Can you believe the Consumer Electronics Show has been around for 49 years? I know! The international renowned electronics and technology trade show was once again held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and it’s delivered some very impressive products to us tech junkies this year. The gadgets and tech we’ve been ogling so far come to us from the worlds of computing and telecommunications. Let’s take a look at the 5 most exciting products we’ve seen so far.
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First off is Sckipio’s G.Fast technology. G.Fast is the next generation ultra broadband standard. Imagine Google fiber-like speeds over a telephone line. G.Fast would not only mean Internet speeds that would outpace both cable and DSL but no need to deal with pesky infrastructure troubles, like those required for Google Fiber. Utilizing copper wiring that already exists in our homes, Skipio’s product would mean faster speeds in less time. The company promises to work with ISPs to deliver fiber-like speeds for less money with the hopes of creating greater competition and thus less pain to the consumer pocketbook. We really hope this standard takes off because the technology is capable of download speeds nearly 750 megabits per second. That’s 50x faster than what most of us have now! Wheeee! The tech should debut in the U.S. later this year.
Next on our list from the Consumer Electronics Show is TP Link’s Talon router AD7200. This baby is the crème de la crème in router technology. Not only can it do the standard networking tasks your basic router pulls off, but it will do so at blazing speeds. You see, the Talon is the world’s first router to ship with Qualcomm’s new 802.11ad technology which means it would be exploiting that sweet unused 60GHz frequency. The Talon also utilizes the 802.11ac technology which means bands 60GHz, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz are combined for a total throughput speed of 7 gigabits per second. According to TP Link you would be able to download an entire 4k movie in 4 minutes and transfer a thousand photos to a storage device in approximately five seconds. The price hasn’t been dropped yet, but with eight antennas, four gigabit ethernet ports and two USB 3.0 ports for transferring files, we are not expecting it to be cheap. Drool.
You remember when Apples’ 12-inch Macbook became the first notebook to incorporate a Type-C USB as its power port. Well, they pushed that standard on the world and now everyone is following suit. So, inevitably, we were bound to see new applications of Type-C at CES. Our favorite comes from computer hardware and electronic company, Asus. Their new portable monitor with USB Type-C support is the first single-cable portable monitor. The MB169C+ should work with any machine with a USB Type-C connector, including the new Apple Macbook. The only drawback is it’s not backwards compatible. To that I say “out with old, in with the new” which is a great philosophy for the Consumer Electronics show!
I don’t often get worked up over Bluetooth devices, but I did a double-take when I read about the Cassia Hub. We’re used to getting out of Bluetooth device’s range pretty quickly. However, what if you didn’t get disconnected? The Cassia Hub promises to give you the ability to control over your home devices from anywhere in the world, without making changes to our devices. How is that possible? Bluetooth has a limitation of about 30 feet, so the hub searches for Bluetooth signals with an increased sensitivity so it can connect to devices farther away. Cassia engineered an algorithm to filter out noise, so it can find the signals it’s seeking. Cassia promises the hub should reach through 1,000 feet in open space. The hub also connects over Wi-Fi to your existing router to let you connect remotely. The hub can control up to 22 devices. We can’t wait to see this hub in action.
Last but not least, we are really psyched for a product from the Consumer Electronics Show that comes to us from some ex-Googlers at JIDE. These creators have brought Android to the desktop. That’s right, the Remix OS works with nearly any x86 PC. Think of it as a really mobile OS. It looks like Windows or Chrome OS and can run on any screen with an HDMI input. Their 64-bit Remix Mini device priced at $70 and is said to deliver 20-30% better performance than 32-bit counterparts. You also get the same computing power as a typical desktop computer but using only 10 watts of power. The Mini comes with Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB. There are two versions of the Mini, 1 G RAM + 8 GB storage and 2 G RAM + 16 GB storage. The device support 1.5 million apps, has low memory usage, offers keyboard/mouse support, a dedicated file manager and resizable windows. What else do you want? We can’t wait to get our hands on one!