30 Hot Products At CES 2018
Get ready: The massive Las Vegas techie spectacle known as CES is about to launch for another year. CES 2018 will feature thousands of innovative, fun and weird exhibitors -- starting with two days of media announcements on Sunday and Monday, and then followed by demos and showcases through Friday. Vendors will show off products in categories such as the Internet of Things and smart home, cybersecurity, mobility and personal computing, and robotics.
Since there's a high probability of information overload from CES, we've rounded up 30 products that are poised to stand out -- both from big vendors like Samsung and Intel and from smaller, up-and-coming players.
Here's what's hot at CES 2018.
Samsung HMD Odyssey
Introduced in the fall, Samsung's HMD Odyssey is a Windows Mixed Reality headset that features integrated AKG headphones and vibrant dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays. The headset aims to provide an immersive experience -- for playing games and watching videos -- with a 110-degree field of view and 360-degree surround sound. The HMD Odyssey also includes two cameras, a built-in microphone, and sensors including a proximity sensor. Importantly, extra motion sensors aren't needed for the HMD Odyssey unlike with other head-mounted displays.
Samsung CHG90 Gaming Monitor
Another notable Samsung product on display at CES 2018 is the CHG90 Gaming Monitor, a 49-inch display that the company calls "the world’s largest QLED gaming monitor." The monitor debuted in August, and in December it became the first display to receive DisplayHDR certification from the Video Electronics Standards Association. The CHG90 Gaming Monitor features 3,840 x 1,080 resolution, 1800R curvature (i.e., a curvature radius of 1,800mm), a 32:9 wide aspect ratio, and a 144Hz refresh rate.
Honda 3E Robotics Concept
Honda hopes to incorporate robotic technology into vehicles to better assist passengers in situations like disaster recovery and recreation – and the company will take the first steps down this path by showing off its new 3E Robotics concept at this year's CES.
This new portfolio of robotics applications includes the 3E-A18, a companion robotics concept that Honda said shows compassion through facial expressions; 3E-B18, a robotics mobile chair; 3E-C18, a small electric mobility concept for cargo spaces; and 3E-D18, an autonomous off-road vehicle concept with AI built in.
Glowforge 3-D Laser Printer
Glowforge, which has received $27.9 million in pre-orders for its 3-D laser printer, will be showcasing the highly versatile device at CES 2018. The Glowforge expands 3-D printing beyond plastic to include materials such as wood, leather, acrylic, paper and fabric -- opening up designers to possibilities such as printing leather satchels and hardwood laptop skins. The company said it has also experimented with using the printer to create food, such as sushi and chocolate.
Amazon Echo Look
Amazon will show off its new Echo Look device at CES 2018. Echo Look is Amazon's newest home assistant that acts as a stand-alone camera, allowing users to take phones and videos of themselves. While consumers can use Amazon's newest product to take selfies, they can also use it as a fashion assistant – the device comes with a new service called Style Check that offers feedback when users upload photos or videos of their outfits.
The world's first commercially available "social robot," Jibo is a small, voice-interactive robot aimed at being more expressive and humanlike than smart assistants such as Alexa. While Jibo can answer questions and handle certain tasks similarly to other assistants -- and take photos on command, too -- the robot is meant more to serve as a pet (or even member of the family) than an assistant. While it's still early days for Jibo, the robot is certainly one of the most intriguing products -- or should we say personalities? -- appearing at CES 2018.
Buddy Companion Robot
At CES 2018, conference attendees will have a chance to interact with Buddy, a robot that acts as a smart home assistant. This robot, a product of Blue Frog Robotics, monitors the house, interacts with smart home devices, and interacts with family members living in the home. Buddy has built in artificial intelligence as well as facial and vocal recognition, so the small robot can be more personable in family settings.
LG will be debuting its newest offerings in the Gram notebook series at CES 2018, with updated models in 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch sizes. The notebooks are lightweight, starting at just over 2 pounds, but have space for a large 72Wh battery that provides around 20 hours of battery life on a charge for the Gram notebooks. The Gram notebooks also feature eighth-gen Intel Core processors, an optional touch screen and fingerprint reader, and military-standard durability ratings for protection against drops.
While LG probably won't be introducing its G7 smartphone at CES 2018, as was rumored at one point, the company will be happy to show off its well-received V30 smartphone in Vegas. The V30 features a 6-inch OLED edge-to-edge display, with 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, and is powered by the eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The LG V30 aims to specialize in its photo- and video-taking capabilities, with a dual-camera setup (16-megapixel and 13-megapixel) that has an f/1.6 aperture lens on the main camera, as well as improved color-grading presets and point zoom. The V30 also features strong durability, with IP68 water resistance and Gorilla Glass 5 on its display.
