to a projector or large screen, while displaying the “Presenter View” on the smartphone.
- Playing videos on the TV while using other apps on the smartphone simultaneously.
To reduce the heat that resource-intensive multitasking brings, the Liquid Jade Primo features an advanced cooling system that efficiently dissipates the heat from the processor, while also reducing the overall rear surface temperature.
LG’s Roll-Up TV
You will soon be able to roll-up your TV and pack it away, well in the distant future. LG has unveiled a TV strip that can be rolled up and packed away. Although this is still in prototype, the idea behind it is that it will allow you to make room for other pieces of furniture in your house rather than make the entire setup revolve around the TV placement. The prototype shown was only an 18-inch, but LG is confident that it will keep on improving on this concept and we will soon see a 50-inch model.
Samsung’s First Ever Smart Fridge
“How many times have you gone to the grocery store and forgot to buy an important item, or bought something you already have?” asked John Herrington, a senior vice president at Samsung America, as he pitched the high-tech fridge. “Now imagine being at the grocery store and using your smartphone to look inside your fridge.”
This is the concept behind Samsung’s latest fridge that has the ability to scan inside it so that it can tell you what you need to buy and what is reaching its expiry date. You will instantly get a message on your smartphone telling you that a certain product is low, and if you wanted to, the fridge can shop for you by ordering the products at certain retailers, getting it ready for you when you go and pick it all up.
Samsung’s New Flagship TV Is Spectacular
Samsung’s new SUHD TV has no bezel, and looks amazing! The TV features its brand new Quantum Dot display that is said to deliver “the most true-to-life picture quality, with stunning brightness, exceptional contrast and the most lifelike colours ever offered.” The TV comes with Samsung’s Tizen operating system that includes PlayStation Now, Sony’s game streaming service that gives you access to over 500 PS3 titles. There is no pricing or release date for this TV as of yet, but soon.
Digitsoles has developed a pair of running shoes that will change your life, and your bank account. The shoe contains a toe-warming system that will keep you warm in the winter. It also counts your steps, and has a built-in lamp for the dark. The shoe will retail for $450 (R4 999) and will require recharging, so move that cellphone charger out of the way.