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The Consumer Electronic Show was held in Las Vegas, where they showed a lot of strange concepts and theoretical innovations that promise to turn the world around: socks for diabetics, a refrigerator from Samsung with the pleasant name Family Hub (I really liked the authoritative word "hub", inspires confidence, that there is always something in the fridge), and Nissan even brought an updated Leaf electric car that can do everything the old Leaf can do, but a little better. I collected a number of things that caught my attention. I want to note that each of them received the official CES 2018 award in one category or another. Eldar in his materials promised to be and was positive, but I, in turn, was extremely pessimistic looking through almost three dozen categories of nominations only, thinking about how many enthusiastic and self-confident people there are. When looking at various inventions that have received awards, the thought immediately arises in my head: “Who needs it ?!”. Then you go to the project page or a crowdfunding site and, by the amount of money collected, you understand that the idea is in demand. So, I want to introduce you to the CES stuff, and also wish you more confidence in your abilities, and if you have any idea, feel free to go to CES, you will be welcomed there and probably also will be awarded.

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Ockel Sirius A (Pro)

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Specifications:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Professional
  • Processor: Intel Atom x7-Z8750, Intel HD Graphics 405 (4K 3840 x 2160 px @ 30Hz support)
  • Memory: 4/8GB LPDDR3, 64/128GB eMMC flash
  • Screen: 6" Full HD multi-touch panel
  • Ports: 2 pcs. USB 3.0 (5V/3A), USB Type-C 3.0 (5V/2.5A), HDMI, Display port, RJ-45 (10/100/1000MBit), microSDXC, 3.5mm jack
  • Data transfer: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: 5 MP Full HD (1080p @ 30fps)
  • Battery: 3500 mAh, DC 12.5W (5V/2.5A) adapter (up to 3.5 hours of video playback)
  • Sensors: fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
  • Other: stereo speakers, stereo microphone
  • Dimensions: 85.5 x 160 x 8.6 - 21.4 mm, 334 grams

Ockel makes fun mini computers. The startup received an award in the Computers and Components category. The logic of this decision is not entirely clear to me, but let's go in order. Looking at the picture, you might think that this is an awkward phone, which in general is not so far from the truth. In fact, this is a tablet with an ideal set of ports and connectors. Like any self-respecting startup, Ockel sells its technical innovation on a crowdfunding platform. And since the company has a whole line of similar mini-computers, we can say that the idea hooked the people.Ockel positions the device as an ideal computer that is always with you: I worked in the office, on the road I did something on the screen of the device (the battery lasts for 3.5 hours), and at home I connected it to the TV, watched movies and played, which 405 will graciously allow graphics from Intel. Outwardly, it turned out to be a rather nice toy, but, in my opinion, the Ockel song has already been sung, since at a price of $ 700 it is easier to buy the same Samsung with a Dex prefix. I don't think there's going to be much of a difference in performance, since mobile chipsets are still quite brisk in terms of performance, and Ockel has a 2016 Atom installed. But still, there is something in this idea, so I decided to include the gadget in the selection.

Wallet Card

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I think we've all been in situations where the battery suddenly ran out at the wrong time. According to Murphy's law, commonly referred to as the law of meanness, this usually happens at the most unfortunate moment - a phone during an important call, a laptop for editing documents, a car alarm key fob when all the shops are closed, and you need to go urgently ... I hasten to please, now there is one more opportunity goof. Let me introduce you, Wallet Card is the first battery operated bank card. In addition to the fact that the card, like any technique, can be discharged at the wrong time, it has a number of other useful functions. I think it is not necessary to explain the main idea that many other cards can be loaded onto this medium, thus freeing up space in the wallet. The card has a display and buttons, with which you can just select the desired card. The display will show the card number, date and CVV code. If someone decides to steal the data of all your bank cards at once, they will be pleasantly impressed, as now this can be done easily and conveniently. Probably, a fingerprint scanner should also be mounted in such a card ...

There is no exact data about the card, for example, I didn’t understand about the battery life, but at the presentation they showed that the card is stronger than ordinary bank cards, bends, and is not afraid of water (it can be washed in a washing machine). The map is being developed by a company under the dynamic name Dynamics Inc. I guess you may have heard about it in the context of LG Pay. As we understand, if there is Samsung Pay, then there must be LG Pay. And Dynamics Inc volunteered to help the South Korean chaebol with this difficult task.

You can, of course, be ironic as much as you like, but it is clear that such technologies are the future and soon enough everyone will have some one carrier on which bank cards, loyalty programs, hypermarket cards, travel cards and so on will be recorded. Actually, such NFC wallets are already available as part of applications in the phone, but so far they have not yet gained distribution.

InstruMMents 01 World's First Dimensioning Instrument

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It seems that the sphere of measuring distances is the most boring for innovations, because there is a ruler, a flexible centimeter, various tape measures, a laser rangefinder or a level is used for maximum accuracy. However, a Canadian start-up has launched what they say is the first determinant of all dimensions of an object. Unfortunately, I can't think of a better translation. It sounds complicated, but in fact it is a miniature road curvimeter. I guess everyone has seen this.

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Outwardly, the device looks like a regular pen. By the way, there are special interchangeable nozzles that allow you to use the device as a pen, as a stylus, and even as a pencil. At the other end is a rotating roller that must be rolled over the object to be measured. All figures are sent to the application on the phone, where you can set the units of measurement. Probably, after reading this description, you thought that this is complete nonsense. To support your opinion, I will indicate the price - 149.99 USD.

