Samsung debuts the future at CES 2018

One of the biggest booths at this year’s CES belonged to Samsung Electronics; however, there was no mention of smartphones or wearable tech. Instead, Samsung wanted to focus on simplifying being connected. Whether it’s your home or office, the company wanted it to be easy for consumers to share and receive information.

“Bixby 2.0” is Samsung’s digital “assistant.” Future Samsung home appliances will have Bixby installed, making that fundamental leap forward to making digital assistants part of everyday life. Currently Samsungs’ S8, S8+, and Note 8 are the only devices that carry Bixby. So Samsung is hoping that as more devices roll out with Bixby 2.0, it will create a seamless interaction with the technology that we use every day.

Bixby 2.0 was not the only thing we experienced at the Samsung booth. Here are just a few things that we felt really stood out for Samsung this year.

Modular T.V.

Quite possibly the biggest attraction at Samsung was the 146-inch modular T.V. Otherwise known as “THE WALL.” While most homes hold a single paneled LED T.V., Samsung is debuting the world’s first MicroLED television. What does that mean? Consumers would be able to buy a series of 9×9” LED panels to create their customized display. Samsung built their modular T.V. to the height of 146-inches which is the standard size of a single wall inside an American home.

Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung, said this about their new MicroLED technology:

“At Samsung, we are dedicated to providing consumers with a wide range of cutting-edge screen experiences. As the world’s first consumer modular MicroLED television, ‘The Wall’ represents another breakthrough. It can transform into any size, and delivers incredible brightness, color gamut, color volume and black levels. We’re excited about this next step along our roadmap to the future of screen technology, and the remarkable viewing experience it offers to consumers.”

8K Displays

While most consumers are finally getting around to owning their own 4k display, Samsung has introduced its OLED 8K televisions with AI Technology. Now while most content made for T.V. is not filmed in native 8K, Samsung’s AI technology will digitally enhance standard definition content and upscale it to 8K.

The AI technology employs a proprietary algorithm that will adjust screen resolution based on the picture quality characteristics of each scene. It promises to reduce the noise and restore edges all while adjusting sound for different content, such as sports and music events.

I was able to get a first-hand look at Samsung’s new 8K displays at CES and I must say that it looked amazing. The new AI technology does an amazing job of upscaling standard content to 8K resolution. To an untrained eye, it would be very difficult to see that the content being displayed was not filmed in native 8K.

Samsung Flip

The office boardroom is the one place where a team can truly collaborate and contribute, and Samsung wants to take that meeting place to the next level. Samsung unveiled the Flip a display that they hope will do away with notepads and analog boards, making the future of office boardrooms completely digital.

The flip is essentially a digital whiteboard where a laptop or smartphone can be connected to. The flip can have up to four different participants interacting with the flip at the same time. They can annotate directly onto the flip using their fingers or a dual-sided pen. Each participant can also customize his or her writing style, size and color. Documents and other presentations can also be instantly emailed to participants directly through the flip without having to leave the board.

After the presentation is complete, the Flip can securely store all content in a central database. The Flip database will be secured airtight with a password-based system allowing any participant with the password to easily access any past presentations. Users can also save their meeting notes to a USB drive or any external source for added security.

There was no mention of the prices for any of the products that Samsung showcased at CES, but expect to see them start rolling out later this year. You can read more about Samsungs CES experience here: https://news.samsung.com/us/category/products/

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