Vuzix Blade Smart Sunglasses. (Credit: Vuzix)
This year’s CES had a lot of interesting and exciting new gadgets, but there were a few that stood out from the crowd.
Fox News has compiled a list of five categories, and the offer that stood out from the competition.
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Best wearable: Smart glasses used Amazon’s Alexa
Vuzix Blade Smart Sunglasses made a lot of “best of” lists this year at CES, and for good reason – Vuzix could achieve what Google Glass is not. It allows you to keep your head up, while the interaction with your device.
The Vuzix glasses have a few notable features, including the ability to query, Alexa, google, Amazon’s voice-enabled intelligent personal assistant.
Another is augmented reality, which allows you to interact with objects floating in the front of the device. Vuzix COO Paul Boris gave an example of a Harvard Business Review Android app downloaded to the glasses. On top of the HBR static page, the glasses, generating a moving 3D image (in this case robots making paper airplanes).
In a Vuzix video released this week, a jogger is shown getting a call on the glasses and seeing the instructions for the current course, which float in the for him as he is jogging.
Vuzix will focus on business customers first, then to the consumer.
The glasses, which run on Android, in the first instance, will be priced at $1,000, but that price will probably come down later. The company is focused on in the second quarter for a consumer version.
Best gaming PC: Digital Storm, Project Spark
The gaming PC company launched what it called its “smallest high-performance PC ever.”
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The gaming rig is only 12 inches long and 4 inches wide, but “filled with the enthusiastic level of the components of the custom liquid-cooling pipes,” says PC Mag.
Prices start at $1,299 but you can max it out with high-end components, such as a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 and Intel Core i7-8700K processor.
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Best concept car: Byton
(Byton concept for electric vehicles. Credit: Byton)
The Chinese brand is trying to take the computer on wheels proposition (a Tesla-certified) to the next level.
Multiple modems, and integrated flat-antennas provide a bandwidth of up to 1000 megabits per second, the company claims. The large infotainment display with an extra-large screen is controlled by gestures. The car will be designed for autonomous driving – the direction of all the major EV platforms.
The concept is scheduled to have a maximum range of 325 km.
Best smartphone-laptop combination: the Razer Project Linda
(Razer Project Linda. Credit: Razer)
It is not the first time that this has been tried, but Razer’s is definitely one of the most innovative.
In essence, it takes a Razer smartphone and the docks where the laptop trackpad should be. And, you guessed it, the display of the smartphone is a trackpad. And it can also serve as a second touch screen, in addition to the laptop screen.
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Best new smartphone: the Honor View10
A sub-brand of the Chinese device maker Huawei Honor is specialized in offering phones with high-end specs for a relatively low price.
And the specs of the View10 are pretty impressive: a Huawei Kirin 970 AI-processor, 6GB RAM, 20MP+16MP dual-lens camera, a 6-inch display and Android-8.0 – all for less than $500.