CES 2018 Highlights: Cool Products We Saw at the Show
The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which
concluded last week drew some 4,000 exhibitors from dozens of countries and
more than 170,000 attendees, showcased some of the latest from the technology
world. Thousands of products were introduced during one week in Las Vegas,
however, there are a handful of new devices that are a cut above the rest.
Here is the list of seven
interesting new products from CES 2018.
At CES 2018
Lenovo announced Google Assistant-powered
Smart Display more attractive than Amazon Echo Show. Unlike Amazon’s device,
the new Lenovo Smart Display can play YouTube videos and has a more polished
design that more easily blends into the home. It features a screen and speaker
as well as a microphone to accept user questions and commands.
The Smart Display is powered by the newly announced Qualcomm
Home Hub Platform with an integrated CPU, GPU and DSP along with Wi-Fi and
Bluetooth connectivity. It will be available by mid-2018.
Aibo is back after more than
12 years. The new and improved Sony Aibo has been getting a lot of attention at
CES this year with its features like advanced sensors, better AI, and a
friendlier design. Marketed as “entertainment robots,” AIBO is undeniably cute
and can also detect words of praise, smiles, petting, and other human
interactions. At present, it’s only available in Japan at killer $1800
Kuri Home Robot
Kuri, the adorable home robot from Mayfield Robotics, was
also among the most popular gadgets at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. It was developed
to act as a virtual member of the family. The little robot features touch
sensors, expressive eyes with a built-in camera and has the ability to
communicate via onboard speakers, microphones and gestural motion actuators. At
this point, the robot mostly seems like a glorified combination security camera
and smart speaker on wheels.
Sony WF-SP700N Truly Wireless
At CES, Sony revealed new earbuds with totally wireless
called the WF-SP700N which feature active noise cancellation and Google
Assistant capability. They’re also designed to be sporty and cater to those who
don’t want to forfeit quality sound just to ensure that earbuds won’t be
damaged by a little sweat, rain, or water spillage. The company says the
WF-SP700N will ship this spring and is priced at $180 to grab a pair. It will
be available in four different colors including White, Black, Yellow and Pink.
ForwardX Self-driving Suitcase
China’s ForwardX Robotics has developed a ForwardX
self-driving suitcase that uses cameras and AI to avoid crashes and can roll
alongside its owner at speeds up to 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) per hour. It is
designed to be used with facial recognition, without need for a smartphone
application. “It uses computer vision and a driving algorithm to have a
clear path,” said founder Nicholas Chee, who showed a prototype at CES. It
also has gesture control technology and can be immobilized to protect against
theft. It is slated to roll out in in mid-2018 at a price under $1,000.
3D Face Scanner
Bellus3D has unveiled its 3D camera scanner which allows you
to create a 3D mask of your face. The high-quality face-scanning camera for
mobile device or tablet uses AI to create a high-resolution and accurate face
model in seconds. The images can be shared or used to help a person find the
right makeup products. It is available for preorder now for $499.
Kolibree Smart toothbrush
Magik model from Kolibree. The company says the product is the first
interactive toothbrush that uses Augmented Reality to motivate and educate kids
to better brush their teeth. It records user movements and shows the child – in
a fun, interactive way – the best ways to brush.