Two years after the outbreak of the epidemic, the CES exhibition welcomed the first batch of offline audiences. On the occasion of the opening of CES, the number of confirmed cases in the United States exceeded one million. A series of companies such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Meta (Facebook), Twitter and so on chose to be absent. Many media also choose to report remotely.
Once, CES, as the grand opening of the year, attracted countless entrepreneurs, investors and technology enthusiasts to make pilgrimages. Today, although the epidemic is not as hot as it used to be, CES is still opening in 2022, giving us the opportunity to see the ambitions and layouts of people from all walks of life in the technology industry.
01 “Metaverse” can be seen everywhere, “embarrassed” is hot?
In TechCrunch’s article “At CES 2022, metaverses metaversed the metaverse”, the reporter wrote that “there are not many people in this year’s CES showroom, but the word ‘metaverse’ can be seen from time to time.”
Some people even directly tweeted a series of “metaverse” slogans that appeared on CES. Readers are asked to judge and judge the reliability.
Hyundai Motors: Metamobility Pushes Human Boundaries
In a keynote speech titled “Expanding Human Reach” at CES, Hyundai spoke about its vision for the future of transportation – Metamobility, how robots (Hyundai, which bought Boston Dynamics Robotics for $1 billion), are contributing to a paradigm shift in transportation , from the transportation in the modern sense to the transportation of free and infinite movement of human beings in the future.
“In the concept of Metamobility, space, time and distance are no longer relevant. By connecting robots to the metaverse, we can move freely in the real and virtual worlds. One step closer to the immersive experience of “being” provided by the metaverse, robots will be our reality Derived from the senses, let us reshape and enrich our daily life with “Metamobility”.” (Chang Song, Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group)
Image credit: Hyundai
In the Metamobility vision, humans will link the metaverse through smart devices, move into the VR virtual world, and finally overcome the time and space physical limitations of “moving”. In this process, robots will serve as a medium linking the real world and the virtual world, allowing humans to touch the virtual world and reflect in the real world.
Even Hyundai Motor believes that with the further development of robotics, AI and autonomous driving technologies, the boundaries between various modes of transportation will be blurred in the future, and various modes of transportation, such as automobiles and air transportation, will become smart devices connected to the metaverse world. “Hyundai’s mission is to use robotics to achieve great things. We believe advanced robotics will enable future modes of transportation, even extending to Metamobility. The ultimate vision is to achieve unlimited freedom of movement and human progress.” (Euisun, Executive Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group Chung)
Touchcast: Where business happens in the metaverse
Touchcast is a virtual event platform for enterprise clients that aims to transform the way businesses communicate and collaborate (more than Zoom) through AI and mixed reality. The Touchcast platform supports real-time content sharing and collaboration, including meeting content recording and translation, enabling content synchronization for the audience. Touchcast raised $55 million in Series A financing in February last year, with a valuation of over $100 million. This round of financing was led by Accenture Ventures, with participation from Alexander Capital Ventures, Saatchi Invest and others.
At this year’s CES, Touchcast announced plans for MCity, the world’s first enterprise metaverse platform.
Image credit: Twitter VR Nima @CES
MCity is powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, NVIDIA’s AI and cloud GPUs, and Microsoft Cloud, supported by Accenture’s technical services and industry experience, creating a precedent for Metaverse-as-a-service. Currently, MCity is open to enterprises, free to register a .metaverse domain name, build a metaverse campus and provide an immersive experience, allowing people to reunite in the metaverse across the barriers of time, space and language. To accelerate the penetration of MCity, Touchcast has partnered with Accenture to roll out across enterprises.
According to Marc, Accenture’s Global Technology Innovation Leader: “As business becomes more decentralized, employees and customers alike need to experience a better flexible, hybrid office. For most people, working with businesses will go online, But for online interaction to be more effective, the interaction is definitely not limited to video conferencing. MCity will provide a richer, immersive and continuous experience, and Accenture will help clients enter the metaverse.”
Silicon Valley tech company CY Vision: Metaverse for Mobility
Image credit: Twitter VR Nima @CES
CY Vision, which aims to create holographic projection technology that creates AR experiences, showcased a 3D AR head-up display mounted on a car windshield at this year’s CES. It is currently the only large-field AR display on the market that supports 3D visual effects at any distance and in weather conditions.
“Limited by computing power and field of view, the industry’s acceptance of AR windshields is low. CY has developed a new computational holographic display technology, with the largest field of view, minimum algorithm and space requirements, to support real AR experience. By creating a new generation of real-time A windshield display that reflects changes in the real world and is powered by holographic technology, CY combines AR with travel experience.”
CY Vision completed the B round of financing in May last year. Since its establishment in 2016, the total financing has reached 12 million US dollars. Investment institutions include Intel Capital, International Finance Corporation, Revo Capital, Vestel Ventures, etc.
Sony, Panasonic, and TCL: Competing for VR/AR Headsets
Sony has revealed a VR headset and controls for the PlayStation 5, which is expected to arrive this year. The latest VR headset, the PlayStation VR2, is paired with a new controller, the PlayStation VR2 Sense, designed to create a new immersive experience.
