For the first time in its history, CES was a strictly online affair. And just as you’d expect from one of the world’s foremost tech conferences, its transition online was smooth and exciting, offering a thoroughly enjoyable and viable alternative to the annual conference that normally takes place in Las Vegas.
Despite being online-only, CES 2021 featured a jam-packed calendar with an explosive array of new innovations and superb new tech that’s set to change the lives of consumers in 2021 and beyond.
As always, Hisense had a big presence at CES with lots of exciting announcements made with great things to look forward to in 2021. Here are a selection of our highlights from CES 2021.
New and improved Hisense VIDAA U5
The latest version of Hisense’s operating system, VIDAA U5, comes with a whole host of improvements and new features that are set to make Hisense TVs smarter, sleeker and a whole lot faster. With a 20% improvement in speed, navigation is almost instantaneous. Which of course is a handy thing, considering the addition of many more Australian and international apps, including Kayo, which is sure to be welcome news to sports fans.
Far-field voice technology
The addition of far-field voice recognition technology gives users the ability to interact with their Hisense TV using voice commands and prompts from a distance of up to 10 metres. The multidirectional microphones allow users to use their normal tone of voice to turn on the TV, turn on lights, or interact with any Google Assistant compatible device from anywhere within earshot.
A look to the future
CES 2021 also saw Hisense unveil its 8K TV offerings, the first of which is the 75-inch ULED 8K TV. Offering unparalleled picture quality, the ULED 8K TV uses sophisticated upscaling technology powered by Artificial Intelligence and Hisense’s Hi-View Engine Pro to enhance picture quality to its fullest potential, regardless of what you’re watching. All Hisense 8K TVs also feature Dolby Vision™ and Dolby Atmos™ to complete the audiovisual experience.
Hisense’s 2021 ULED TVs are also primed for next-gen gaming thanks to the introduction of Game Mode Pro, including HDMI 2.1 features like Variable Refresh Rate and AMD FreeSyncTM technologies, Auto Low Latency Mode, and eARC.
Why Mini is mighty
Mini-LED is a new display technology that vastly improves contrast, offering deeper blacks compared to LCD panels that are lit with regular LEDs (light-emitting diodes). As the name alludes to, mini-LEDs are a lot smaller than regular LEDs.
Several 2021 models of Hisense TVs will feature Mini-LED technology for the first time. These small but mighty LEDs will transform the viewing experience of those lucky enough to get their hands on a Hisense Mini-LED TV, with vast improvements in brightness and contrast.
Hisense ULED Mini-LED TVs will be available in both 8K and 4K resolution, with the 4K model available in 65 and 75-inch sizes, while the ULED 8K Mini-LED TV will be available with a 75-inch screen.
Trevor Long takes a deeper look at the Mini-LED
Hisense also announced that it would be adding to the Laser TV range with an even larger screen on the way, namely the 120-inch L5F model. The latest addition to the range offers unparalleled colour accuracy, astonishing brightness, and deep blacks that make it a must-have piece of tech for those seeking the ultimate home cinema experience.
Press play to learn more about Hisense’s 2021 Laser TV technology with Val Quinn.
Remote working is here to stay
2020 was a year that presented many challenges. And at CES 2021, plenty of big-name tech players responded accordingly, showcasing solutions for the working from home phenomenon. Dell unveiled numerous products with a deep focus on collaboration and new ways of working.
With remote work not going anywhere, Dell are striving to offer people greater flexibility and connectivity through a series of clever features on their latest version of the Latitude 9420 laptop. With ingenious solutions for everything from video conferencing to noisy home environments and webcams, the Latitude 9420 will enable users to work seamlessly from any location.
Recycling still poses a major challenge, with many people unsure about what can and can’t be deposited into recycling bins. The issues of cross-contamination, food residues, soft plastics are just a few things that cause confusion. Luckily, a wonderfully innovative company called Lasso has developed an incredible home recycling appliance that basically does all the sorting and cleaning for you.
All you have to do is feed the Lasso your recyclable plastics, glasses, and metals. It will then steam clean them, remove labels to prevent contamination, sort materials into categories, then quietly compress or grind them up.
The best thing is, it minimises the amount of times you usually have to take out the bin. Lasso will only need to be emptied between three and eight times a year. Once the bin is full, you’ll get a notification on your phone to arrange your recycling collection. This guarantees that the items you recycle won’t end up in landfill and will end up being used again.
We could talk about CES 2021 all day, such was the sheer amount of great tech on show. For now, though, we’ll have to leave with our roundup this year’s event. Hopefully, CES 2022 will see us back in Las Vegas with the people and crowds that make CES such a joy to attend.