Smart scooter, underwater drone, home robots: What dominated CES 2019

Stunning TVs, auto tech, home robots and tiny gadgets dominate the floor of the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas.

Autonomous trucks – Freightliner Cascadia
Daimler AG will start selling a truck this year that’s able to brake, accelerate and steer at all speeds on its own. The updated combustion-engine-powered Freightliner Cascadia will also have lane-keeping assistance and fuse information from radar and cameras to enable partially autonomous technology (level 2).

In-vehicle scene understanding AI – Eyeris
As vehicles get smarter, your car will be keeping an eye on you. Silicon Valley company Eyeris has unveiled a car dashboard monitor which uses cameras and AI to track drivers and passengers for safety.

Data from the cameras is analysed with image recognition software to determine whether a driver is looking at his phone or the dashboard, or getting sleepy, etc. Watch with cellular connectivity – Garmin Vivoactiv 3 Music Watch
Taking a cue from the latest Apple Watch, Garmin announced its first 4G LTE-enabled GPS smartwatch. So, the new Vivoactiv 3 Music watch will now allow you to leave your smartphone behind and do the basic work through the wearable.

Expanding 5G horizon – 10nm SoCs
Chipmaker Intel showcased its latest 10nm-based network system on chip (SoC), code-named ‘Snow Ridge’ aimed at upcoming 5G.

The network SoC is intended to bring Intel architecture into wireless access base stations and allow more computing functions to be distributed out at the edge of the network.

Future of displays – Modular Micro LED TV
Samsung previewed a 75-inch version of its new modular Micro LED TV that can be customised to any size and shape. It can optimise the content irrespective of the shape of the screen.

The company expects that the innovation will allow users to set up displays that suit their spatial, aesthetic and functional needs.

Smart mobility scooter – Model Ci
Mobility firm Whill was spotted offering test drives on its autonomous mobility scooter Model Ci around its booth at CES.

Aimed at those with mobility limitations, it can be driven and locked/unlocked remotely using its accompanying app. It also includes voice notification alerts, electromagnetic brakes and anti-sway feature.

Mobile vision test – VisionCheck
EyeQue Corp’s VisionCheck refractometer enables anyone to test and track their eyesight.

The company says it is the first automated at-home refractometer that can measure nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism using an optical smartphone attachment, mobile app and cloudbased processing.

Underwater drone – Mito
Navatics Technology displayed its underwater drone Mito that can capture photos and videos. It comes equipped with a 4K camera and advanced stabilisation.

It also lets you live-stream feed to your smartphone from a waterproof buoy equipped with wireless transmission system from up to 500m away

Home robots — Bot Air, Bot Care and Bot Retail
Samsung introduced Bot Care robots that help people manage their daily health routines. It can measure blood pressure and heart rate, detect falls and administer medicine.

The Bot Retail is designed to communicate with consumers in stores, while the Bot Air robot detects indoor air quality and purifies it.

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