Added features include:
High fidelity, PS VR2 supports 4K HDR, 110-degree viewing angle, foveated rendering, OLED display. The resolution reaches 2000×2040, and the frame rate is 90/120Hz.
Controller tracking integrated with the headset. The PS VR2 can track controller movement through an integrated camera, so that player movements and sight in the game do not need to be tracked by an external camera.
Brand new sensing capabilities. Gaze capture, headset feedback, 3D sound effects and PS VR3 Sense controller technologies work together to create a new immersive experience. The feedback of the headset can amplify the player’s experience in the game. The vibration and tactile sensation released by the built-in engine brings the player closer to the game experience. For example, the player can feel the change of the game character’s heartbeat under tension, and the object rubbing the player’s head. Slight changes or thrust when the car accelerates.
Sight capture. PS VR2 detects the movement of the player’s eyeballs, so the gaze of the game character changes with the player, which allows the player to have more natural interactions in the game, and even enhances the emotion and expression of the game character.
Panasonic showed off a $900 VR headset, which is expected to arrive this spring.
The Panasonic Shiftall division has launched the MeganeX, a VR headset that uses a MicroOLED display. Compared to the Oculus Quest 2, SteamVR is closer to the shape of a pair of glasses, extremely light and compact. From a performance perspective, the MeganeX has a resolution of 2560×2560 and a MicroOLED display at 120Hz, which is also higher than the Oculus Quest 2. But MeganeX is not an all-in-one machine and needs to be linked with a PC device.
TCL showcased the concept products of smart glasses and joined the AR smart glasses battle.
Following Meta, Microsoft, OPPO, Snap, and Apple, TCL has also joined the army of exploring AR and VR smart glasses products. In a promotional video released by TCL, its Leiniao smart glasses support dial-in video conferences, display AR navigation maps, take and share photos, and set up different work scenarios.
This product is different from TCL’s NxtWear G smart glasses, the main purpose of which is to provide consumers with a portable and wearable 140-foot display. By connecting to a mobile phone or computer device, the user is equivalent to getting another small display. Watch movies, play games, and work. At CES this year, TCL also launched a new, lighter NxtWear Air product.
Panasonic, Owo: How much do you know about somatosensory devices
In order to match the above-mentioned MeganeX VR headset, Panasonic will launch a matching somatosensory device. Among them, the $270 HaritoraX is worn on the waist and legs to transmit the user’s movements; the $200 Pebble Feel is a temperature-adjustable device. Wearing a vest and Bluetooth connection allows users to experience changes in ambient temperature in the virtual world; there is also a $200 wearable microphone Mutalk, which is designed to block conversations, laughter, etc. in the metaverse world from affecting the surrounding in reality people.
In addition to Panasonic, the wireless somatosensory vest launched by Owo is also worthy of attention. After wearing this vest, users can experience a hug from the virtual world, or experience the feeling of a gun in the virtual world. Owo can imitate and transmit more than 30 different tactile sensations, giving players in the virtual world a more realistic experience. “Our mission is to transmit changes in the virtual world to reality through a ‘second skin’, adding a sense of touch in the metaverse or games.”
02 Offline squatting at home, more innovative products in the home scene
Liteboxer virtual reality boxing training
Image source: Liteboxer
Liteboxer, an internet fitness company known as “Peloton in the boxing world”, launched a new virtual reality boxing product Liteboxer VR at this year’s CES, officially entering the metaverse. This product will be the first to launch on Meta Quest 2, people will have a realistic boxing experience at home.
Similar to Peloton, Liteboxer uses a hybrid model of hardware and subscription-based content, including elements of one-on-one coaching, free practice, and gamification. Previously, due to the high cost of wall-mounted and floor-mounted boxing equipment, there was also a certain demand for space, and the decision-making cost from the user’s point of view was relatively high.
The introduction of the Liteboxer VR is undoubtedly a more affordable and portable option. In addition to training with professional boxing coaches, users can also compete with other players on the public leaderboard.
Music remains a core attraction for Liteboxer, which has previously partnered with Universal Music Group. Founded in 2020, Liteboxer raised $20 million in a Series A round led by Nimble Ventures last July.
Echelon Spinning Bike
Image source: Echelon
Internet fitness company Echelon showed off its latest EX-8s Connect Bike, bucking rival Peloton’s high-end Bike+ for $2,399. Equipped with an industry-first curved high-definition touchscreen, the Echelon EX-8s Connect Bike, in addition to simulating the experience of taking a cycling class at the gym, allows users to perform supplemental cross-training outside of the bike by flipping the screen 180 degrees. The dual-ring design includes 15 LED colors that change to display various exercise metrics. This latest product is expected to be officially released later this month.
