Almost all automakers, from Honda to Chrysler, were there to present their prototype models with varying degrees of autonomy. Nvidia, the AI giant, presented a stand-alone car model Lincoln MKZ which was later named as BB88 as well as an Audi Q7 which was equipped with DRIVE PX 2 technology. Other prototype stand-alone vehicles at CES were hands- free but those presented by Nvidia could be operated without any person at all. Nvidia was the only company to do so and it plans to bring this AI self-propelled vehicle to market, in collaboration with Audi, by 2020.
Audi self-driving car
Volkswagen VR Experience
International manufacturers willing to enter ‘smarthome’ segment were present in large numbers at CES 2017. Toy manufacturer Mattel launched its new voice assistant Aristote, a connected toy which not only entertains children but also monitors them. Start-up Sevenhugs unveiled touch screen Smart Remote, a universal remote that allows you to control all connected devices of your ‘smarthome’ with just one touch. Bed manufacturer SleepNumber unveiled Smart Bed that intuitively senses the sleeping habits of user and adapts accordingly. It’s equipped with anti-snoring technology and many more features. Expect it to be on sale soon in 2017.
Following the trend last year, virtual reality literally conquered CES 2017. Many companies, including Intel, Panasonic and Dell, allowed visitors to try this technology themselves. At Panasonic kiosk, we found the new VR Headset. Although it is only at prototype stage, it seems quite promising as it covers the complete 220 degree range of human vision. Tech giant Intel used this platform to unveil its Project Alloy, which is an all-in-one merged reality headset.
Dell VR Experience
Robots are still popular and were hard to miss at CES 2017. These took many forms and their uses were equally diverse. Built in collaboration with Japan-based SevenDreamers, Panasonic unveiled Laundroid, a big square box which is actually a robot that folds laundry. With its image recognition technology, Laundroid identifies the types of garments to be folded and then sorts them accordingly. On the other hand, LG unveiled a grass-mowing robot, which actually looks like the existing automated vacuum cleaners, and also the LG Smart Hub Robot. For now, the Hub Robot seems to rely on Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa for functions like playing music and alerting users about weather conditions. We hope that eventually it can also be used to control LG home appliances like oven and washing machine.
Laundry folding robot
Like each year, CES 2017 was again a success! It attracted about 180, 000 visitors... a large audience that’s passionate about new technologies. It is always fascinating to discover new products and imagine what may come out of these prototypes. We cannot wait for CES 2018!