Technology Trends Observed from 2017 Consumer

Technology Trends Observed from Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017
Version: 3/30/2017
Authored and Edited by Dr. Ming Lai, Connectilife
In this article, the following 12 technology trends are highlighted from the author’s
observations on the products and reading of referenced links on the Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) 2017 held in Las Vegas in 1/5-8/2017. Many of them can
be used, tailored, and integrated to improve senior’s quality of life.
(1) Vital Signs Continuous Monitoring,
(2) Smart Hearing Aids,
(3) Fall Detection and Protection,
(4) Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR),
(5) Self Driving Cars and Self Balancing Vehicles,
(6) Robotics,
(7) Drones,
(8) Voice Assistant and Smart Home Control,
(9) Wearable Device in Hospitality,
(10) Control of Smart Home Devices,
(11) Display for Appliances and Home Deco,
(12) New Battery and Glass Technologies.
Table of Contents
1.
Vital Signs Continuous Monitoring ................................................................................................... 4
1.a Blood pressure monitors ................................................................................................................ 4
1.b Heart rate, respiration rate, temperature ...................................................................................... 6
1.c Fetal heart and lung monitors ....................................................................................................... 8
1.d Blood alcohol monitors ................................................................................................................. 9
2.
Smart Hearing Aids .......................................................................................................................... 9
3.
Fall Detection and Protection ......................................................................................................... 11
4.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) ............................................................................ 12
4.a AR in cars ..................................................................................................................................... 12
4.b AR in makeup and facial skin analysis ........................................................................................... 13
4.c AR in entertainment ..................................................................................................................... 15
4.d AR in smart phone ....................................................................................................................... 16
5.
Self Driving Cars and Self Balancing Vehicles ................................................................................ 17
5.a Self driving cars ............................................................................................................................ 17
5.b Self balancing vehicles ................................................................................................................. 18
6.
Robotics......................................................................................................................................... 21
6.a Customer service robots .............................................................................................................. 21
6.b Remote control cart robots .......................................................................................................... 23
6.c Companion robots ....................................................................................................................... 23
6.d Delivery robots ............................................................................................................................ 27
6.e Single-task household robots ....................................................................................................... 29
6.f Multi-task household robots ........................................................................................................ 31
6.g Educational robots ....................................................................................................................... 33
6.h Other types of robots................................................................................................................... 34
7.
Drones ........................................................................................................................................... 36
8.
Voice Assistant .............................................................................................................................. 38
8.a Home applications ....................................................................................................................... 38
8.b Car applications ........................................................................................................................... 45
9.
Wearable Device in Hospitality ...................................................................................................... 46
10.
Control of Smart Home Devices ................................................................................................. 47
11.
Display for Appliances and Home Deco ...................................................................................... 50
12.
New Battery and Glass Technologies .......................................................................................... 53
1. Vital Signs Continuous Monitoring
Many non-intrusive continuous monitoring of vital signs (e.g., body temperature, blood pressure,
heart rate, respiration rate, baby status,... ) were showcased in CES 2017. Continuous
monitoring generates a large quantity of data that can be used for analysis, trending, prediction,
and advisory.
1.a Blood pressure monitors
OMRON’s project zero wrist blood pressure watch (see link below), which is cuff-less, can
monitor blood pressure periodically and send the measured data via Bluetooth to a smart phone.
The watch is under FDA certification. The watch can also measure pulse rate, activity, and sleep.
http://gizmodo.com/omron-somehow-squeezed-an-inflatable-blood-pressure-mon-1749166381
OMRON also showed its new wrist blood pressure monitor (as shown in the photo below near
the cup), which has a small flexible cuff over wrist and has a LED light to indicate the right
position of the wrist for an accurate reading. The measured data can be sent to a smart phone via
Bluetooth.
Inbody Co. also announced its world first cuff-less blood pressure watch, as shown in the photo
below. The watch won the CES 2017 Innovation Award.
Senviv pre-announced its (A) intelligent ambulatory blood pressure monitor, that uses a ring on
the finger connected to a wrist unit for continuous monitoring at night with ease, and (B) nonintrusive continuous blood pressure trend monitor, that uses a watch measuring the pulse wave
transmission (see photo below).
1.b Heart rate, respiration rate, temperature
Senviv showcased its Witheart pillow monitor, which contains sensors to measure heart pulse
wave and respiration rate with a high sample rate of 1 ms. Senviv is applying for FDA
certification of the Witheart pillow monitor.
EMFIT showcased two types of bed sensor belts, one with WiFi and another with 3G wireless
(see the photo below). EMFIT focuses on the sleep monitoring market.
Dadam Micro Inc. won the CES 2017 Innovation Award for its contactless electromagnetic
device (see the photo below) for monitoring vital signs, such as heart rate and respiration rate. It
uses impulse radar technology to perform measurements remotely.
XYZ Life showcased its smart clothing (see the photo below) that incorporates its BCX monitor
tag that measures Resting Heart Rate (RHR) continuously and sends the data to a smart phone
via Bluetooth. RHR can be used to optimize exercise intensity and identify signs of increased
cardiac risk.
Vivalnk showcased its Fever Scout (see the link and photo below) and pre-announced its Vital
Scout (see link below). Both of them are durable, non-invasive, highly accurate, wireless patch
and transmit the sensor data to a smart phone via Bluetooth. Fever Scout monitors body
temperature continuously while Vital Scout monitors heart rate, respiration rate, sleep status,
activity, and stress level continuously.
http://vivalnk.com/vitalscout/
PKparis showcased its K’Track G, the first wearable tracker that allows diabetics to measure
their blood glucose in real time without blood extraction.