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However, the device has one function that may seem interesting. He can not only measure complex objects, but also create a 3D version of the measured curve. The question arises how useful such a thing is, who might need it and why it was awarded. To be honest, I don't know. Perhaps you have ideas, tell us in the comments.

Logitech Craft

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Keyboards and mice are another area of ​​devices where it is quite difficult to invent something new. But you won't come to CES empty-handed, and customers constantly demand to be admired and amazed. Logitech has released a keyboard that designers and illustrators will probably love. Outwardly, this is a completely ordinary keyboard, perhaps a little more stylish than your home keyboard. In the left corner there is a puck that allows you to set colors, scale, and move around the document.

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Logitech has made a series of videos showing how the keyboard can help you navigate applications ranging from Photoshop to Excel. Of course, I immediately went to look at Excel, because I understand something in this program. After carefully watching the video, I felt how much Logitech wants to take away my $ 200 (this is the price of the keyboard), since this keyboard is absolutely useless in Excel. Then I started watching a video about Photoshop. I don’t understand much about it, so I immediately decided that such a keyboard was needed and indispensable, because I immediately remembered the “bug” that sometimes occurs when the cursor for some reason jumps over a couple of pixels and it’s impossible to set it clearly. For such situations, the puck on the keyboard will be very useful. Apart from the puck, there is nothing outstanding here in general. For $ 200 you will be given a "smart" backlight, the buttons will be pressed easily and silently. The keyboard is wireless and charges via USB-C. If among the readers there are permanently working in programs from Adobe, then please write your opinion.

Light L16 Camera

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The above innovations in keyboards and laser lines can be responded to with an eyebrow raised in polite interest, but the L16 requires an admiring sigh, even if you are completely indifferent to photographic equipment. Firstly, there are as many as 16 lenses, and secondly, the device weighs almost half a kilo (435 grams), and is similar in size to the basic Kindle from Amazon (165 x 84.5 x 24.05 mm). In general, the L16 camera is more about advanced photo processing algorithms than about hardware and lenses. When shooting, 10 out of 16 lenses take a photo, but with different focal lengths (from 28 to 150 mm), and the software already processes and collects all the photos into one high-definition and resolution photo. The manufacturer says that the final resolution of the combined photo is 52 MP. Accordingly, in post-processing, you can already choose what to focus on.

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By the way, to work with photos on a computer, you need quite powerful hardware. The manufacturer recommends 16 GB of RAM and a more powerful processor. The camera has only built-in 256 GB of memory, it does not support flash drives. There is no connector for an external flash. But there is a 5-inch touch screen and touch autofocus. Here is an example photo.

In-screen fingerprint reader by Synaptics

For me, this is one of the most long-awaited innovations. I hoped and believed that the Galaxy Note 8 would get a fingerprint scanner located where it should be. Instead, it was simply placed a little more comfortably than the S8. Apple generally abandoned the sensor, and even pretended that it was originally intended to be so. I was even a little depressed, deciding that nothing would change in the coming year. And then, unexpectedly, Oppo / Vivo showed the concept and even gave it to journalists for a test. Judging by the videos, the scanner works well. It is not as fast as in modern devices, but it still serves perfectly. Those who are used to flagships will notice the difference, while the rest will not pay attention to the delay of a few fractions of a second.

The scanner is under the screen. By the way, the display must be based on OLED technology, since the sensor studies the fingerprint through the gaps between the pixels. It is likely that soon we will see a new generation of pentile witnesses who will be able to see not only individual pixels, but the scanner itself under them.

Unfortunately, it is not yet entirely clear when the technology will be rolled out for sale and when it will appear among the market leaders, since Apple, having donkey stubbornness, can stand in the pose "why do you need this scanner if you have Face ID", and in Samsung pulled out of a partnership with Synaptics this summer. Here is a short video showing how the technology works.

Mars headphones

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In October 2017, Google showed off a new generation of Google Pixel Buds. In addition to the main function - playing music, headphones in tandem with the phone could translate your speech into other languages. It looks like this: you need to politely ask Google Assistant to mentally prepare that now you will speak in English, and he needs to translate this, for example, into French. In general, such a function can help out in difficult times, but Mars headphones promise a new level, namely live communication with instant translation. Everyone inserts an earpiece into his ear, and then you can just talk, your interlocutor will hear the translation in his earpiece. English, Spanish, Korean, and most importantly, Chinese are already supported. And, of course, headphones can play A Furnished & Serviced 2 Bedroom Apartment music, they even have noise cancellation. The manufacturer promises about 3 hours of work. This is not much, but it will be enough for negotiations with foreign partners. I believe that the profession of a translator will soon become extremely unpromising. At the highest level, of course, real people will work, but for ordinary business this option is even more convenient, since fewer outsiders will be privy to the negotiation process. Unfortunately, the product is at the concept stage, so there is no information about the timing or price.

Ocean-bound Plastics: Breaking cycles by Dell

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This is not so much an innovation as it is environmentally friendly, as according to a study by Scientific American, there are about 86 million tons of plastic waste floating in the ocean. And every year this number increases by another 8 million tons of garbage. In fact, 90% of the garbage in the ocean is plastic. At the same time, this is mainly small debris, pieces of plastic do not exceed 5 mm. And this is a serious problem both for the planet and for ordinary people, because, according to statistics, we absorb up to 11,000 fragments of plastic garbage through seafood every year. On the one hand, Dell's contribution is minuscule. During the year, the company collected and processed, putting into production Dell XPS models, only 8 tons. By 2025, the manufacturing company wants to increase the collection to 80 tons, but this is still a drop in the ocean. On the other hand, this is an attempt to draw attention to the problem.

