#1 Dell Canvas
We’re seeing a lot of innovative new designs aimed at helping artists, video editors and other creative types get the most out of technology. The new Dell Canvas is one of those tools. It’s a huge 27-inch combination of a drawing surface and a secondary display, designed to sit nearly flat in front of you, like a drafting table.
It looks and feels a bit like Microsoft’s big Surface Studio all-in-one, which folds its 27-inch screen down to a drafting table angle, but this isn’t a full stand-alone computer. Instead, you connect the Canvas to your existing computer, and it works as a second screen for pen and touch input, while you can keep other things, like reference materials or even email, on your laptop or desktop’s main monitor.
The built-in display is QHD, which means a 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution. In our brief eyes-on time with it, the display looked bright, but not too glossy, which is important, as your fingers may end up all over it.
#2 LEGO BOOST
Combine the versatile LEGO® building system with advanced technology to boost your creativity with the awesome LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. Experience Vernie the Robot—a moving and talking robot; the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4)—a robust, versatile rover with 4 different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter; the Guitar4000—a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects; Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood; or the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models! Bring your creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO BOOST wall poster!
Take your LEGO® play to the next level with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies.
Includes over 840 LEGO® pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.
Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.
Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.
Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.
Check out the cool white, orange and blue color scheme.
Rotate Vernie’s head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.
Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities.
Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000.
Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!
Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO® models.
Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO® BOOST app, available for iOS and Android tablet devices.
Easy-to-use intuitive software with icon-based drag-and-drop coding interface.
Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO® BOOST app.
This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
Vernie the robot stands over 10” (27cm) tall.
M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) measures over 4” (12cm) high, 9” (23cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.
Guitar4000 measures over 1” (5cm) high, 16” (42cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
Frankie the Cat stands over 6” (17cm) tall.
The AutoBuilder measures over 10” (27cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide.
#3 Faraday Future FF91
After showing the FFZERO1 sports-car fantasy last year, at the 2016 CES technology show in Las Vegas, Faraday Future came to CES 2017 ready to cash in its chips with the reveal of the FF91—a real, production-ready, all-electric crossover/SUV.
Riding on Faraday Future’s scalable Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), the FF91 casts a shadow very similar to that of a Ford Expedition while sitting on a wheelbase seven inches longer. Thanks to a stated 1050 total horsepower from two rear-mounted electric motors (one for each wheel), plus an available front-mounted motor, Faraday Future claims the big crossover can blast from zero to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. A 130.0-kWh battery pack created in partnership with LG Chem is said to provide enough juice to take the FF91 an estimated 378 miles between charges, or approximately 63 miles farther than a Tesla Model S P100D can travel. However, the Tesla that the FF91 will be compared with most is the Model X P100D. That all-electric crossover requires a claimed 2.9 seconds to hit 60 mph and can travel 289 miles on a full charge, according to the EPA.
Like the Model X, the FF91 comes with power-opening doors that are equipped with sensors to avoid scuffing nearby objects, although the Faraday’s front doors open conventionally while the rears are rear hinged. Similarly, the FF91 sports a giant tablet-like screen located between its two front seats. Yet, if Tesla welcomed the benefits of touchscreen technology, then Faraday Future is all-out embracing it. Nearly all physical buttons have been banished from the FF91’s cabin, with even items such as power-window and seat controls operated via touch-sensitive TFT screens. The rearview mirror is replaced by a screen, not unlike the unit found in a number of new Cadillacs and the Chevrolet Bolt, but Faraday Future expands the idea by replacing the side mirrors with cameras and merging their video feeds with that of the rear camera to create a rear view free of blind spots (to satisfy the feds, there are going to be removable side mirrors as well).
#4 Aira (pr. EYE-rah)
The seeds for starting Aira were planted in 2014 when Suman Kanuganti and Yuja Chang struck up a friendship with a blind communications professional Matt Brock. This led them to begin discussing how Google Glass technology could be used to help the blind and visually impaired become more mobile and independent. Using this concept, Kanuganti and Chang were inspired to create a service akin to “OnStar” for the blind.
Aira develops transformative remote assistive technology that connects the blind with a network of certified agents via wearable smart glasses and an augmented reality dashboard that allows agents to see what the blind person sees in real time. Agents, serving as visual interpreters for the blind, help users accomplish a wide range of daily tasks and activities – from navigating busy streets to recognizing faces and literally traveling the world.
#5 Hyundai Exoskeletons
Exoskeletons are nothing new. You put one on and become a low-level Iron Man, able to lift items that would normally snap your spine. The drawback is they can be prohibitively expensive, but Hyundai thinks it can lower the cost of these exosuits that not only give us the ability to lift more, but can also help disabled people walk once again.
Once they were able to give up control to the H-Mex, those trying out the product would use crutches not only for extra balance, but to set their legs into motion. One button would move the left leg forward, and the other would move the right. There are also buttons for sitting down, standing up and walking up and down stairs. It’s like a game controller for getting around.
