CES unveils the latest technology

Jan. 10, 2020
by Mark Ollig

An estimated 200,000 people attended the CES 2020 (Consumer Electronic Show) Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas, NV.

More than 4,500 startups and industry-leading consumer technology companies showcased their high-tech wares on nearly 3 million square feet of exhibit floor space.

Mercedes-Benz revealed its futuristic-looking pod car, called Vision AVTR (Advanced Vehicle Transformation), inspired by James Cameron’s movie, “Avatar.”

Hyundai Motor Company announced plans to manufacture “Jetsons-like” self-flying electric cars, to be used as air taxis, in 2023.

Uber will be teaming up with Hyundai in this flying taxi venture, called Uber Air Taxis.

Sony surprised many people at CES with the announcement of their Sony Vision-S electric concept sedan.

This sedan is filled with a lot of electronic devices, including 33 sensors, multiple widescreen displays, 360 audio sound, and always-on internet connectivity.

The built-in Sony Vision-S ToF (Time-of-Flight) in-cabin sensors use distance measurement technology to detect and recognize people and objects inside the car.

Sony said the ToF information is used to optimize information/entertainment systems with intuitive interfaces, such as gesture control, improved safety, and better comfort inside the vehicle.

Sony also revealed its new PlayStation 5 system, and its new logo, PS5, which, to me, looks a lot like the PS4 logo, only with a 5.

The PS5 includes 3D audio, ultra HD Blu-Ray, Ray Tracing, an ultra-highspeed solid-state drive (SSD), and a Haptics/Adaptive Controller.

Sony also announced more than 106 million PlayStation 4s have been sold.

The folks from the Charmin Paper Company showcased its toilet paper robot, called the Charmin RollBot. It was frequently seen roaming the floors during CES.

The RollBot uses Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

Smiles were seen on the faces of the people who saw the Charmin RollBot.

To me, the RollBot looked like a Roomba autonomous vacuum cleaner with a roll of packaged toilet paper on top of it.

A sign stating, “Toilet Paper Droid Delivery System,” was attached to the RollBot.

If you ever find yourself without toilet paper – uh oh, somebody didn’t replace the roll – you can instruct the Charmin RollBot to deliver a fresh roll of toilet paper to your lavatory location using an app on your smartphone.

The Charmin RollBot is not yet for sale to the public, but I look for it to become available soon.

LG presented a new smart refrigerator for growing your own herbs and vegetables, called the LG Harvester.

It has been described as an “indoor gardening appliance,” and “indoor vegetable cultivator.”

Harvester’s internal water supply system evenly distributes the right amount of water for each plant type.

Also, the Harvester refrigerator replicates outdoor growing conditions using adjustable temperature, lighting, and forced-air circulation.

The refrigerator allows you to plant and grow 24 seed packages of various vegetables and herbs.

You can get a status on the vegetables and herbs inside the Harvester using a monitoring app for your smartphone, so yes, this refrigerator is connected to the internet.

Intel Corporation introduced its new 10nm core-based computing processor called Tiger Lake.

This processor is said to offer a double-digit performance increase over Intel’s prior generation processor, Ice Lake.

Currently, more than 38 billion electronic devices are connected to the internet, and estimates state this number will increase to 56 billion by 2025.

Of these devices, 42 billion will be small, electronic components, known as IoT (Internet of Things).

An IoT is a specific-use, electronic device combined with a computer program and wireless connectivity to the internet.

Many IoT devices will eventually connect to the internet through 5G networks.

By 2025, each of us will own, on average, seven IoT smartdevices.

IoT devices are used at home, business, city municipalities, utility providers, government agencies, education institutions, and in industry.

IoT can be medical wearable devices, smart automobiles, appliances, and monitoring sensors.

Smart building’s IoT sensors observe utility usages, such as heating, venting, air-conditioning, and electrical systems.

IoT devices can also communicate with each other to exchange information.

These IoT devices are remotely accessible by a user or automated system to retrieve and manage the information they acquire.

By 2025, it is estimated the amount of digital information generated from all IoT devices will be nearly 175 zettabytes – or 175 billion terabytes.

The first CES event took place June 24, 1967, at the Americana and Hilton hotels in New York City.

During this event, 17,500 people toured through 200 exhibits showcasing transistor radios, tape recorders, portable and console color televisions, and high-fidelity (Hi-Fi) stereo systems.

The Consumer Electronics Show has been taking place once-a-year in Las Vegas since 1998.

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