12 JAN 2018

The CES 2018 continues!

In Las Vegas, the CES 2018 is about to end. The other day we looked at a lot of news in the first part of our article (link a primo articolo CES), but there’s a lot more to discover! So, let’s continue our trip to the discovery of the CES 2018!

Rollable display televisions and smartphones

Samsung was not the only company to present new televisions and we saw, especially with “The Wall”, the desire to change the concept of television. Even LG, has made a very interesting proposal, the prototype of the OLED TV which unrolls, just like a newspaper! The television has a 65-inch screen and a white base in which the television, once rolled up, is stored. To scroll the screen, just use the remote control. The television has another unique feature: it has a 21:9 screen that allows you to enhance cinematographic images. In addition to the rollable television, there is also the rollable smartphone! The company Royole, specialized in flexible displays and sensors, has presented the prototype of FlexPhone: the smartphone that rolls itself up. Unrolled, it works like a normal smartphone, and when it is rolled up, it can be put on the wrist like a bracelet and it becomes a fitness tracker thanks to its built-in sensors. When someone calls, we can decide to respond directly from the wrist or respond traditionally, unrolling the phone.

Technology and health

Technology, in addition to offering us gadgets to give us happy hours in our free time or to make it easier and faster to carry out a series of actions, can also help in the field of health, allowing patients to live a more peaceful life. According to an estimate of Deloitte, which deals with consulting services, the health market, by the end of this decade, could be worth 9 trillion dollars.

During the CES, ICI Vision and Samsung presented smart glasses dedicated to those people who have serious vision problems. The first presented glasses for people who have retinal lesions. These glasses, through micro-cameras and software, can transmit to the healthy part of the eye the parts of the image that the person cannot see. Samsung, on the other hand, introduced Relumino. Relumino works with the smartphone: together they analyze the image that the person is seeing and make it clearer by increasing contrast and colors.

In the health field, even our smartphones can do a lot, using a series of applications. There are applications that explain what medicines exist, their use and how to take them, others that you tell your symptoms to, and the app makes a diagnosis of the disease, others that remind us to take the medicines that the doctor has prescribed, and those that allow us to register our clinical history or the problems we are having and send everything to our doctor. Many institutions, analyzing data from a series of patients, are doing research to study diseases such as Parkinson’s, asthma or depression. Virtual reality and augmented reality are taking steps forwards and combined with tools like tablets or smartphones can help doctors and specialists. In fact, doctors in training can immerse themselves in an operating room and interact, for example, with the different parts of the body, the organs, the cells, all elements reconstructed in detail in 3D. Thus they can understand how they work, how they present themselves when they are sick and how to intervene. Surgeons, however, are increasingly taking advantage of augmented reality to simulate high-risk operations and understand how to intervene.

Technology and children

The CES target is not only for adults, in the sense that many accessories are also designed for children. In addition to an exercise bike that encourages you to exercise by pedaling to win the various levels of a game and that we saw in the previous article, Codey Rockey was also presented, developed by Makeblock, a little robot that teaches children how to write computer coding, in this way children get familiar with the world of computing, which is more important every day. Aristotle, on the other hand, conceived by Mattel, is going to take the place of the babysitter and at the same time can be a teacher. Aristotle can interact with children, sing them lullabies, read them stories, help them with homework or teach them a second language. Thanks to the connection with Amazon Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, Aristotle could, for example, once realizing that the supply of diapers is used up, order them online. Moreover, Aristotle has a camera in HD: thanks to this, parents will be able to see what their children are doing at any time.

Artificial intelligence

Robots, robots and more robots, we are going to have to surrender to the idea that they are going to be part of our families. Kuri, the robot butler, was briefly introduced at CES 2018. Kuri can play music for us, do research, check who is knocking on the door, and move around the house while avoiding barriers. It also has a Full HD 1080p camera, thanks to this, we can monitor the house even when we are away, checking that no thieves have entered and that our children are doing their homework.

Wearable devices

At CES 2018 there were wearable devices: rings and bracelets that measure heart beats or record the kilometers traveled or even recognize your mood, bracelets that vibrate if the wearer is engaged in a bad habit, from biting nails to touching their hair and even “smart” insoles that you insert in your shoes and check your posture.

And yet more new gadgets and technology!

Tired of not finding a parking spot in the city? There was a solution for this problem: Smacircle S1, offered by a Chinese company. It is a tough electric scooter that weighs only 7 kg because it is made of a carbon alloy. The great thing about this scooter, is that it won’t drive people crazy searching for a parking spot: people can fold it and store it in a backpack! With a complete charge taking only 2 and a half hours, it is possible to drive almost 20 kilometers. In addition, Smacircle is controlled with a smartphone application that allows you to lock and unlock the scooter, and check the battery charge, the road you are traveling on, and other information.

The CES not only hosts new gadgets already on the market or prototypes, but during the event a series of conferences on the future of technology is held. Verizon, Qualcomm, Baidu, for example, spoke about how technology and 5G standards can improve artificial intelligence, smart cities, self-driving cars and all IoT objects. Other conferences focused on the theme of smart cities, artificial intelligence and augmented reality. The themes touched were numerous because innovation doesn’t rest or have limits, just like all the objects that could be seen among the many exhibitor stands. We invite you to browse our photo-gallery to see some of the technological innovations at CES 2018.

Elaborated by Lucia D’Adamo, supervised by Marco Pirrone