From viewing the demos, it’s clear there’s a learning curve for H-Mex. Plus, there’s a good chance some of the controls will be fine-tuned so you don’t accidentally hit the sit button when you meant to hit the left leg button. (That actually happened.) But the potential for helping people walk again is amazing, and Hyundai believes it can do it at a lower cost than niche companies.
“From a business perspective, there’s a strong alignment between making a mobility robot and automobile,” said Tae Won Lim, senior vice president of Hyundai central advance research and engineering. In other words, they have the factories, so why not build exoskeletons cheaper than everyone else? But so far, no word on what those prices would be, though the company is already well on its way to getting these out into the real world.
Hyundai is working on acquiring medical certifications in both Korea and the United States for the H-Mex in 2018. It’ll then start deploying demo units in 2019 and 2020 to see how patients and workers react to the exoskeletons.
#6 Lenovo Smart Assistant
With these consumer needs and pain points in mind, we designed the Lenovo Smart Assistant, a new mainstream digital personal assistant with Amazon Alexa cloud-based voice services. Built in collaboration with Amazon, the elegantly designed Lenovo Smart Assistant recognizes users’ voice commands and uses Alexa to conduct web searches, play music, create lists, provide calendar updates and much more. And because Alexa’s brains are in the cloud, it means she’s always getting smarter.
Based on our own user surveys, we know that 65 percent of people around the world already use voice recognition technology on their phone, PC or tablet – and that a third of them do so because it’s more convenient than typing and useful when multitasking (cooking dinner, getting dressed for work, etc.).
That’s why we built the Lenovo Smart Assistant with eight 360-degree far-field microphones with noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation – designed to pick up users’ voice commands from up to 16 feet (5 meters) away.4
Additionally, the device comes with the option of a special Infinity® edition for premium audio quality for music and home entertainment. The Lenovo Smart Assistant is also designed to run Lenovo smart home devices as well as scores of existing third-party products to expand consumers’ options.
zForce (zero Force) sensing technology is the brand name for Neonode’s product line of innovative optical sensing technologies. It provides a number of major advantages over traditional touch and proximity technologies such as capacitive, resistive, infrared or camera based solutions. With zForce technology, any type of display or surface of any shape can be touch enabled, even concave surfaces. It can also be applied to enable touch in mid-air. zForce products work with any type of touch object such as a finger, a stylus, a fingernail, a glove or a ordinary pen. It can be made waterproof and is fully functional even when submerged, compared to capacitive touch that do not work under water.
zForce technology consists of a set of light emitters and detectors, an optical light guide with lenses and a touch controller IC that is connected to a host. The host run Neonode´s proprietary embedded software stack and are connected to the touch controller(s). The touch controller IC regulates the light emitters and they send out short pulses of light just above the touch surface (or into a glass or fluid). The touch controller continuously monitor the light that is collected by the detectors and check the ambient light scene and try to calibrate the system to work in all light conditions. When a slight intensity shift of the received light occur the software try to find what has happen and initiate tracking of the object that is on the surface. The size and position of the touch object (i.e. a finger) is reported back to the host. By combining the measured value from a number of detectors, the touch position and object size are calculated. Compensations are also made for dust, wear out and other small particles on the optical surfaces as well as for variation in component quality.
With zForce technology enabled sensing displays you enjoy complete freedom of design as there is no requirement for a layered glass or plastic film that overlay the display surface. The result is a 100 per cent optical transparency window with consistent image quality and no glare combined with industry’s lowest cost.
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#9 Energous WattUp
Energous Corporation is the developer of WattUp®—an award-winning, wire-free charging technology that will transform the way consumers and industries charge and power electronic devices at home, in the office, in the car and beyond. WattUp is a revolutionary radio frequency (RF) based charging solution that delivers intelligent, scalable power via radio bands, similar to a Wi-Fi router. WattUp differs from older wireless charging systems in that it delivers power at a distance, to multiple devices – thus resulting in a wire-free experience that saves users from having to remember to plug in their devices.
WattUp RF-based charging can be integrated to provide wire-free charging to a wide variety of electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, fitness bands, smartwatches, wearables, cameras, wireless keyboards and mice, headsets, sensors, LED lights, remote controls and toys and many other battery-powered devices in your home, office and beyond.
A WattUp transmitter, or Power Router, sends energy via a Radio Frequency (RF) signal to your WattUp-enabled electronic devices when requested. A WattUp receiver in each device converts that signal into battery power. The entire system is software controlled, so it’s intelligent and customizable to your needs and environment. And, because it’s designed to work invisibly in the background, WattUp can make low battery anxiety a thing of the past.
The WattUp® software system ensures that the charging waveforms are dynamically directed, focused and controlled via proprietary algorithms.