CES: Why write about anything else?
 
New forms of transportation, enhanced TV screens (fruit roll-up LG anyone?), and of course, VR/AR dominated CES this year. While there is still one more day to go, we do have some thoughts on what has been released thus far.
 
From my informal office poll, the below product updates and announcements are our favorites:
 
The Vive Pro, of course. Already the darling of VR/AR enthusiasts, HTC released a pro version with XYZ as well as a branded wireless adapter. This announcement further places the VIVE as a top VR hardware provider. The Pro update includes increased resolution and sound fidelity, thus continuing the trend of making our virtual worlds more realistic. This trend is also visible in the increased wave of haptic startups and offerings).
 
As we’ve been playing with our TPCAST, the ability to be non-tethered is an incredibly freeing sensation. What’s the saying? You’re only as good as your tools and this release is certainly pushing premium VR forward.
 
It’s easy to say this was just an update, not a new product release but most supporters would beg you to differ. From increased to comfort, with upgraded headphones and more buttons, the Pro is an exciting update.
 
The Lenovo Mirage Solo is certainly another promising push into VRs future. A powerful standalone headset, the Mirage Solo is clean and simple. Under $400, the headset is already making waves for being considerably cheaper than the other standalone headset presented at CES (the Pico Neo).

 

While AR glasses are still waiting for their prime, several were released at CES and give us hope for growth. ASTRI came out with an increased field of view compared to the Hololens (placing more objects around us), while the Vuzix Blade is seemingly a resurrection of the Google Glass.
 
As for other mentionable updates in the AR/VR world, Looxid (pronunciation is not as it seems) takes the cake with the CES 2018 innovation award. A new premium headset from Pimax is coming our way, and though it can create beautiful visuals it is rather large and probably $$. 

 

 
The rest of CES? We’re becoming closer and closer to my childhood reality: Smart House with a focus on AI, smart home, and appliances.
 
Before the week closes, some state history. Since 1951, Oregonians were not permitted to pump their own gas, the reason being a concern of spilling fuel. While most other contiguous states permit this activity (New Jersey is the only other state which bans self-pumping), only this year did Oregon opened the opportunity for the majority of their state. The result? Memes galore and even a VR experience.