He’s been at it again… Yes, we’re talking our Tech Guy, Jon Mamonski and his annual tech-fest immersion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Sure, some people go to Vegas for the casinos and nightlife, but every year thousands of tech journos, industry insiders and gadget gurus converge for what must be one of coolest geek-out weeks of the year. Here are the highlights.
It’s all about your voice
CES 2018 fairly bulged with new tech with more than 3,900 exhibitors showcasing world-changing technologies that spanned close to one million square metres of exhibition space across Las Vegas – the largest show floor in CES’ 51-year history. The emphasis this year was on you – the individual, your health, transportation, home lifestyle and leisure. Wearable sensors will track all your vital health indicators. Self-driving vehicles mean you can work or relax as if you were on a train. At home, your voice controls the appliances, TV and lighting, but not necessarily your partner or the kids.
Oz front and centre
Australian hearables wonder company, Nuheara, started its trip to CES at Unveiled, where the company debuted three exciting earbud products. The brand’s expanded range of now includes two revolutionary intelligent products, IQbuds Boost and LiveIQ, as well as an upgrade to the multi-award winning IQbuds that won the CES Innovation Award last year. The fun continued as Nuheara had a very special visit from none other than Stevie Wonder. By the looks of it, we think it is safe to say that Mr. Wonder enjoyed what he was listening to on Nuheara IQbuds.
Toyota ups the ante
Designing a self-driving car is one thing. Developing a whole new mobility platform with multi-purpose vehicles is something else entirely. Toyota’s new e-Palette Alliance will leverage their proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to develop a suite of connected mobility vehicles, (think buses, mobile offices, mobile displays, taxis, delivery vans and cars). The new alliance will create a broad-based ecosystem of hardware and software support designed to help a range of companies to better serve customers. Launch partners include Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber, who will collaborate on application concepts and vehicle planning.
Keeping track of your health
Apart from the fancy new smartwatches (see our CES wearables article), some of the same sensor technology being used to help runners track their performance or golfers perfect their swings is now being adapted for medical applications.
Sensoria Fitness, a Washington state start-up that has produced wearable tech for runners and soccer players, unveiled a system to use sensors to keep track of people in rehabilitation.
By attaching sensors to socks, the system can detect if a patient is taking medication, doing exercises or is in distress.
France-based Helite was at CES with hip airbags designed to deploy when someone falls, protecting their bones.
A Japanese firm, Xenoma, also aims to help those at risk of falls, as well as people with dementia, by adapting its wearable smart clothing designed initially for golfers.
Other firms offer tools for gauging the risk of disease. Maryland-based start-up RightEye announced an eye-tracking assessment to screen for concussions and other brain health problems, with the possibility of early detection indicators for autism and Parkinson’s disease.
LG Electronics (LG) was honoured with more than 90 awards at CES 2018, led by the Official CES Best TV Product Award for the fourth consecutive year, this time for the new voice activated LG AI OLED TV (model C8) with LG ThinQ AI, including the first TVs with the Google Assistant built-in, and, most notably, the LG SIGNATURE AI OLED TV W8 featuring ThinQ, which won more than 10 awards at CES.
LG also earned numerous best-of-show honours for the LG InstaView ThinQ Refrigerator and LG 4K UHD Projector.