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Sony teases 5 new gadgets at CES—including the new Walkman
From 4K TVs to smart headphones.
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is one of the most hyped events on the tech calendar, and the Sony keynote at which the tech giant touts its success and previews new toys is one of the most highly anticipated.
Sony was under an additional spotlight at this year’s conference, as the company is still dealing with the fallout of the massive hack that leaked terabytes of Sony Pictures data in an embarrassing security scandal for the company.
Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai briefly touched on the hack that the government has pinned on North Korea at the company’s keynote on Sunday.
“I’m very proud of all the employees and the partners we’ve worked with who… worked tirelessly, literally 24 hours a day, sometimes days on end to bring The Interview to audiences to viewers in the U.S. and Canada, and on online venues,” Hirai said.
He also said that Annie, another Sony Pictures movie that hit theaters this holiday season is worth a watch.
After Hirai cleared the air, execs dove into demonstrating a handful of gadgets, focusing heavily on the 4K experience, wearables, and music.
New Sony 4K TVs
The new X900C 4K televisions are insanely thin—at the thinnest point, Sony’s new 4K TVs are just .2 inches, making it the thinnest LCD TV in the world and thinner than the company’s Xperia smartphones. The company makes watching movies and television even better thanks to a new 4K graphics processor called the X1.
All of Sony’s 4K TVs will run the Android TV operating system, which means you’ll be able to watch and share streaming video from your smartphone to your tablet to your television seamlessly. With Google Cast, announced today, you can fling content from your streaming device to your Sony 4K TV.
4K handheld action camera
Sony debuted two new 4K handheld cameras, with the help of a little celebrity demonstration. Extreme athlete Tony Hawk joined Mike Fasulo, president and COO of Sony Electronics, on stage to show off the new 4K Action Cam FDR-X100V. It’s the waterproof and freeze-proof competitor to the GoPro.
Hawk filmed a couple surfing, skating, and snowboarding shots with the Action Cam attached to a selfie stick. The Action Cam provides four times more resolution than full HD and offers shooting capability at 100mbps.
New Sony Walkman
The company unveiled the new Sony ZX2 Walkman, with 128GB of storage, improved sound quality, and high-res audio offerings. “It is tailored for outstanding sound, every piece of material and component has been crafted to realize the high-res audio experience,” Fasulo said.
Symphonic Light Speaker
Sony pulled an unexpected accessory out during its keynote with a Symphonic Light Speaker, an LED lamp that’s also a speaker. According to Hirai, the music flows from all directions, which makes it different than a traditional speaker. And the clear glass around the lamp can reproduce a higher frequency sound. The company didn’t provide much more info about this lamp-turned-music player, but we’ll see if we can find out more while on the ground at the event.
Smart B-Trainer sports headset
Sony wants to eliminate the need for both a smartwatch and mobile device for athletes who like to listen to music while on a run. The company’s new B-Trainer sports headset prototype is an all-in-one waterproof device that will feature GPS tracking, a music player, and even offers encouragement throughout your run.
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Selena Larson is a technology reporter based in San Francisco who writes about the intersection of technology and culture. Her work explores new technologies and the way they impact industries, human behavior, and security and privacy. Since leaving the Daily Dot, she's reported for CNN Money and done technical writing for cybersecurity firm Dragos.