The outlandish designs of gaming peripherals lend themselves towards sci-fi imaginings: I’ve personally seen Razer’s Tartarus and Orbweaver keypads in Arrow and Ender’s Game. But the company’s latest concept device looks like it dropped right off the bridge of a warp-capable starship. Meet Project Brooklyn, Razer’s concept for the future of PC gaming chairs and “battlestations.”
Razer has been making cloth face masks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, doing sterling work donating them to hospital staff. But as a company, Razer never really knows how to stop: why just design when you can over-design? Thus was Project Hazel, the company’s super high-tech mask concept, born. And of course, it has LED lights.
It’s just typical, isn’t it: two weeks after I give up my years-long wait for OLED panels to finally hit mainstream monitors and plunk down a bundle for a gaming IPS screen, LG announces its first OLED monitor. Today the LG UltraFine OLED Pro was revealed at the CES 2021 virtual event.
For a hot minute it looked like augmented reality was going to be a bold new arena for innovative gadgets. That might still be the case, but it seems little of that is going to make it down to the consumer level. Take the new ThinkReality A3 glasses from Lenovo: two different models are coming, both for the enterprise market.
Lenovo is coming to CES with a stacked deck of new product announcements. The latest include, among many others, a unique all-in-one desktop with a rotating screen, a tiny netbook-style laptop from NEC, and a cheaper version of the already-revealed Tab P11 Pro. Let’s take a look at that all-in-one first.
CES is usually the big show for television tech. In 2021, it’s somewhat hampered by, you know, no one actually being at the show. But taking a look at Samsung’s early announcements can give us a hint at where they’re headed for this year. and it looks like the company wants two things: really big screens, and really stylish screens.
Dell makes some of the best monitors on the market, and it’s rolling into an all-digital CES 2021 hard. The company pre-announced new models from 24 inches all the way up to 65 inches (which I guess would be more of a business presentation TV?). Some are refreshes of existing designs with new features, some are entirely new products.
We’ve seen various flavors of transparent screens for years, and I’ve always wondered exactly what the utility of such things was, beyond a few niche tools like AR glasses or fighter pilot helmets. But LG’s latest stab at transparent TVs makes more sense on the final day of 2020, when literal barriers between people are a necessary part of life.
We’ve been watching major events in the tech industry and beyond cancelled or moved to “online only” streaming affairs for months. With the COVID-19 epidemic still rampant in the United States, it seemed like a matter of “when” instead of “if” CES would follow suit. The “when” is now: the CTA has announced that the Consumer Electronics Show will be all-digital in January, 2021.
A couple of weeks ago, the CTA sent me a questionnaire about what they could do to make me feel safe at CES 2021, which by the way is totally happening in Las Vegas in January. That seems optimistic at best and dangerously aspirational at worst. I have an alternative: let’s all play Fortnite.