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Jan

Catch up on Day 2 of CES 2018 with our quick wrap-up video


With the already infamous power outage taking place, the second day of CES 2018 was filled with lots of happenings, many of which, happened at the Digital Trends CES booth.

The booth was just a hub of activity as guests from a variety of companies and industries stopped by. Here’s a quick breakdown of who stopped by:

  • Cloudious9: Bringing technology to the cannabis industry, Cloudious9 showcased Hydrology9, a combination vaporizer and waterpipe.
  • Indiegogo: The crowdfunding platform’s CEO David Mandelbrot stopped by the booth to show off some interesting and new Indiegogo projects. Mandelbrot also broke down how Indiegogo helps funders after they raise funds by connecting them with the appropriate resources.
  • Qualcomm: Snapdragon chips are powering some of the best devices on the market and Qualcomm’s senior marketing manager PJ Jacobowitz stopped by the booth to show which new products are harnessing the power of its processors.
  • AMD: In a similar vein, Mark Papermaster, AMD’s chief technology officer, talked with Digital Trends about the company’s new Ryzen processors and some of the company newest products like the Kaby Lake-G.

This is just a small sample of what went down at the DT booth on Day Two of CES. To catch up on all things related to the conference and keep tabs on everything happening on Day Three, visit the CES coverage page, and also check out the live videos happening on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

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12
Jan

Catch up on Day 2 of CES 2018 with our quick wrap-up video


With the already infamous power outage taking place, the second day of CES 2018 was filled with lots of happenings, many of which, happened at the Digital Trends CES booth.

The booth was just a hub of activity as guests from a variety of companies and industries stopped by. Here’s a quick breakdown of who stopped by:

  • Cloudious9: Bringing technology to the cannabis industry, Cloudious9 showcased Hydrology9, a combination vaporizer and waterpipe.
  • Indiegogo: The crowdfunding platform’s CEO David Mandelbrot stopped by the booth to show off some interesting and new Indiegogo projects. Mandelbrot also broke down how Indiegogo helps funders after they raise funds by connecting them with the appropriate resources.
  • Qualcomm: Snapdragon chips are powering some of the best devices on the market and Qualcomm’s senior marketing manager PJ Jacobowitz stopped by the booth to show which new products are harnessing the power of its processors.
  • AMD: In a similar vein, Mark Papermaster, AMD’s chief technology officer, talked with Digital Trends about the company’s new Ryzen processors and some of the company newest products like the Kaby Lake-G.

This is just a small sample of what went down at the DT booth on Day Two of CES. To catch up on all things related to the conference and keep tabs on everything happening on Day Three, visit the CES coverage page, and also check out the live videos happening on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

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  • Save up to $850 with these awesome smartphone deals




12
Jan

A mirror that tells it like it is? Here are the wackiest gadgets from CES 2018


The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is home to some brilliant, game-changing technology every year. It’s also where you’ll find examples of the weirdest and wackiest tech around as its creators search for eyeballs and buyers on the world’s biggest tech stage. Here are some of our favorite examples of that second group, as glimpsed at CES 2018.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

There’s nothing like getting up for work on a rainy Monday, only to have your bathroom mirror quickly run down everything that’s wrong with your face. Okay, so that’s an uncharitable version of what the HiMirror Mini does, but it’s not a million miles off, either. An Amazon Alexa-integrated smart mirror that uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) to pick out every flaw, wrinkle, pimple and blemish on your face, and track your “skin care goals” over time, the Mini offers a glimpse at what the bathroom of the future may look like.

In terms of image-recognition technology, it’s kind of awesome. Although we do have our doubts about its impact on the self-esteem of people who may already be too concerned about their appearance.

The world’s most comprehensive water drone

There’s a classic Saturday Night Live joke about a multipurpose product that’s both a floor wax and a dessert topping. At CES 2018, the equivalent to that may well be PowerDolphin, an RC boat (or, if you will, a water-based drone) that packs so many features you get the feeling its creators wrote down and used every single suggestion in all their product development meetings.

