A four day emergency legislative session to secure a deal for an in-state factory with electric automaker Faraday Future will end up costing the State of Nevada a quarter of a million dollars on top of the $335 million in tax incentives and public funding that resulted from the meeting.
Even before we trekked out to the desert for the Consumer Electronics Show, we had a good idea that CES would be flush with smart cars, televisions, virtual reality, and a bunch of weirdness. We were right! But as always, there were some surprises in store.
Wannabe electric automaker Faraday Future had amassed an impressive amount of hype going into CES, only to drop the ball and disappoint everybody looking for something real. Then the interviews started, and things got even messier.
Car companies tell us the buttons on your dashboard are soon to be replaced with pinches and swipes. Some are already pushing even further with touch screens you don’t actually touch. Let’s look closer at some of this tech and see if it’s actually worth being wide-eyed over.
Yesterday, Lenovo announced it would release the first consumer device using Google’s Project Tango technology. What is this technology good for? I’m glad you asked.
In the same way that only a handful of American cities are seriously preparing for self-driving vehicles, it seems the federal government isn’t thinking ahead either. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx revealed yesterday that his department has no plans for national regulations around autonomous cars.
Apple CarPlay allows you to use your vehicle’s infotainment system to mirror the interface on your phone, and millions of iPhones are already equipped to use it over a wireless connection. Too bad Volkswagen was blocked from showing it off during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
To make the drone in Spin Master’s new Air Hogs Connect mobile game fly as realistically as possible, players pilot a real-life toy quadcopter while clever augmented reality tricks translate their maneuvers to the action and missions in the game.
Two US federal marshals raided the booth of a Chinese hoverboard company earlier today at CES. The badged law enforcement agents collected all of the company’s one-wheeled “Trotter” electric skateboards, as well as all related marketing materials. It was dramatic.
Lenovo and Google have been working together for a year to find a mainstream use for Google’s experimental Project Tango technology. Today we’re getting information about the very first Google Tango device for consumers. They’re actually gonna do it. This is very ambitious.
If there’s one major automobile trend we’ve seen at the recent spate of trade shows, besides putting screens everywhere, it’s electrification. The car industry has been moving towards more hybrids and EVs for some time, but this year’s CES almost made gas look like a thing of the past. But is the U.S. also headed for…
CES had an unspoken but closely-followed theme this year, and that theme was “Could definitely also be a sex toy.” One of the best themes yet, good job to everyone involved!
You could say that, historically, televisions are the star of CES. After all, it was at CES in 1998 that the world saw the first ever high-definition TVs. Plasma TVs debuted at CES in 2001, and OLEDs appeared in 2008. This year, however, everything was pretty damn boring. That’s not a bad thing.
The tech industry is riddled with vaporware — those products that get a big public announcement, but never actually find their way to stores. And it’s always been this way. Just ask investors who were throwing tons of money at airship companies at the turn of the 20th century.
Despite Mary Barra’s best attempts at a dig towards Tesla Motors during today’s presentation of the all-electric Chevy Bolt at CES, development of electric vehicles from traditional automakers is exactly the kind of stir up Tesla intended to cause.
2016 might be the year of VR headsets and all, but some people still enjoy looking at regular screens. And the 30-inch, pro-level 4K OLED display Dell just announced looks like one hell of an upgrade.
For $49, if you pre-order at CES, Procter & Gamble will sell you what is probably one of the least essential smart home devices announced at the show this year: a wi-fi connected scent dispenser that lets you make any room smell like a Yankee Candle store right from your phone or tablet.
Like calling those two-wheeled, self-balancing monstrosities hoverboards, the term ‘wireless charging’ has been incorrectly used to describe many technologies that really aren’t. But for the first time ever, today I held an iPhone in my hand that was charging without a single cable connected to it, and I was wowed.