Here is some more of the coolest tech from CES 2016:
Read Part 1 here.
Razer Stealth Ultrabook and Core: The Stealth Ultrabook is 0.52” thin, runs on the 6th gen Intel Core i7, and has a brilliant 4K 12.5” display. And when you want to play games, you hook up the Core, which essentially houses an AMD Radeon or Nvidia GEForce GTX graphics card and connects to the laptop with a single cable.
CES 2016 press day is almost over, and a few minutes ago we saw Intel showcase some amazing products produced under the collaboration with many different companies from around the world that use the Intel Curie microprocessor and Intel RealSense technology to tackle a variety of problems.
1. Gaming: With a tablet/phone with the RealSense camera, you can scan your body and create a 3D model of yourself, which you can actually insert into computer games (Like Fallout 4!).
2. Sports: Intel showed us the power of using their Curie processors in BMX bikes and snowboards. With the processor, a variety of sensors in the sports gear can track motion - including height of jumps, speed, angles of rotation and G-force. All this data can then be harnessed to train athletes better, with stronger evidence of their performance.
3. Drones: Intel partnered with Yuneec (Intel also owns a part of the company) to make the Typhoon H drone with an advanced collision avoidance system that uses RealSense to scan, identify and avoid objects in the drone’s path in real time. This means the drone can follow the user all by itself without crashing and continuously scan the surroundings for any harm-causing objects. The Curie processor, again, is used to handle the RealSense processing.
4. An AR Safety Helmet: DAQRI, an augmented reality company, worked with Intel RealSense to create a smart safety helmet - the kind used at construction sites and factories. This AR helmet has integrated RealSense 3D scanning cameras that can understand what the worker is looking at, and therefore assist him with his work in AR. The helmet can show steps to repair certain equipment, and use the thermal imaging sensor to allow the helmet to scan for potentially dangerous equipment and provide a guide to fix it. The helmet will ship today onwards. I found this product very interesting and innovative in the true sense, to improve workers safety and overall reliability.
5. A smart robot: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich didn’t walk onto the stage, he rode on a self-balancing scooter. Turns out, the scooter is made by China mobile giant Xiaomi (in partnership with NineBot) and is more than just a scooter - it is a fully functional robot for your home. The robot uses Intel RealSense cameras to map and track objects in real time in 3D, hence being able to roam around and help people without bumping into anything or causing any accident. You can speak to the robot, asking it to follow you. The robot can also support “hands” that you can attach externally. And of course, once you are done with the robot and are on the move, you can use it as a self balancing scooter. Neat.
The Curie processor, although extremely small, is very powerful and can handle RealSense cameras and other sensors with considerable ease. The processor will retail for under $10, making it really affordable for use in everyday objects. The RealSense technology too is put to use in the right ways, showing Intel’s passion to innovate and improve our future in small yet actionable ways.
Catch the full press conference video here.
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2015 can be concluded as the year of the smartwatch. I’ve myself seen so many people finally buy a smartwatch for themselves, and so many who love them.
Smartwatches this year were more of a cult of similar objects morphed into various forms to perform various functions. The best and the worst smartwatch this year had similar features - they were made for your wrist, they had colour screens, they featured a mechanism to navigate through the watch’s interface and had very similar specifications. So what made smartwatches distinguishable this year? There are three parameters:
1. Apple Watch
In my survey, this watch had absolutely no competition. I expected that, really, because it is the most popular smartwatch ever. People identify when you say “Apple Watch”, which is unlike any other watch. Undoubtedly, Apple’s legacy, paired with a good product, allowed this watch to be a super hit.
The Apple Watch isn’t the perfect smartwatch by any means: the OS isn’t all that user friendly, the smartwatch isn’t very powerful and native apps for the watch are yet to completely hit the store. The Watch succeeds in delivering a seamless experience with the iPhone which is one of the main reasons of its success. Moreover, the Watch is extremely sturdy, durable and shows the potential to be the next big thing for Apple. I’ve written about the Watch before, so you can go back and read it.
2. Moto 360 (Gen. 2)
There is a lot to like about the Moto 360 - the (almost) circular display, the thin bezel, the good quality build and its similarity to modern watch designs. The new 360 seems to correct what went wrong with the original model while still keeping similar aesthetics and features. The 360 is a powerful smartwatch with one big down-side: the OS. Although Android Wear is the most widespread smartwatch OS today, it lacks the stability, quality, integration and features of other major smartwatch OSs. But that gives us hope - perhaps with every software update, the watch gets better, smarter and more usable. I love the feel of the Moto 360, and if Android Wear soon improves, there will be no match for this watch - at least for now.
3. The Samsung Gear S2
To be honest, the Gear S2 is the best overall smartwatch out there according to me. The S2 is strikingly good looking and feels like a desirable product. It also has a wide variety of internals choices, and you can choose the one that’ll support a SIM card. The Gear S2 essentially tries to mimic the function of the Apple Watch - with its scroll bezel and operating system - while retaining the simplistic yet classic styling of the Moto 360. And when Samsung prints its name onto the watch, it becomes a reliable product.
I might be wrong, but this watch definitely deserved more votes.
Here is the survey chart:
Quiet astonishing, right? It was a serious win for the Apple Watch, and the Samsung Gear S2 just barely made it. Moto 360 got a healthy share.
That is it! I wanted to keep it short - because next year we are going to see the second generation of the major smartwatches. For once, we will see smartwatches really add value to our lives, and not just act as accessories that notify you to use your phone.
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