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CES 2018: LoopTalk's 5 Best of CES This Year
by Seth L.

Cutting through the morass of sales glitz and product glamour, we do see quite a few outstanding innovations from the show. Here are LoopMe Tech Squad’s top 5 gadget picks from CES 2018 that will surely define technology moving forward.

No.5: Wi-Charge: Wireless Power that Sets You Free

Seriously, the only time you can get any of the gadget heads in our office to put down their device is when it runs out of power but imagine this: what if we tell you that you can surf, game, and socialise to your heart’s content without ever needing to put down and plug in your device to be charged?

Wi-Charge, a wireless power startup has come up with infrared enabled full-room wireless charging technology. So no wires or charging pads required, just direct line of sight to charge all your devices at once. Don’t worry about Wi-Charge’s always-on invisible rays giving you cancer, they have full FDA approval for their technology, having passed all the required power, range and safety test.

No.4: L’Oreal UV Sense: World’s First Battery-free Electronic UV Sensor

If you love the sun then you will love this health tracking device from L’Oreal. The L’Oreal UV Sense is a fuss-free wearable UV sensor the size of a nail art that you can just simply affix to your thumbnail. Packed into this tiny battery-free wonder is a UV sensor, temperature monitor and also a NFC antenna for pairing with its accompanying app on your device. The app will set a baseline via some complexion-based questions. After the required data has been keyed in, the app will actively help you manage your sun exposure duration.

While this initial device is designed to be worn on your nail, L’Oreal will be releasing more accessories to pair with the sensor so you can wear it elsewhere other than your thumb. Definitely a must-have for sun worshippers or those that spend a lot of time outside, but less so for the pasty geeks in our office.

No.3: HTC VIVE Pro: VR. Elevated in Every Way

Already a leader in the personal computer virtual reality market, HTC beefed-up their VIVE with even more drool-worthy specs like high-res 2880x1600 OLED screens with 615 pixels per inch density, integrated 3D spatial audio, dual front facing cameras and two mics.

The HTC VIVE Pro also comes with amazing untethered virtual reality capabilities thanks to a combination of Intel’s WiGig technology and VIVE Wireless Adapter, allowing you to expand your horizons and experience true freedom. Okay someone hold the barf bag, I am diving in!

No.2: Razer: Project Linda

The gamers in the office are going gaga over Razer’s Project Linda and it’s easy to see why. Every year CES gives us a fresh twist on personal computing and this year Razer totally up the ante with their mobile phone. Yes, you read that right, Razer is upping the ante of personal computing (and gaming) with their mobile phone.

Razer’s Project Linda allows you to turn their recently released gameriffic Razer Phone into a laptop just by dropping it into a slot on the laptop shell. Once connected to the laptop, the Razer Phone now doubles up as a touch pad and also a secondary passive screen. If you require more graphical power, there is an optional slot in the laptop shell for a graphics card to boost your gaming enjoyment into the stratosphere. Mmmmmmm....

No.1: Sony Aibo

It’s impossible to talk about CES without talking about robots. Sony revealed a new version of their man’s best (robot) friend Aibo recently at CES 2018. The new and improved Aibo packs some nifty tech like advanced sensors, smarter AI, internet connectivity and a friendlier design. It respond to voice commands and petting. The new Aibo can also learn to recognise people through its nose camera and learn to navigate its surroundings over time.

Despite it's cold, metal body, the Sony Aibo is incredibly cute and if you want a dog but you're not too keen on long walks and clean ups, this mechanical mutt here is the perfect pet for you. woof!

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