CES 2020 - New Technology for You?

CES 2020 proved to be another year of innovation. It is great to read about so many young companies developing technology that can improve our lives or the way we live. Sure, the Giants are there as well, but it is the small companies that really create the best products and then the Giants buy them for the mass market. So here are some of the highlights that stood out to me.

BrainCo's Prosthetic Arm that could be controlled by your brain waves. An amputee could use this arm and get back some of the things we take for granted

Since we are on the subject of Brain Waves, lets look at NextMind. NextMind has developed a device when worn next to the back of you head, allows you to control the channels, volume, etc of your TV. Just like an EEG found in hospitals, it records your electrical activity and then "Reads" it and transforms it into a digital command.

Charmin Toilet Paper Robot

Brain waves are really amazing and all, but this next product will come in handy at the right time. Charmin has developed a Toilet Paper Robot. No More getting up to get a roll from the closet. This little guy will be notified that you are out and come rolling up to provide a fresh new roll.

Speaking of Robots, one item of discussion was about Co-Existing with Robots. As technology becomes immersive and ambient, so does the use of robotics and automation, bringing into focus the relationship between humans and machines. We’re moving from a world where technology is a tool to be used as we need to use it into the era of collaborative technology, where we use robotics and automation to increase our speed, strength, and ability to compute complexity almost instantly.

In order to accomplish this, communication needs to be almost instantaneously. That's where the 5G and WiFi 6 come into play. Although there are 50 different versions of this thoughout the world, it is still in the very early stages. Through these protocols it is predicted we will have near instantaneous communication. By the end of this decade, we should have the next level of connectivity established and taken for granted just like we take electricity for granted today. This level of communication will just be there and we won't have to do anything to make it happen.

That is where these people come in. Actually, they are here now. But these are not people in the way you think they are. These are Neon's, a computationally created virtual being that looks and behaves like a real human, with the ability to show emotions and intelligence. Developed by Star Labs, a Samsung company, Neon's are video chatbots that look and act like real people. They are designed to have emotions and conversations like real humans. But they are not designed to be smart robots or internet interfaces to tell you the weather. The Neon artificial humans are powered by two pieces of Neon proprietary technology. The first, called Core R3, stands for "reality, realtime and responsive." That's what makes the Neons respond quickly and in a lifelike manner. The second is called Spectra, which is responsible for intelligence, learning, emotions and memory.

Tomorrow I will write about a few other technologies you may want to know. Stay tuned and Enjoy Today!

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