The PowerDolphin packs a camera for both above- and below-water photography, sonar detector for making topographical maps, and the ability to autonomously release bait and catch fish. What more could you want from a self-described “lifestyle robot?”

An airbag belt

Ever felt the need for a wearable airbag system for your hip? That’s exactly what Helite’s Hip’Air promises, with a belt that’s able to inflate into a protective airbag in less than a third of one second. The device works by analyzing its wearer’s movements and detecting when a fall may be about to happen. It then inflates itself using a replaceable CO2 canister.

The device could be used for everything from horse riding and skiing to keeping loved ones safe around the house.

The smartest toilet you’ve ever sat on

If you’ve ever wanted to speak to your toilet, you’ll soon get your chance thanks to Kohler’s high-tech, internet-connected $6,300 device. Offering Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant integration, the toilet can activate its bidet feature, lift its lid, keep track of water usage, and even blast your favorite tunes while you’re doing your business.

Man’s best robot friend

Robots may one day be on track to rule the Earth, but for now it seems that they’re quite happy to be our pets. Shown off at CES, Sony’s revamped Aibo robot dog (the first-gen version launched way back in the 1990s) shows that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks.

The robotic puppy now includes OLED eyes for more realistic expressions, A.I. capabilities that allow it to develop its own personality, and even image recognition for distinguishing between objects or telling members of the family apart. And, yes, if one member of the family interacts with Aibo the most, they will become its favorite.

An unnecessary gadget? Sure. An adorably cute unnecessary gadget? You bet!

A flying smartphone case

How did you make it through your life this far without having a flying smartphone case? That’s what the folks behind the Selfly want you to ask yourself. Basically a flying selfie stick, the Selfly promises to fulfill the dream of a person grabbing their smartphone, popping out the miniature drone that lives in its case, and then launching it upwards into the sky to take 13-megapixel images from above.

The Selfly can also record 1080p video at 60fps, and claims a battery life of up to four minutes, which should be more than enough for most instances. The fact that its priced starting at just $130 means it’s also affordable enough (kind of!) that many folks may be willing to take a gamble on it.

Brain-reading tech for drivers

Every car manufacturer is obsessed with making autonomous cars a reality these days, but Nissan is giving human drivers a new way to compete with their robot counterparts: brain-to-vehicle technology. The company’s in-development B2V tech is designed to read a driver’s brain waves and make their car react accordingly.

It’s kind of genius — although the brain wave-reading cap you’d have to wear would make us a bit embarrassed about stopping at a red light next to someone we knew.

A robot that folds your clothes

Folding laundry sucks. Robots don’t. A robot folding laundry may be the best of all. That’s what the makers of Foldimate, a robotic clothes-folding machine, hope to make a mainstream part of every home.

Boasting the ability to fold an average laundry load of up to 40 items in just four minutes (although you have to manually attach each separate item for it to do this), Foldimate uses its multitude of clothes-folding robot arms to inject a much-needed dose of fun into one of the most monotonous tasks around.

Never have we wanted a worse idea to prove us wrong and take the world by storm. Even if the $980 price tag does make that a bit unlikely.

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12
Jan

A mirror that tells it like it is? Here are the wackiest gadgets from CES 2018


The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is home to some brilliant, game-changing technology every year. It’s also where you’ll find examples of the weirdest and wackiest tech around as its creators search for eyeballs and buyers on the world’s biggest tech stage. Here are some of our favorite examples of that second group, as glimpsed at CES 2018.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

There’s nothing like getting up for work on a rainy Monday, only to have your bathroom mirror quickly run down everything that’s wrong with your face. Okay, so that’s an uncharitable version of what the HiMirror Mini does, but it’s not a million miles off, either. An Amazon Alexa-integrated smart mirror that uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) to pick out every flaw, wrinkle, pimple and blemish on your face, and track your “skin care goals” over time, the Mini offers a glimpse at what the bathroom of the future may look like.

In terms of image-recognition technology, it’s kind of awesome. Although we do have our doubts about its impact on the self-esteem of people who may already be too concerned about their appearance.

