By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Roaming around day 2 of CES 2017, we’re catching our breath and seeing what we’ve missed. Some products are amazing, to be sure, but will some of them ever make it to market?
The first thing was actually from Intel’s keynote yesterday. In addition to the new 10nm Cannon Lake chip, which looks to be designed to drive Virtual Reality in the next generation. Intel was rather mum on it, but they did demonstrate the processing power with its new Virtual Reality headset, dubbed Project Alloy.
What separates Project Alloy from what’s currently on the market is that it’s feature set looks like what would happen if Oculus Rift and Samsung VR had a baby. What do I mean by that? Well, Alloy is a wireless VR mixed reality headset which looks to support Microsoft’s HoloLens architecture, though not strictly adhering to it.
It comes with a pair of Real Sense cameras mounted on the exterior of the headset to “see” the outside world around you, but in virtual space. So you can see your actual hand, and not a virtual hand grabbing something virtually and interacting with it. RealSense gives users the ability to measure relative depth and and position, making it a truer 3D VR experience.
But the main takeaway is that Alloy is completely wireless and requires no supporting computer or smartphone to connect with the virtual world. So I’m guessing it uses something similar to their Edison processor to power it and as such, it’s a computer and a headset all rolled into one. Microsoft will be thrilled that a primary manufacturer has finally gotten behind HoloLens as a virtual reality device, as well as augmented reality, and Microsoft will be updating Windows 10 to support it.
“The complexities of a traditional multi-monitor setup are a thing of the past.” – Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO
Then yesterday, Razer grabbed the headlines, which they usually do at CES with some wild and crazy technology that usually grabs a best of award, but then we never see it again. You may recall the modular exoskeleton like PC dubbed Project Christine in 2014, followed by ForgeTV, an Android-based streaming gaming platform in 2016, which won the People’s Choice Award.
Well, Razer is back with a devices that could actually have an impact not only in gaming, but in Video Post production. It’s called Project Valerie, and it’s a 12 pound gaming laptop that has three 17-inch 4k screens that slide out to envelop the user.
Together, the three 4K screens are GSync-enabled, and deliver an insane resolution of 11520 x 2160, thanks to a desktop-grade Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan says the 4K screens use a special design that requires no ribbon cables to connect them or to set them up through software. I’m guessing the slide-out rail that the screens come on does double duty as its monitor connection, and it’s really clever if it continues to work over time.
I’m really hoping Project Valerie makes it to market, because with its mobile footprint and 4K performance, it could be a game changer for editing on a laptop. However, given recent history, will it even ship?
“What we did is go out to our existing customers and said ‘what do you want in a 3D printer?’ They gave us their wish list and we gave them everything they wanted.” – Coby Kabili, Robo
I spoke with Robo 3D to check out the Robo R2 and C2 3D Printers, and the next generation printers from our friends in San Diego are a pair of 3D beasts. Winner of the 2017 Design Award for Best Innovation, the new Robo printers can print on 30+ material, including steel infused and carbon fiber plastic blends, and have an elevator bed that moves down from the extruder, rather than having the extruder array move up and down.
They also redesigned the Robo to be fully enclosed, and even added a camera for creating your own timelapse print videos and view the printer progress online. But the really cool part is that you can wireless print 3D models from your smartphone through the Robo app.
Price of the R2 will be around $1300, and it’s set to ship in March. The smaller Robo C2 is available now at $699 at Robo online, Amazon, and soon, big box retailers. I can’t wait to test them out.
I hear that Tiffen is planning something with drone manufacturer Yuneec. I wonder that could be?