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Subjects: Digital Imaging & Computer Peripherals. EES, Wearable Tech, Vehicle AI, Audio\Video, Auto-Reading, Robotics, Health & Wellness, Home Appliances
From a “smart” Faucet to a “robotic” Harvester to a medical-grade “Wearable” device that can detect early Virus symptoms, this year’s winners proved innovation remains resilient during a pandemic. This year’s CES may have had to shift to a completely remote format, but the innovations are alive and well. As part of the show, every year, CES holds a competition to honor outstanding Design & Engineering in Consumer Tech products. Companies are named in 28 consumer tech Product categories and a gold badge is awarded to the highest-rated product in each category or a white badge for a product that scores above the threshold set for a specific category. There were 285 products that received recognition and 20 “Best of Innovation” award winners. Here are 10 of our favorites among the winners in a variety of categories.
1. Smart Cities
EES (Electro-magnetic Engineered Surfaces) by E2IP Technologies
E2IP’s EES was developed in partnership with the Communications Research Centre Canada to enable the development of smart cities to better connect Infrastructure, devices, & people. 5G will be core to this development. EES are thin, semi-transparent plastic sheets that reflect, redirect or block specific radio frequency (RF) waves. The company says the low-cost sheets are flexible and can be deployed on outdoor or indoor structural surfaces such as buildings, signs, or interior walls to augment, direct, or inhibit specific Telecom services.
2. Wearable Tech
BioButton medical-grade Devices & Data services. by BioIntelliSense
The coin-sized BioIntelliSense BioButton was funded & accelerated to address the Virus pandemic, according to the health monitoring & clinical intelligence company. BioButton is a disposable wearable device that continuously measures temperature, heart rate, & respiratory rate at rest. Any statistical changes are analyzed for potential signs & symptoms of early Virus infection. The scalable health screening & contact tracing device helps determine when it is safe to return to work, school, etc.
3. Vehicle intelligence & transportation
Waymo Driver by Waymo
The fifth generation of Waymo’s self-driving technology, Waymo Driver is designed to improve safety & provide new mobility offerings. Waymo Driver can be applied to multiple vehicle platforms & power use cases across ride-hailing, trucking, local delivery, & personal car ownership. This latest system is more powerful and designed for scale in an effort to ensure safer & easier transportation.
4. High-performance Home audio or video
Harman Kardon Radiance 2400 by Harman International Industries
For those who don’t want to compromise sound quality, but may be space-constrained, the Radiance features two ultra-slim floor-standing speakers with a powerful sub-Woofer using Beamwidth Technology. Gone is the need for wires or big boxy speakers. A compact Digital Hub connects to a TV & other Audio-Video devices, while Wi-Fi allows easy access to your favorite HD music Streaming services and provides an immersive, room-filling sound.
OrCam Read by OrCam Technologies
OrCam Read is a pen-sized, wireless handheld device designed to empower people who have reading challenges with seamless audio text playback. OrCam reads text aloud from any printed surface (newspapers, books, product labels) or digital screen (computers, smartphones) – in real time. OrCam is lightweight and offers intuitive point-&-click operation. This personal AI reader captures a full page or screen, or the user can target where to begin reading. High-intensity LEDs automatically illuminate reading in dimly-lit environments. All operation is processed offline, resulting in real-time audio communication of text from any surface, while ensuring data privacy.
John Deere X-Series Combine, by John Deere (farming implements)
The Agriculture industry is not for the faint of heart. Farmers are faced with massive challenges including narrow time windows, labor shortages, growing world population, & erratic weather. John Deere’s X-Series Combine Harvester is a robotic machine that harvests ripe crops from fields. It allows farmers to make the most of the critical time frame for harvesting crops that they have spent an entire year planning, seeding, & nurturing.
7. Health & Wellness
VROR EYE DR, by M2S
The technology within the VR headset stimulates the eyes and the Eye-tracking sensor detects its movement. The sensor forwards the data to the examination algorithm & analyzes it. The headset generates the ophthalmic Examination data in digital report form. Then examination data can be checked and the details reviewed from a mobile phone through M2S’ mobile application. The application can also be utilized as an examination History book.
8. Home Appliances
U by Moen Smart Faucet, by Moen Inc.
The U by Moen Smart Faucet offers completely touchless functionality & intuitive voice-control technology to help homeowners complete tasks in the kitchen through their smart Speaker or existing smart Home ecosystem. The faucet can be operated in three other ways: Touchless sensor control, handle control, & the Moen App. The app allows users to start, stop, & pause water flow and also understand daily water consumption. Users can also create presets for the operation of the faucet.
9. Digital Imaging or Photography
Vespera, by Vaonis
Vespera is a compact & easy-to-use Space Observation station that is a hybrid between a smart Telescope & a Camera. It is designed to make Astronomy available to everyone. The app-enabled Telescope is fully automated and combines optics, electronics, & high-precision mechanics. It allows users to easily photograph the wonders of the universe – such as galaxies, nebulae, & stars, then share their discoveries with fellow stargazers around the world.
10. Computer Peripherals & Accessories
LUMI Keys 1, by Roli
Picture a keyboard that looks like a Laptop and you’ll have the LUMI platform for Music learning. LUMI combines hardware, software, & content, then lets a user choose the songs they love & play them instantly by following lights on an illuminated keyboard. In addition to hundreds of songs, LUMI also provides lessons & exercises to build lifelong Musical skills. It’s an easy & fun way to self-learn how to play the piano.
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from Tech Republic 14 Jan 21 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4.biz
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