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My Special Aflac Duck

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The name says "duck", but the toy looks more like a goose to me. The toy was created to morally help children with cancer. Sensors are built into it that respond to strokes, which creates the illusion that this furry piece of plastic cares. There is also an area where you can give injections and put a dropper. This was done in order to calm the child in the form of a game, showing that, look, now we will give an injection to your goose, and then to you.

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Another feature is the ability of the duck to pulsate and make soothing sounds to help the child relax. As I understand it, in theory it should feel like when you hold a purring cat on your lap. Sproutel writes on the official website that they want to distribute the toy for free to every sick child. At CES, the duck won the Technology for a Better World category. Most likely, I'm wrong, but for some reason the toy is perceived as a marketing ploy. The company made an unsightly goose, both externally and in content, and, having decided to make money on it, found a marketing niche - free toys for sick children. And the state pays for everything. The duck is Sproutel's second toy, the first being a diabetic bear that was even introduced to Barack Obama.

In conclusion, let me repeat that many of the listed features look at least awkward, especially for the money they ask for. But the market shows that there is interest and demand that allows at least to raise money. The example of the Buddy robot assistant shows that people are willing to wait more than two years for their order, and they are not too actively demanding the investment back. What do you think? Maybe I'm being too negative.

CES Stuff

The Consumer Electronic Show was held in Las Vegas, where they showed a lot of strange concepts and theoretical innovations that promise to turn the world around: socks for diabetics, a refrigerator from Samsung with the pleasant name Family Hub (I really liked the authoritative word "hub", inspires confidence, that there is always something in the fridge), and Nissan even brought an updated Leaf electric car that can do everything the old Leaf can do, but a little better. I collected a number of things that caught my attention. I want to note that each of them received the official CES 2018 award in one category or another. Eldar in his materials promised to be and was positive, but I, in turn, was extremely pessimistic looking through almost three dozen categories of nominations only, thinking about how many enthusiastic and self-confident people there are. When looking at various inventions that have received awards, the thought immediately arises in my head: “Who needs it ?!”. Then you go to the project page or a crowdfunding site and, by the amount of money collected, you understand that the idea is in demand. So, I want to introduce you to the CES stuff, and also wish you more confidence in your abilities, and if you have any idea, feel free to go to CES, you will be welcomed there and probably also will be awarded.

Content

Ockel Sirius A (Pro)

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Specifications:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Professional
  • Processor: Intel Atom x7-Z8750, Intel HD Graphics 405 (4K 3840 x 2160 px @ 30Hz support)
  • Memory: 4/8GB LPDDR3, 64/128GB eMMC flash
  • Screen: 6" Full HD multi-touch panel
  • Ports: 2 pcs. USB 3.0 (5V/3A), USB Type-C 3.0 (5V/2.5A), HDMI, Display port, RJ-45 (10/100/1000MBit), microSDXC, 3.5mm jack
  • Data transfer: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: 5 MP Full HD (1080p @ 30fps)
  • Battery: 3500 mAh, DC 12.5W (5V/2.5A) adapter (up to 3.5 hours of video playback)
  • Sensors: fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
  • Other: stereo speakers, stereo microphone
  • Dimensions: 85.5 x 160 x 8.6 - 21.4 mm, 334 grams

Ockel makes fun mini computers. The startup received an award in the Computers and Components category. The logic of this decision is not entirely clear to me, but let's go in order. Looking at the picture, you might think that this is an awkward phone, which in general is not so far from the truth. In fact, this is a tablet with an ideal set of ports and connectors. Like any self-respecting startup, Ockel sells its technical innovation on a crowdfunding platform. And since the company has a whole line of similar mini-computers, we can say that the idea hooked the people.Ockel positions the device as an ideal computer that is always with you: I worked in the office, on the road I did something on the screen of the device (the battery lasts for 3.5 hours), and at home I connected it to the TV, watched movies and played, which 405 will graciously allow graphics from Intel. Outwardly, it turned out to be a rather nice toy, but, in my opinion, the Ockel song has already been sung, since at a price of $ 700 it is easier to buy the same Samsung with a Dex prefix. I don't think there's going to be much of a difference in performance, since mobile chipsets are still quite brisk in terms of performance, and Ockel has a 2016 Atom installed. But still, there is something in this idea, so I decided to include the gadget in the selection.

Wallet Card

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I think we've all been in situations where the battery suddenly ran out at the wrong time. According to Murphy's law, commonly referred to as the law of meanness, this usually happens at the most unfortunate moment - a phone during an important call, a laptop for editing documents, a car alarm key fob when all the shops are closed, and you need to go urgently ... I hasten to please, now there is one more opportunity goof. Let me introduce you, Wallet Card is the first battery operated bank card. In addition to the fact that the card, like any technique, can be discharged at the wrong time, it has a number of other useful functions. I think it is not necessary to explain the main idea that many other cards can be loaded onto this medium, thus freeing up space in the wallet. The card has a display and buttons, with which you can just select the desired card. The display will show the card number, date and CVV code. If someone decides to steal the data of all your bank cards at once, they will be pleasantly impressed, as now this can be done easily and conveniently. Probably, a fingerprint scanner should also be mounted in such a card ...

