On the third day of CES 2016, gadgets seemed a lot more pragmatic, yet incredibly innovative. Somehow, MSI managed to slice a few tenths of an inch off the GS72 Stealth's profile, making it the thinnest 17.3-inch laptop in the category. Meanwhile, to help Twitch gamers simultaneously play and broadcast live gameplay, CyberPower squeezed two PCs into one massive desktop tower.
In cameras, a new gadget from Vuze is the cheapest device yet to capture 360-degree 4K video for use in VR headsets. And in sports, a fitness sensor from Lumo gives runners unprecedented levels of data on their jogging form.
Believe me when I say Day 3 of CES 2016 was the best day yet for innovative new tech. Here's all the clever gadgetry we saw yesterday.
The Alienware 13 gets updated with premium OLED screens that, as our Street Fighter IV demo foreshadowed, will add inky blacks and crisp, cutting colors to some of the industry's best gaming laptops. Typically, OLED costs a premium, but look for the souped up Alienware 13 with OLED to start at $1,449.
Huawei’s new set of smartwatches, the $500 Elegant and the $600 Jewel, each house a speaker and a microphone to make live phone calls from your wrist. The Jewel comes swathed in Swarovski crystals, and both devices wear thinner 18mm bands for a more charming, classy fit.
All the goods that make the MSI GS72 Stealth special remain: black brushed-aluminum chassis, full-size SteelSeries keyboard, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. Now it comes in a slim, 0.78-inch profile, making the Stealth the sleekest, slimmest 17.3-inch gamer on the market.
Want to develop your own content for the Oculus Rift, Gear VR or HTC Vive? The Vuze VR Kit records 360-degree video at a max 4K resolution, and because Vuze's device boasts the lowest price point for stereoscopic, full-panorama video, you'll pay only $800.
Gamers who broadcast gameplay to YouTube and Twitch often use one PC for gaming and another for streaming video. The hefty Pro Streamer system fits two desktop PCs into one tower — that's two motherboards, two graphics cards and two storage bays — so that game broadcasters can stop stressing lag and start stressing wins.
Inside Lumo's Run shorts, and Run capris for women, sits a small sensor about the size of a quarter that tracks tons of performance data. Lumo's bottoms can tell if you bounce too high as you run, if your stride is uneven, or if your pelvis turns awkwardly while you're beating the pavement.
The $999 Razer Blade Stealth includes a Core i7 CPU, a 4K display with an amazing 3840 x 2160-pixel display and a Chroma keyboard with individually backlit keys. What you don't get is a GPU. That piece of the puzzle resides in Razer's Core graphics amplifier.