As usual, the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas was a big hit. Being their 50th year anniversary for the event, it didn’t disappoint with around 4,000 exhibiting companies and 200,000 people attending. This year’s show had a plethora of cool new gadgets from manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, and technology delivery systems. It’s definitely heaven for technology lovers.
Even though there were some pretty “out there” ideas (as always), in general there were many captivating and realistic concepts. As quickly as technology is advancing, this could be the year that brings them to life. PCMag.com highlights their top picks for the CES 2017 show in the following article, but one in particular caught my eye:
The Best of CES 2017 | PCMag.com
Razer Project Valerie
While this three-screen, 12K laptop may not ever end up as a consumer product, it’s still one of the most talked-about and ambitious concepts in Vegas this year. Two 4K displays spread out like wings from the main screen, and fold into the extra room behind the primary display when not in use. Project Valerie is only about as thick as two Razer Blade Pros stacked together, and somehow, it was able to run a game at full resolution across the three screens, which is a pretty amazing feat. (Granted, specs are under wraps, and it did get quite warm while playing.) Still, it looks completely outrageous, and may stay the stuff of dreams forever, but isn’t dreaming big what CES is all about? —MB
See the top picks here: The Best of CES 2017 | PCMag.com
As mentioned above, one of the top picks and favorites among many at CES is the triple screen mobile laptop, Project Valerie. This fully automated triple-display notebook features three high resolution 17.3 inch 4K screens, providing the widest viewing experience in a laptop. Designed with gamers in mind, it also provides an amazing work space, as the screens can work independently with three separate applications or in one expansive view.
One of the concerns seems to be the bulkiness of Project Valerie, considering it is supposed to be a mobile device. Razer claims that it is approximately 1.5 inches thick when fully collapsed and weighs 12 pounds. Because their Razer computers are already ultra thin, even with the two extra screens it isn’t much different than a regular laptop and is able to fit in a regular laptop bag.
This video by Tech Crunch writer Ingrid Lunden who attended CES shows her interviewing Razer CEO, Min-Liang Tan, about Project Valerie:
In a bit of breaking news, it was recently announced that two of the Razer prototype laptops were stolen at the Consumer Electronics Show just as the event came to an end. They are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever was responsible for taking the devices. Razer’s CEO, Min-Liang Tan, put the message out on social media to try and spread the word quickly.
In the following article on Wired.co, the CEO isn’t ruling out industrial espionage as the motive:
Razer cries ‘industrial espionage’ as Project Valerie laptops are stolen from CES | WIRED UK
Two Razer prototype laptops were stolen from the show floor at CES 2017, the company has confirmed.
Razer Project Valerie laptop prototypes were stolen from the firm’s press room at 4pm local time on Sunday, January 8 as the show came to a close. The company is offering a $25,000 reward for original information that leads to identification, arrest and conviction.
See the full story here: Razer cries ‘industrial espionage’ as Project Valerie laptops are stolen from CES | WIRED UK
This video was created by Razer to showcase the Project Valerie’s automation. It demonstrates how the two extra screens deploy and then angle toward the main screen for a complete surround system. As I mentioned earlier, the weight of the device could be an issue, but I think the biggest point in question is the price.