There is no exact data about the card, for example, I didn’t understand about the battery life, but at the presentation they showed that the card is stronger than ordinary bank cards, bends, and is not afraid of water (it can be washed in a washing machine). The map is being developed by a company under the dynamic name Dynamics Inc. I guess you may have heard about it in the context of LG Pay. As we understand, if there is Samsung Pay, then there must be LG Pay. And Dynamics Inc volunteered to help the South Korean chaebol with this difficult task.

You can, of course, be ironic as much as you like, but it is clear that such technologies are the future and soon enough everyone will have some one carrier on which bank cards, loyalty programs, hypermarket cards, travel cards and so on will be recorded. Actually, such NFC wallets are already available as part of applications in the phone, but so far they have not received distribution.

InstruMMents 01 World's First Dimensioning Instrument

CES Stuff

It seems that the sphere of measuring distances is the most boring for innovations, because there is a ruler, a flexible centimeter, various tape measures, a laser rangefinder or a level is used for maximum accuracy. However, a Canadian start-up has launched what they say is the first determinant of all dimensions of an object. Unfortunately, I can't think of a better translation. It sounds complicated, but in fact it is a miniature road curvimeter. I guess everyone has seen this.

CES Stuff

Outwardly, the device looks like a regular pen. By the way, there are special interchangeable nozzles that allow you to use the device as a pen, as a stylus, and even as a pencil. At the other end is a rotating roller that must be rolled over the object to be measured. All figures are sent to the application on the phone, where you can set the units of measurement. Probably, after reading this description, you thought that this is complete nonsense. To support your opinion, I will indicate the price - 149.99 USD.

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However, the device has one function that may seem interesting. He can not only measure complex objects, but also create a 3D version of the measured curve. The question arises how useful such a thing is, who might need it and why it was awarded. To be honest, I don't know. Perhaps you have ideas, tell us in the comments.

Logitech Craft

CES Stuff

Keyboards and mice are another area of ​​devices where it is quite difficult to invent something new. But you won't come to CES empty-handed, and customers constantly demand to be admired and amazed. Logitech has released a keyboard that designers and illustrators will probably love. Outwardly, this is a completely ordinary keyboard, perhaps a little more stylish than your home keyboard. In the left corner there is a puck that allows you to set colors, scale, and move around the document.

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Logitech has made a series of videos showing how the keyboard can help you navigate applications ranging from Photoshop to Excel. Of course, I immediately went to look at Excel, because I understand something in this program. After carefully watching the video, I felt how much Logitech wants to take away my $ 200 (this is the price of the keyboard), since this keyboard is absolutely useless in Excel. Then I started watching a video about Photoshop. I don’t understand much about it, so I immediately decided that such a keyboard was needed and indispensable, because I immediately remembered the “bug” that sometimes occurs when the cursor for some reason jumps over a couple of pixels and it’s impossible to set it clearly. For such situations, the puck on the keyboard will be very useful. Apart from the puck, there is nothing outstanding here in general. For $ 200 you will be given a "smart" backlight, the buttons will be pressed easily and silently. The keyboard is wireless and charges via USB-C. If among the readers there are permanently working in programs from Adobe, then please write your opinion.

Light L16 Camera

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The above innovations in keyboards and laser lines can be responded to with an eyebrow raised in polite interest, but the L16 requires an admiring sigh, even if you are completely indifferent to photographic equipment. Firstly, there are as many as 16 lenses, and secondly, the device weighs almost half a kilo (435 grams), and is similar in size to the basic Kindle from Amazon (165 x 84.5 x 24.05 mm). In general, the L16 camera is more about advanced photo processing algorithms than about hardware and lenses. When shooting, 10 out of 16 lenses take a photo, but with different focal lengths (from 28 to 150 mm), and the software already processes and collects all the photos into one high-definition and resolution photo. The manufacturer says that the final resolution of the combined photo is 52 MP. Accordingly, in post-processing, you can already choose what to focus on.

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By the way, to work with photos on a computer, you need quite powerful hardware. The manufacturer recommends 16 GB of RAM and a more powerful processor. The camera has only built-in 256 GB of memory, it does not support flash drives. There is no connector for an external flash. But there is a 5-inch touch screen and touch autofocus. Here is an example photo.

In-screen fingerprint reader by Synaptics

For me, this is one of the most long-awaited innovations. I hoped and believed that the Galaxy Note 8 would get a fingerprint scanner located where it should be. Instead, it was simply placed a little more comfortably than the S8. Apple generally abandoned the sensor, and even pretended that it was originally intended to be so. I was even a little depressed, deciding that nothing would change in the coming year. And then, unexpectedly, Oppo / Vivo showed the concept and even gave it to journalists for a test. Judging by the videos, the scanner works well. It is not as fast as in modern devices, but it still serves perfectly. Those who are used to flagships will notice the difference, while the rest will not pay attention to the delay of a few fractions of a second.

The scanner is under the screen. By the way, the display must be based on OLED technology, since the sensor studies the fingerprint through the gaps between the pixels. It is likely that soon we will see a new generation of pentile witnesses who will be able to see not only individual pixels, but the scanner itself under them.

Unfortunately, it is not yet entirely clear when the technology will be rolled out for sale and when it will appear among the market leaders, since Apple, having donkey stubbornness, can stand in the pose "why do you need this scanner if you have Face ID", and in Samsung pulled out of a partnership with Synaptics this summer. Here is a short video showing how the technology works.