LG PuriCare Air Purifier
LG is bringing its smart air purifier, PuriCare, back to CES 2018 with some big upgrades. The PuriCare Air Purifier automatically removes fine dust particles and monitors air quality. The air purifier now features Clean Booster to help it better distribute clean air throughout the room.
OrCam MyEye 2.0
OrCam Technologies – which designs wearable artificial vision for people who are blind or have issues reading – will show off its second-generation MyEye device at CES 2018 OrCam MyEye 2.0 is a completely wireless wearable that reads text aloud from any surface and recognizes faces, products and money in real time. This device, which is the size of a finger, can also read time and recognize colors.
IoT security company iotaBeam will launch its first security offering designed for low-compute and low-power IoT sensors and devices during CES 2018. While most security solutions need to exchange multiple messages over the IP network to authenticate devices, the StarDust offering is built on the premise that it keeps these messages to a minimum to reduce security risks and minimize the battery drain of IoT devices. StarDust is also agnostic so can be paired with various IoT platforms and wireless technologies.
Dell Alienware Area-51
Dell will be showcasing its Alienware Area-51 flagship desktop at CES 2018, a gaming PC with a distinctive chassis design and massive horsepower. The Alienware Area-51 features Intel Core X-Series or AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, making it the first 16-core/32-thread Area-51 on the market. Models featuring the 16-core processor AMD Ryzen Threadripper are factory-overclocked, while models with Intel Core i9 processors run at up to 4.5GHz. The Area-51 desktop also has space for dual Nvidia GeForce GTX or triple AMD Radeon graphics cards.
The Grush Cloud White Toothbrush
Toothbrush technology company Grush will use CES 2018 as a launch platform for its newest smart toothbrush, Cloud White. This toothbrush comes with smart features, so users can record brushing data and inspect their brushing routine more closely. Users receive recommendations on which teeth have not been brushed properly – and they can also send brushing data to dentists for analysis. Grush will launch a crowdfund campaign for Cloud White in the first quarter of 2018.
In an attempt to simplify the use of smart-home products, Lynky is a forthcoming touch-screen device featuring the Google Assistant for controlling various IoT products -- a sort of "universal remote of the smart home," according to the company. Lynky will be at CES 2018 showcasing its ability to control devices such as Philips Hue lighting, Nest, Ring, GE Lighting and iHome speakers. The device is available either as a desktop or as a wall version that mounts to existing light switch fittings -- with the wall version able to control lights or ceiling fans that were formerly operated by the light switch.
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring will be showcasing an array of connected home security devices at CES 2018, including its second-generation Video Doorbell, which debuted over the summer. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 features a camera that is connected to the web, and its 1,080HD video feed is viewable on a smartphone. The device also includes two-way audio so users can speak to the person at the door. And what's more, the two-way audio works even if the user isn't home -- meaning they can "answer the doorbell" from wherever they are, which can help discourage break-ins. For the second generation of the device, the Ring Video Doorbell includes improvements to night visibility and overall video quality.
HP Omen X
Unveiled in August, HP is calling the Omen X "its most powerful gaming laptop to date," thanks to a design that supports CPU overclocking along with factory-overclocked GPUs. The VR-ready laptop includes seventh-gen Intel Core i7 processors that are unlocked for the purpose of overclocking; XMP memory options for memory overclocking; and factory-overclocked graphics such as Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080. The Omen X also includes 4K or 120Hz 1,080p display options, as well as fast boots and responsiveness via RAID 0 SSD and PCIe SSD+HDD options.
CES-goers will get to check out an array of new wearables at the show – and Rokid Glass looks promising. Rokid Glass, which comes from a Chinese startup, are augmented reality glasses that are similar to Google Glass. While little has been revealed about Rokid Glass, the product will be used for applications like hands-free navigation and other AR functions.
Netgear Arlo Pro 2
Unveiled this past fall, Netgear's second-generation Arlo Pro is a wire-free security camera that's designed to be compact and weather-resistant, meaning it can be placed virtually anywhere indoors or outdoors. Upgrades with the Arlo Pro 2 include boosted video quality (to 1,080p HD), the ability to monitor the camera feed from Amazon's Echo Show and FireTV-connected TVs, and an option for charging the device with a special solar panel (sold separately).
