CES 2022: Humanoid robots and resizing cars, the other thing left by the Las Vegas fair
At your own pace, like a runner who knows that there is still a lot to do and shouldn’t try too hard not to end up exhausted, the CES 2022 He entered his threshold zone. And it is Impossible to disguise the glaring absences of several of the industry’s top heavyweights, the surprises are still at the time of day.
CES takes place both at the Las Vegas Convention Center and at the Venetian hotel, one of the many gigantic buildings in this city that has a very hot sun in winter, but whose temperatures drop steeply as the day goes by, taking into account that the sun sets at 5.30 pm. In the Convention Center and in the huge halls of the Venetian Hotel, many of the small and medium-sized companies appeared, which suddenly took on an unthinkable prominence at other times. Or, at least, to capture the attention of visitors.
For example, him Oddysey Neo G8 de Samsung showed a gaming screen capable of rotating horizontally (and with a size of 32 inches, ultra curved, ultra wide, 4K and 240 Hz refresh rate) and vertically, which can be divided into up to 3 different screens, to facilitate the multitask.
One of the great surprises of the fair is undoubtedly Ameca, the robot of the English company Engineered Arts who answers questions in a natural way and has very natural gestures, although he admits not having emotions because that is something “human”. With a feminine voice (although with nothing to identify her as such, because she has no skin or shapes), Ameca not only answers all kinds of questions in English with surprising speed and ease, but is even able to greet those who only ask her. They move their hand from afar and also react if someone brings their hand too close to their face (something that could be seen in a video that quickly went viral).
On the other hand, he is not left alone with the first answer he formulates, but then reflects (“that question is asked of me very often”, “humans are fascinating”) and even admits to understanding several languages, but his programming only allows him respond in English. Every so often, he even pauses to -literally- lengthen his arms.
Although Ameca captured the attention of most people, other robots were present at the show, such as Labrador, a “butler” robot, capable of fetching drinks from the refrigerator and take them to the dining room or wherever people are to be served. The company Labrador Systems gave a very convincing demonstration of how this little helper works, which could be accompanied by Servi, de Bear Robotics, which has a similar function, but instead of drinks it is in charge of serving meals.
The stand de Hyundai was one of the most visited, because every hour a demonstration of the dog-like robots used by Boston Dynamics. They first danced to a choreography by the Korean pop band BTS and then performed a kind of show showing their abilities to avoid obstacles, climb ramps or stairs and even jump. In this way, they showed their ability to overcome obstacles and fulfill missions in places that are complicated for humans. In fact, the video presentation was set with these robots exploring the surface of Mars.
The transport imprint at CES is given by the electric cars (the vast majority of those who appeared at the fair are) and for the autonomous driving. It is clear that the near future will be marked by small, one-person cars and capable of flying?
The flying cars never finish taking off. Although it sounds like a joke, the promise of having hybrid vehicles that can go as many on the streets as in the air has been promising for several years. At CES they were presented some new prototypes, more like large drones since they include up to four rotating blades and whose intention is, finally, to make the possibility of running and flying a reality. From San Francisco came ASH, a 4-seater model, electric and capable of traveling on land at about 110 km / h and going through the skies up to about 400 km.
Sky Drive It is another similar prototype, in this case Japanese, also electric, but designed to be used by only one person. Their first prototype was launched in 2020, and they hope to be able to launch it massively in 2030. It can carry up to 2 passengers, has 8 propellers and can fly up to about 500 meters in altitude. with an autonomy of between 20 and 30 minutes. On land, it can go up to 60 km / h for 20 or 30 km.
In relation to cars that only move on land, the mobility of the near future is designed to be able to face the increasingly complicated traffic of large cities. That is why several vehicles were shown not only electric and friendly with the environment, but also designed to be used by a single person. One of them was the one shown by the Canadian company ElectraMeaccanica and the one he baptized Solo Cargo, an electric model with capacity for one person. Its strong point is that it does not generate pollution, it reaches about 128 km / h and that it can be customized to taste.
A similar model of a one-man vehicle showed the English from Triggo, a comfortable vehicle, easy to drive and with a special feature: in the city, the car is compact (86 cm wide) and it can go at a speed of up to 35 km / h. But on the road (or on wider avenues), the wheels separate from the chassis, reaching a width of 148 cm and there it can go to 90 km / h.
At the fair, a Hyundai designed personal vehicle for people with reduced mobility. Is about a kind of capsule that can go down the outside of buildings (to avoid the use of elevators not prepared for the size of these vehicles) and that you can also go down the street on a special path. At the same time, in the video set in a futuristic city you could see a kind of autonomous truck designed to carry several of these capsules at the same time, as if it were a bus.
In relation to autonomous cars, several models were presented with the intention of demonstrating their intelligent and improved driving, with sensors that can warn in time and thus avoid accidents.
Again, in order to promote small and medium-sized businesses, the CES gave it a place in the Elektra Park, inside the Venetian hotel, to many companies from different parts of the world who showed their products and prototypes.
Samsung presented several of the companies that participated in the C-Lab, the program to promote startups. There it was possible to see (and guided by enthusiastic employees willing not only to give souvenirs, but to explain every detail of the products they presented) to ZamStar, a guitar with LED lights that indicate to the person who is learning to play how and where to put their fingers; or Innovision, a musical mobile to hang in the crib and that brings a camera capable of detecting signs of strabismus early. These innovative products were joined by others that are now ready to go on the market, such as the modular and multi-service robot RGT; Bitsensing, a radar system for autonomous cars or Digisonic, an immersive audio system designed for mobile devices, among many others.