Mars headphones

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In October 2017, Google showed off a new generation of Google Pixel Buds. In addition to the main function - playing music, headphones in tandem with the phone could translate your speech into other languages. It looks like this: you need to politely ask Google Assistant to mentally prepare that now you will speak in English, and he needs to translate this, for example, into French. In general, such a function can help out in difficult times, but Mars headphones promise a new level, namely live communication with instant translation. Everyone inserts an earpiece into his ear, and then you can just talk, your interlocutor will hear the translation in his earpiece. English, Spanish, Korean, and most importantly, Chinese are already supported. And, of course, headphones can play A Furnished & Serviced 2 Bedroom Apartment music, they even have noise cancellation. The manufacturer promises about 3 hours of work. This is not much, but it will be enough for negotiations with foreign partners. I believe that the profession of a translator will soon become extremely unpromising. At the highest level, of course, real people will work, but for ordinary business this option is even more convenient, since fewer outsiders will be privy to the negotiation process. Unfortunately, the product is at the concept stage, so there is no information about the timing or price.

Ocean-bound Plastics: Breaking cycles by Dell

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This is not so much an innovation as it is environmentally friendly, as according to a study by Scientific American, there are about 86 million tons of plastic waste floating in the ocean. And every year this number increases by another 8 million tons of garbage. In fact, 90% of the garbage in the ocean is plastic. At the same time, this is mainly small debris, pieces of plastic do not exceed 5 mm. And this is a serious problem both for the planet and for ordinary people, because, according to statistics, we absorb up to 11,000 fragments of plastic garbage through seafood every year. On the one hand, Dell's contribution is minuscule. During the year, the company collected and processed, putting into production Dell XPS models, only 8 tons. By 2025, the manufacturing company wants to increase the collection to 80 tons, but this is still a drop in the ocean. On the other hand, this is an attempt to draw attention to the problem.

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My Special Aflac Duck

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The name says "duck", but the toy looks more like a goose to me. The toy was created to morally help children with cancer. Sensors are built into it that respond to strokes, which creates the illusion that this furry piece of plastic cares. There is also an area where you can give injections and put a dropper. This was done in order to calm the child in the form of a game, showing that, look, now we will give an injection to your goose, and then to you.

CES Stuff

Another feature is the ability of the duck to pulsate and make soothing sounds to help the child relax. As I understand it, in theory it should feel like when you hold a purring cat on your lap. Sproutel writes on the official website that they want to distribute the toy for free to every sick child. At CES, the duck won the Technology for a Better World category. Most likely, I'm wrong, but for some reason the toy is perceived as a marketing ploy. The company made an unsightly goose, both externally and in content, and, having decided to make money on it, found a marketing niche - free toys for sick children. And the state pays for everything. The duck is Sproutel's second toy, the first being a diabetic bear that was even introduced to Barack Obama.

Buddy Robot Assistant

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The robot butler is a long-standing attribute of any science fiction film and an old dream of mankind: a servant who does not need to be paid. It is desirable that such a servant still have intelligence, a sense of humor and allow the owner to enjoy life as much as possible. Secretly, many dream that the robot also goes to work instead of its owner. But, unfortunately, we are still far from the uprising of the machines. The Buddy robot was first talked about about 2 years ago, when almost $ 700,000 was raised on a crowdfunding site for production. The cost of one robot starts from $700. Actually, since then, from the solid changes, only that the people began to demand the return of the funds spent to them. Of course, they don’t return the money, but they don’t give a robot either. But once again they brought Buddy to CES. Outwardly, he is quite nice. Anime eyes and the same expression of emotions are embarrassing, but you can put up with it. The robot is 56 centimeters tall and weighs 5 kg. It has 3 wheels and a top speed of 2.5 kilometers per hour. The maximum height of obstacles is 1.5 centimeters. The battery charge should be enough for 8-10 hours. I also really liked that his hands are unfastened. Together with low speed and growth, this gives hope in case of a conflict to defeat the robot physically.It has a touch screen on its head and cameras that both serve to interact with the outside world and can help if the owner wants to use Buddy as a mobile Skype phone. Judging by the video, the toy is interesting. The robot can wake you up, tell you recipes in the kitchen, turn on the music, play with the children (shows a game of hide and seek). If you have a smart home, then Buddy can be connected to the controls, and he will control the equipment, turn on / off the light. In your absence, the robot can patrol the house. It is also easy to connect and control remotely. For example, check how the cat behaves in your absence. The robot is relatively intelligent and can be trained to recognize family members. And the command, for example, may sound like this: "Go to the living room, Petya is there, tell him to do something." One of the advantages of the robot is that the developers promise an open system in which you can make changes as you wish. $700 is not too high a price, so if the product hit the market, then, in my opinion, it would be in stable demand. However, for now, the creators feed their customers with “breakfasts”.

In conclusion, let me repeat that many of the listed features look at least awkward, especially for the money they ask for. But the market shows that there is interest and demand that allows at least to raise money. The example of the Buddy robot assistant shows that people are willing to wait more than two years for their order, and they are not too actively demanding the investment back. What do you think? Maybe I'm being too negative.