Lingo, Movano Ring: Biowearables
Affected by the epidemic and working from home, helping people to master their physical status has become a new direction for smart wearable devices. The transformation of 3C equipment to Biowearables has become a new trend at CES 2022, and the monitoring technology used by professional athletes in the past is also increasingly being used in consumer-grade products. The way of wearing has also evolved from conventional watches and wristbands to simpler or more professional modes such as rings and arm adsorption.
Abbott, an American medical device research and development company, has launched Lingo, a new generation of health wearables. Different from the common health indicators that previous products focus on, such as breathing, heartbeat, exercise data, etc.
Lingo’s monitoring technology will track glucose, ketone and lactate data in the user’s body, and may monitor blood alcohol levels in the future. These advanced data allow users to better understand their physical condition and make more accurate plans for exercise and nutritional supplementation. This technology has been used in Abbott’s products for athletes to meet their needs to monitor their physical condition and improve their competitive levels.
The launch of Lingo allows consumers to improve their weight, sleep, energy and other living conditions based on more refined and professional data.
Movano launched a health monitoring ring to help users monitor their health 24/7. At present, the Movano ring can monitor the user’s sleep status, heart rate, breathing, body temperature, blood oxygen content and exercise status, and will provide non-invasive blood glucose monitoring and blood pressure tracking in the future. Unlike common 3C smart wearables, Movano aims to be a Class 2 medical device under the FDA classification, which includes wheelchairs and home pregnancy tests under the same category. Movano ring’s competitor, Oura Ring, is priced at $400+$6 per month for subscription. If Movano’s price can be significantly lower than Oura, it may become the first smart ring for healthy people.
It is a large-sized bathroom mirror and a smart speaker at the same time. ICON.AI calls this product “sound mirror”. It comes in both round and horseshoe-shaped designs. It looks like a traditional large mirror, but is equipped with a speaker at the bottom of the mirror, occupying a quarter of the bottom of the mirror, and the speaker can move freely as you like, with the mirror Install vertically.
ICON.AI Smart Mirror
The Sound Mirror is hands-free, and by connecting to your home’s WiFi, you can use the Alexa Voice service to play music from your favorite streaming service, access podcasts, and even check the news, weather, or set an alarm to control your home. other smart devices. At the same time, this mirror also supports Bluetooth connection, which can directly transfer music from the mobile phone to the mirror for playback. The sound mirror is ipx6 waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about the fragile circuit being affected by the humid and hot environment in the bathroom.
BMW debuts color-changing paint technology: E Ink
There’s a BMW at CES that can easily switch from “black” to “white” on the go, and that’s BMW’s latest “color-changing paint” e-ink technology, E Ink, the same e-ink used in the Kindle and Pebble Technology is similar.
BMW iX Flow’s E Ink is a surface coating that contains millions of microcapsules the size of a human hair, each containing a negatively charged white pigment and a positively charged Black paint. Depending on the color setting selected by the user, stimulation with an electric field causes white or black pigments to accumulate on the surface of the microcapsules, thereby coloring the exterior of the vehicle body.
Users can trigger innovative color-changing paint schemes at the touch of a button. But the available colors are currently limited to white, black and gray. Although there are limits to the color chosen, BMW says that the color change can have an impact on the efficiency of an electric vehicle, with white surfaces reflecting more sunlight than black surfaces, meaning that by changing the exterior body color to a lighter color, Thereby reducing the high temperature inside the vehicle caused by the strong sunlight and the high temperature outside, thereby distributing the pressure on the air conditioning and ventilation system, and distributing more power to the power delivery, in the same way in cooler weather, the darker exterior body color This helps the vehicle absorb more heat from the sun.
The concept of personalization is currently very popular in the automotive industry, but most of the industry’s efforts to personalize are concentrated inside the vehicle, such as through software to remember the driver’s preferred vehicle settings or through intelligent in-vehicle systems to provide various entertainment services, etc. BMW is trying to apply the concept of personalization to the exterior of the vehicle, and E Ink is the first step in its attempt to personalize the exterior.
According to CTA data, more than 40,000 people attended the exhibition offline, and this number is only about a quarter of the total number of exhibitions in 2020.
Frontline partners of the Silicon Rabbit Race reported that finding a cab near the Venetian or major convention centers is often difficult, but this year was exceptionally easy; while the LVCC’s central hall, usually bustling with people, was mostly empty this year. South Korean electronics manufacturer LG, which in previous years would showcase a huge high-end TV channel, chose to go online this year, with no product showcase at all.
Although many large companies in previous years were absent from the on-site exhibition, and the offline venue was not as lively as in previous years, it can be seen that this world-class technology exhibition still brought us a lot of surprises.
Although many products still seem “futuristic”, looking back at CES in previous years, many products have appeared in life, and I believe that many of these products will eventually appear in our homes or on the road.
1. Hyundai Motor Shares Vision of New Metamobility Concept, ‘Expanding Human Reach’ through Robotics & Metaverse at CES 2022 (hyundai)
2. Hyundai Motor Metamobility (Youtube)
3. Nima Zeighami (Twitter)
4. A tiny new ring could transform human health (interestingengineering.com)
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