Smart Everything at Computer Electronics Show
January 10, 2018
The new smart electronic gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas may help drive you into an increasingly connected
In the case of Byton, a futuristic smart car that is one of the hits of
the CES - a driver steps into a high-tech sensory experience.
From a tablet embedded in the steering wheel and five hand gestures, the
motorist controls the vehicle.
Sensors monitor the driver’s heart rate, blood pressure and other vital
Other features include tiny cameras instead of side view mirrors, and
seats that swivel to give the car a lounge-like feeling.
Aiming for the Tesla market, the first Byton electric SUV is expected to
go on sale first in China in 2019, selling for $45,000, before becoming
available in the United States and Europe in 2020.
US market for smart devices
For the 170,000 attendees at CES - one-third of them from outside the
U.S. - there are plenty of other “smart devices.”
This year’s CES demonstrates that entrepreneurs and companies are coming
up with new ideas for adding sensors and connectivity to most everyday
But will there be a market?
Smart watches and smart speakers dominate the smart device category, and
plenty are on display at the CES; however, just about 20 percent of the
U.S. market will use some type of wearable device once a month this
year, according to eMarketer, a research firm. “Wearable usage will
continue to grow, but the growth rate will slow to single digits
beginning in 2019,” the firm said.
Mirror that talks back
Phair Tsai is at the CES to show off her firm’s HiMirror, a “smart”
By taking a photo, HiMirror keeps track of and analyzes the health of
the user’s skin. It also displays news feeds and offers makeup tutorials
If you like what you see, HiMirror can let you share your good looks by
sending video messages.
the shoe fits, wear it - with a smart device. Digitsole sells an insole
with a sensor connected to a smartphone that can fit into any shoe.
That can help detect whether a worker is tired or in pain, said Karim
Oumnia, president of the firm.
If a soldier falls or is injured, “the shoe will immediately send a
message for his team to rescue him,” he said. And it is possible to set
the shoe’s temperature via the sensors.
“Smart footware is not just for fun,” he said. “It makes your life
Smart cars, smart mirrors, smart shoes - more indications that we are
living in an ever connected world.