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CES 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV – CES 2017 is the home of innovation, and before the doors open to the public, I got an exclusive sneak peek at some of the newest tech you’ll see this year.

DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal

Ever wanted to take a photo with your phone but can’t steady the picture enough for it to look presentable? That changes thanks to the revised version of DJI’s Osmo Mobile gimbal. The Osmo Mobile turns a smartphone into a smart motion camera, giving users a perfect tool to effortlessly create cinematic videos. The new Osmo Mobile Silver was created with lifestyle in mind and shares the same high-quality build and ergonomic design found in the rest of the Osmo family. Using the DJI GO app, users can track their subject automatically, create motion timelapses, take dramatic long exposures, make 9-shot panoramas, and livestream their story to social media. Pricing starts at $299 and is available this spring.


Inmotor Go Personal Transportation Device

Traveling around campus? Around town? Inmotor Go is built for the busy commuter. Weighing approximately 27 pounds, the Inmotor Go is a personal transportation device meant to travel with you during your commute. Inmotor Go features a highly-stable battery that can withstand the elements (unlike some of their competitors) as well as a collapsible design that makes it easy to carry wherever you go. With speeds ranging from walking pace to a brisk 20 miles per hour, it can go as far as 20 miles on a single charge! A built-in smartphone dock allows you to use your smartphone for GPS navigation, listening to music, or much more during your commute. Price point starts at $399 and, if successfully funded, will start shipping April 2017.


AirThings Wave

Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that claims the lives of approximately 21,000 Americans each year. Its presence in homes and businesses can be extremely difficult to locate without test kits. However, these test kits are one-time use and require laboratory testing to confirm whether or not dangerous Radon gas is present in your home. AirThings Wave aims to reinvent that by being the first home radon detector connected to the cloud. With an app or a simple wave of the hand over the Wave’s sensor, a light ranging from Green, Yellow, or Red confirms whether the air quality is safe in your home. To prevent from unnecessary false positives, Wave measures the radon levels constantly throughout your ahome to determine a baseline and where the radon levels are trending. This allows you to be more confident whether or not the air quality is dangerous. If dangerous Radon gas is detected and AirThings Wave signals you with a Red warning, the app provides instructions on how to contact experts for help. Pricing starts at $199 and will begin shipping in March 2017.


There’s plenty more to come from CES 2017, so follow along with Alex Mellott on Twitter @AlexMellott and stay tuned to The Lion 90.7fm for updates!



Qualcomm is today announcing more details about its forthcoming Snapdragon 835 mobile processor, which is expected to be in devices launching in the first half of this year. The Snapdragon 835 is the successor to 2016’s Snapdragon 820 flagship and features improved performance, more efficient components, and new capabilities for virtual reality and taking photos. Qualcomm says the new processor consumes 25 percent less power than last year’s chip, which leads to a claimed 2.5 more hours of run time on an average day of usage.

As previously announced, the Snapdragon 835 also comes with the latest version of the company’s fast charging technology, dubbed Quick Charge 4.0. The new version is fully compatible with USB Type-C industry standards, can charge 20 percent faster than Quick Charge 3.0, and comes with new protections against overcharging. Qualcomm says Quick Charge 4.0 can provide “5 hours of use from just 5 minutes of charging.”

Qualcomm says the 835 has a 50 percent power reduction compared to the Snapdragon 801, 2014’s flagship processor. It is based on 10nm fabrication technology — a first for the Snapdragon line — which is smaller and allows for thinner phones with larger batteries compared to earlier processors.

In addition to improved power management, the Snapdragon 835 expands upon the 820’s virtual and augmented reality capabilities, with faster 3D graphics rendering and 60 times more colors. It also has improved sound processing to produce “true to life sound” in virtual environments. Qualcomm says that in addition to smartphones that support VR, the Snapdragon 835 will find its way into dedicated virtual reality headsets, as well.

The new platform also includes improves for image capture, including native support for optical zoom systems and better autofocus technologies. It also has enhanced electronic image stabilization when capturing video. The 835 is also the first Snapdragon processor to support Ultra HD 4K Premium video playback, including HDR 10.

Outside of Apple devices, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line has dominated the premium smartphone world, and is found in nearly every flagship Android device on the market. The 835 will likely continue that trend, though Qualcomm’s efforts to bring it to other devices that aren’t smartphones could mean even greater expansion for the company.


  • Kryo 280 CPU with four performance cores running at up to 2.45 GHz and four efficiency cores running up to 1.9GHz
  • Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with support for Category 16 LTE and Category 13 LTE upload speeds
  • 2x2 11ac MU-MIMO
  • 802.11ad Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Adreno 540 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, full OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan, and DX12
  • Hexagon 682 DSP with HVX
  • Qualcomm All-Ways Aware™ technology with support for the Google Awareness API
  • dual-channel LP DDR4x memory at 1866MHz
  • Qualcomm Location with support for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS systems
  • up to 32 MP single and 16 MP dual-camera with Qualcomm Spectra 180 ISP, 2x ISP, 14-bit, hybrid autofocus (laser/contrast/structured light/dual-phase detection AF), Qualcomm® Clear Sight™, optical zoom, hardware accelerated face detection and HDR video recording
  • 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30 fps, up to 4K Ultra HD video playback @ 60 fps, support for H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC)
  • Ultra HD Premium™ ready, 4K @60fps, wide color gamut support, 10-bit color depth
  • Quick Charge 4
  • Qualcomm Aqstic™ WCD9341 audio codec with support for audiophile grade DAC with 32-bit/384kHz
  • 10nm FinFET technology


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