The Wonderful World of Future Tech: CES 2018

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Courtney: …Favorite nerd checking into the new year.

Cody: Ryan Eldridge also loves Billy Ocean.

Ryan: Yes. I was.

Courtney: I knew it.

Ryan: I was singing the “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car.”

Courtney: I knew it.

Ryan: We were just kind of grooving. And then we were saying that he’s gonna, if that guy came out with that song today, he’d be in a lot of trouble.

Cody: Just for the connotation, yeah.

Ryan: Okay. So let’s talk about CES.

Cody: CES.

Ryan: We are going to start with TVs because who doesn’t love TVs?

Julissa: Right?

Ryan: What kind of TV have you got at your house? How big?

Cody: I’ve got, like, a 48 inch. No, 52. Something like that, 52.

Ryan: Oh, no, no, no. How would you like to have a 146 inch television?

Julissa: Oh, my.

Courtney: Dang.

Ryan: That’s 12 feet of Courtney in the morning.

Cody: Yeah.

Ryan: How about that?

Courtney: That’s too much.

Ryan: So this is pretty cool. It’s a little modular television that you can kind of put together and make it whatever size you want. And they’re bezel-less screens, so when you snap them all together, look at that. It looks gorgeous.

Cody: That’s wild.

Ryan: Samsung created a new technology called micro LEDs so they can put more pixels in a single square inch than they ever have before. And we’re going to have more on that in a second. Now let’s say you’ve got a regular TV mounted to the wall. And you’re like, “Oh, that’s pretty cool.” How about if you could roll it up into a little box?

Cody: Oh, yes.

Ryan: So this is a concept. LG hasn’t said that this is ever going to go into production, but it’s kind of cool. You can hide your TV. I thought that was cool.

Cody: I think that’s pretty cool.

Ryan: So if you’ve got a 4k TV, and you’re like, “This is gorgeous,” how’d you like to have an 8k TV?

Cody: 8k.

Ryan: Well, it’s coming. Samsung, with that micro-LED, is coming out with 8k TVs. Now the problem is if you rush out and buy this sometime in February when it actually hits the market, there’s no content so you can’t watch anything.

Cody: Yeah. Well, you could watch a 4k movie twice.

Ryan; So what Samsung is saying is they will upscale 4k content into 8k. Sort of like, if you remember when Blu-ray came out and everyone still had DVDs and they had to upscale everything.

Cody: Can the human eye actually understand all the information that’s coming in at 8k?

Ryan: No, no.

Cody: I was about to say it seems.

Ryan: We just look at it and go, that just. I mean, I wear contacts so I think it would just look normal.

Ryan: Let’s talk about cars. This is the Fisker.

Cody: Oh, the Fisker.

Ryan: This is supposed to be the Tesla killer. You’re going to get 400-mile range. And look at that. That is just dead sexy. I love that car.

Cody: Is that a working model?

Ryan: It is. It’s supposed to be out in 2020. It’s going to come out the same time as the new Tesla model that’s going to go 640 miles. So 400 miles, eh, we’ll see. But, I mean, that is just oh.

Cody: It is a beautiful car. But they’ve been showing that over and over again. But they’ve never had one that we could actually see moving.

Ryan: Yeah, it was actually at the show and everything. So Henrik Fisker finally came out with this car. It’s called the Emotion.

Cody: Emotion.

Ryan: So let’s say VR, right? VR is kind of a hot thing, so HoloLens over at Microsoft has come out with a new technology that’ll allow telemedicine for paramedics.

Cody: Oh.

Ryan: So if someone is injured and they’re hurt, they can put on these little VR glasses and look over the person or the patient and kind of get help from doctors. And they can start helping with the patient right there on scene. That’s pretty cool. That’s a life-saving technology.

Cody: That’s amazing, yeah.

Ryan: Now let’s talk about View6 [SP]. This is kind of neat. Now, you remember Google Glass and how all the nerds and everybody made fun of them?

Cody: Yeah, yeah.

Ryan: Well, look at this. This is kind of cool. They did sunglasses with a little screen on the inside that you can make whatever size you want. Put it wherever you want it. And you can get real-time information. You can talk to your browser. It’s got Alexa built in. So you can ask her all kinds of fun stuff. And here, this is a cool little Nerf gun. Everybody is going to want this. This’ll be out by Christmas. It’s an accelerometer, or it uses the accelerometer on your phone. It creates a little game so you can run around corners, duck down, and you can shoot little zombies and stuff.