Lenovo Yoga 920
Lenovo is looking to make a big splash at CES 2018 with new products, as well as with popular products introduced toward the end of 2017. Those include its Yoga 920, which was one of our favorite convertible laptops of the year at the CRN Test Center. Along with the signature 360-degree watchband hinge, Lenovo's Yoga 920 features a sleek metallic design and optional 4K resolution for its 13.9-inch screen. The display works with Lenovo's Active Pen 2, marking the first time that a Yoga 900 series laptop supports the digital pen. And the Yoga 920 also includes boosted speeds as one of the first laptops on the market to feature the eighth-generation Intel Core processors, which include a quad-core Intel Core i5 option. In addition, the laptop is highly portable, weighing 3 pounds and measuring 0.55 of an inch thick.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
Conference attendees can take a look at the powerful performance and features of AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which the company will showcase at CES 2018. AMD's Threadripper CPUs, first introduced in 2017, are designed for gaming enthusiasts and content creation on PCs. The Threadripper 1950X is a 16-core, 32-thread model that runs at 3.4GHz and that can boost to 4GHz.
While smart speakers stole the show at CES 2017, this year companies want to flaunt speakers that can do much more than merely make noise. The Cauldryn Fyre pairs as not only a speaker, but also a water bottle that can boil water, blend juices, grind coffee beans and charge phones. The product will be on display at CES 2018.
Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick
Intel will show off its Movidius Neural Compute Stick, a new small-form-factor device that is designed to make artificial intelligence a plug-and-play application. Intel's newest compute stick acts as an artificial intelligence accelerator that doesn't need to be hooked into a cloud-based system, making it easier to add deep learning capabilities to existing platforms. Intel said its device can behave as a discrete neural network accelerator by adding dedicated deep-learning inference capabilities to existing computing platforms for improved performance and power efficiency.
Trident 3 Arctic
The Trident 3 Artic gaming platform will be on display at CES 2018. MSI's gaming computer is a combination of a PC, gaming machine, and home theater setup, and includes the Intel eighth-generation six-core CPU as well as Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. The sleek and slim gaming computer is priced at $1,500.
Averon is a startup that's developing a new standard for secure mobile identity verification, which uses mobile network signaling and the SIM/eSIM chips inside smartphones. During CES 2018, Averon will demonstrate its fully automatic mobile identity solution, DAA (Direct Autonomous Authentication). The offering, according to Averon, ultimately provides user authentication across all digital locations (including IoT, e-commerce and blockchain) that is both ultra-secure and effortless.
Asus ROG Chimera
Asus will showcase its ROG Chimera gaming laptop at this year's CES. The ROG Chimera has a big 17.3-inch display, and supports Nvidia's G-Sync technology targeted for gaming. Little has been revealed about Asus' ROG Chimera in terms of price and release date, but CES showgoers are expected to learn more about the gaming laptop's specs.
Nightingale Sleep System
During CES 2018, Cambridge Sound Management will be showing off its sleep system product, Nightingale, which promises that users will be able to fall asleep up to 38 percent faster. The Nightingale device plugs into bedroom outlets and generates "sound blankets" that promote better sleep. The sound blankets are customized for a room's acoustics, as well as personal sleep conditions, and are capable of masking disruptive noises (both indoor and outdoor noises). The device is controlled via the Nightingale smartphone app and provides pass-through outlets so that no plug-in space is taken up by the device.
Terraillon HOMNI Smart Sleep Solution
CES-goers will get a glimpse at a new smart sleep offering from French company Terraillon. The sleep offering, HOMNI, will allow users to understand and improve their sleep better. The HOMNI device, which is a rounded Bluetooth stereo comprising of an array of sensors, connects to a smartphone app and passes sleep data to the user via the app so they can see details on temperature, humidity, sound level, room brightness and a complete sleep analysis.
For version 2.0 of the Reliefband, a wearable device for drug-free nausea relief, Reliefband Technologies has made the device easier to put on as well as more comfortable over long periods of use. The device, which has been cleared by the FDA, delivers small electrical pulses that modulate the neural pathways in the body that connect the brain and the stomach -- ultimately restoring the normal gastric rhythm and relieving a user's nausea. The Reliefband 2.0 features 10 intensity settings that can be easily adjusted for personalized usage.
Symbio Elysian Infotainment Solution
Symbio, a digital services and R&D company, will be demoing its offering for automotive manufacturers at CES 2018, The Symbio Elysian offering brings new wireless Apple and Google services inside the car and provides scripted and fully customizable user interface. Elysian is pre-certified for services like Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Baidu Carlife and Smart Device Link – and that helps reduce vehicle time-to-market through an accelerated certification process.