1.c Fetal heart and lung monitors
Senviv pre-announced its Babywatch, continuous cardiac and respiratory sound monitor for fetal
baby. It uses the new passive stethoscope technology, instead of the traditional Doppler
ultrasound technology, to measure the baby heart sound and lung sound continuously.
Kaishi showcased its fetal heart rate monitor (see the photo below). Unlike in the past parents
only see their baby via ultrasound, Kaishi’s monitor enables parents to hear and monitor their
baby’s heart rate any time via a smart phone.
1.d Blood alcohol monitors
Milo Sensors’ blood alcohol tracking wrist band (see the link and photo below) alerts the wearer
once he or she has reached a blood alcohol level (BAC, .08 per cent). It constantly tracks your
blood alcohol level, allowing users to check how fast they may be affected. It uses a disposable
cartridge inserted into the band to detect various chemicals in your body based on perspiration
from your skin. It avoids the awkwardness to pull out a breath analyzer to check BAC
periodically.
https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/07/proof-will-track-your-blood-alcohol-content-with-awristband/
2. Smart Hearing Aids
A new breed of smart hearing aids was showcased in CES. It has embedded Bluetooth to connect
with a smart phone for manual tuning the performance in different environments, besides preset
environment settings with fully automatic adjustment to reduce the traditional hearing aid issues,
such as unable to recognize a specific speaker’s voice in a cocktail party. The tuning parameters
can be as refined as a HiFi audio amplifier or speaker. It still needs prescription from an
audiologist.
At CES, Resound showcased its newest LiNX 2 and ENZO hearing aids (as shown in the link
and the photo below) that can connect directly with a smart phone .
http://www.resound.com/en-US
Otican showcased its Opn hearing aid (see photo below) that connects to Internet via IFTTT and
is the 1st proven to make it easier on the brain with the improvement metrics on speech
understanding, listening effort, and recall.
Signia showcased the first lithium-ion battery powered re-chargeable hearing aid, Cellion (as
shown in the photo below).
3. Fall Detection and Protection
Phillips showcased its fall detection and panic alert pendants used in the HomeSafe with
AutoAlert and GoSafe services (see the link below) at CES. For fall detection and location
identification, it integrates 6 different sensor and communication technologies to achieve 95%+
accuracy.
https://www.lifeline.philips.com/safety-solutions.html
In&Motion showcased its smart moto airbag vest (see the photo below) that can be inflated
automatically when a motorcyclist or biker falls. After deployment, its mobile app informs
his/her contacts with GPS coordination to launch the rescue.
4. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
4.a AR in cars
Intel uses its real sense chip, Microsoft hololens, and BMW car with wing doors (see the photo
below) to demonstrate augmented reality of driving inside and seeing from outside the fast
moving car.
Honda demonstrated a proof-of-concept version of its Honda Dream Drive in-car virtual reality
prototype featuring exclusive DreamWorks Animation content at CES (see the photo below). It
was developed based on the new cross-platform, augmented and virtual reality-content and
solutions for the in-vehicle experience teaming with DreamWorks Animation.
4.b AR in makeup and facial skin analysis
Both Youcam Makeup and Modiface showscased their AR-based makeup system (as shown the
two photos below) that uses a mirror display with a camera to show the face of the user and the
icons for choices of makeup colors . When the user selects a color, the mirror display shows the
user’s face with makeup of the selected color.
Hi Mirror showcased its facial skin analysis (see the photo below) system. It uses a mirror
display with a camera to capture the face image of the user. The face image is then analyzed for
skin characteristics, which are then overlapped with the face image in the mirror display.
HiMirror Plus (see the link and photo below) comes with an innovative design of LED lights to
simulate five different lighting scenarios: sunset view, outdoors on sunny days, brightly lit office,
shopping mall or supermarket, and restaurant or party venue. These settings help you apply your
makeup appropriately for the occasion. It functions as a smart mirror to help beautify yourself or
snap the perfect selfie.
https://www.himirror.com/us_en/product/himirror-plus
4.c AR in entertainment
At CES 2017, Samsung continued its popular 4D-VR 360 degree ride (see the photo below) from
CES 2016 using its Gear VR.
Qualcomm and Liongate showcased “Power Rangers: Zords Rising” (See the photo below), a 2minute immersive mobile VR experience that allows users to gear up and experience what it’s
like to be part of the Power Ranger team. Built to showcase the power of the new Qualcomm
Snapdragon 835 processor, the VR experience is designed to give demo users an immersive look
at the larger-than-life Zord vehicles used by the Power Rangers. Viewers can select their favorite
Power Ranger and join them in the cockpit for some Zord-piloting action.
4.d AR in smart phone
Google’s Tango is the first popular AR software for mobile devices. Many AR
mobile apps have been developed on Tango, such as dress fitting (GAP), car
driveway/garage fitting (BMW), and furniture fitting (see link below).
https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-01-04/google-moves-into-augmentedreality-shopping-with-bmw-gap
Lenovo showcased its Phab 2 (See the photo below), the first mobile device to market with
Google Tango AR. It packs a Snapdragon 652 processor and 4GB RAM, which is not quite a
good match for the power intensive tasks of an augmented reality smartphone. It was also huge,
with a 6.4-inch screen and large bezels.