Cody: Oh, fun.

Ryan: That’s pretty cool. It’s going to be under a hundred bucks.

Cody: Okay, we’re running out of time.

Ryan: Now let’s say…Okay, this is the last one. See this little thing on her fingernail there? That’s a little UV, oh, I messed up. That’s a little UV detector. It lasts for about three months, and what it will do, it checks pollen, UV, and it talks to your phone through NFC. So if you’re out in the sun too long, or you put it on your kids and find out, “Oh, we need to put more sunscreen on you.” It’s by Loreal. That’s gonna be about forty bucks and that should be out by Christmas, too.

Cody: Oh, that’s interesting.

Ryan: Yeah.

Cody: Yeah. Beep. You slather your kids around again. They’ve been outside too long.

Ryan: Exactly

Cody: Thank you very much for checking that out for us.

Ryan: You’re welcome.

Cody: CES, always exciting. I think you and I need to make a road trip next year

Ryan: Yeah, that’d be cool.

Cody: Back to you two.

Courtney: Nerds unite.

Cody: That’s right.

 

Technology leaders and innovators congregate every year in Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

They gather to display and oogle the latest technology and gadgets slated to his the shelves in the year to come.

If you’ve ever wondered how your home can be smarter, car more efficient, TV bigger, or what new gadgets are set to release, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Here’s what got us intrigued, interested, or just gave us a chuckle at this year’s CES:

The Next-Generation Of Televisions

CES is known for TVs.

Every conference heralds something bigger, clearer, or some new defining feature.

This year was no exception.

 

 

Still haven’t upgraded from HD to 4K? Maybe you should just wait for 8K.

Samsung unveiled its 85” 8K ultra high resolution monster known as the Q9S.

While there’s no content being made (yet) at 8K resolution, the TV uses a proprietary upscaling technology to make lower resolution content look like it’s 8K.

So it can convert 4K content into eye-watering 8K.

 

 

Does your TV feel too small for your spacious living room?

Samsung has got you covered. Check out their 146”-inch (measured diagonally) 4K behemoth, better known as “The Wall.”

The TV features a modular MicroLED display which means “brighter white hues, darker black shades and the truest natural colors” according to Samsung.

The screen also has no bezels, making it hard to tell where one screen ends and another begins. This allows you to place several smaller screens edge to edge to form the masterpiece of 146” screen shown on display.

 

 

Bigger and better wasn’t the only motto this CES.

LG revealed a concept TV that’s sure to please the minimalists.

A 65” inch OLED 4K rollable TV that rolls up like a piece of paper into a rectangular-like storage compartment when you’re done watching.

Though there is no official word if this TV will see the light of day, portable TVs look like they are just around the corner.  

But CES isn’t all about TVs.

This year’s other common themes were electric cars, augmented reality, and tiny gadgets that can improve your health.

Travel In Luxury Electric Cars

The automotive industry is at a crossroads.  

Companies are shifting their R&D budgets to explore self-driving technology and alternative fuel sources (electric cars).

 

 

Electric cars till date have been dominated by the sedan form factor. But car manufacturers know they can’t overlook the luxury market.

Fisker Inc. has been working to launch a luxury electric car for years.

Back in 2012, they launched a ‘plug-in’ luxury car called “the karma.”

Unfortunately, due to technical snags and the success of the Tesla Model S, Fisker never became a household name.

But they’re back with a promise of a new luxury electric car.  

The “Emotion” is set for release in 2020 and will have a range of 400-miles per full charge.

 

The company is hoping to use a flexible solid state battery that takes up less space and has a charge time of just a few minutes.

With the Tesla Roadster also set to release in 2020 (with a similarly sporty look and a whopping 620-mile range), expect fierce competition.

 

 

Rideshare giant Lyft arrived at CES with a limited number of semi-autonomous BMWs to show off their future self-driving vehicles.

It’s partnered with Aptiv, a British self-driving technology company, to roll out driverless vehicles in select markets.

