CES 2018: Peculiar innovations from the world's biggest tech fair
THE ASIAN AGE. | CHANDRAKANT ISI
Published : Jan 15, 2018, 3:06 pm IST
Updated : Jul 6, 2019, 3:32 pm IST
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the biggest technology fair in the world. Thousands of tech companies across the globe gather in Las Vegas to showcase their innovations. Over a lakh enthusiast from 150 countries attend the event. This year, it was packed interesting products from many categories. And then, there were some crazy ideas that stood out. We will be covering the top few in this article:
Helite's HipAir: A simple fall causes serious consequences for elderly people. A company called Helite seems to have found a solution. The company has made an airbag for elderly people. Result of 1o years of engineering, this product called HipAir uses an elaborate algorithm and sensors to detect and cushion a fall. It can turn a fall that can generate an impact force of 100000 newton down to mere 600 newtons.
Merge 6DOF Blaster: This gadget is closest you can get to enjoying a laser tag match in office. The Merge 6DOF Blaster uses Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Unlike most AR or VR headsets, the Merge 6DOF Blaster keeps things simple. The gun turns your smartphone into a viewfinder. It merges the world around you with virtual objects and enemies. The smartphone and 6DOF combo tracks you inside the 3D space of a game. It is like stepping into a game without having to wear clunky VR headsets.
L'Oreal UV Sense: French cosmetic company L'Oreal has made a tiny sensor that can track harmful UV (Ultra Violet) rays. The wearable is less than two millimeters thick, nine millimeters in diameter and designed to be worn on the thumbnail. It is the first wearable electronic UV sensor powered without a battery. The wearable has an accompanying mobile app, available on both iOS and Android, which transfers data from the sensor using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The app delivers information detailing when the wearer should be mindful of UV exposure.
Modobag: Modobag changes the way you travel. We all carry our suitcases. But, Modobag is a motorised suitcase that can carry you. The Chicago based start-up has made a suitcase that is also a portable bike. It has a 150-Watt electric motor, wheels, and handlebar. It has a range of 9.6 km on a single charge. You can achieve the speed of 12.8 km per hour. The Modobag can support the riders up to 117 kg. It comes with dual USB charging ports for your electronics and optional GPRS-GSM tracking.
Sophia The Robot: Hanson Robotics' Sophia bot has been around since 2016. However, it is still a crow-puller at the CES 2018. In the recent update, Sophia has got a new pair of legs. She can move at up to almost a km per hours. Sophia can also communicate using machine learning and mostly scripted commands. She has mastered quite a few human expressions. In coming years, she is expected to mimic more human behavior and even serve in healthcare and education.