CES 17 - Things
Jan 15, 2017Public
Photo: Kodak keeps trying to rise from the dead, usually with a focus now on what value they find in their old brand -- like printing or last year's super-8/digital camera.
Photo: Sorry for bad photo, but this is one of several efforts I saw to let people do VR without a tether cord.  Here they have put a high-powered PC into a backpack  to connect to the VR gear.   Other efforts included lower powered gear, and a super low latency codec aimed at transmitting full VR video over MIMO radio.
Photo: E-hang was there again, not flying, but showing some videos of it flying, and reporting that even a few non-employees were there.   Up to 100kg payload.  World changing when this or something like it comes to us, though not very silent (so your neighbour will not let you use it from your back yard.)   I think we'll still travel mostly on the ground for reasons of noise, crowded skies and energy efficiency, but the air will become an option in a few years.
Photo: One of many bits of joint VR gear to allow people to be social in VR.
Photo: The new fun fad is to make drones in the shape of other things, and most popular is Star Wars spacecraft.
Photo: One of the first efforts at smart bed.    This one adjusts as you move, and if you snore, it lifts you up a bit to make you stop.   Though I fear that just means it wakes you up a bit, so I don't know if it's good for you.  But it's good for your partner.  One option would be to track if your partner is being kept awake, and only arouse you if that's happening.   It also warms your feet.
Photo: I saw a few of these "smart" mirrors aimed at beauty tracking.   Carly Simon ran through my mind.
Photo: The third iteration of efforts to make an automated litter box.  This one, they claim, actually works, at $500.
Photo: A lot of space to promote this sun-shade which moves with the sun.
Photo: The biggest booth in the IoT for dogs.   And yes, it's more videoconferencing for pets, except now you can steer a laser to entertain the cat, and you can eject a pet treat while you ask the vital question of just who is a good girl?  You are!
Photo: This fishing robot got a lot of press.  You send it out into the water and it swims around, looking for fish for you.  And it's in general a fun ROV for the consumer.
Photo: IoT for babies (really for parents) was a big thing.  This one tracks baby breathing just with computer vision, which is nice for the paranoid parent.
Photo: And yes, if the baby market is too late, you can always go for the fetus market.
Photo: This crew might be on to something.   Put smartwatch innards into a strap, and let people choose the watch as jewelry (which is what it has become in the era of fewer people wearing watches.)
Photo: The "smart cane" (which got on many lists as one of the top gadgets of CES) is able to notice changes in gait, and thus detect new illness in seniors.   Nice, but this is the best we can do with all this tech?
Photo: Yet another "nice but hardly life changing" device is this umbrella, where LED lights in the handle light up if it's going to rain and you forget to pick it up as you go out the door.
Photo: The most useful IoT innovations come for people with a medical problem.  Here seniors with fragile hips can wear a belt that deploys airbags if they fall.  This was not even the only such belt!
Photo: Though in just a 10x10 booth, this clothes folding robot did get some good attention.  That's because it really does something useful, and gives you back some spare time.  Not on the order of the washer and dryer themselves, but a lot more than most IoT devices can claim.
My friend Ted Selker worked on the earlier version of this which was more aimed for laundries, but this seeks to sell in the home market for $700.
Photo: Yes, clearly you need your kettle to be connected and smart.
Photo: Not so clear but this scale has a pole on it which is spinning quickly in a circle around you, getting a 3-D scan of your body shape.  That is a real new level of quantified self that could have actual value.
Photo: Once again, IoT for dogs and cats is disturbingly popular.   Seriously?
Photo: Yeah, how many times have you wished for a smarter cider maker?  If the bread machine couldn't make it, I doubt this will.
Photo: There were lots of new personal robots after the success of Pepper.   These ones were particularly creepy
Photo: Pet activity trackers (silly) mixed with tooth brush gamification (better, and I saw half a dozen companies doing it now.)