Consumer Electronics Show (CES) closed its Las Vegas doors on January 10, leaving some room for follow ups: AI has been everywhere, robots have started with life companionship, the transportation arena got confused, and there was the place for solutions aimed to make the world a better place.

1 – AI: from washing machines to artificial humans

Artificial Intelligence has been applied at unprecedented scale for making human life more comfortable. 

For example, LG has presented a new generation AI-strengthened washing machine that knows how to wash clothes. Moreover, the company has showcased the AI system ThinQ for general home maintenance.

Pet owners could be thrilled to know that iKuddle can take some troubles away with AI smart devices, like self-cleaning litter box, Auto Feeder or diet monitoring system.

Even good old beauty industry could not stay intact: L’Oréal plans to use AI for helping consumers get customized beauty products, with testing in augmented reality.

While the Olympic games in Japan, sport fans could be excited about the AI helping tracking athletes movements and performance, presented by Intel Deep Learning Boost.

Yes Samsung has beaten it all with showing off the “artificial humans”. As Future Time previously reported, project CEO and developer has shared that we, as humans, have a bit more space in our planet for some humanoids:

“There are millions of species on our planet, and we hope to add one more, Neons will be our friends, collaborators, and companions, continually learning, evolving and forming memories from their interactions”

2 – Robotics: from toilet paper aid to life companionship

While not everyone was impressed by Charmin’s abilities to get some toilet papers to those in need, more serious offers were made by other robots.

The rolling robot Ballie, developed by Samsung, promises to help humans keep house clean, call 911 in case of emergency, keep pets a good company, and offer humans, in general, “life companionship”. 

Robotic pets topic seems to be developing widely with the robotic cat MarsCat by Elephant Robotics and somehow headless robotic kitten by Yukai Engineering. Developers promise that robotics pets will be a good company for those who can not have real pets.

3 – Transportation: from Sony electric car to Toyota smart city

While consumer electronics companies dives deeper into automobile world, good old car producers seems to take a wide step into the future, probably even utopian.

Bosch has incorporated AI into Virtual Visor to keep the sun out from the driver’s faces. But Sony has surprised everyone, showcasing the electric car. Most probably, Sony cars will not hit the road, but something is really changing in transportation.

Hyundai in cooperation with Uber has presented a flying taxi, obviously with ride-sharing option, promising to get it ready in 3 years.

But again one good old player has beaten others in terms of surrounding buzz: Toyota is getting into building a smart city Woven, with robots, self-driving cars and AI, near Mount Fuji.

4 – Sustainability: from water recycling to bee preservation

Some technology applications have the potential to make the world a better place: a bit more sustainable, clean, and inclusive.

The Best of Innovation in Sustainability CES Award went to Dutch water recycling system Hydraloop, which promises to recycle 85% of domestic water, reduce water consumption by 45%, together with bills for electricity and water.

Needless to say, CES was plenty of application in the health industry. For example, Lexilens, reading aid eyewear, promises to help on average 10% of the population diagnosed with Dyslexia, while wearable diabetes device AerBetic makes it possible to monitor the disease without any invasive procedures, simply by analysing the breath.

To avoid Black Mirror’s scenarios, where the world is populated with robotic bees, BeeLife has presented the CoCoon that offers a thermotherapy solution for the main causes of recent bee mortality.

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