With hundreds of companies exhibiting thousands of products to hundreds of thousands of attendees, there’s a lot to see at Shanghai’s CES Asia. After sifting through cases, cables, cars, and clones, we managed to uncover some real gems — technology we’re dying to get our hands on, or in some cases, praying makes it into purchasable form.
In no particular order, here’s six gadgets that had us simply in awe. Which one is your favorite?\
I drive a dumb car. It’s new, sure, but it’s got nothing special for a gearhead like me. No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, no self-steering mode. It has a backup camera – that’s something, I guess. But come on. For people everywhere like me, Horizon is working on this simply beautifully designed head-up display. Flip up the clear display and you can see maps, traffic info, speed, and so on; flip it down and it’s elegantly tucked out the way. The display also deals remarkably well with sunlight: I was able to see it just fine even with a flashlight shined directly through it at me.
Reality Level: 8 out of 10. Availability: Octoberish.
There must be a dozen companies showing VR headsets here at CES Asia. Probably more. They’re almost all rectangular boxes that look exactly like the Samsung Gear VR or HTC Vive (go figure). Shenzen Dlodlo Technologies Co., Ltd., is one of those companies, and has a black box for VR. But under glass at the company’s booth was the Glass V1, which looks for all the world like a pair of Oakleys and which the company swears they can shove a super-high-resolution VR experience into. A brochure for the product touts a 100-degree field of view and 2,560 × 1,024 resolution; for comparison, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are 2,160 × 1,200 and 110-degree FOV. Sure, the stats are doable, but the whole portable VR thing has us doubting that this will ever happen. Best wishes.
Reality Level: 2 out of 10. Availability: Septemberish (sure).
The Android platform has seen some key leaps in battery technology, first with wireless charging systems like Qi, then with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology, seen in Samsung’s newest Galaxy phones. Qualcomm claims to be able to charge up to 80 percent in half an hour or so. However, the two don’t go hand in hand. Want to charge wirelessly? You’ll do it slowly. Want quick charge? You’ll need to plug your phone in. Romoss claims to solve that problem with a wireless charging plate that does quick charging. The WS10 purports to support the Qi standard, making it the unicorn of portable chargers. I pushed the company as best I could for details on the product. I was left with none. But if it’s real? Epic.
Reality Level: 3 out of 10. Availability: No comment.