At CES 2017, Asus announced its Zenfone AR (see link below), a device more worthy of Tango
smartphone "flagship" status. It has a speedier Snapdragon 821 SoC and a more reasonable 5.7inch, 2560x1440 Super AMOLED display. It's also packing a 8GB (or 6GB) of RAM for AR
application.
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/01/asus-announces-the-zenfone-ar-the-second-ever-googletango-phone/
5. Self Driving Cars and Self Balancing Vehicles
5.a Self driving cars
At CES, Audi and Nvidia presented a self-driving Q7 that utilizes AI and deep learning
technology (see link below).
http://www.msn.com/en-in/autos/news/ces-2017-audi-demonstrates-artificial-intelligence-incollaboration-with-nvidia/ar-BBy0lvA
LeEco displayed its driverless electric car LeSee (see the link and the photo below) planned to be
on the market in 2-3 years.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.engadget.com/amp/2016/04/20/leeco-lesee-electric-carchina/
Faraday Future showcased its new electric car FF91 (see photo below) planned to hit the market
in 3 years or so. It also showed FF91 moving slowly and self parking without a driver outside
the Las Vegas convention center.
Other car related products showcased in CES 2017 are described in the following link.
https://techcrunch.com/sponsored/the-most-impressive-car-tech-that-rolled-out-at-ces/
5.b Self balancing vehicles
Honda showcased its “Self Balancing Motorcycle Riding Assist" (see link below) in CES 2017.
https://youtu.be/yeszAterN3M
Also see the following three photos showing self balancing assist (derived from its Asimo robot
technology) with no man on, man sitting, man standing in slow speed (in a small show floor).
Motorcycle self balance in both slow moving and stand still cases. It is like robot moving
forward or standing without or with load. Honda did not reveal the product roll-out time. Note
that the emphasized features is self-balancing, not self-driving.
Honda also demoed its self-balancing uni-cub product as shown in the following photo, where
the rider is in a sitting position.
Segway also demonstrated its new transportation gadget with some balance aid in standing
position (see photo below), where the rider is in a standing position.
No self-driving or smart/connected wheelchair products were in CES 2017 yet. Whill’s 4-wheeldrive power wheelchair (see the photo below) has omni-wheels that can go over the obstacles of
3 inches high.
6. Robotics
The trend of single or multiple task robots is to have the following four features: (a) do preprogrammed things autonomously, (b) enable wireless remote control (Internet or LAN) as
needed, (c) enable local voice control as needed, (d) enable learning itself or from outside (over
the air). However, the robots shown at CES satisfy only parts of the above 4 key features.
Some o robots described in this section is extracted from the link below.
http://www.roboticstrends.com/article/top_10_robotics_startups_seen_at_ces_2017s_eureka_par
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6.a Customer service robots
Customer service robots that can greet customers or visitors are one of the most popular types of
robots showcased in CES 2017. Below is a photo of service robots for airport guide by LG.
Another example is XYZ robot (see the photo below, in the front of the photo), which has the
capabilities of autonomous guiding, voice interaction, telepresence, face recognition, data
analytics.
Hease Robotics’ service robot Heasy (see the photo below) that has a taller design, a larger touch
screen than Softbank’s Pepper, custom software and connectivity to the cloud for more
capabilities. Heasy can (1) detect and reach a person, then deliver autonomously information and
messages, (2) interact and entertain your audience. play many games and quizzes via multiple
sensors, (3) guide a person looking for directions or a particular place in a rather complex
building with turn by turn guidance, and (4) take care of repetitive welcoming tasks and connect
staff members with visitors when communication has to become human.
6.b Remote control cart robots
Another popular type of robots showcased in CES 2017 is the remote control cart robot, where
the robot can move with a cart carrying bags, babies, and light weight items under the user’s
control via a smart phone or a controller. Below is a photo of remote control cart robots for
transporting items and baby by DAS.
6.c Companion robots
The other popular type of robots showcased in CES 2017 is the companion robot. Most of them
can interact with human beings via voice. Some of them can be connected to Internet.
WowWee CHiP is an intelligent, friendly robot puppy (see the photo below). Featuring advanced
sensors and smart accessories, CHiP is always alert, and ready to play. Roll his SmartBall and
he’ll bring it back to you. Pick up his front legs and he’ll dance with you. Rub your nose against
his and he’ll nuzzle right back. The included SmartBand allows CHiP to recognize and follow
his owner, just like a real dog. You can communicate with CHiP using voice commands, hand
gestures, the SmartBand, or the CHiP app on your smart device… or simply let your new best
friend explore his environment independently. CHiP also knows when he is low on power. He
will use his sensors to locate his SmartBed and recharge himself when needed, or let you know
that he needs your help to get there.
Parihug stuffed animals (Paris, see the photo below) that provide telepresence, not through
talking, but through vibrations and “virtual hugs”. You and a loved one each have your own Pari.
Simply give Pari a squeeze, and the Pari on the other end with provide a soothing haptic
vibration to let your loved. It also comes with a Parihug app for video chat over mobile devices.
Yumii’s Cutti robot (see the photo below) improves seniors’ daily lives and well-being by
simplifying their interactions with friends, families, caretakers and doctors. Cutti uses vocal and
facial recognition to provide elders with access to a full catalog of activities and services. It can’t
assist with day-to-day tasks like cooking and doing the dishes, but can schedule and coordinate
enrichment and well-being activities like contacting family members.