They aren’t yet totally driver-free (vehicles required a driver to take control when on private property), but it gave a hint of what it’d be like to hail a driver-free ride in the years to come.

Experience Augmented Reality

Forget virtual reality. Augmented reality is the latest rage.

Plenty of VR headsets were announced this CES but that’s nothing revolutionary.

Most of the tech commentators were more excited about the host of new gadgets employing Augmented Reality (AR).

AR has become mainstream thanks to Apple’s latest iPhone. The AR kit has allowed developers to explore the possibilities of AR and implement it in new and innovative ways.

This technology is showing up in gadgets like:

Here are the AR-related announcements that caught our eye:

 

 

Vuzik’s blade sunglasses revive the spirit of Google Glass.

Wearers of these shades will see a display screen in the right corner of their vision.

Thanks to their partnership with Amazon, the device comes fitted with Alexa integration.

The price?

$1,000 upon release later this year, but Vuzik is hoping to knock it down to $500 over time as demand supports more mass production.

 

 

You know the gaming world wouldn’t be slow to invest in AR technology.

The Merge 6DoF Blaster is the first AR-enabled toy gun.

It acts as an accessory to your smartphone. Just dock your phone in the provided space on top of the nerf-style gun and you’re ready to play.

When combined with your phone, the toy-gun converts into a life-like weapon.

It uses your phone’s gyroscope to recognize movements and doesn’t require you to wear a headset. All of which improves player experience.

Your phone acts as a window into the virtual world.

Shoot down aliens and monsters in a 3D environment or duck behind walls to get in the game!

The Merge Blaster is set to release in summer with a price tag of $50.

Gadgets to Improve Your Health & Safety

Consumer technology has long been used to augment the medical industry, allowing users to gain access to data and more effective employ preventative health initiatives without having to visit their doctor..

Wearables like fitness bands and gadgets that measure vitals from blood pressure to glucose have already made some inroads, but there’s more to come.

Here are the next generation of health-related devices likely to find their way to your home.

 

 

L’Oreal’s UV sense is a tiny dot, so small that it fits on your fingernail.

But they aren’t just for decoration.

These dots are actually sensors that measure the amount of UV you’ve been exposed to.

These battery-free devices can also tell you about the temperature, humidity, and both pollen and air quality levels.

They use NFC to pair the sensor with a L’Oreal app on your phone.

You can store up to 3 months of data making it easy to review trends over time.

When connected, the app even sends you reminders when to put on more sunscreen or stay out of the sun altogether.

It’s perfect for parents who worry about their kids getting sunburnt.

The UV sense will have a limited release in summer of 2018 in the US with a global launch expected in 2019.

The price of these gadgets is expected to be around $40.

 

 

Have you ever wondered if the meat you left out on the counter to defrost for a bit too long is still safe to eat?

Then you know why it would be handy to have a spectrometer lying around.

It can tell you all of the following:

  1. Whether meat is rotten
  2. What alcohol is in your shot glass
  3. If your prescription pills are what they’re supposed to be

Until now, spectrometers were bulky and limited to laboratories.

LinkSquare’s handheld spectrometer is the size of a marker, making it portable and SUPER handy.

 

The spectrometer pairs with an app on your phone to show you relevant data.

You can grab it right now for $299.

The Weird & Wacky Stuff

Video Transcript

Courtney: Weird and wacky stuff that you might never see leave the show room.

Julissa: Okay, and I saw one. I got a little sneak peak at one.

Ryan: The Kubo. We’re going to get to it.

Julissa: The Kubo. Okay. We got a short for that.

Ryan: And that’s not exactly new, but it’s still wacky. Okay, so let’s talk travel. All right, I travel a lot. It’s a pain to have to wheel my little suitcase around the… How would you like to have a suitcase that follows you around? Isn’t that cool? You’d think that would work, right, it’s using Segway… Oh shoot. Son of a gun. Well, it’s using Segway technology in order to stand up. And it’s supposed to follow behind you up to seven miles an hour, which when you go through an airport really fast, that thing better scoot… But it kept falling over and running into things. It’s not really ready for prime time.

Julissa: That would be so helpful though. I would be all over that.

Ryan: You have an extra $16,000 laying around?

Julissa: Yeah. In my pocket.

Ryan: And do you hate folding laundry?

Julissa: Yes.

