AI was definitely the dominant theme at CES this week. According to a keynote from LG’s president and CTO, Dr. I.P. Park, this technology is “an opportunity of our lifetime to open the next chapter in … human progress.”
Wow! Yes, it’s heady stuff. But then again, AI really is becoming pervasive. Consider that Amazon.com recently announced that more than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold.
OK then, for CES – which, by the way, had about 180,000 attendees and more than 2.9 million net square feet of exhibit space in Las Vegas — what were some of the standout innovations? Let’s take a look:
3D Tracking: Intel and Alibaba announced a partnership to allow for real-time tracking of athletes. The technology, which is based on AI-capable Intel Xeon Scalable processors, creates a 3D mesh of a person that captures real-time biomechanical data. Note there is no need for the athlete to wear any sensors. Essentially, the AI and computer vision systems will process the digital data. Oh, and Intel and Alibaba will showcase the technology at next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, Navin Shenoy, notes: “This technology has incredible potential as an athlete training tool and is expected to be a game-changer for the way fans experience the Games, creating an entirely new way for broadcasters to analyze, dissect and reexamine highlights during instant replays.”
AI For Your Mouth: Yes, Oral-B showcased its latest electric toothbrush, called Genius X. As the name implies, it does have whiz-bang AI systems built in. They are focused on tracking a person’s brushing styles so as to provide personalized feedback. The device will hit the markets in September.
Connected Bathroom: Baracoda Group Company thinks there is lots of opportunity here. This is why it has leveraged its CareOS platform – which uses AI, Augmented Reality (AR) and 4D, facial/object recognition – to create a start mirror. Called Artemis, it has quite a few interesting features. Just few of them include the following:
- Visual Acuity Test: This tracks the changes in your vision.
- AR Virtual Try-on: You can digitally apply beauty products like lipstick and eyeliners.
- AR Tutorials: You can get coaching on hairstyles, makeup and so on.
- Voice Commands: You can talk to the mirror to change the lights, control the mirror and adjust the shower settings.
Artemis will hit the market sometime in the second half of this year. However, the device will not be cheap – retailing at $20,000.
Cuddly Robot: AI is key for many robots. Yet there are problems. After all, robots are usually far from lifelike because of their stiff movements and metallic exteriors.
But Groove X takes a different tact. The company has developed Lovot, which looks like a teddy bear. Think of it as, well, a replacement for your pet.
There is quite a bit of engineering inside the Lovot, which has more than 50 sensors and uses deep learning (Groove X calls it Emotional Robotics). Basically, the focus is to bring the power of love to machines.
As for when the Lovot will launch, it will be some time in 2020. The price tag will also be about $3,000.
Voice Identity: There has continued to be lots of innovation in this category. For example, at CES Pindrop launched a voice identity platform for IoT, voice assistants, smart homes/offices and connected cars. This technology means that you no longer have to use pin codes to gain access to your accounts or devices. Instead, Pindrop will be able to instantly provide authentication when you start to talk.