Lynx robot (see the photo below) is a video-enabled humanoid robot with Amazon Alexa voice
assistant interface.
Ubtech’s Alpha 2 (see the photo below) is a mobile, walking, talking, intelligent humanoid robot.
Its voice system allows for voice chatting, simultaneous translation, storytelling, and family
intereaction. It has a cloud service platform and open interface as well as a rich set of sensors
(e.g., touch , ultrasound, acceleration).
Panasonic showed off an intelligent egg robot (see the link and the photo below) at CES 2017
that could serve as a desktop companion in the future. The robot has wheels at the bottom,
recognizes voice commands, is equipped with Wi-Fi to access cloud data, has an embedded
projector, and is about the size of a standard kitchen countertop blender.
http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/01/04/ces-2017-this-robot-egg-could-be-your-new-best-friend
Kuri robot (see the link and photo below) can (1) follow you around the house so you can give
orders at it any point, (2) respond to a gentle tap to the head by looking up at you and chirp
affirmingly, (3) check on your house with its built-in HD camera, (4) show expression with fluid
and natural head and eye movements (blink, smile, look up down, side to side), (5) locate sounds
precisely, react to your voice, detect usual sounds, and know the way to go to investigate, (6)
convey a sense of mood via a soft warm light, with colors representing different emotional states
(happy, thinking, …), (7) play music, podcasts, repeating what you say, or read your kids a
bedtime story, .(8) navigate your house autonomously, learn and remember where everything is
located, and stay away from cliffs and obstacles in his path, (9) move effortlessly around the
house with a wide range of flooring and carpets, (10) handle facial and speech recognition, (11)
go to charging pad automatically when the battery is running low, (12) control your gadgets via
IFTTT.
https://www.heykuri.com/explore-your-home-robot
6.d Delivery robots
At CES, 2016, Savioke demoed a robot that can deliver items and fun to guests in hotel room
autonomously (link below, hotel pays $1,000/month rent).
https://www.google.com/amp/www.latimes.com!/business/la-fi-hotel-robots-20160207story,amp.html
At CES 2017, Yujin Robot (Korea) showcased its GoCart delivery robot (see the photo
below). The robot has been used in hospitals and airports in Korea and being deployed in an
assisted living facility (400 beds) in Pennsylvania. The distributors need to do WiFi integration
with elevator control and input floor plan data for automatic navigation of GoCart. The robot has
cameras to avoid collisions with people and other objects.
Starship’s robot (see the photo below) makes a delivery onstage at the Robotics Conference.
Unlike most startups in Eureka Park,
Par Starship Technologies’ ground-based
based delivery robots are
already in operation in nearly 60 cities worldwide.Not only does Starship’s remote
remote-controlled
robot help solve the so-called
called last
last-mile problem, but it also has a three-mile
mile range and can
securely convey
onvey everything from books to food—without
food without the regulatory concerns facing UAV
deliveries.
TwinswHeel demonstrated its rolling robot (see the photo below) for autonomous package
delivery, targeted for e-commerce application.
6.e Single-task household robots
Windowmate’s window cleaning robot (see the photo below) uses magnet and battery, reducing the
danger of falling off the window compared to the existing wired vacuum based cleaning machine.
ICO’s Ondilo pool robot (see the photo below) is a connected device that measure, analyze,
control, and alert the water quality in the pool.
FoldiMate, a laundry-folding
folding robot (see the photo below), small for household use (in contrast to
Seven Dreamers Laboratories Inc.‘s Laundroid for institutional use). It can fold a laundry load of
clothing twice faster than manual folding. FoldiMate is designed to be used on top of your
washer, dryer or any standard table.
6.f Multi-task household robots
LG makes the first step to move single task household robot to a multi-task household robot.
Note that an ordinary house does not have room for a large number of robots, each doing just one
task, like dry clean floor, folding clothes, etc. LG’s hom-bot network (turbo +, see the link below)
adds two cameras in the front for cleaning paths and mobile surveillance, adds wet mopping to
dry cleaning, as well as adds local/remote control (dedicate remote/smart phone) to reduce
random walk (see the two photos below).
https://www.electronichouse.com/smart-home/lg-hom-bot-turbo-vacuum-doubles-as-a-wirelesssecurity-camera/
An affordable household robot that can perform multitasks is probably 10 years away.
The robot fingers are still in the research stage (e.g., CMU fingers playing piano). From the
functionality aspect, so far no robot products can hear a command, open a refrigerator, pull a
cup of milk, and hold it to walk to a motion-challenged senior's room, put it on a table. From
the cost aspect, a Da-Vinci micro surgical machine, which only has multiple arms and no legs,
costs $20M and each arm needs to be replaced with a new one every 10 surgical operations.
However, progress has been made as shown in the service robot application demonstrated by
NIDEC (see the photo below). NIDEC is cooperating with Softbank, which is selling popular
customer service robots, Pepper, at around $2,000, besides the wireless Internet connection
subscription.
Panasonic will have a motion sensing device (shown in the right hand side of the following photo)
containing gyro for robot and other applications around 3/2017.
