Just about a week into the new year, OnePlus has unveiled the coolest-looking phone for 2020 so far. Presented at CES 2020, the OnePlus Concept One touts a radical feature previously unseen in smartphones until now: a disappearing camera.
Unlike the lumpy camera bump or the wacky pop-up camera, the new device houses its multi-camera setup underneath a layer of electrochromic glass. You might have seen the technology work before in magically tinting windows (such as those in supercars or fancy airplanes).
In OnePlus’s smartphone, the technology hides the cameras when they aren’t in use.
More technically, the protective housing is composed of five ultra-thin layers of glass. The third panel is the electrochromic material. On its own, the glass is opaque, hiding the hardware underneath. Upon activation with a short jolt of electricity, the glass reverts to normal transparency.
According to OnePlus, the electrochromic glass takes only 0.7 seconds to switch from opaque to transparent; a technical feat in itself.
Additionally, besides the on-and-off state, the glass can also switch to a semi-transparent mode. Then, it acts as a neutral density filter, improving the camera’s performance under very bright light conditions (i.e., shooting against sunlight or strong indoor lighting). Activated in the camera’s Pro mode, the filter supposedly reduces the camera’s exposure by three full f-stops.
In other news, the smartphone is decked out in stunning Papaya Orange leather, a symbol of OnePlus’s partnership with supercar maker, McLaren.
With this brilliant tech on display, you might be asking: why and how much?
First off, as the name implies, the OnePlus Concept One is a proof on concept. In other words: because OnePlus can do it and it looks cool.
That said, the smartphone isn’t for sale. At least, not yet. Hopefully, OnePlus pushes further with the idea. Because yes, it does look cool.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook now available on Best Buy
Best of Galaxy tech and Chrome OS
Working and learning from home has now become the norm for a lot of people around the world. If you’re looking for a flexible workstation, or even just to stay entertained during self-isolation, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is now available for purchase.
The new Galaxy Chromebook combines the best of Samsung’s Galaxy tech such as an AMOLED display and built-in-pen support, with the simple and fast Chrome OS.
Its AMOLED display is the first ever featured on a Chromebook and delivers 4K UHD resolution for a more immersive Netflix and chill experience.
It’s also packed with productivity tools, such as the built-in pen for note taking, drawing, or signing documents. Internally it’s powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor.
It’s also equipped with Intel Wi-Fi 6, so your next Zoom meeting (or party) would go as seamlessly as possible. There’s a good helping of ports available — two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a UFS/MicroSD slot. RAM can go up as high as 16GB while storage is up to 1TB SSD.
Those who have shifted to digital learning for the time being can enjoy a more collaborative experience through Chrome OS features like Google Drive functionality.
There’s also Click-to-Call and Messaging apps along with other Samsung smartphone features that you can access directly on the laptop.
Google Assistant is also readily available whenever you need it.
The Galaxy Chromebook is available in Fiesta Red and Mercury Gray on Samsung.com and Best Buy for US$ 999.99.
Sex tech is for everyone, not just for men
CES 2020 encourages sex positivity
Startup Lora DiCarlo graced the headlines last year for having its award revoked by the committee behind the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The startup believes it was unjust and fought for its right to be part of the annual show.
This year, Lora DiCarlo is the talk of the town once again, not because of an issue, but for being in the spotlight of CES 2020. Lora DiCarlo paved the way for sex tech to be out in the open, particularly companies with devices geared for women’s sex, health, and wellness.
Sex tech isn’t new, but sex being taboo in this modern yet surprisingly conservative society took the spotlight away from their devices. In case you’re wondering, sex technology mostly ventures on innovations to enhance our sexuality and sexual experience.
In 2017, men enjoyed VR porn as if it was that revolutionary, while sex toys and vibrators that offer solutions to enhance our experiences and relationships aren’t getting the splash they deserve. Thankfully, CES 2020 is taking a step forward in ending sexism and encourage sex-positivity. After all, sex is part of human nature.
Ever since Lora Haddock DiCarlo — the founder of Lora DiCarlo — fought for their right to be at CES, I was astounded and followed her journey. I’m all ears for women speaking up, especially with the goal of making a change in our society.
Now that DiCarlo and her company sparked a controversy, sex tech are now in the spotlight of the annual show held at Las Vegas. DiCarlo didn’t expect herself to be at the forefront of change, but it elevated her profile and grew her business.
Pleasure is at the forefront
At CES 2020, Lora DiCarlo showcased their first device once again — the Osé — is a personal massager which produces blended orgasm by mimicking movements of a human partner. It’s that revolutionary, hence, gaining an innovation award. I mean, just imagine a device pleasuring you the way a human partner does — It’s astonishing!
Additionally, Lora DiCarlo unveiled two more devices: Baci and Onda. Baci is a micro-robotic device which stimulates the feel and motion of human lips and tongue, while Onda mimics the motion of human fingers. Even though it’s meant for women, I can’t wait to actually try one!
More sex technology to solve our needs
DiCarlo’s fight enabled other companies and devices to get noticed and join the spotlight. Satisfyer showed-off Satisyfer Connect, an app that can be used remotely with a long-distance partner. Lioness delivered its second-generation vibrator tracking data to improve orgasms.
Furthermore, Womanizer exhibited their products and Pleasure Air Technology — a combination of suction and pressure waves — which brings a mindblowing, orgasmic experience. While all of these talk about pleasure, Morari introduced a “band-aid” that withholds pleasure, solving the premature ejaculation issue prevalent with men.
2020 might just be the beginning, but CES showcasing sex technology is a huge step forward in encouraging a sex-positive society. If you’re still iffy about this technology, remember that you’re not the target audience and that you were born because your parents had sex.
LG at CES 2020
Anywhere is home
At CES 2020, they’re offering not just one, but many smart home appliances — such as washer, dryer, refrigerator, and more.
LG’s ThinQ, InstaView, and Signature series all make life easier at the comfort of your home.
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