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DGIT's Best of CES picks - TVs, smart home products, and more
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At CES 2018 the DGIT team saw alot of cool new technologies and products, but what are the very best announcements of the show? Great question. For those that have never been, CES is absolutely a massive show spread out across 2.4 million square feet with several thousand exhibitors. That makes naming just a few products as the best — well, it isn’t easy.
Of course, we can only give out so many awards. Five to be exact. So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Best of CES Award winners from DGIT.
LG Rollable OLED
LG is known for its cutting-edge display tech, and in 2018 things are heating up even more with the announcement of rollable OLED. The LG Rollable OLED display is a 65-inch 4K beauty that simply rolls up and into its stand when you’re not using it.
The LG Rollable OLED display is a 65-inch 4K beauty that simply rolls up and into its stand when you're not using it.
The prototype device isn’t quite ready for production, but it’s a wonderful proof of concept and certainly has us excited. The Rollable OLED works thanks to a spindle within the TV’s stand/case that gradually and silently unfurls the flexible OLED inside in about twelve seconds. According to LG, the TV can be uncurled and rolled up again 50,000 times in a lifetime.
Those that prefer minimalist home design without visible idiot boxes could really find LG’s rollable solution appealing. It’s also really cool to see in action, making it a very worthy addition to our Best of CES winner’s circle.
Samsung The Wall
LG wasn’t the only one showing off epic display technology. Samsung’s The Wall is a 146-inch television with some pretty cutting-edge tech underneath. First, it’s modular. As Samsung puts it, “users can add or remove modules to make their TV bigger or smaller, in any configuration, removing previous limitations on screen size, with zero impact on performance of the display”.
Unlike traditional LED TVs, microLED uses an array of millions of tiny LEDs that come together to create an image.
The even bigger news is that Samsung’s Wall uses a tech called micro-LED.Unlike traditional LED TVs, microLED uses an array of millions of tiny LEDs that come together to create an image. Since each LED can turn on and off you essentially have infinite contrast just like an OLED TV.
In other words Samsung is upping its game in order to take LG’s OLED tech in a big way. Like LG’s Rollable Display, it’s still a prototype at this stage but a global launch is expected in the Spring of 2018.
Lenovo Smart Display
The Lenovo Smart Display is one of a few Google Assistant-powered smart displays at CES 2018 and our personal favorite from a design perspective. The Smart Display uses Google Assistant, powered by Android Things, to do everything your Google Home can do but with the addition of a gorgeous display that gives you visual information.
The Lenovo Smart Display looks like an impressive new competitor for the Amazon Echo Show and is even priced impressively starting at just $199
The Smart Display can be controlled by your voice or touch, and brings all the convenience and utility of the Google Assistant to a device that isn’t tethered to your smartphone. Its various capabilities will allow you to see directions on Google Maps, watch YouTube videos, make video calls using Google Duo, listen to music, control your connected smart home devices, look at recipes, and a whole lot more.
The Lenovo Smart Display looks like an impressive new competitor for the Amazon Echo Show and is even priced impressively at just $199 for the 8-inch 720p version or $249 for the 10-inch 1080p model. The Smart Display is certainly not a typical Lenovo product, but it is one that stands out and is sure to help further shake up the smart speaker/display industry.
The Phyn Plus is a connected smart water assistant. It does what its description suggests: it monitors and measures tiny fluctuations in your water pressure to find out what’s going on in your pipes. Any time it detects even the slightest leak, Phyn will alert you through its companion app that a visit from the plumber is imminent if you don’t do something soon.
While it's not as sexy as a brand new TV, it's something that could save you a ton of money, headache, and heartache if it prevents you from dealing with burst pipes.
The idea behind the $850 Phyn Plus is that the investment will help prevent this sort of stress in your life. Phyn measures micro changes in water pressure about 240 times a second. It can detect pinhole leaks and even frozen pipes. Any time you turn on the water, Phyn will take note of how much water you’re using and at what times of day you’re most likely to hop into the shower.
While it’s not as sexy or cool as a brand new TV, it’s something that could save you a ton of money, headache, and heartache if it prevents you from dealing with burst pipes. Think of it as an insurance policy for your pipes. Without a doubt this is one of the coolest smart gizmos we saw at CES 2018 and certainly worthy of the winner’s circle.
Move over Tesla, Fisker has arrived to CES 2018! The newly unveiled Fisker EMotion is the work of legendary car designer Henrik Fisker and it’s a gorgeous luxury EV with butterfly doors, rapid charging tech, and much more.
The Fisker EMotion is powered by an LG-supplied lithium-ion battery with a range of more than 400 miles. No real info on the motor has been revealed just yet but we know it has a top speed of 161mph.
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The Fisker EMotion will be built in the US with production starting toward the end of 2019 — with a whopping price of $130,000. While the pricing keeps this car out of most consumer’s hands, it’s still a sexy car with tons of cutting-edge tech making it a wonderful addition to our Best of CES award winners.
DGIT has seen a ton of great stuff in the smart home, automotive, and home television spaces at CES. We have also seen plenty of great laptops and so much more, but these are what we felt were the very best. Each product here stood out for doing something different, but trust us; there are plenty of other great products out there and we’ll be rounding up some of our favorites with honorable mentions in the days to come.
More from DGIT
Looking for more from DGIT, be sure to head over to the website. Also be sure to check out some of the following content straight out of CES 2018:
Alli @ CES 2018
Check out comedian Allison Goldberg as she explores and interacts with various things at CES 2018.
Flo @ CES 2018
Flo had the opportunity to check out the Scotts Gro Smart Garden, a smart system designed to help gardens grow better than ever.
Wish that Amazon Echo Show had a Google Assistant-powered rival? Wish granted. Flo had the opportunity to check out the Lenovo Smart Display.
David @ CES 2018
David had the opportunity to check out the gamer-focused ASUS ROG SWIFT PG65 TV at CES 2018.