Ryan: Well, check this out. For $16,000, you can buy a machine that will fold your laundry for you. Let’s see if it will…

Julissa: Stop it.

Ryan: Let’s fast forward a little bit, see if I can get to it. Ah, it’s going to take too long. Anyway, this is amazingly what it looks like. It’s a little machine… Ah, we’re never going to get to it.. It’s a little machine, there it is, it’s a little machine that you sit at your house and then it folds your laundry for you. But it takes four minutes to fold anything, it can’t fold socks, can’t fold long sleeve shirts. I don’t know, $16 grand. So, if you’ve got a budget, this is one for a budget.. This is it. For a $1,000, you can get this one, right?

Julissa: Okay, So you put it.. Okay, okay, hold on. All right. So it takes the garment…

Ryan: See? You put the thing in the top and it kind of folds it out and spits it out for you?

Julissa: Oh my goodness.

Ryan: If you want folded laundry, that’s 1,000 bucks? I don’t know. I’d just fold it myself. Four minutes. I don’t have much time.

Julissa: I don’t have much time. But I do have kids that go through a lot of clothes.

Ryan: Yeah. Now what about dogs, right? We have dogs, cats. They’re kind of fun, right? So Sony’s Aibo has come out with a new version where it’s the cute little dog. If we can get the video to go where I want it to go, but it’s not going to. We’ll go down here. So it’s this cute little dog, right, with an LED light? It’s $1800.00.

Julissa: And what does it do?

Ryan: And a $26.00 a month subscription if you want it to do tricks and things like that. So, what’s it do? Dog things. It kind of sits around.

Julissa: This is like, for me. Someone who doesn’t want a pet, but my kids want a pet. So this is like the compromise.

Ryan: Yeah, well now, if you want a pet that’s a little more fluffy, right? Check it out. It’s a little pillow with a tail. And so, if you don’t want to be bothered with a cat box or whatever, you can just pet it. And I just love the little video here. I queued it up. Let’s see if we can finally get something to work.

Julissa: Well, okay. You know that Cody Stark stalked the founder of the Kubo.

Ryan: Did he really?

Julissa: Yes, and I believe he met him, right, Courtney?

Courtney: Yes, he got him to come. He was going to the Bay Area and he got him to actually come to Sacramento just to hang out.

Julissa: So, he definitely has one supporter and that’s Cody Stark.

Ryan: I want 10 of these. I want one on my bed, on my couch, and one in my office. I love it. Now. Let’s talk about going potty. Because we all gotta go potty. But I don’t like going potty by myself. I want to have somebody with me. Like maybe Alexa.

Courtney: Wait, wait.

Julissa: What? You have kids. You have kids.

Ryan: Well, yeah. That’s how you know…

Julissa: Anybody with kids…

Ryan: That’s who the boss of the house is, right here, sitting, “Hey. How you doing, Isabella?” So this is Kohler’s new connected potty.

Julissa: Come on.

Ryan: I know. But it’s so cool. So it’s $5500.00. You’ve got like multiple bidet settings, which is kind of nice. And you’ve got Alexa there, so you can chat with her and say like, “Alexa, good morning.” And she’ll just rattle on about whatever.

Julissa: And she flushes the toilet for you?

Ryan: Yes. It’s touchless flushing.

Julissa: I like that part.

Ryan: Because, you know, uh, uh. This needs to be in public restrooms, not in my house. My house is clean enough. So let’s put one of these in the Good Day Studio restroom.

Julissa: Yes.

Ryan: In the green room.

Julissa: Right?

Ryan: That’d be kind of nice because you’re kind of like uh,uh. Now you don’t have to use your foot anymore. You just say, “Alexa, flush it.”

Julissa: That is great. How much is this one again?

Ryan: $5500. And that should be out any day now. So if you’re desperate for that, run over to Home Depot. Put your deposit down. Say, “I want my connected toilet.”

Julissa: Interesting. What will they come up with next?

Courtney: Ryan is giddy.

Ryan: Oh, wait till next year. It’s going to be even more insane. I love this stuff.

Julissa: Oh my gosh. I can’t imagine. I know, right? All right. You’re sticking around?

Ryan: Yeah. We’re doing like how to troubleshoot new tech. Because you know everybody got new tech for Christmas.

