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CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada
CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada

Here’s a glimpse into tech that will shape the future

Mint gives you a snapshot of what is on offer at the annual tech exhibition being held from January 7-10.

As many as 4,400 companies from across the world are exhibiting products and prototypes at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US. Mint gives you a snapshot of what is on offer at the annual tech exhibition being held from January 7-10.

What did CES offer in artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to be a big draw at CES. Some of the most talked about technologies and products, such as Samsung’s Project Neon, use AI. Neon is a computer-generated digital human powered by neural networks that has been trained to look, behave and communicate like a human. Bosch’s Vivascope shows how AI can improve diagnosis in medicine. It creates microscopic images of body cells and then uses AI to examine them in a few minutes. BrainCo displayed the final version of its AI-powered prosthetic hand which can respond to brain waves and muscle signals.

What was new in the automotive sector?

Mercedes-Benz showcased its Visions AVTR Concept, a futuristic two-seater inspired by sci-fi flick Avatar, that can move sideways and has 33 bionic flaps on the back. A concept car by Sony was the big surprise—the Visions-S has 33 sensors and an EV platform. There was Bosch’s Virtual Visor, which uses a translucent LCD screen and a RGB camera facing the driver to selectively darken sections of the visor to block sun glare. Qualcomm exhibited its Snapdragon Ride autonomous driving platform. Toyota came up with a prototype of a smart city, Woven City, designed to test autonomous vehicles.

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How was the event for startups?

Of the more than 4,400 companies at this year’s CES, 1,200 were startups. These include Impossible Foods, which has come out with a plant-based meat substitute, Inupathy, whose new device can read your pet’s emotional state by measuring its heart rate, and Jarvish, whose X-AR helmet for bikers can show directions, forecast weather and tell the time.

What was there for gamers?

This year’s CES was about making gaming tech more accessible. LG’s new TVs will support Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which means TVs can be now used for gaming. Alienware’s Concept UFO prototype is a hand-held console that can squeeze Windows games into a tablet-like form. Razer’s E-racing simulator has a 128-inch wraparound screen and controls designed to simulate an actual racing experience. Asus launched its ROG Swift 360 gaming monitor—among the rare ones that offer a refresh rate of 360Hz.

What about personal computing?

CES has never been about smartphones. This year was no different. Barring TCL’s foldable phone and OnePlus’s Concept One, there was not much on offer from phone vendors. PC makers, on the other hand, pushed boundaries. Lenovo showed off a ThinkPad with a 13-inch foldable screen, while Intel unveiled a laptop concept with a 17-inch foldable screen. AMD introduced its 64-core Ryzen Threadripper chipset. Intel also displayed a laptop running on its upcoming dedicated GPU.

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