6.g Educational robots
Hansen Robotics’ “Professor Einstein” robot (see the photo below), smaller than its original
Albert Einstein social robot, displayed a wide variety of human expressions, relies on several
sensors and a voice interface, and its artificial intelligence capabilities could make it a must-have
must
for the home and educational markets
markets.
6.h Other types of robots
There are many other types of robots showcased in CES 2017. The following contains some example
robots.
Segway's prototype robot (see the photo below) was used in demo with BMW for finding a near
open parking space and guiding the car to the parking spot.
Tennibot demonstrates an automatic tennis ball collector that uses embedded camera to search
for tennis balls in the court as shown in the following photo.
Beetl’s vision-guided robot can pick up and contain dog excrement in biodegradable packaging
for composting. Beetl can (1) learn your yard, improve its search and navigation algorithms over
time, keep track of where and when your dog poops, and uses that information to optimize its
behavior, (2) collect dog waste using a biodegradable disposable insert which is discarded after
each collection, which keeps the robot clean and minimizes unpleasant streaks and odors, (3)
clean your yard during off hours to avoid contact with other family members (furry or
otherwise!), use its onboard sensors to detect nearby motion and stop the robot if someone
approaches, (4) operate continuously outdoor operation, easily navigate common backyard
obstacles such as tree roots, garden hoses, and gravel, and is capable of climbing inclines up to
30 degrees.
Boxfish showcased its ROV underwater remotely operated vehicle (see the photo below), which
is a remotely operated submersible vehicle with 4K UHD video capability that lets you explore
the underwater world clearly. The machine has a 6DOF propulsion system for automatic
stabilization. It is fast and performs well in strong currents.
7. Drones
At CES 2017, Cleo drone (see the photo below) is a camera drone that can fit inside your pocket
to take it anywhere. It has hidden propellers that make it safe to be used indoors and around
people and avoid damaging the propellers for novice users.
Zero Zero Robotics’ Hoover Camera Passport (see the photo below) is a portable, autonomous,
AI flying camera (4K video and 13 MP images). The AI technology enables one tap to fly.
AeroVinci’s winged self-docking drone (see the photo below) is able to fly distances up to 22km
depending on sensors, for a full flight time of up to 42 minutes. It is also capable of carrying a
range of multi-spectral sensors. The drone will take off vertically like a helicopter, before tilting
90 degrees to fly as an aircraft. AeroVinci’s DroneDock is a fully self-sustaining drone docking
station that allows drones to land, recharge, process data, and transmit information to end users
autonomously, with no human interaction required.
or sensor and weather
data.
Mercedes showcased its self-driving drone van (see the photo below), which provides a base of
battery-self-refreshing drones to deliver items to destination within the drone’s flying range – see
link below. The German automaker isn't the only one exploring the drone delivery van service —
UPS recently unveiled a hybrid truck with a drone nest built into the roof. The nest would house
a Workhorse HorseFly autonomous drone that could carry 10 pounds worth of packages.
http://tcrn.ch/2jeRlsn
Powervision’s Powerray underwater fishing drone (see the link and photo below) that is designed
for freshwater, saltwater, and even ice fishing. It (1) dives as deep as 30 meters, (2) detects
fishes up to 40 meters way from it with pin-point precision of up to 10 centimeters, (3) includes
an internal fish luring light with a hue of blue, and a remotely operated bait drop. (4) has a
fishfinder using sonar to detect fish and sending images, the underwater landscape, and
temperature data to the users through internal WiFi that can transmit up to 80 meter, (5) enables
users to view real-time photos or videos that are captured by the robot’s 4K UHD camera using
the mobile app, which is available on iOS and android devices, (6) enable users to see the live
position of the drone, and select the travel mode, speed, and light settings via their mobile
devices, (7) provides an immerse first person view experience through connecting to a powervision VR
goggle, which with gravity and gesture recognition capabilities, the goggle allows users to interact with
and control the robot via head tilting.
http://www.designboom.com/technology/powerray-fishing-drone-ces-2017-01-04-2017/
8. Voice Assistant
Many devices with conversational interface (e.g., Amazon Alexa, Google Voice Assistant, Apple
Siri) were showcased in CES 2017. This is going to be the trend for smart homes, and cars.
8.a Home applications
Nvidia’s Shield (Android TV-based) streamer/microconsole (see the photo below) with Google
Voice Assistant capability. Shield can be connected to a dongle serving as Samsung Smart
Things hub. Users will be able to expand their Shield to become a whole-home voice
assistant with Nvidia Spot, a networked device that plugs into wall outlets to provide
Google Assistant features to other rooms of the house. The plug-in microphone (~20 ft
voice pickup distance) taps into the Shield over your home network, letting you use it to
control your SmartThings, ZigBee, and other home automation devices anywhere (see link
below).
http://uk.pcmag.com/media-hubs-receivers-products/87110/news/nvidia-adding-google-assistanthands-free-voice-control-to-s
The Amazon Alexa (voice assistant) enabled devices in CES 2017 are described in the link
below, including the Lynx robot mentioned in the above Robotics section and others mentioned
in this section.
https://www.cnet.com/news/whats-alexa-up-to-at-ces-heres-a-running-list-ces-2017/
LG Smart InstaView refrigerator (see the photo below) has a speaker on top that has full Alexa
functionality, aside from its 29-inch translucent touchscreen and interior fridge cameras that take
photos to display when a refrigerator door closes.