CES Stuff

The Consumer Electronic Show was held in Las Vegas, where they showed a lot of strange concepts and theoretical innovations that promise to turn the world around: socks for diabetics, a refrigerator from Samsung with the pleasant name Family Hub (I really liked the authoritative word "hub", inspires confidence, that there is always something in the fridge), and Nissan even brought an updated Leaf electric car that can do everything the old Leaf can do, but a little better. I collected a number of things that caught my attention. I want to note that each of them received the official CES 2018 award in one category or another. Eldar in his materials promised to be and was positive, but I, in turn, was extremely pessimistic looking through almost three dozen categories of nominations only, thinking about how many enthusiastic and self-confident people there are. When looking at various inventions that have received awards, the thought immediately arises in my head: “Who needs it ?!”. Then you go to the project page or a crowdfunding site and, by the amount of money collected, you understand that the idea is in demand. So, I want to introduce you to the CES stuff, and also wish you more confidence in your abilities, and if you have any idea, feel free to go to CES, you will be welcomed there and probably also will be awarded.

Content

Ockel Sirius A (Pro)

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Specifications:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Professional
  • Processor: Intel Atom x7-Z8750, Intel HD Graphics 405 (4K 3840 x 2160 px @ 30Hz support)
  • Memory: 4/8GB LPDDR3, 64/128GB eMMC flash
  • Screen: 6" Full HD multi-touch panel
  • Ports: 2 pcs. USB 3.0 (5V/3A), USB Type-C 3.0 (5V/2.5A), HDMI, Display port, RJ-45 (10/100/1000MBit), microSDXC, 3.5mm jack
  • Data transfer: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: 5 MP Full HD (1080p @ 30fps)
  • Battery: 3500 mAh, DC 12.5W (5V/2.5A) adapter (up to 3.5 hours of video playback)
  • Sensors: fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
  • Other: stereo speakers, stereo microphone
  • Dimensions: 85.5 x 160 x 8.6 - 21.4 mm, 334 grams

Ockel makes fun mini computers. The startup received an award in the Computers and Components category. The logic of this decision is not entirely clear to me, but let's go in order. Looking at the picture, you might think that this is an awkward phone, which in general is not so far from the truth. In fact, this is a tablet with an ideal set of ports and connectors. Like any self-respecting startup, Ockel sells its technical innovation on a crowdfunding platform. And since the company has a whole line of similar mini-computers, we can say that the idea caught the people.Ockel positions the device as an ideal computer that is always with you: I worked in the office, on the road I did something on the screen of the device (the battery lasts for 3.5 hours), and at home I connected it to the TV, watched movies and played, which 405 will graciously allow graphics from Intel. Outwardly, it turned out to be a rather nice toy, but, in my opinion, the Ockel song has already been sung, since at a price of $ 700 it is easier to buy the same Samsung with a Dex prefix. I don't think there will be a big difference in performance, since mobile chipsets are still quite brisk in terms of performance, and Ockel has a 2016 Atom installed. But still, there is something in this idea, so I decided to include the gadget in the selection.

Wallet Card

CES Stuff

I think we've all been in situations where the battery suddenly ran out at the wrong time. According to Murphy's law, commonly referred to as the law of meanness, this usually happens at the most unfortunate moment - a phone during an important call, a laptop for editing documents, a car alarm key fob when all the shops are closed, and you need to go urgently ... I hasten to please, now there is one more opportunity goof. Let me introduce you, Wallet Card is the first battery operated bank card. In addition to the fact that the card, like any technique, can be discharged at the wrong time, it has a number of other useful functions. I think it is not necessary to explain the main idea that many other cards can be loaded onto this medium, thus freeing up space in the wallet. The card has a display and buttons, with which you can just select the desired card. The display will show the card number, date and CVV code. If someone decides to steal the data of all your bank cards at once, they will be pleasantly impressed, as now this can be done easily and conveniently. Probably, a fingerprint scanner should also be mounted in such a card ...

There is no exact data about the card, for example, I didn’t understand about the battery life, but at the presentation they showed that the card is stronger than ordinary bank cards, bends, and is not afraid of water (it can be washed in a washing machine). The map is being developed by a company under the dynamic name Dynamics Inc. I guess you may have heard about it in the context of LG Pay. As we understand, if there is Samsung Pay, then there must be LG Pay. And Dynamics Inc volunteered to help the South Korean chaebol with this difficult task.

You can, of course, be ironic as much as you like, but it is clear that such technologies are the future and soon enough everyone will have some one carrier on which bank cards, loyalty programs, hypermarket cards, travel cards and so on will be recorded. Actually, such NFC wallets are already available as part of applications in the phone, but so far they have not yet gained distribution.

InstruMMents 01 World's First Dimensioning Instrument

CES Stuff

It seems that the sphere of measuring distances is the most boring for innovations, because there is a ruler, a flexible centimeter, various tape measures, a laser rangefinder or a level is used for maximum accuracy. However, a Canadian start-up has launched what they say is the first determinant of all dimensions of an object. Unfortunately, I can't think of a better translation. It sounds complicated, but in fact it is a miniature road curvimeter. I guess everyone has seen this.

CES Stuff

Outwardly, the device looks like a regular pen. By the way, there are special interchangeable nozzles that allow you to use the device as a pen, as a stylus, and even as a pencil. At the other end is a rotating roller that must be rolled over the object to be measured. All figures are sent to the application on the phone, where you can set the units of measurement. Probably, after reading this description, you thought that this is complete nonsense. To support your opinion, I will indicate the price - 149.99 USD.

CES Stuff

However, the device has one function that may seem interesting. He can not only measure complex objects, but also create a 3D version of the measured curve. The question arises how useful such a thing is, who might need it and why it was awarded. To be honest, I don't know. Perhaps you have ideas, tell us in the comments.