The world’s most comprehensive water drone

There’s a classic Saturday Night Live joke about a multipurpose product that’s both a floor wax and a dessert topping. At CES 2018, the equivalent to that may well be PowerDolphin, an RC boat (or, if you will, a water-based drone) that packs so many features you get the feeling its creators wrote down and used every single suggestion in all their product development meetings.

The PowerDolphin packs a camera for both above- and below-water photography, sonar detector for making topographical maps, and the ability to autonomously release bait and catch fish. What more could you want from a self-described “lifestyle robot?”

An airbag belt

Ever felt the need for a wearable airbag system for your hip? That’s exactly what Helite’s Hip’Air promises, with a belt that’s able to inflate into a protective airbag in less than a third of one second. The device works by analyzing its wearer’s movements and detecting when a fall may be about to happen. It then inflates itself using a replaceable CO2 canister.

The device could be used for everything from horse riding and skiing to keeping loved ones safe around the house.

The smartest toilet you’ve ever sat on

If you’ve ever wanted to speak to your toilet, you’ll soon get your chance thanks to Kohler’s high-tech, internet-connected $6,300 device. Offering Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant integration, the toilet can activate its bidet feature, lift its lid, keep track of water usage, and even blast your favorite tunes while you’re doing your business.

Man’s best robot friend

Robots may one day be on track to rule the Earth, but for now it seems that they’re quite happy to be our pets. Shown off at CES, Sony’s revamped Aibo robot dog (the first-gen version launched way back in the 1990s) shows that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks.

The robotic puppy now includes OLED eyes for more realistic expressions, A.I. capabilities that allow it to develop its own personality, and even image recognition for distinguishing between objects or telling members of the family apart. And, yes, if one member of the family interacts with Aibo the most, they will become its favorite.

An unnecessary gadget? Sure. An adorably cute unnecessary gadget? You bet!

A flying smartphone case

How did you make it through your life this far without having a flying smartphone case? That’s what the folks behind the Selfly want you to ask yourself. Basically a flying selfie stick, the Selfly promises to fulfill the dream of a person grabbing their smartphone, popping out the miniature drone that lives in its case, and then launching it upwards into the sky to take 13-megapixel images from above.

The Selfly can also record 1080p video at 60fps, and claims a battery life of up to four minutes, which should be more than enough for most instances. The fact that its priced starting at just $130 means it’s also affordable enough (kind of!) that many folks may be willing to take a gamble on it.

Brain-reading tech for drivers

Every car manufacturer is obsessed with making autonomous cars a reality these days, but Nissan is giving human drivers a new way to compete with their robot counterparts: brain-to-vehicle technology. The company’s in-development B2V tech is designed to read a driver’s brain waves and make their car react accordingly.

It’s kind of genius — although the brain wave-reading cap you’d have to wear would make us a bit embarrassed about stopping at a red light next to someone we knew.

A robot that folds your clothes

Folding laundry sucks. Robots don’t. A robot folding laundry may be the best of all. That’s what the makers of Foldimate, a robotic clothes-folding machine, hope to make a mainstream part of every home.

Boasting the ability to fold an average laundry load of up to 40 items in just four minutes (although you have to manually attach each separate item for it to do this), Foldimate uses its multitude of clothes-folding robot arms to inject a much-needed dose of fun into one of the most monotonous tasks around.

Never have we wanted a worse idea to prove us wrong and take the world by storm. Even if the $980 price tag does make that a bit unlikely.

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12
Jan

Whill’s newest electric wheelchair is sporty, speedy, rugged, and portable


When you picture an electric wheelchair, the first thing that comes to mind may be something slow, clunky, and impractical. Whill’s newest addition to its line of personal electric vehicles is anything but those things. With a patented front-wheel design, speeds of up to 5 miles per hour, and a lightweight body, the Model Ci looks like something straight out of the future. Whill’s Model M may have turned a few heads at last year’s CES, but its newest model really knocks it out of the park — so much so that it garnered a CES 2018 Innovation Award.

