The CES Las Vegas tech show closed its 2022 edition on Friday, after continuing with a drastically reduced rally despite the upsurge in Covid cases.
Industry giants like Amazon and Google have stayed on the sidelines of virus risk, but the more than 2,200 companies, large and small, present have always been hoping for the next big thing.
Here are some highlights of the show’s separation:
– Thought control? –
The French startup Wisear is working on a technology that detects the signals that pass between the brain and certain muscles, in order to use them to operate connected objects.
“Over the past 30 years, we have dramatically improved the digital power around us, but we still use the same tools – keyboards, mice, touch screens” to interact with machines, said Wisear co-founder Yacine. Achiakh.
“Voice control is coming, but it’s slow and doesn’t always work. We therefore want to create an inclusive and easy-to-use interface, ”he added.
At this point, his team paired the system with headphones capable of recognizing their user’s jaw movements.
The user can pause music playback on their cell phone and then restart it by moving their jaw in chewing motions.
The idea came to them while watching the progress of Neuralink, a company owned by Tesla boss Elon Musk that designs implants to be able to communicate with machines through thought.
“We thought it would be a shame to wait 50 years to have brain implants before allowing people to have a much better way to interact with the digital world around us,” noted Achiakh.
His company intends to perfect its technology (and broaden the range of actions) to sell to the giants of the technology industry.
They will be able to integrate it into headphones but also augmented reality glasses, allowing users to control the display without taking out their smartphone.
– The dancing dogs (robots) are here again –
Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs – the ones compared to the killer four-legged bot in a dystopian episode of “Black Mirror” – are back and this time they’re going into the metaverse.
Hyundai bought the robot maker last year, raising questions about the South Korean automaker who might be planning.
For the bright pop of South Korean boy group BTS, the four-legged, yellow-bodied technician choreographed at the Hyundai booth for a crowd recording every step on their phones.
But the performance also included animation of a vision to use the robots as eyes and ears on Mars for people who could then discover the red planet in the metaverse.
“The idea behind metamobility is that space, time and distance will all become irrelevant,” Chang Song, president of Hyundai Motor Group, said in a statement.
“By connecting the robots to the metaverse, we will be able to move freely between the real world and virtual reality.”
– Snow-e-bike –
A ski at the front, a track at the back, a handlebar, a padded saddle and above all a battery: MoonBikes are the first electric snowbikes, according to the start-up that manufactures them.
“It’s electric and quiet, so it doesn’t bother customers and it protects the environment,” said Nicolas Muron, founder of the French company.
His idea was to make this type of vehicle more attractive and accessible.
“88% of snowmobile users are men, with an average age of 46 years. They are therefore not for everyone. I wanted to make a machine that was easy to use, ”said Muron, adding that the machines looked a bit like skiing.
They are priced at around $ 8,500 for pre-order in the United States.
– The autonomous boat –
Spoiler alert: It’s a boat that sails on its own.
Hyundai presented what it called the first “autonomous” boat, equipped with cameras, depth sensors and artificial intelligence systems.
“By applying autonomous navigation technology to pleasure craft, users can dramatically reduce the time required for docking and mooring as well as the risk of accidents during operation,” said Do-Hyeong Lim, the boss of the Hyundai Heavy Industries subsidiary Avikus which designed the navigation technology.
The boat in 2021 made a 10-kilometer (six-mile) journey with 12 passengers on board in South Korea, and Hyundai has announced preparations for a large merchant vessel to sail with the same technology.
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