Gadget Ogling: The CES Spectacular Edition
Welcome, dear friends, to the latest edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares.
CES is over for another year, and with so much to discuss from the event, I’ll get right to it.
As always, these are not reviews. The ratings reflect only how much I’d like to try each product, just as soon as I stop rolling around giggling at some of the more ridiculous items from this year’s show floor.
Trust Razer to come up with something completely ridiculous that I need in my life immediately. Trust Razer to bring along two such concepts in the same year.
The first is Project Ariana, a projector that incorporates Razer’s full-spectrum lighting system, Chroma (pictured above).
It uses a wide-angle lens to project images, but it seems there’s no lengthy setup process required here.
Ariana uses 3D depth-sensing cameras to detect objects in a room and adjusts for them accordingly so that it still projects a flat image.
You can use Ariana as a regular 4K projector when you’re not playing games.
It looks incredible, and as someone looking to make the switch from a hulking TV to a projector down the line, particularly for gaming, its feature set is impressive.
I love that it can connect with the Phillips Hue system to paint your entire room to match the onscreen colors.
The other product to escape from Razer’s weird science laboratory is a laptop that goes big when it comes to screen real estate. The wonderfully absurd Project Valerie packs in three (yes, three) 17.3-inch 4K displays that automatically slide out to create a 180-degree viewing area.
It’s packed with power, too, and should have no problems running Oculus Rift and HTC Vive content. The machine weighs 12 pounds. While a far cry from modern ultralight laptops, that’s mighty impressive, all things considered. Razer somehow has managed to pack all of this into a 1.5-inch thick casing.
While there’s not much detail on the specs or pricing of Ariana or Valerie, it’s safe to say that each will make more than a little dent in your wallet. I’ve got a kidney I don’t really need. Just need to find out where my local black market is operating and I’m all set.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Who Needs All Their Organs Anyways
I don’t have a great deal to say about Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay M5 speaker other than it’s another thing I need to have in my life immediately. It’s gorgeous, assuredly sounds great, and has all the connectivity you’d expect from a modern wireless speaker.