The second day of CES, after a wave of news from AMD and NVIDIA, concluded with the announcement of the finalists for the Best of CES 2021 awards.
As we note in the full recap, we had no idea how this year’s CES would play out, online only and in the midst of a pandemic. However, our information sessions and online surveys lead to nominees in 14 categories and several lively discussions in direct messages and video conferences. Who knew we would become so passionate about laptops? (We were doing.)
From the best wearable devices to the most innovative transport announcements, take a look at all the finalists here. They are a combination of big hitters, like Samsung and Intel, and small teams, like Wearable Devices Ltd (I wonder what they’re doing…) and Vanguard Industries ” furry creation.
While we decide on the eventual winners, you can have your own say in the People’s Choice Award. Vote here. Voting will close just before our awards ceremony today at 4:30 p.m. ET.
– Mat Smith
With Vizio selling OLEDs for less, it looks like LG is reacting.
Buried in LG’s CES 2021 presentation, Forbes points out, the company announced a new line of OLED TVs. The A1 series will be an even cheaper option than the C1 (pictured above) and B1 models, but potential buyers should be aware of some features that they will lose over more expensive versions.
We don’t have pricing for the 2021 TVs just yet, but on those there is no 120Hz display, no variable refresh rate, and no HDMI 2.1. We anticipate that they’ll still have the incredible black levels and contrast ratio we’ve come to expect from OLED, so they’re definitely better configured for budget moviegoers than next-gen console owners who want to tick all the boxes. possible feature box.
Quantum Operation Inc’s prototype could be a big deal, if it works.
One in 10 Americans has diabetes. To maintain their health, people with diabetes must either have regular finger-prick blood tests or wear an implanted glucometer. A startup says its new prototype can track blood sugar levels without the need for needles.
Quantum Operation Inc, exhibiting at CES, says its wearable prototype can accurately measure blood sugar on the wrist. It uses a small spectrometer, which scans the blood to measure glucose. The wearer simply needs to slide the watch and activate monitoring from the menu, and after about 20 seconds they give a blood glucose reading.
And a gaming chair with a wraparound OLED screen.
Razer sometimes loves to mess around at CES, announcing concepts that never make it into the real world. This year, Project Hazel is a timely attempt to reinvent a smart mask, complete with a bunch of Razer-style frills and high-tech upgrades. It has RGB lights, naturally, a transparent front cover to let people see your mouth, and a built-in microphone and speaker that amplifies your voice. Oh, and active air ventilation that would be as effective as an N95 medical mask.
Razer also teased Project Brooklyn, a gaming chair with a huge 60-inch curved OLED display that folds out of the back of the seat like a pair of wings. The chances of that happening are slim – rollable OLEDs are insanely expensive.
Moflin is a pet AI robot that looks like someone spilled water on a Mogwai boom mic. Moflin, like many softer bots we’ve seen in the past, comes with “emotional abilities” and the ability to learn. Niche? Oh, most definitely. But have you seen the egg-shaped nest in which he “sleeps” to recharge? Adorable.