Logitech Craft

CES Stuff

Keyboards and mice are another area of ​​devices where it is quite difficult to invent something new. But you won't come to CES empty-handed, and customers constantly demand to be admired and amazed. Logitech has released a keyboard that designers and illustrators will probably love. Outwardly, this is a completely ordinary keyboard, perhaps a little more stylish than your home keyboard. In the left corner there is a puck that allows you to set colors, scale, and move around the document.

CES Stuff

Logitech has made a series of videos showing how the keyboard can help you navigate applications ranging from Photoshop to Excel. Of course, I immediately went to look at Excel, because I understand something in this program. After carefully watching the video, I felt how much Logitech wants to take away my $ 200 (this is the price of the keyboard), since this keyboard is absolutely useless in Excel. Then I started watching a video about Photoshop. I don’t understand much about it, so I immediately decided that such a keyboard was needed and indispensable, because I immediately remembered the “bug” that sometimes occurs when the cursor for some reason jumps over a couple of pixels and it’s impossible to set it clearly. For such situations, the puck on the keyboard will be very useful. Apart from the puck, there is nothing outstanding here in general. For $ 200 you will be given a "smart" backlight, the buttons will be pressed easily and silently. The keyboard is wireless and charges via USB-C. If among the readers there are permanently working in programs from Adobe, then please write your opinion.

Light L16 Camera

CES Stuff

The above innovations in keyboards and laser lines can be responded to with an eyebrow raised in polite interest, but the L16 requires an admiring sigh, even if you are completely indifferent to photographic equipment. Firstly, there are as many as 16 lenses, and secondly, the device weighs almost half a kilo (435 grams), and is similar in size to the basic Kindle from Amazon (165 x 84.5 x 24.05 mm). In general, the L16 camera is more about advanced photo processing algorithms than about hardware and lenses. When shooting, 10 out of 16 lenses take a photo, but with different focal lengths (from 28 to 150 mm), and the software already processes and collects all the photos into one high-definition and resolution photo. The manufacturer says that the final resolution of the combined photo is 52 MP. Accordingly, in post-processing, you can already choose what to focus on.

CES Stuff

By the way, to work with photos on a computer, you need quite powerful hardware. The manufacturer recommends 16 GB of RAM and a more powerful processor. The camera has only built-in 256 GB of memory, it does not support flash drives. There is no connector for an external flash. But there is a 5-inch touch screen and touch autofocus. Here is an example photo.

In-screen fingerprint reader by Synaptics

For me, this is one of the most long-awaited innovations. I hoped and believed that the Galaxy Note 8 would get a fingerprint scanner located where it should be. Instead, it was simply placed a little more comfortably than the S8. Apple generally abandoned the sensor, and even pretended that it was originally intended to be so. I was even a little depressed, deciding that nothing would change in the coming year. And then, unexpectedly, Oppo / Vivo showed the concept and even gave it to journalists for a test. Judging by the videos, the scanner works well. It is not as fast as in modern devices, but it still serves perfectly. Those who are used to flagships will notice the difference, while the rest will not pay attention to the delay of a few fractions of a second.

The scanner is under the screen. By the way, the display must be based on OLED technology, since the sensor studies the fingerprint through the gaps between the pixels. It is likely that soon we will see a new generation of pentile witnesses who will be able to see not only individual pixels, but the scanner itself under them.

Unfortunately, it is not yet entirely clear when the technology will be rolled out for sale and when it will appear among the market leaders, since Apple, having donkey stubbornness, can stand in the pose "why do you need this scanner if you have Face ID", and in Samsung pulled out of a partnership with Synaptics this summer. Here is a short video showing how the technology works.

Mars headphones

CES Stuff

In October 2017, Google showed off a new generation of Google Pixel Buds. In addition to the main function - playing music, headphones in tandem with the phone could translate your speech into other languages. It looks like this: you need to politely ask Google Assistant to mentally prepare that now you will speak in English, and he needs to translate this, for example, into French. In general, such a function can help out in difficult times, but Mars headphones promise a new level, namely live communication with instant translation. Everyone inserts an earpiece into his ear, and then you can just talk, your interlocutor will hear the translation in his earpiece. English, Spanish, Korean, and most importantly, Chinese are already supported. And, of course, headphones can play A Furnished & Serviced 2 Bedroom Apartment music, they even have noise cancellation. The manufacturer promises about 3 hours of work. This is not much, but it will be enough for negotiations with foreign partners. I believe that the profession of a translator will soon become extremely unpromising. At the highest level, of course, real people will work, but for ordinary business this option is even more convenient, since fewer outsiders will be privy to the negotiation process. Unfortunately, the product is at the concept stage, so there is no information about the timing or price.

Ocean-bound Plastics: Breaking cycles by Dell

CES stuff

This is not so much an innovation as it is environmentally friendly, as according to a study by Scientific American, there are about 86 million tons of plastic waste floating in the ocean. And every year this number increases by another 8 million tons of garbage. In fact, 90% of the garbage in the ocean is plastic. At the same time, this is mainly small debris, pieces of plastic do not exceed 5 mm. And this is a serious problem both for the planet and for ordinary people, because, according to statistics, we absorb up to 11,000 fragments of plastic garbage through seafood every year. On the one hand, Dell's contribution is minuscule. During the year, the company collected and processed, putting into production Dell XPS models, only 8 tons. By 2025, the manufacturing company wants to increase the collection to 80 tons, but this is still a drop in the ocean. On the other hand, this is an attempt to draw attention to the problem.

