The Consumer Electronics Show continues in Las Vegas, Nevada bringing you all of the upcoming tech goodies on the horizon. But what was the big news was today (Thursday), U.S. Marshals raided the event after an emergency court order was issued after an American company’s complaint over patent infringement of a hoverboard design.
The booth operated by China-based Changzhou First International Trade Co. had their one-wheeled hoverboard/skateboard/scooters seized, boxed up, and had their booth disassembled by the Marshals. According to American firm Future Motion, the models on display at Changzhou’s booth were complete knock-offs of a design they had trademarked. Following proper protocol, Future Motion contacted the federal court in Las Vegas, which then had a brief hearing by phone to discuss the matter, ultimately leading to the raid. Future Motion’s Onewheel scooter was introduced two years ago at CES and currently sells it online for $1,499. Changzhou’s scooter was being sold through online retailer Alibaba for about 1/3 of the price. To learn more, check out the video below.
LG showed off its new 18-inch display which “can be rolled up like a newspaper.” This exciting new tech sets the bar for the next wave of devices. Imagine being able to lay out the screen anywhere you please (even on a wall!) and view webpages, images, videos, and the like. The rollable display is one of the hot items people are raving about at this year’s convention. No word as of yet as to its price or release. This is definitely one to watch!
Virtual reality devices are big at this year’s show. Samsung appears to be leading the way with their new device. Their Gear VR, created with partner Oculus, has been well-praised over the last couple of years. Now Samsung has developed “rink,” controllers which fit over the user’s hands that sense motion as the user moves about. Watch the video below to see the rink controllers, accompanied with the Gear VR, in action!
Samsung second major highlight is their innovative SUHD TVs. Featuring curved displays, extremely low bezels (or none at all), smart home elements, and app support, the televisions (which will be released this March) are the pinnacle TVs for the future. Check out some of these amazing features:
- New Smart Hub – The 2016 Smart Hub is designed to provide users with simple access to their favorite content all in one place. Live TV, over the top (OTT), games and even the menu that appears on the home screen of the Samsung Smart TV allows users to access their favorite programs as soon as they turn on the TV.
- Samsung Smart Control remote – The new Samsung Smart TV eliminates the need to juggle multiple remote controls. The Samsung Smart TV will automatically recognize the type of set-top box, game console, OTT box or home theater system that is connected to the TV. This allows users to control all of the external devices with the Smart Control remote — with no setup required.
- Console-less Gaming – Consumers can enjoy the most realistic gaming experience on a large screen without the need for a console. More than 500 streaming and downloadable games will be available on the 2016 Samsung Smart TVs. Recent additions for PlayStationTMNow include Assassin’s Creed III,Batman: Arkham Origins, The LEGO Movie and many more.
- EXTRA Service – With a push of the EXTRA hot button on the Samsung Smart Control remote, information related to the content will appear onscreen instantly. Users can see player profiles and stats during sporting events, information on cast members for their favorite TV shows and more.
- Smart View – The Samsung Smart View mobile app allows users to share their favorite content instantly with their family. The upgraded Smart View is now available beyond Samsung Galaxy devices, supporting Android and iOS devices, as well as Window PCs. Popular apps and websites including AccuWeather, Crackle, iHeartRadio, M-GO, Plex, Pluto.TV, UFC, Vimeo, YuppTV and more are all also Smart View enabled, so consumers can begin the entertainment experience right within the apps and services they enjoy most.
- More access to content – Streaming UHD movies and TV shows from providers such as Amazon, M-GO, and Netflix and accessing apps such as YouTube has gotten even easier. UHD technologies developed by NeuLion will also enable a selection of sporting events to stream UHD Consumers can also connect Samsung’s new Ultra HD Blu-ray Player via HDMI (2.0a) for access to UHD movies with HDR. Direct access to live programming from providers such as Dish and Time Warner Cable is simplified.
Thanks to tech company HumanEyes, you will now be able to shoot video footage in 360 degrees. That’s right, a complete full-surround capture. Vuze is the world’s first 3D, 360° Spherical Virtual Reality Camera. This video technology is vital for virtual reality. HumanEyes is offering their new gadget for under $1000, a very competitive price compared to other models. You can even enjoy videos in 4K resolution!
Critics are impressed with the Xcooter. It’s a foldable scooter, for easy carrying and stowing, which can be unfolded and set-up in under a minute. It has the capability to run up to 15 miles on a full charge and can reach a top speed of 17 mph. This trendy device will retail for $1,799, but the manufacturer is offer a $300 pre-order discount ($1,499) if you order online through Urban rider’s website.
The Consumer Electronics Show continues through Saturday, January 9th.