New 4K televisions from Seiki, Westinghouse and Element will be the first to offer native
support for Alexa-powered voice remote searches and control of smart home devices. Those TVs
have Amazon Fire TV built in, so that no need to have external Fire TV gadgets like Fire TV
stick, The TVs will include a remote with a microphone that can be used to access the Alexa
voice assistant.
The C by GE Lamp with Alexa (see the photo below) is basically an Amazon Echo with a halolike light fixture growing out of its head. Aside from asking Alexa to dim the light or brighten it,
you'll be able to give other Alexa commands and set the light to wake you up in the morning.
The Omaker Wow Speaker and Levono Smart Assistant Speaker take advantage of the fact that
Amazon allows third-party products to code Alexa directly into their devices. These are the latest
examples of an Alexa-enabled speaker not made by Amazon.
The Onkyo VC-FLX1 is yet another third-party, Echo-esque device with built-in Alexa controls
debuting at CES 2017. However, unlike those others, it also includes a built-in security camera.
The C-Way Meemo is another Alexa speaker designed specifically for kids. The key feature is to
improve parental controls that let you take charge of what your kids get to listen to.
New Kinpo Group showcased its voice assistant (see the photo on the XYZ robot, at the far side
of the photo), that can recognize Mandarin and English. There are vendors from China that
produce similar voice assistant using ifly mandarin voice recognition system. Amazon, Google,
and Microsoft are rumored to produce voice assistant recognizing Mandarin and other nonEnglish languages.
Dok Talk’s CR25 smart device charger and microphone (see the photo below), features a little
microphone button on top -- give it a tap to activate Alexa for taking your question or command
besides it device charging, music streaming, smart home device control, Alexa app (fire OS,
Android, iOS, browsers), alarms functions. Its device charging dock station has five USB inputs
capable of charging both phones and tablets (complete with protection against over-charging), as
well as a Bluetooth speaker in the base and a Qi wireless charging pad that'll let you charge a
sixth device. Its smart microphone uses beam forming technology, combines several
microphones to hear voice across the room, applies far-field voice recognition to listen even
while music is playing.
Mattel’s Aristotle by Nabi voice-controlled smart baby monitor has a fully functioning Alexa
speaker with a second assistant named Aristotle built in as well besides a HD (1080) camera that
can do 2-way audio, cry detection, night vision, and 130 degress viewing angle. Aside from
automatically using lullabies to try to ease small kids back to sleep, logging baby-related
activities (e.g., wet diapers, feeding, milk pumping), turning on changing lights and white noise
by voice, Aristotle especially adept at understanding kids' questions.
Sensory brings a always-listening hardware, called VoiceGenie, to Bluetooth headphones for
hands-free use of voice assistant while using mobile devices or computers. It will allow your
preferred voice assistant, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, Microsoft
Cortana, to live directly in your ear. Along with the hardware, Sensory plans to offer developers a
white-labeled iOS and Android app that will allow cloud-access to Alexa on the go.
Incipio debutted both a WiFi-connected smart power strip with four outlets and a smart light
switch (Commandkit product line) that the Alexa and Siri voice assistant can control.
iDevices has another Alexa-compatible smart switch that's new this year. Its sole purpose:
turning other iDevices switches on and off.
Belkin's WeMo mini smart plug (one outlet) has the same functionality as its first generation
WeMo switches in a much smaller package that won't block adjacent outlets, plus the additional
capability to sync up with Alexa, letting you tell her to turn whatever's plugged into it on or off.
WeMo Dimmer Switch is heading to retail shelves this year. Instead of just turning things on and
off, it'll let Alexa fade your lights up and down, too. It's also promising to fix flickering bulbs by
letting you adjust the switch's dimmable range, and it'll let you select how bright the lights
should be when they come on at different times of day.
First Alert environment monitor (see the photo below) tracks temperature and humidity
conditions in your child's bedroom, along with serving as a carbon monoxide detector. With a
new integration with Alexa, you'll be able to ask Alexa for a quick report on those environmental
conditions.
Nightingale’s smart sleep-aid system (see the photo below) works with Amazon Alexa, or
Google Home to launch your goodnight sound, to adjust the brightness of the built-in nightlight,
or to schedule start/stop time. Nightingale is also IFTTT enabled.
Bixi, a smart gesture-control device (see the photo shown below), is back with a secondgeneration controller with WiFi interface, where one of the main new features is an integration
with Alexa that adds optional voice controls.
The Powerbot VR7000 (see the photo below) is Samsung's latest rival for the Roomba, and
starting from this year, it enables a user to begin a cleaning cycle by asking Alexa. That makes it
the second robot vacuum that Alexa can control -- Neato became the first in late 2016.
Brinks’ Array smart lock (see the photo below) ready to launch in May 2017 will include Alexa
support that lets one lock it with a voice command, besides its solar powered feature.
The Coway Airmega Smart Air Purifier will soon work with Alexa, so that you can ask about the
air quality in your home. If anything's amiss, you'll be able to have her to turn the Airmega on, or
up/down.
Hydrao Smart Showerhead to cut your water consumption. You can also learn from Alexa how
much water you've actually saved.
Whirlpool announced that its entire suite of connected appliances will sync up with Alexa this
year -- that'll let you give commands and ask questions like, "Alexa, start the washer," or "Alexa,
did I leave the oven on?" It's essentially the same set of features as in GE's line of Genevaenabled smart appliances reported in 2016.
