The Consumer Electronics Show, the 2015 edition, closed in on its last day yesterday, January 9th. The impression that the four day technological extravaganza has left is that, from year to year, we are getting closer to a sci-fi-like reality.
Big electronics companies like Panasonic, Samsung, LG and Sony, which are yearly CES guests, have shown off their cutting edge video and audio gadgets.
One of the most exciting new things shown at the CES was the smart home which was clearly the prevailing motif this year. The smart home basically consists of a varied range of electronic gizmos, which, interconnected, form an automate environment. For example, Google’s Nest includes a heating system that turns itself on when someone enters the house, or the Whirlpool washing machines that can detect human presence in the house and turn to quiet mode, among dozens of other things.
Samsung launched their state of the art vacuum cleaner that can accurately draw a complex plan of the house which allows it to determine the most efficient cleaning route. LG demonstrated the power of its new washing machines that can wash 2 toads of clothing at once, allowing the user to keep up with the process with the help of their smartphones. Parrot, another tech company, showed off their self-watering plant pot which can calculate moisture, fertilizer, sunlight and temperature levels. Also, it can automatically readjust and control the watering process.
Internet linked vehicles were also a dominant theme of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Car manufacturers have been, from one year to the next, more focused on integrating connectivity, automatism and mobility into their products. The new Mercedes plug-in hybrid car is fueled by hydrogen fuel cell and a lithium-based battery. The car is also capable of self-drive due to its implemented 3D cameras and a series of complex sensors. But car industry competitors such as Ford and Audi have also stroked back, showing off their brand new automatic automobiles. LG and Samsung have shown an interest in the auto world as they demonstrated smartwatches being able to control cars.
The CES ever-present robots have also made a great show as they have exhibited great advances in their navigation capabilities. RealSense, developed by Intel, are cameras that can offer aid in avoiding collision thanks to their artificial sight technology. The evolution of artificial intelligent robots and smart devices over the last few years, demonstrate once again that our future our lives will be fully dependent on technology.
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