Sony showcases some of their latest cameras at CES 2017. Featuring the 240 frames per second burst photo shooting (up to 960fps with the RX100 Mark5, 315 phase detect auto-focus, front-end LSI for faster performance to improve speed of operation and buffering. The Sony alpha6500 with 425 phase detect auto focus points, with fast 0.05 second auto-focus speed. Sony Alpha 99 mark2 flagship full frame camera with 12fps at 42 megapixels jpg/raw with auto-focus and auto-exposure. Then this video features my interview with Patrick Murphy-Racey who is a professional sports photographer and videographer who’s content can be seen on Sports Illustrated, where he talks about the advantages of the Sony a6500 and the rx100 mark5, where he likes to use the Sony RX100 mark5 with the Tascam DL-10R compact lapel microphone recorder and merge with the video in post production automatically in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, you can see his demonstration of that setup here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWaHVg1uImg
Sony launches XBR-A1E BRAVIA OLED TVs at 55″, 65″ and 77″ powered by the Sony X1 Extreme 4K HDR processor (see also my other video about the X1 Extreme processor), to enhance the picture quality potential of self-emitting wide viewing angle OLED panels, producing deeper blacks and brights for an optimal contrast. Sony A1E series is also equipped with Sony’s new Acoustic Surface that vibrates the display to create sound from the whole display surface not needing to use traditional speakers on the side of the display.
Sony BRAVIA X940E 75″ 4K HDR TV with full array local dimming LEDs for more brightness and contrast with X-tended Dynamic Range Pro, runs on Sony’s 4K HDR X1 Extreme processor, 40% more real-time image processing compared with the previous X1 processor, with HDR remaster for upscaling standard dynamic range (SDR) content to near 4K HDR quality. Sony Bravia X930E is for 65″ and 55″ with same processing capabilities as X940E. X930E has Slim Backlight Drive+ technology doing edge-lighting giving near full array local dimming performance. Sony launched the first X1 processor in 2015, enabling possibly the industry best noise reduction and upscaling quality, now with X1 Extreme, Sony expands on the features for improved 4K HDR quality for high picture clarity, higher contrast, and wider colors support. X1 Extreme introduces Dual Database Computer Vision Processing for improved noise reduction and upscaling using tens of thousands of references that Sony generates from its archive of knowing how recognizable things are supposed to look like. X1 Extreme also introduces Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR removes banding creating a smooth, natural picture. X1 Extreme also introduces Object-based HDR remastering recognizing objects in the image to adjust contours, textures, depth for a more natural look.
Here’s a booth tour at the Qualcomm CES 2017 Booth, showing some of the features that Qualcomm is introducing with their 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor, the first processor to use the “Built on Cortex” technology ARM License. Qualcomm’s 10nm Kryo 280 might be built (my speculation) on quad ARM Cortex-A73 and quad ARM Cortex-A53, but customized by Qualcomm with their own design features on top, or throughout, including also Qualcomm’s own memory controllers and Qualcomm’s new X16 Gigabit LTE Baseband system. Qualcomm X16 Baseband supports up to Gigabit 1000mbit/s download speed and 150Mbps upload speed. It can function over a mix of licensed and unlicensed carrier spectrum. At the Qualcomm booth, this video also shows off some of the other awesome features that Qualcomm is making available with Snapdragon 835, includingn HDR10 4K60p HDMI 2.1a support and potentially HDR ready displays for smartphones to come, Project Tango and similar depth sensing for 6-degrees of freedom VR experiences merging the virtual world with the real world, turning VR into AR. Some other new multimedia features include live real-time stitching of 360 video at 4K 60 frames per second (possibly encoding with H265) which could enable the most advanced 360 video recording, also possibly recording 360 audio. Then combining 3 microphones to design directional audio recording similar to a shotgun microphone, improving the electronic image stabilization functionality (now to version 3.0) and deep neural networks run on the device for integrating advanced computer vision in the smartphone.
Samsung releases the nicest ARM Powered Chromebook in the world ($449 at Amazon.com), the Samsung Chromebook Plus is powered by the OP1 ARM Processor optimized for Chromebooks (Rockchip RK3399) dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 Hexacore 64bit with ARM Mali-T860 GPU. This Chromebook is ultra-thin at 14mm, ultra-light at 1.08kg yet runs 10 hours on the battery even with its amazingly nice and bright 3:2 aspect ratio 12.3″ 2400×1600 Quad-HD ultra-bright 400nit LCD Display durable with Gorilla Glass 3.