Hubble’s Hugo intelligent camera (see the photo below) follows you as you move around the
room, watches your face and try to tell how you're feeling. plays music, controls your smart
home, keeps track of when you're angry. It also helps you monitor your baby by telling you
when your baby starts crying and then automatically play music or turn on a fan. The Hubble
cloud also has a few audio books for kids it can play. With Alexa integration, you' can command
Hugo to set reminders or alarms, and adjust other feature parameters.
The Dish Hopper DVR box can work with Alexa commands to channel-surf with new controls
using media attributes, such as "Alexa, turn on CNBC," "Alexa, play Top Chef" or even, "Alexa,
find me a movie with Brad Pitt in it."
ADT Pulse deployed its security integration with Alexa starting in 1/2017. You can tell
Amazon's virtual assistant to arm or disarm your security system, or even to lock your doors.
Somfy’s DIY home security system (after 2016 acquisition of security startup Myfox) packs a
suite of sensors (e.g., motion, door/windows), an HD night vision camera, a 100-decibel siren,
key fob, 24-hour free event-based cloud storage, and work with Alexa, among other partners.
Notion is a free app for Android and iOS devices that syncs with your email inbox, then uses
artificial intelligence to make it easier to find the info you actually need. Its latest upgrade, an
Amazon Alexa skill that lets you access Notion's insights with simple voice commands, such as
getting the most important tidbits from your backlogged inbox, or summarizing long messages
up into just a sentence or two. Notion is a custom Alexa skill, not a native one, so you need to
use the invocation words "ask Notion" at the start of each command. Things you can ask include:
"Alexa, ask Notion what's new.", "Alexa, ask Notion if anybody's waiting on me.", "Alexa, ask
Notion who have I recently met?", "Alexa, ask Notion who introduced us.", "Alexa, ask Notion
to clean my inbox.".
8.b Car applications
Ford announced at CES 2017 that it adds in-vehicle Alexa controls (see the photo below) for cars
running the Sync 3 voice platform. It enables the users to (1) access their car from home and call
up other features from their vehicle via Akexa (Amazon cloud-based voice service), (2) listen to
audiobooks inside the vehicle, search and transfer local destinations to navigation, request news,
play music, add items to Amazon shopping list via Ford Sync3 Applink, (3) access to Alexa in
the car to provide ability to command Internet-enabled functions, such as lighting, security
systems, garage doors, and other Alexa smart home devices, and (4) allow electrical vehicle
owners to start/stop engine, lock/unlock doors, and monitor vehicle readings (e.g., fuel level,
battery range).
Volkwagen (VW)'s Alexa-enabled cars (see link below) will basically have full access to
everything the Echo can do, but the company built its own skill to enable a handful of car-centric
features. Such features work inside or outside a car and include asking Alexa to (1) give you the
status of your car (e.g., locked or not, fuel level, EV charging and approximate range) , (2) lock
or unlock the car, or even beep the horn to find it, (3) buy supplies (e.g., wind shield wipers) for
your car (requiring sync your VW Car-Net account with Amazon) , (4) help with directions,
routes, travel time, send the route to your car, (5) pause and resume music between home and car,
(6) provide location-based reminders (e.g., you can ask your car to remind you to pick up dinner
when you leave work or grab the mail when you arrive home).
https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/07/volkwagen-is-adding-amazon-alexa-to-its-cars/
9. Wearable Device in Hospitality
Carnival cruises demonstrated an app called Ocean Compass paired with a quarter-size so-called
smart medallion that can be carried in a pocket or worn as jewelry. A smart medallion will
replace a cruise passenger’s ticket, key, and wallet during a cruise. It will arrive on the
company’s Princess Cruises fleet this year.
https://www.google.com/amp/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/business/media/coming-tocarnival-cruises-a-wearable-medallion-that-records-your-every-whim.amp.html
10. Control of Smart Home Devices
Control of smart home devices (e.g., smart light bulbs, switches, speakers, windows, blinds,
locks, bed, tooth brush, comb, walking cane, toaster, tea brewer, wine dispenser, dog collar, cat
food and water dispenser,…,; some are shown in the links below)..has been done via a mobile
device (smart phone, tablet, laptop), a computer (using browser or client software), a singledevice/multi-device remote controller, a touch panel, or a voice assistant (e.g., Amazon Alexa)
manually. This section covers some new control methods for smart home devices demonstrated
in CES 2017.
http://nsmartphone.com/ces-2017-top-10-most-unusual-inventions/
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/139853-crazy-and-wacky-gadgets-of-ces-2017-connectedbeds-robots-and-more
Sony’s Xperia Touch (see links and photo below) has the combined functions of 80’ projector
(1366 x 768 resolution), smart speaker, camera, and virtual Android tablet. The virtual Android
tablet function can be used to control smart devices at home. Touch's interactive surface means
you can interact with whatever it projects, thanks to its onboard cameras. Since the Touch runs
Android, you can use it to basically turn your walls into giant digital whiteboards, Not only can
the Touch cast media to walls, but it can display on tables of flat surface, too. In this orientation,
the 10-point touch sensitivity makes more sense. In addition to letting you enjoy games or
simulate a real piano-playing experience, the Touch's ability to throw content to a horizontal
surface also means your friends or teammates can work with you on the same screen while
sitting across from you. One of the strangest things about the touch input here is you get no
sensory feedback at all. Other than touch, the Xperia Touch also recognizes a few other inputs.
