A laptop without a screen, a neural network in your pocket and a holographic frame are the best gadgets for work and creativity at CES-2024

A laptop without a screen, a neural network in your pocket and a holographic frame are the best gadgets for work and creativity at CES-2024

Holographic screens, augmented reality, neural networks in ordinary things – all this can change the approach to work and creativity, and become a cool gadget in a backpack or on the desktop.

Greeting! My name is Oleksiy Yedakin, I do longreads in the Link Chat messenger team. I studied the announcements from the January CES 2024 and made a selection of the most interesting devices. Some are a direct “wow”.

Laptop with virtual screen

What: Spacetop AR.

Counter: laptop for those who like to open dozens of tabs.

Video: Sightful

Expanding a virtual screen in front of the user’s eyes is not a new idea. But to take and completely abandon the physical screen sounds like the description of a gadget from the TV series “Black Mirror”. Yes, the Spacetop AR laptop does not have a regular monitor – instead, a 100-inch desktop unfolds in AR glasses in front of the user’s eyes. It’s like three full-sized monitors that you can now carry around in your backpack. Spacetop can be connected to an external screen, but the magic in this case, of course, disappears immediately.

The question is only about the resolution of the picture: 1080 pixels per eye is a small indicator for convenient work with content. The device is already on sale, the price is from 2150 dollars.

A gadget for replacing programs

What: Rabbit R1.

Counter: a truly intelligent pocket assistant.

Photo: Rabbit

One of the main hits of CES-2024: the entire batch of Rabbit R1 was sold in one day. This small $199 device works like a neural network that you can take everywhere with you: call a taxi, add a song to a playlist, plan a route to the office or create a reminder.

Rabbit runs on a proprietary operating system that uses both its own neural network and ChatGPT. He can perform complex tasks. For example, make a travel route based on the weather, add and pay for items in the cart, solve a creative task. In the future, there will be a “learning mode” — the ability to do things for real-life scenarios. At the conference, the developers showed how they removed unnecessary parts from the images, and said that they taught Rabbit to go through Diablo IV without harming the character.

Augmented reality glasses for everything

What: ASUS AirVision M1.

Counter: glasses that transfer the display of any device to augmented reality.

Photo: ASUS

AirVision M1 glasses can be connected to a phone, tablet or laptop and turn the gadget into a device from the future: the screen will unfold before your eyes in augmented reality mode. The price and date of appearance on the market are still unknown, but the device itself is not original: on AliExpress, you can find dozens of analogues, the price of which starts at 300 dollars.

The difference between ASUS is that they offer a device packed with useful technology. Special technologies create a minimum response time, reduce screen flickering and blurring when turning the head. The virtual screen can be pinned to a specific location to talk to a colleague and then return to work. Noise-cancelling microphones and speakers are provided for video conferencing. For watching movies and videos – gesture control without a computer.

A self-charging keyboard

What: Lenovo Mechanical Energy Harvesting Combo.

Counter: keyboard and mouse that must be charged manually.

Photo: Lenovo

Prototype keyboard and mouse kit from Lenovo was created specifically for the exhibition and serial production will not work. But the concept is interesting: the devices can be charged manually by turning special rings, resulting in such a mix of mechanics and electronics. It will be useful for those who want to stretch their hands after working for a long time at the computer – in five minutes of hacking, you can generate energy for half an hour of work. As a backup power option – a solar panel: you can leave the keyboard on the windowsill and get a full charge at the end of the day.

Holographic frame on the table

What: Looking Glass Go.

Counter: turns any photos into 3D images.

Video: Looking Glass

Looking Glass Go is an example of fusion of neural networks and physical technologies. The compact 6-inch digital frame allows you to upload a 2D photo and turn it into a hologram. In addition, you can create three-dimensional pictures on the phone using neural networks and upload them to the frame, as well as communicate with a virtual character.

The price is from 299 dollars. Unprofessional, of course, but interesting: it offers not another pair of glasses for immersion in the virtual world, but an elegant frame with memorable photos on your table.

Glasses with autofocus

What: ViXion 01.

Counter: glasses that reduce eye strain.

Photo: ViXion

A device for those who have sore eyes by the end of the working day. ViXion 01 does not offer any virtual or augmented reality. At the heart of the autofocus technology: the depth sensor automatically calculates the distance, focuses on the object and thereby relieves eye strain. Useful for jewelers, dentists, electronics repair engineers and those who like to paint Warhammer miniatures 🙂

But in general, there are more scenarios: you can read, work at the computer, and cook with these glasses. They weigh only 55 grams, and one charge is enough for about 10 hours. The price per order is from $670, and delivery is so far only in Japan.

An accessory for those who print a lot

What: Clicks.

Counter: a physical keyboard for your phone.

Photo: Clicks Technology

Modern phones have given up on physical keyboards, but Clicks is bringing them back. So far, though, only for iPhones since version 14. From the point of view of technology, there is nothing special: similar covers and accessories have existed for a long time. The special feature of Clicks is that it is well integrated into iOS: the virtual keyboard never pops up, which greatly enlarges the display. There is also backlighting, support for keys and wireless charging. The price is from 139 dollars.

Stand to always stay in the frame

What: Belkin Auto-Tracking Stand Pro.

Counter: tracking the person in the frame.

Video: Belkin

A docking station for iPhone that not only charges the phone via MagSafe, but also supports DockKit technology. The phone connects to the NFC stand and can rotate the screen 360 degrees so that the user always remains in the frame. Works in any scenario: a conference, taking a selfie or recording a video for social networks. Price – 189 dollars.

Voice chat without a phone

What: Milo Action Communicator.

Counter: voice communication without WiFi and Internet.

Video: Milo

Milo Action Communicator is a reimagining of the walkie-talkie. The device uses its own mesh network, which manages to maintain communication between devices at a distance of up to 600 meters. Milio has built-in noise canceling, and you don’t need to use your hands to talk. Designed for tourists and extreme sports enthusiasts, but it seems that it can be used more widely: in production, restaurant kitchens, events and excursions. The price for one walkie-talkie is $249.

Titles

In addition to the listed gadgets from CES-2024, new transparent TVs from LG and Samsung, Holobox interactive kiosk, smart rings and a flying car are worthy of mention. Perhaps we will tell you in another article, but for now we suggest voting for the most useful, in your opinion, gadget from the selection.

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