The Breathtaking Future Technology Found in CES 2017
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 has been held. Held in Las Vegas, CES 2017 featured incremental changes, better uses of technology we already have and a whole lot of stuff that will never see the inside of a major retailer. It was a show dominated by smart everything, including lots of things nobody was looking to add intelligence to, and here they are:
A self-balancing motorcycle by Honda
Honda showed how it leveraged that technology to make a self-balancing motorcycle, something likely more relevant in the real world. Self-balancing will certainly mean the convenience of never having to put down a kickstand. The Japanese company says that the technology could greatly reduce accidents in slow-moving traffic, as it lessens the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest.
Under Armour’s new sleep garment will help you snooze better
Under Armour, the fast-growing fitness brand, has developed a new type of sleepwear made from a fabric with a special pattern to absorb heat. Called The Athlete Recovery Sleepwear, these smart pajamas will help athletes feel better when they wake up in the morning. This is meant to absorb infrared wavelengths and reduce inflammation while you sleep, aiding in recovery time so that you can be at your best the next day. The company also updated its UA Record app to include a Sleep Recovery System. The app, which was developed with sleep experts from Johns Hopkins, pairs with the UA Band, a phone, or a supported third-party tracker to record your sleeping habits.
Amazon's Alexa is dominating
Amazon's Alexa technology influenced major tech showcase in CES. This voice-controlled assistant, which was first launched as part of the online retailer's Echo, has clearly become the market leader when it comes to digital assistants. Not only inspired Lenovo, Nvidia, LG, and Samsung, but Alexa also triggered other cool stuff that can be integrated with similar smart home hub. Wired's David Pierce summed it up best when he said that you can't walk the sprawling floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center without tripping over a speaker, an appliance, or even a robot or two that supports Alexa.
Hypersuit full-body game controller vehicle
France-based company Theory has created an exoskeleton of sorts that when paired with a VR headset can make even the most grounded person feel like they can fly like their favorite superhero. The company plans on making this device into a real consumer product at some point in the future. At that time, they’ll also have their own collection of games that’ll work with the controller specifically. It's thought that the suit will mostly be used for entertainment and gaming purposes but could have applications in military training or physiotherapy in the future.
Cerevo VR shoes
Being a new and exciting technology, virtual reality is providing the ultimate opportunity to get creative with peripherals. You might be entering a virtual world visually thanks to your headset but there are so many more senses to immerse, so many more body parts to track!
Your hands already have motion trackers but Cerevo wants to bring your feet into play with its Taclim VR shoes. These shoes track the motion of your feet and provide haptic feedback so that you can really feel yourself walking across different surfaces or giving an enemy the boot.
Panasonic's companion projector
You’ve probably never expressed a desire to chat with a projector but it might one day be a possibility with Panasonic’s egg-shaped desktop robot. Like a mini R2-D2, the robot can wheel around your desk and chat with you as well as project video content straight onto your wall. At the moment the nameless egg that we have dubbed Humpty is just a proof of concept, but it could be a sign of the direction Panasonic is considering taking the home assistant market.
Razer Project Valerie
Razer’s Project Valerie concept does just that by adding two foldable displays that expand out from the primary screen in the center. Each display is 17 inches diagonally and supports 4K resolution, and Razer says they can be used independently or together as one giant display.
The Mohu Airwave
The Mohu Airwave is a wireless antenna that brings the dream of free TV even closer to reality. It allows customers to stream live TV (such as local channels) and also navigate their streaming device — Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast — all in one place. No extra subscription needed.