While the Model Ci is loaded with cool features, the front wheels are perhaps the most intriguing of them. Made up of 24 separate rollers, they allow for smooth movement in just about every direction. Combined with it’s ultra-portable design, they make the Model Ci the ideal vehicle for maneuvering in tight spaces. The wheelchair’s sporty, rugged design also allows you to tackle off-road terrain, so those accustomed to a more adventurous lifestyle can stray from the cemented path.

Weighing in at just 115 pounds, it’s one of the lightest chairs on the market. This can be attributed to an upgraded lithium-ion battery, which offers up to 10 miles in travel on a single charge, despite its lightweight build. The Model Ci also addresses concerns about portability; the chair breaks down into three separate parts, making it far more convenient for travel than previous models.

You can control this futuristic electric wheelchair using the joystick built into right armrest, or with an accompanying mobile app, the latter of which allows for complete control using your smartphone. Though relatively new, Whill’s Model Ci is currently available for $4,000 from various retailers. You can also take a look at the Model M and Model A, both of which incorporate the aforementioned front-wheel design.

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12
Jan

Smell of the future: Moodo creator shows off his smart aroma machine


If you love smart home devices and live or work in a place that is in dire need of an aromatic upgrade, your interest it probably heavily piqued by Indiegogo-funded smart smell device Moodo.

A small cube-shaped device produced by longtime fragrance company Agan Aroma, the Moodo allows you to use a smartphone or tablet to create your own special blend of smells. Buyers can browse through a growing list of over 30 scent compounds, four of which are added at a time to the device as modular plastic cups — much like Kuerig’s K-Cups. Once inserted into the Moodo, users then use an app on their device to control the level to which each smell is diffused into their environment.

“On our app, we automatically recognize what scents have been inserted into the machine,” said Agan Aroma CEO Yoav Avidor in an interview at this year’s CES conference in Las Vegas, “And then our perfumers created precurated combinations that always work together well based on which perfumes are inside the box.”

Each scent added to the Moodo will last for up to 60 hours at maximum volume of release, and can fragrance an area up to 600 square feet. Avidor says that for most users, each scent should last between one and two months before it needs replacing.

With an immense array of custom scent combinations and the ability to control them with an incredible amount of control on your smartphone or tablet, the Moodo is an interesting addition to the smart home marketplace, and one that many with dogs, kids, or other smell-inducing creatures in their lives will likely very much enjoy.

The device can be purchased on the company’s website, with starter kits running between $190 and $210, depending on the size of the battery that you choose to purchase with the new device.

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12
Jan

Microsoft and Signal team up to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype


As an extra layer of security, Skype has released a preview of end-to-end encrypted “Private Conversations.” Currently available for Skype Insiders, users will now have more protection over the content they send within conversations.

Using Open Whisper System’s Signal Protocol, Private Conversations provides end-to-end encryption for Skype audio calls, along with any text messages, images, videos, and audio you send. All content will also be hidden while on the app, so any Preview messages you send won’t show up in your Chats or notifications.

Open Whisper Systems has become the industry standard when it comes to encrypted communication. WhatsApp also worked with the organization back in 2016, to develop its own form of end-to-end encryption.

Some might even be familiar with Open Whisper’s own messaging service app called Signal, available for Android and iOS. In addition to its already existing end-to-end encrypted voice-calling and chat service, it beta tested encrypted video calls last year as well.

You can try Skype’s preview by selecting “New Private Conversation” when in the compose menu or from the profile of who you want to send the message to. The recipient will then have to accept your invite, which will specifically state the private conversation will be secured with end-to-end encryption and there will also be a lock icon next to the contact’s name.

But it’s important to note that you can only participate in a private conversation from one device at a time. This means that you can switch the conversation over to another device, but your message history won’t sync and you’ll have to resend the invitation to your contact.

When it comes to ending a Private Conversation, you’ll receive a confirmation window letting you know it has officially ended. You can also delete it the same way you would with a regular chat, and recover it by starting a Private Conversation with the same contact again.

But there are limits when it comes to your capabilities — you’re unable to edit a message or forward any files. From the chat window, you can only send files, audio messages, and emoticons.