It'll hear your voice for Google Assistant commands and recognize your hand gestures to wake
up its screen if it goes to sleep. The device also carries onboard a 13-megapixel camera so you
can make Skype calls or take selfies if you so desire. Its stereo speaker also produced a
respectable amount of sound at a meeting space. With a built-in battery that will last about an
hour, the Xperia Touch can also remain active when you unplug it so you can move it to
different rooms or locations without having to power off. Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro or
the Moto Z with projector Mod do similar things to what the Xpertia Touch does.
https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/27/sony-xperia-touch-projector-hands-on/
https://www.cnet.com/pictures/sony-xperia-projector-pictures-ces-2017/
The Sevenhugs Smart Remote (see the link and photo below) has, instead of a traditional human
interface, an all-touch-screen surface that will dynamically adapt to your room based on what
you point it at. Point the remote at your lamp and you'll get the control interface for your Philips
Hue. Point it at your Sonos player and a new interface will pop up for you to control your music.
And if you have devices stacked atop each other or close together, you'll get an easy-to-use
swipe-able interface to select what you want. It's not just your devices that the Smart Remote
will work with, either. You'll also be able to pair it with select services like Uber. All you need to
do is point the remote at your front door, select one of your preset destinations, and a car will be
ordered for you. The remote uses a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and internal
sensor that's all paired with three sensors you place in a single room of your home. You plot out
where your devices are and the remote will remember so all you need to do is point at them for a
dynamic interface to appear. Bring the remote to a different room and you'll still be able to
control everything, just with a sliding toggle for all your devices instead of the positional
tracking. The remote is charged on a USB-C dock and the battery will last between one and two
days before needing a top-off, while the sensors run off AAA batteries.
http://smarthome.reviewed.com/news/sevenhugs-remote-is-the-only-universal-remote-youllneed-ces-2017
VENUX partnered with Netamo in CES 2017 to demo its indoor climate solutions called
VELUX Active. It includes WiFi gateway and smart controls for VELUX integra roof windows
and sunscreen products, along with a control app for iOS and Android. Based on a range of
indoor climate parameters, such as temperature, sunlight levels, humidity, and Coz levels, users
will be able to automate roof window and sunscreen operation. These indoor climate parameters
are measured using Netamo sensors. In the VELUX solution, VENUX’s smart roof windows and
sunscreens are controlled by the Netamo’s sensors automatically without human beings involved.
http://press.velux.com/velux-partners-with-netatmo-on-smart-home-innovation
11. Display for Appliances and Home Deco
In CES, LG showcased its high end Inverter-Linear refrigerator (see the link and photo below).
Beside a Bluetooth speaker on the top of the inside to play music and enable Amazon Alexa
voice command, its upper right panel (door in door) is a 29” OLED display whose transparency
ratio can be changed by knocking the panel surface twice.. In full transparent mode, the content
in the refrigerator can be seen from outside.
https://www.google.com/amp/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/ces/2017/1/4/14166240/lgwebos-amazon-alexa-fridge-announce-ces-2017
Panasonic also showcased its OLED display that can overlap the see-thru view of the items
behind the display with the digital image shown on the display as shown in the photo below.
Panasonic’s smart table (see the photo below) has fabric on OLED on the table
surface. Induction heater and cooler will be added to heat your coco or chill your cocktail on the
table also. Its time to market is projected to be about 3-5 years.
In CES 2017, Panasonic showcased its linkray technology (see the link below). It uses visible
light communication between a LCD light source (e.g., LED display showing an advertisement)
and a smart phone running the linkray mobile app. It does require putting the smart phone close
to a QR code for scanning).
http://news.panasonic.com/global/topics/2016/45543.html
Panasonic announced that in Q3 2017 it plans to start selling a projection film that can be selfstick on any glasses to display digital images. The following photo shows that a digital image of
baseball players’ photos and associated data is projected on the film adhesive to the glass
window of a ball game VIP box demostrated in CES 2017.
StreamTV Networks demonstrated the 360 panoramic streaming and glasses-free 3D technology.
With these technologies, TV owners will be able to stream beautiful 360 panoramic 3D content
to their regular TVs. You must use a controller to pan the screen to turn what you’re seeing,
which is different than how mobile VR headsets work today. But the trade-off comes with not
having to wear anything on top of your head. StreamTV Networks won’t require any additional
peripherals to have this work on TVs. While they do have their own screens (manufactured by
Pegatron), any TV will be able to access 360 video by simply using their technology.
https://www.vrandfun.com/streamtv-networks-will-allow-you-to-stream-360-content-from-thecomfort-of-your-home/
12. New Battery and Glass Technologies
Panasonic’s two new battery types designed for wearable devices are shown in CES (see the link
and photo below). The pin type will be in the market in 3/2017. The flexible type may still have
the yield challenges.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/consumer-electronics/portable-devices/ces-2017-panasonicshows-off-bendable-lithiumion-battery-for-iot-wearables
Corning touts "glass age" is coming in CES 2017. They have composite glasses used in the
exterior and interior of a car to reduce weight, high strength, and luxurious look (e.g., chang
gear, tint of sun roof, .. via a touch on the glass) - see the next two photos shown below. The
third photo shows another form of smart table with glass top for display. More details on the
“glass age” are described in the following link.
https://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/innovation/the-glass-age/the-glass-age-today/when-theordinary-becomes-extraordinary.html
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