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At CES 2018 the DGIT team saw alot of cool new technologies and products, but what are the very best announcements of the show? Great question. For those that have never been, CES is absolutely a massive show spread out across 2.4 million square feet with several thousand exhibitors. That makes naming just a few products as the best — well, it isn’t easy.
Of course, we can only give out so many awards. Five to be exact. So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Best of CES Award winners from DGIT.
LG Rollable OLED
LG is known for its cutting-edge display tech, and in 2018 things are heating up even more with the announcement of rollable OLED. The LG Rollable OLED display is a 65-inch 4K beauty that simply rolls up and into its stand when you’re not using it.
The prototype device isn’t quite ready for production, but it’s a wonderful proof of concept and certainly has us excited. The Rollable OLED works thanks to a spindle within the TV’s stand/case that gradually and silently unfurls the flexible OLED inside in about twelve seconds. According to LG, the TV can be uncurled and rolled up again 50,000 times in a lifetime.
Those that prefer minimalist home design without visible idiot boxes could really find LG’s rollable solution appealing. It’s also really cool to see in action, making it a very worthy addition to our Best of CES winner’s circle.
Samsung the Wall
LG wasn’t the only one showing off epic display technology. Samsung’s The Wall is a 146-inch television with some pretty cutting-edge tech underneath. First, it’s modular. As Samsung puts it, “users can add or remove modules to make their TV bigger or smaller, in any configuration, removing previous limitations on screen size, with zero impact on performance of the display”.
The even bigger news is that Samsung’s Wall uses a tech called micro-LED.Unlike traditional LED TVs, microLED uses an array of millions of tiny LEDs that come together to create an image. Since each LED can turn on and off you essentially have infinite contrast just like an OLED TV.
In other words Samsung is upping its game in order to take LG’s OLED tech in a big way. Like LG’s Rollable Display, it’s still a prototype at this stage but a global launch is expected in the Spring of 2018.
Lenovo Smart Display
The Lenovo Smart Display is one of a few Google Assistant-powered smart displays at CES 2018 and our personal favorite from a design perspective. The Smart Display uses Google Assistant, powered by Android Things, to do everything your Google Home can do but with the addition of a gorgeous display that gives you visual information.
The Smart Display can be controlled by your voice or touch, and brings all the convenience and utility of the Google Assistant to a device that isn’t tethered to your smartphone. Its various capabilities will allow you to see directions on Google Maps, watch YouTube videos, make video calls using Google Duo, listen to music, control your connected smart home devices, look at recipes, and a whole lot more.
The Lenovo Smart Display looks like an impressive new competitor for the Amazon Echo Show and is even priced impressively at just $199 for the 8-inch 720p version or $249 for the 10-inch 1080p model. The Smart Display is certainly not a typical Lenovo product, but it is one that stands out and is sure to help further shake up the smart speaker/display industry.