Julissa: Right.

Ryan: And so we’re going to talk about how to troubleshoot it and the basics and stuff.

Julissa: Figure out how to work it. Okay. Sounds good. We’ll check back with you coming up. Court, over to you.

Courtney: All right. Thanks, you two. I can’t believe Ryan. You’re too much for me.

CES is not all super-formal or serious products.

In addition to the useful tech, there’s always a variety of weird and wacky stuff on display.

These are the gadgets and appliances that you probably won’t ever see in your home but are still fun to check out (at least for a laugh).

Here’s a collection of this year’s weird and wackiest:

 

 

90Fun had hoped to make travel hassle-free.

Their ‘smart suitcase’ comes fitted with Segway self-balancing technology coupled with a remote control so that you can move around hands-free.

 

Except that it doesn’t work yet.

The self-balancing suitcase still falls over, runs in opposite directions, and can’t avoid obstacles.

In fairness, it is a prototype and kinks are still being worked out.

But seriously, even if it worked perfectly can you imagine how treacherous the airport would be with luggage running itself everywhere??

 

 

Apparently, folding laundry is such a hassle that TWO companies are working on robotic solutions.

The first is Laundroid’s laundry-folding robot.

Their solution costs $16,000 and is bigger than your refrigerator.

The machine uses AI to sort and fold your clothes.

You’ll have to be patient, though.

A round of laundry can take several hours to fold (it takes 5-10 minutes per shirt).

To top that off, the demo model only works with standard shapes and bright colored clothing.

Or you can go with Foldimate.

Their solution is much more “affordable” at $1,000 but the machine is still huge.

 

With Foldimate, you’ll have to clip each item in one at a time.

If that’s not bad enough, the machine still can’t fold your shirts right: it struggles with long sleeves (they jam the machine).

You can get your hands on the foldimate in 2019.

The price might even be knocked down to $980.

Oh and don’t expect either machine to fold sheets or socks.

 

 

Are your kids begging for a dog, but you don’t want to deal with the hassle or mess of being a dog owner?

Sony’s got just the thing for you – the Albo robot dog.

Albo responds to human touch, has a nose cam, and facial recognition software.

The price for a robot dog substitute?

$1,700 and another $26/month if you want to subscribe to updates (to get updates, new tricks and skills as they roll out).

I’m pretty sure I saw pet dogs at Sharper Image for $150 in 1994. But I hear Albo is all the rage in Japan.

 

 

Don’t want to drop $1,700 for a robot dog?

Consider Qoobo’s cat-like cushion-tailed therapy robot instead.

It’s basically a pillow in the shape of a cat butt with a responsive wagging tail.

Developers made tail movements mimic real animal tails. And since there are no heads or claws, you don’t have to worry about scratches or bites.

Not to mention being shunned by a cat’s mood.

Dare I say: it might just be the perfect pet cat.

As Sovibes put it:

“Sure, it’s little more than a fur pillow with an animation tail, but just think of all the money you’ll save on cat food, kitty litter, and a cat therapist.”

You can pre-order it now for $89.

 

 

Ever thought, “going to the bathroom is so lonely, and flushing is so taxing. I wish I could tell someone else to do it?”

Boy, do we have a toilet for you!

Kohler’s Numi intelligent toilet will help you pee in style.

The toilet connects to the Internet and responds to voice commands from Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri.

Say the words and the toilet will do all of the following:

It’ll set you back around $5,625 but what’s that to the toilet enthusiast.

Look to the Future, Will Robinson!

Like every, CES 2018 was packed with awe and surprises.

There were plenty of gadgets on show from augmented reality glasses, luxury electric cars, and laundry folding robots.

And it’s true that not every item may have a practical application or be released anytime soon.

But mixed in with the noise were plenty of helpful gadgets that just might make it into your home in the years to come.

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About The Author: Andrea Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, a computer repair company that specializes in on-site and online service for homes and businesses. Andrea is the writer of a weekly column, Nerd Chick Adventures in The Record Searchlight. She prepares TV segments for and appears regularly on CBS, CW and FOX on shows such as Good Day Sacramento, More Good Day Portland, and CBS 13 News, offering viewers technology and lifestyle tips. See Andrea in action at callnerds.com/andrea/.