Considered one of the greatest tech events in the consumer electronics industry, the CES 2021 was fully digital, due to the ongoing pandemic. Apart from LG using a virtual human as a speaker and a star-trek like AI pet being launched by Vanguard Industries, let’s see other innovations unveiled to avid fans.
Crux of the Matter
What Is CES?
CES or Consumer Electronics Show is organized by the Consumer Technology Association.
- Dates: January 11 to 14 (2021).
- Attendees: 182,000 (2019).
- Product Categories: IoT, AI, smart cities, robotics, etc.
It is a smart face mask made by Razer, with built-in N95 respirators and Chroma RGB lighting, to allow others to see your face even in the dark. It also uses mics and amps for voice clarity and its charging case features sanitising UV lights, for disinfecting after every use.
The Flying Cadillac
It is General Motors’ Flying taxi and it can transport a single passenger at a speed of 88.5 kmph. Being electrically powered, it is set to be a zero-emission air taxi service.
Made by Samsung, it helps with daily house chores like doing dishes in the dishwasher. It can also examine exactly how much force is needed to grab specific objects.
It is a smart toilet that can analyse one’s stool to determine whether she is healthy or not and it comes with a companion app, that recommends dietary changes to improve digestion.
Developed by Embodied, Inc, it is an animated companion, that is able to respond to natural language while perceiving eye contact, facial expressions, and other behaviors in a child. It can even recall people, places, and objects.
As per the launch, it “helps build social, emotional, and cognitive skills through everyday play-based learning and engaging content developed in association with child development and education experts.”
Made by Oticon, Inc, it is the first hearing aid with Deep Neural Network tech and has been trained with 12 million real-life sounds, rather than lab-constructed sound algorithms.
Other Innovations Revealed
- NINU Perfume – personalise scent with an app
- bHaptics tactical suits for gamers
- Samsung’s Solar powered remote control
- BeFC SAS’ Bioenzymatic Fuel Cells
- Cubios Inc.’s WOWCube entertainment System
- ChiliSleep’s OOLER with water-powered temperature control system
- GoSun’s Flow pocket device to sanitize water
- Typewise keyboard with a honeycomb layout for two-thumb typing
- LG’s rollable smartphone
- The Burj Khalifa was constructed by Samsung. Samsung built the tower in a joint venture with BESIX from Belgium and Arabtec from the UAE.
- Razer Inc. is a Singaporean–American multinational technology company that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, financial services, and gaming hardware. In October 2020, Razer announced it was launching a new virtual prepaid debit card starting with its home country Singapore in January 2021.
- The first CES was held in June 1967 in New York City. It was a spinoff from the Chicago Music Show, which, until then, had served as the main event for exhibiting consumer electronics. The event had 17,500 attenders and over 100 exhibitors; the kickoff speaker was Motorola chairman Bob Galvin.