Y-FI: Fabulous Four

25 Jan 2018
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Alvin Thomas picks top four gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in Las Vegas. The choice ranges from digital assistant to smart glass to smartphone to gimbal

Smart Display

If you thought that the Amazon Echo or the Google Home had become the holy grail of personal assistants, you’d be wrong – very, very wrong. Lenovo’s new Google-powered Smart Display is just as cool, albeit it’s bigger and a lot more functional. It comes in two different screen sizes: 8 or 10 inches. The device is touch-enabled and can also be integrated with your smart home devices. What’s more, it can play YouTube videos (a feature the Amazon Echo Show lacks), access Google’s security system Nest, and has a polished design which will fit into your home. The prices start at RO76.9 and you can pre-order yours from lenovo.com

Viva Vivo

Who would’ve ever thought that a Chinese manufacturer would be the one to revolutionise the smartphone industry? The electronic maker in question here is Vivo, and it has come forward with its all-new X20 Plus UDsmartphone – a device that features a discrete fingerprint scanner underneath the screen. The user can unlock the phone by putting their finger on the large 6.43-inch AMOLED screen. While this challenges newer security systems that brands like Apple and Samsung are incorporating into their phones, Vivo will definitely set the ball rolling for hidden fingerprint scanners. What this means is that the phone can be crafted with no bezel, thereby giving it a sleeker and unique look. The device can be purchased from vivo.com for about RO240.6

Augmented Reality

Google may be taking the fight to Amazon with the release of the new Google-powered Lenovo Smart Display, but the online shopping conglomerate is staging a comeback with the Vuzik Blade Augmented Reality Smart Glasses. It will be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant, and is essentially a polished version of the Google Glass. It runs on Android (I know, ironic!) and is a fully functional computer. There’s also an 8-megapixel camera for snapping photos on the move. Navigation is handled by swiping and tapping on a touchpad along the side of the glasses’ frame. The display is bold and crisp too, further offering the users a perfect mix between reality and augmented reality. Post its release mid-2018, you can get yours from vuzix.com for RO385


Smooth as Butter

As you all probably know, more people are relying on their smartphone cameras to shoot images and videos. What this means is that most social media platforms are saturated with shaky and blurry content. And the folks from DJI are having a go at eradicating that with their all-new DJI Osmo Mobile 2. How have they done that? Well, for starters, they’ve dropped the price substantially to make it affordable for all. If that wasn’t enough, the device still has all the bells and whistles of the model it replaces, and also comes with features such as ActiveTrack, Motionlapse and Cinematic Zoom Control. Get yours from DJI.com for about RO49.6

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