Xiaomi is a 6-year old startup from China that has shipped hundreds of millions of Smartphones, but mostly in China. Xiaomi is trying to expand to Europe and the USA. Here presenting the Xiaomi Mi Mix that uses a bezel-less 6.4″ 1080p Sharp IGZO display, on Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, 16Megapixel back camera, 5Megapixel front camera, 128gb or 256gb of storage.
Huawei Honor President George Zhao presents Huawei Honor 6X, 5.5″ Kirin 655 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53
Huawei Honor 6X ($249 at Amazon.com) is based on the 16nm Hisilicon Kirin 655 octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 with ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. Here it’s presented by George Zhao, President of Honor, introducing the Honor marketing strategy, its prospects for growth in Europe and the USA.
California based Blue Microphones launched the Blue Raspberry Mobile USB Microphone ($199 at Amazon.com) for PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad. Blue Ella planar magnetic headphone with built-in 250-megawatt audiophile amp powering 50mm x 50mm drivers, which are self-tensioned for fast response and accurate sound. Blue Sadie headphones have 50mm dynamic drivers featuring a built-in amplifier. Blue Satellite Headphones use Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX with a built-in amplifier, with adaptive noise cancellation using separate, dedicated ANC drivers to deliver high-fidelity wireless sound.
The Panasonic GH5 is the highlight of CES 2017 according to many media. The Panasonic GH5 records 4K60p at 150mbit/s 4:2:0 8bit, 4K30p at 150mbit/s 4:2:2 10bit, 4K30p at 100mbit/s 4:2:0 8bit and a 400mbit/s firmware coming. In this video, I try to ask Matt Frazer of Panasonic what the GH5’s 6K anamorphic H265 video is going to be like. Also watch my 45min Panasonic GH5 Interview with Sean Robinson Panasonic Marketing Specialist.
Now selling at $599 retail unlocked in the USA on Amazon.com, Huawei Mate 9 features the Hisilicon Kirin 960, the world’s first ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Mali-G71 in a Smartphone. With a beautiful 6″ 1080p display, runs Android 7 Nougat with Huawei EMUI 5 UI that features machine learning in the system to prevent any sort of lag, tracking behavior to provide a faster response on mostly used apps and not slowing down with long use. Huawei partnered with Leica to create a dual-lens camera giving a clear image and allowing bokeh effect using wide aperture effect and post-focusing on any point of interest in the image. 4000mAh battery and full day 20min fast charge. Available in 5 different colors, works on 1334 carriers in 217 countries & regions, Nano SIM+MicroSD slot or 2x SIM slots supporting GSM and WCDMA.
Hisense presents 4K HDR models: 65H8C 65″ 4K HDR at $999, 86H8D at $5999, 65″ H9D+ with ULED, 70″ H8D. 8K. 70″ $3499, 75″ $5999. 75″ 4K Roku TV at $1999, 65″ 4K Roku TV at $799. Hisense has a 430 acres 4K TV factory in China and another TV factory in Mexico for the US which they bought from Sharp.
QuirkLogic Quilla is the world’s largest Connected eWriter, on 42″ E Ink electronic paper replicating the familiar feel of paper and pen, bringing a more natural and smart collaborative whiteboard for companies and schools that want to provide sunlight readable, bi-stable, paper-like eWriting, a display that enables a different athmosphere, a different interior design for the brainstorming and strategical collaborative space in companies, enabling colleagues to get inspired in the brightest room with most natural light, on a most comfortable for reading display. With Quilla, users can walk up, grab a pen, and easily scribble out ideas, actions, and plans without hitting setup hurdles and quickly pick up where they left off in an instant. The QuirkLogic digital writing system consists of portable, always-on inking devices that go beyond space and location boundaries. Teams are no longer tied to conference rooms that have equipment anchored to a wall and instead can make better use of spaces designed for informal, ad-hoc interaction. The eWriter’s easy on/off mounts, light weight (22lbs/10kg), and battery operation enable workers to go wireless with the device and take it to any workspace. Also, remote participants can contribute and interact with content in real-time through centralized library and workbook sharing, enabled by an intelligent connected “inking” ecosystem that does the heavy lifting behind the scenes, keeping it simple for the users.
