5 top tech innovations presented at CES 2020

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CES 2020 promises to be a great event for robot lovers.
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Since 1967, the Consumer Electronics Show has given inventors, small firms, and corporations the world over the opportunity to show off their latest innovations. This year’s event continued its grand tradition by featuring several game-changing technological advances. Indeed, CES 2020 offered an early look at the five systems, equipment, platforms, and products that will define the new decade.

5. Intel’s Horseshoe Bend Foldable Laptop

Best known as a chipmaker, Intel impressed CES 2020 attendees with its Horseshoe Bend concept. In partnership with one of its original equipment manufacturers (OEM), the firm’s foldable laptop/tablet hybrid has a 17.3-inch OMLED screen. However, when collapsed, the machine has the understated profile of a 12-inch netbook.

Intel showcased the device alongside an embeddable wireless keyboard. However, consumers can also use its highly reactive on-screen interface.

Despite its size, the Horseshoe Bend is a powerful device. Intel equipped its laptop prototype with the new Tiger Lake processor. Notably, the company’s 10 nm++ CPU can run graphics-intensive AAA video games seamlessly. Similarly, the 3rd-generation chipset can facilitate cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) platforms like Adobe’s Sensei with ease.

Horseshoe Bend is one of CES 2020s most important innovations because of what it represents. Grand View Research indicates the laptop market will be worth $108.9 billion by 2025. The segment’s key drivers are personal use, gaming, and professional utility. With its compact size, multifaceted functionality, and robust processing power, Intel’s prototype is an ideal ebook reader, gaming station, and editing suite.

Indeed, Intel’s innovation will likely ensure the future of personal computing is in foldable devices.

4. Delta Air Lines and Sarcos Robotics Guardian XO Exoskeleton

Delta Air Lines also surprised CES 2020 attendees with an unexpected offering. Sarcos Robotics, with input from Delta, developed a powered exoskeleton called the Guardian XO. While wearing it, a human can lift up to 200 pounds. Even better, the suit gives its users enhanced strength for hours without strain or fatigue.

Notably, Sarcos designed the Guardian XO for use in the airline industry. The firm consulted with Delta’s frontline employees when creating its battery-powered robotic suit. As such, Delta will deploy the Guardian XO as part of a pilot program in Q1 2020.

The airline and robotics company wants to know if the exoskeleton can aid workers in moving heavy ground support equipment, maintenance components, and freight.

Delta and Sarcos’ innovation is significant for one critical reason. The Guardian XO could be deployed in a wide variety of fields that require repetitive heavy lifting to game-changing effect. Indeed, Ohio State University reports work-related musculoskeletal disorders cost U.S. employers $15 billion to $18 billion annually.

Conversely, Sarcos plans to make the Guardian XO available for $100,000 in the third quarter of 2020. Moreover, the firm will make its exoskeleton more affordable by offering it as a rental. Expect to see it used in warehouses, factories, and vehicle repair facilities very soon

3. Sony’s Vision-S Smart Car Infotainment System

Japanese conglomerate Sony had one of the most eye-catching keynote addresses of CES 2020 on the strength of its Vision-S smart car. The firm’s battery-powered sedan utilizes 33 CMOS, lidar, and radar sensors to ensure driver and passenger safety. Moreover, the vehicle, which features components made by Bosch, Nvidia, and Qualcomm, is also equipped with a Level 2 self-driving program.

Vision-S at CES 2020
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However, the Vision-S stands out in the increasingly crowded electric vehicle market due to its innovative infotainment system.

Sony’s on-board entertainment and information platform features a fairly radical redesign of the vehicle cockpit. Instead of utilizing traditional engine gauges, the Vision-S’s entire dashboard is a panoramic display panel. Therefore, the driver can receive critical road conditions and mapping data while the front passenger watches a movie. Moreover, the vehicles back passengers can watch their favorite videos on two front seat-mounted screens.

Sony's new electric car, Vision-S
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Besides, the Vision-S provides riders with immersive entertainment experiences thanks to its 360 Reality Audio system. The object-based spatial sound platform gives each passenger the ability to enjoy their chosen music, podcast, or audiobook.

During its CES 2020 presentation, Sony noted that the Vision-S is a concept car designed to illustrate its forward-thinking mobility solutions. Because of its robust functionality and unique design sensibility, the firm’s infotainment system will doubtlessly be used in a host of future smart cars.

2. Samsung Smart Cities

At CES 2020, South Korean electronics giant Samsung presented a host of compelling consumer electronics innovations.

The firm showed off its new bezel-free televisions, the latest updates to its Family Hub line of smart home products, and a new augmented reality integrated personal fitness system. The corporation also showed off an adorable companion robot called Ballie that is a combination digital assistant, housekeeper, and pet. But those devices and equipment were figuratively dwarfed by its smart city presentation.

Samsung wants to use AI, Internet of Things sensors, high-speed 5G networks to make safer and more livable urban spaces. Specifically, the corporation wants to use those technologies to make cities more convenient and sustainable.

For instance, the company is developing smart apartment buildings that can signal a property manager when they need maintenance. The firm also wants to create intelligent complexes wherein residents can summon elevators, turn off their lights, and accept deliveries via voice command.

In terms of sustainability, Samsung wants to deploy municipal networks that will help commuters better navigate urban locales. In addition, the corporation wants to set up systems that will direct drivers to open parking spots more quickly. Taken together, those advances will make a significant dent in the life-shortening emissions that are a byproduct of urban congestion.

Notably, Samsung is actively working to achieve its smart city ambitions. The company has teamed with Greystar Real Estate Partners to begin transforming America’s urban centers in the coming years.

1. NXP’s Ultra-Wideband Automotive Technology

One of the major themes of CES 2020 was the rapid advancement of automotive technology. Car manufacturers, OEMs, and chipmakers are quickly developing solutions to make personal transports more comfortable and secure. NXP Semiconductors presented an innovation that will ensure tomorrow’s smart cars are both of those things.

NXP brings innovation to CES2020
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The company’s ultra-wideband (UWB) technology allows for short-range, high-bandwidth, and low-power communication. NXP uses the protocol to give vehicle networks secure ranging and precise localization functionality. To highlight the versatility of its solution, the company partnered with Volkswagen to design a concept car that uses UWB tech.

Accordingly, the prototype sedan controls entry via a hands-free two-factor user authentication system. Using UWB, the smart car recognizes its operator via their keyfob and a predetermined biometric signature, like three foot taps. The platform prevents thieves from stealing the vehicle via a relay attack and opens the doors like an attentive valet.

The UWB equipped Volkswagen can also open its trunk via biometric command, sense proper baby seat positioning, and anticipate when it needs to deploy its trailer hitch.

Currently, the world’s leading automakers are working hard on developing fully functional autonomous driving technology. Indeed, the widespread adoption of self-driving cars will change the world. However, to convince consumers they can hand over control to their vehicles, smart cars need to be convenient and secure. NXP’s innovative UWB components can ensure they’ll meet drivers’ high expectations.

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