CES has reached day two in Las Vegas, and while there may have been a technical mishap with the electricity, the announcements coming out were a good look at who has been stepping up their game to take the lead with digital technology. Intel came under fire following reports of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, but that did not stop them from aiming high for the future. Lenovo showed the crowd what’s next for their laptops and a newcomer called Rokid has an impressive pair of AR glasses in the works.
Levono’s new range
Levono has been busy looking to put pressure on other tech companies with announcements at CES of new and updated products in their range. Digital assistants for the smart home are coming out from everywhere, but Levono is the first to put a touchscreen with their assistants. A significant move, as having visuald on display, whether it is words or pictures, can help you to remember the information better. Using Google assistant, Levono has two models available – an 8 inch and a 10-inch variety. The 8-inch model has a single position and an HD display. The 10-inch device has a bamboo finish and a full HD display. Both gadgets can sit horizontally or vertically, something that Amazon’s Echo Show cannot do. There are two 10 watt speakers packed into the Smart Display and the ability to cover the camera with the use of a built-in shutter.
A new range of ThinkPad X1 laptops with Connect Modem Standby mode has been shown off. These are the first ThinkPads with this mode, meaning they can download email and various forms of contact as you sleep. The flagship model is the X1 Carbon, with an upgrade to the 8th Gen Intel Core processors. The model comes with up to 16GB RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD storage. Promised battery life is up to 15 hours, and the screen is a 14-inch display, 2560 x 1440 with HDR.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a processor up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB PCIe SSD internal storage, 14 inches 2560 x 1440 HDR display and has up to 15 hours battery life. If you want to save money and do not need the additional specs, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet comes with an Intel processor up to the 8th Gen i7 Core, up to 16GB RAM, internal storage of up to 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2.
A new headset announced at CES from Levono is called the Mirage Solo. This VR headset is Google Daydream compatible and has a companion device called the Mirage Camera that captures VR content. A feature that Levono is adding is an SD card slot, a novel thought that has not been included by other VR headset makers. There is no need for phones or cords, as the gadget has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. The battery is 4,000mAh with a charge of up to 7 hours. For the display, you can expect a QHD display at 2580 x 1440.
Intel’s CES announcements
Starting with Intel’s show at CES, the company that has been the leader in computer processors had a rough couple of weeks and are hoping that what they are doing next can have change perceptions.
Quantum computing is the battleground where companies like Intel have an advantage. One of the most attention-grabbing developments from Intel is their Loihi chip. This chop is a self-learning, energy efficient AI chip that has digital circuits that mimic the basic mechanics of the brain. “Neuromorphic chip models draw inspiration from how neurons communicate and learn, using spikes and plastic synapses that can be modulated based on timing. This could help computers self-organise and make decisions based on patterns and associations,” Dr Michael Mayberry, corporate vice president and managing director of Intel Labs explained. Loihi uses advanced technology with Intel’s 14nm process technology as its base.
Possible uses for this technology include facial recognition via street cameras, traffic lights adjusting their timing based on the flow of traffic or in robotics to give robots a degree of autonomy.
Something new from RokidRokid Glass is a pair of augmenting reality classes that can have you reading an information card on someone you are speaking with or have you controlling a robot with hand gestures. The glasses are still in the prototype phase, but so far what is possible is fantastic. The OS on the gadget is a customized Android 6.0 version; there is a micro LED powered dislike, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a 60 fps refresh rate. Processing power comes from an eight-core Samsung Exynos processor, and there are dual mics, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
There were so many more gadgets coming out of CES on day 2, and it is easy to look forward to day 3’s announcements.