A list of new gadgets showcased at the recently-concluded Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, US.
L’Oréal’s UV Sense is a tiny sensor capable of detecting ultraviolet exposure that’s small enough to wear comfortably on your fingernail. If it’s a beauty company then the product will resemble nail art rather than a gizmo or a piece of wearable technology. The sensor itself is battery-free and includes an NFC antenna, a temperature sensor and a UV sensor. That sensor, which can store up to three months’ worth of data, passes information to the accompanying app whenever the wearer holds the device close to his or her smartphone.
Honda’s new concept robots are equally cute as they are useful. At CES, the company showcased its 3E Robotics concept, which includes several robot companions all designed to serve different functions. Robot 3E-A18 is Honda’s social empathy robot. The company says it’s meant to represent the idea that robots can support people by providing a sense of compassion and understanding. In the demo organised at the Consumer Electronics Show, the roving robot’s glowing face frequently changed its expression as it greeted the crowd. Honda’s 3E-B18, comparatively, is a robotic chair concept, while 3E-C18 includes cargo space for transporting materials.
Smoke detector & speaker
Smoke detectors are some of the most vital gadgets in everyone’s home, but they’re also some of the least exciting pieces of equipment. The OneLink Safe & Sound takes advantage of a smoke detector’s lofty position by building an Alexa speaker right into the life-saving device. Not only can you play music from what is, acoustically, the best spot in the room, but you can also receive real-time notifications on your smartphone about any smoke arising in your home. Using your smoke detector as a music speaker is certainly an interesting concept. The current version includes voice feedback when alarms are triggered.
The new Lenovo Smart Display, with the Google Assistant built into it, has a HD touchscreen display and modern design. Like Amazon’s touchscreen-enabled Echo, the Smart Display is a voice-activated computer with a screen for displaying supplementary information. It’s an ideal home companion for busy families who need easy-to-use, time-saving technology. It has a singular command hub for your connected smart home devices, from lighting to heating and more—all with just your voice or touch.
Vuzix, the New York-based display provider, has been trying to resurrect the promise of Google Glass for years now, and now it seems finally ready. The company’s new product, called the Vuzix Blade, is a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that float a screen in the upper right corner of your vision. And since Alexa is present in just about every Internet-connected product, it was only a matter of time before the digital guru thought of smart glasses. The Vuzix Blade augmented reality glasses will support Alexa so that wearers can ask for things like the weather conditions and also directions. The Vuzix Blade’s display also sits more prominently in the wearer’s field of view than Google Glass and looks much more crisp and colourful.
The Honor View 10—and its AI-smart camera software—is coming up in more international markets. It’s Honor’s first phone to launch with Android 8.0 Oreo and is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor that enables Honor View10 to deliver up to 25 times better performance and 50 times greater efficiency. The camera settings adjust by itself, leaving users with little to do but frame a shot and push the shutter button. The AI Accelerated Translator software in Honor View10 delivers instantaneous translation without the need for an Internet connection. On top of that, it’s got 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Many smart robotic toys are designed with education in mind. But My Special Aflac Duck has a very different but nonetheless important job: the interactive toy, developed by research and development workshop Sproutel, was created to provide comfort to children diagnosed with cancer. Children can mirror their care routines on the duck and can express their feelings through the toy by holding a circular token to its chest that prompts it to assume the corresponding emotion. Holding a token with a smiling happy face or a frowning angry face to the duck, for example, will enable it to react accordingly.
The electric car by Byton will pack in technologies that are likely to be crucial in the next decade. Not only will it have 5G connectivity, it will also be able to drive itself. That’s the idea behind its concept car, which, the company says, will be launching in the US in 2020. The concept vehicle’s most striking characteristic is its gigantic screen, which stretches across the entire dashboard.
You never want to lose your luggage. But what if luggage didn’t lose you? Combine self-driving tech with facial recognition and camera AI smarts, put it on a carry-on suitcase, and you have yourself the CX-1. The CX-1 from ForwardX robotics is the “world’s first self-driving carry-on”, and it features a combination of facial recognition, auto-follow capabilities and object avoidance to keep your hands free while you’re walking through the terminal.
Samsung’s latest TV is 146 inches (more than 12 feet) across, but its biggest advancement is in the smallest details. As per the technology giant, TVs should be of varying sizes and this one the company is positioning as the first “modular TV”. The screen relies on microLED technology, meaning that each pixel in the display consists of three colourful sub-pixels, which makes pictures bright, vivid and life-like. It should be able to produce deeper black tones and potentially infinite contrast. The 4K display is also fully modular, meaning that viewers can adjust the size and aspect ratio of the display in case they don’t need complete cinematic immersion for every piece of content. Samsung says users can alter the size and shape of the Wall so that it can function as a multipurpose display.