Sean Robinson, Marketing Specialist at Panasonic talks about everything about the upcoming Panasonic GH5 mirrorless camera. GH5 can do 4K@60p@150mbit/s 4:2:0 8bit, 4K@30p@100mbit/s 4:2:2 10bit, FHD@180fps, 6Kphoto@4:3, 400mbit/s free firmware update to come, Dual U3 SD card slots, $399 dual-XLR dock option, and a lot of features that film makers, photographers are very enthusiastic about. You can see in this video how other bloggers also are asking questions about the GH5, this Interview was filmed right after the Panasonic CES 2017 Keynote which you can watch the part about the GH5 here
After the launch event for the Panasonic GH5, here is a short Interview with Panasonic GH5 Product Marketing Manager. Check back for another extensive Panasonic GH5 Interview coming up.
Panasonic is lauching pre-orders for the Panasonic GH5 right now, at $1999 it can record 4K@60p 4:2:0 8bit and 4K@30p 4:2:2 10bit on dual-SD card slots, with 100mbit/s, 150mbit/s and with a firmware upgrade will support up to 400mbit/s all-I 4K@30p. Check back for my video-interviews on the GH5 with the Panasonic team.
Lenovo presents their second generation X1 Yoga 2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet with an impressive Wave Keyboard system that recesses and locks the keyboard when in Tablet Mode. Runs Windows 10 Pro, comes with 14″ WQHD OLED (2560 x 1440) or 14″ WQHD IPS (2560 x 1440) or 14″ FHD IPS (1920 x 1080), Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, Up to 16 GB 1866 MHz LPDDR3, from 128GB SSD SATA up to 1TB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2, Up to 16 hours battery life, 720p Webcam, Dockable and rechargeable stylus pen, dTPM 2.0 Touch fingerprint reader, 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C, 3x USB 3.0, HDMI, Native RJ45 (through dongle), MicroSD, MicroSIM (if WWAN card Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A is installed), 17.4mm thickness and 1.36kg for OLED version, 17.05mm and 1.42kg for LCD version, available from $1499 in February.
Lenovo launches their 5th Generation Thinkpad Carbon X1 with 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, with carbon-fiber reinforced chassis, lighter at 1.14kg and thinner at 15.95mm, Windows 10 Pro, dual Thunderbolt 3 over USB Type-C ports (for charging and dongles), 14″ FHD or Quad- HD display. Intel HD Graphics 620, 720p webcam, Up to 16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3, Up to 1TB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2, Up to 15.5 hours battery life, dTPM 2.0 Touch fingerprint reader, 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, Native RJ45 (through dongle), MicroSD, MicroSIM (if WWAN card Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A is installed), it starts at $1349 available in February in Silver and Black. You can read more at: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/think-x1/?IPromoID=LEN586088
Imagination PowerVR offers graphics IP for the ARM SOC market. PowerVR graphics technologies are used in set top boxes from Google, Apple, Amazon and other. Imagination also shows its standard for streaming wireless audio. MIPS systems on a chip are used in embedded devices such as in cars, Virtual Reality, wearables, and networking. MIPS processor designs can offer simultaneous multi threading similar to hyperthreading. MIPS devices have the ability to run multiple virtual machines if necessary. MIPS technology is licensed by Ingenic, Broadcom, Mediatak, Cavium and some other. Approximately 800 million MIPS processors are shipped every year. The PowerVR Wizard GPU was shown for the first time in silicon with a working benchmark demoing raytracing. PowerVR Wizard GPUs can be scaled from mobile all the way to desktop and console.
Makeblock present the new educational and entertainment robot Gemini on CES 2016, this wheel-balancing robotic have 2 mode, the standard model can dance, play music, race, voice-control.The battle mode with a LED light turret at the top turn Gemini became a fighting robot.
Meccano has displayed their new robots here dubbed Meccano G16, and the Meccanoid G16-KS (Kid-sized). Programming is possible through the app or voice recognition. Programming can be done to sing, talk and dance. The smallest model is expected to retail for US$40, US$140 for the medium size model, and US$400 for the biggest model.