For now, Skype is using the preview phase to gain feedback from Skype Insiders before releasing the feature to all of its users. It’s currently available on the latest version of Skype for desktop, along with iOS and Android.

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12
Jan

Microsoft and Signal team up to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype


As an extra layer of security, Skype has released a preview of end-to-end encrypted “Private Conversations.” Currently available for Skype Insiders, users will now have more protection over the content they send within conversations.

Using Open Whisper System’s Signal Protocol, Private Conversations provides end-to-end encryption for Skype audio calls, along with any text messages, images, videos, and audio you send. All content will also be hidden while on the app, so any Preview messages you send won’t show up in your Chats or notifications.

Open Whisper Systems has become the industry standard when it comes to encrypted communication. WhatsApp also worked with the organization back in 2016, to develop its own form of end-to-end encryption.

Some might even be familiar with Open Whisper’s own messaging service app called Signal, available for Android and iOS. In addition to its already existing end-to-end encrypted voice-calling and chat service, it beta tested encrypted video calls last year as well.

You can try Skype’s preview by selecting “New Private Conversation” when in the compose menu or from the profile of who you want to send the message to. The recipient will then have to accept your invite, which will specifically state the private conversation will be secured with end-to-end encryption and there will also be a lock icon next to the contact’s name.

But it’s important to note that you can only participate in a private conversation from one device at a time. This means that you can switch the conversation over to another device, but your message history won’t sync and you’ll have to resend the invitation to your contact.

When it comes to ending a Private Conversation, you’ll receive a confirmation window letting you know it has officially ended. You can also delete it the same way you would with a regular chat, and recover it by starting a Private Conversation with the same contact again.

But there are limits when it comes to your capabilities — you’re unable to edit a message or forward any files. From the chat window, you can only send files, audio messages, and emoticons.

For now, Skype is using the preview phase to gain feedback from Skype Insiders before releasing the feature to all of its users. It’s currently available on the latest version of Skype for desktop, along with iOS and Android.

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12
Jan

Monoprice wows us with the gargantuan (and very quiet) Delta Pro 3D printer


Just a few short years ago, Monoprice wasn’t even in the 3D printer market, and was instead focusing on its expansive accessory business. Fast-forward to today, and the company is now the top 3D printer manufacturer in the world, and the entry-level $200 Select Mini is the best-selling 3D printer by a factor of three.

Don’t think for a minute that Monoprice is stopping there, however. Shane Igo, the company’s vice president of product management, stopped by the Digital Trends booth at CES 2018 on Thursday morning to detail Monoprice’s efforts, as well as show updates to the best-sellling Mini and introduce a massive new 3D printer called the Delta Pro.

Starting with the third-generation Mini, Igo says Monoprice focused on making improvements that will further solidify its lead in the market — most notably its “out-of-the-box” operation. Version 3 also adds auto-leveling (especially important for beginners) and a touchscreen, making it easier to operate than ever before.

What we’re really excited about is the Delta Pro, however. This massive printer takes the build area of the Mini and increases it by 10 times. This allows for printing of much taller objects, and at a price of around $1,000, it will be one of the largest print areas at that price point.

If you remember the Delta, which we reviewed late last year and debuts in April for $159 (and was one of our CES 2017 award winners), the Delta Pro also uses the same configuration where the print head is suspended by three arms that can better move it through three-dimensional space. It’s not a new concept — some other companies are already using it — but it definitely speeds up printing.

Igo said a 9-inch-tall vase that he was printing would be complete in about three hours, versus the six to eight hours it would take with traditional 3D printing methods. Another thing about the Delta? It’s really quiet. According to Igo, it produces only 44 decibels of noise, practically unheard of in this industry, no pun intended.

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12
Jan

The best drones we saw (and flew) at CES 2018


Every year, drones seem to dominate more and more showfloor space at CES — and 2018 was no different. This year we saw drones of all shapes, sizes, and purposes. But what were our favorites? Glad you asked. Here’s a quick rundown of all the best drones at CES 2018.

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