At CES Mercedes Benz says that they will have a self driving car by next year and are working with NVidia to develop it. Leo says that CES often announces things that don't happen for years, if at all. He thinks that it'll be 5 to 10 years before we see self driving cars on the roads as common place.
Dickie D is back from CES and he does the show differently than others, looking for crazy gadgets. The crazier the better. But he also found some useful things. Like the In & Motion Air Vest, which is an airbag for extreme athletes. You wear it like a vest, and it has sensors built in to measure what is happening. If something like you falling off a horse or motorcycle happens, the airbag will trigger. Cost is expected to be about $800.
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Scott is in Vegas for CES and he's seen a ton of cool new home theater stuff. Sony has announced a new OLED TV in which the entire screen is a speaker, and LG has a cool new one called "The Wallpaper" TV because it's only 4mm thick and attaches to the wall with magnets. Scott says that 4K and HDR are all around at CES this year, and he says that Samsung is ahead of the game with color saturation and brightness. There was also a bunch of TVs that support voice command through Amazon Echo and Google Home. Plasma is all gone now. But Sony also introduced Cletus, a micro LED screen.
This week's gadget is a 2017 CES Innovation Awards Honoree, the MSI VR One wearable gaming computer. It's the world’s thinnest and lightest VR backpack PC. The VR backpack PC weighs only 7.5 lbs. Powered by a unique cooling system to prolong gaming sessions, it comes with swappable batteries, eliminates cables and cords, and is now available to deliver a truly wireless VR experience.
Fresh from Las Vegas, The Giz Wiz Dick DeBartolo survived CES. He goes to look for the really off-beat stuff. It's easier for him because he can avoid all the mainstream tech. The huge thing he saw was Hoverboards. Everyone had them and they all called them the SegWay without a handle. But he went to Segway and found the Segway Mini Pro, which is controlled by your legs back and forth to steer hands free. It also has inflatable rubber tires. It has a top speed of 10 MPH. It's also Bluetooth connected and you can controll it via a smartphone app. $1500.
Scott is at CES for the latest in Home Theater and all the TV manufacturers are introducing new models of high dynamic range 4K TVs. There's finally a standard from the UHD Alliance called "Ultra HD Premium." But there's also a competing standard. Scott says that even though we have a budding format war, this time, they are largely interoperable. The 4K Blu-Ray players coming out are a lot cheaper as well, starting at $400. The first Blu-ray player was $1,000. So we're getting better at that and Leo says that by next year, they'll be under $100.
CES invaded Las Vegas this week with hundreds of thousands of exhibitors and media types covering the latest in technology. But frankly, Leo wonders why CES even exists anymore. The hottest story seemed to be a refrigerator with a monitor and camera so you can see what's inside. And most products that get announced at CES never see the market. Also, major brands have been gradually leaving CES in favor of having their own events. This was started by Apple, followed by Microsoft and even Samsung. There weren't even any huge announcements. So clearly, why does it even exist anymore?
Scott says that 2016 will be the year of Ultra HD Blu-ray which will not only have 4K, but high dynamic range as well. HDR gives your image more "pop." HDR will give the image 5-6 additional stops of dynamic range, and it provides far more detail in shadows and bright ambient light. So with HDR, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Scott continues his CES retrospective, but now he's got the 'CES Crud,' which you usually get when you travel to Las Vegas with 100,000 of your closest friends. Scott found it interesting that curved panels are all the rage, especially in Korea and China. Meanwhile, Japan still hangs on to flat screens.
Chip wants to know if anyone really needs to attend CES anymore since everything is available online. Leo says not really. He sends people to cover it. It's a great experience to go at least once. It's out of control, and there's so much to see. But Chip could pretty much see everything virtually now and doesn't need to feel the pressure to attend every single year.