CES stuff

My Special Aflac Duck

CES Stuff

The name says "duck", but the toy looks more like a goose to me. The toy was created to morally help children with cancer. Sensors are built into it that respond to strokes, which creates the illusion that this furry piece of plastic cares. There is also an area where you can give injections and put a dropper. This was done in order to calm the child in the form of a game, showing that, look, now we will give an injection to your goose, and then to you.

CES Stuff

Another feature is the ability of the duck to pulsate and make soothing sounds to help the child relax. As I understand it, in theory it should feel like when you hold a purring cat on your lap. Sproutel writes on the official website that they want to distribute the toy for free to every sick child. At CES, the duck won the Technology for a Better World category. Most likely, I'm wrong, but for some reason the toy is perceived as a marketing ploy. The company made an unsightly goose, both externally and in content, and, having decided to make money on it, found a marketing niche - free toys for sick children. And the state pays for everything. The duck is Sproutel's second toy, the first being a diabetic bear that was even introduced to Barack Obama.

Buddy Robot Assistant

CES Stuff

The robot butler is a long-standing attribute of any science fiction film and an old dream of mankind: a servant who does not need to be paid. It is desirable that such a servant still have intelligence, a sense of humor and allow the owner to enjoy life as much as possible. Secretly, many dream that the robot also goes to work instead of its owner. But, unfortunately, we are still far from the uprising of the machines. The Buddy robot was first talked about about 2 years ago, when almost $ 700,000 was raised on a crowdfunding site for production. The cost of one robot starts from $700. Actually, since then, from the solid changes, only that the people began to demand the return of the funds spent to them. Of course, they don’t return the money, but they don’t give a robot either. But once again they brought Buddy to CES. Outwardly, he is quite nice. Anime eyes and the same expression of emotions are embarrassing, but you can put up with it. The robot is 56 centimeters tall and weighs 5 kg. It has 3 wheels and a top speed of 2.5 kilometers per hour. The maximum height of obstacles is 1.5 centimeters. The battery charge should be enough for 8-10 hours. I also really liked that his hands are unfastened. Together with low speed and growth, this gives hope in case of a conflict to defeat the robot physically.It has a touch screen and cameras on its head, which both serve to interact with the outside world and can help if the owner wants to use Buddy as a mobile Skype phone. Judging by the video, the toy is interesting. The robot can wake you up, tell you recipes in the kitchen, turn on the music, play with the children (shows a game of hide and seek). If you have a smart home, then Buddy can be connected to the controls, and he will control the equipment, turn on / off the light. In your absence, the robot can patrol the house. It is also easy to connect and control remotely. For example, check how the cat behaves in your absence. The robot is relatively intelligent and can be trained to recognize family members. And the command, for example, may sound like this: "Go to the living room, Petya is there, tell him to do something." One of the advantages of the robot is that the developers promise an open system in which you can make changes as you wish. $700 is not too high a price, so if the product hit the market, then, in my opinion, it would be in stable demand. However, for now, the creators feed their customers with “breakfasts”.

In conclusion, let me repeat that many of the listed features look at least awkward, especially for the money they ask for. But the market shows that there is interest and demand that allows at least to raise money. The example of the Buddy robot assistant shows that people are willing to wait more than two years for their order, and they are not too actively demanding the investment back. What do you think? Maybe I'm being too negative.

CES Stuff

The Consumer Electronic Show was held in Las Vegas, where they showed a lot of strange concepts and theoretical innovations that promise to turn the world around: socks for diabetics, a refrigerator from Samsung with the pleasant name Family Hub (I really liked the authoritative word "hub", inspires confidence, that there is always something in the fridge), and Nissan even brought an updated Leaf electric car that can do everything the old Leaf can do, but a little better. I collected a number of things that caught my attention. I want to note that each of them received the official CES 2018 award in one category or another. Eldar in his materials promised to be and was positive, but I, in turn, was extremely pessimistic looking through almost three dozen categories of nominations only, thinking about how many enthusiastic and self-confident people there are. When looking at various inventions that have received awards, the thought immediately arises in my head: “Who needs it ?!”. Then you go to the project page or a crowdfunding site and, by the amount of money collected, you understand that the idea is in demand. So, I want to introduce you to the CES stuff, and also wish you more confidence in your abilities, and if you have any idea, feel free to go to CES, you will be welcomed there and probably also will be awarded.

Content

Ockel Sirius A (Pro)

Specifications:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Professional
  • Processor: Intel Atom x7-Z8750, Intel HD Graphics 405 (4K 3840 x 2160 px @ 30Hz support)
  • Memory: 4/8GB LPDDR3, 64/128GB eMMC flash
  • Screen: 6" Full HD multi-touch panel
  • Ports: 2 pcs. USB 3.0 (5V/3A), USB Type-C 3.0 (5V/2.5A), HDMI, Display port, RJ-45 (10/100/1000MBit), microSDXC, 3.5mm jack
  • Data transfer: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: 5 MP Full HD (1080p @ 30fps)
  • Battery: 3500 mAh, DC 12.5W (5V/2.5A) adapter (up to 3.5 hours of video playback)
  • Sensors: fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
  • Other: stereo speakers, stereo microphone
  • Dimensions: 85.5 x 160 x 8.6 - 21.4 mm, 334 grams

Ockel makes fun mini computers. The startup received an award in the Computers and Components category. The logic of this decision is not entirely clear to me, but let's go in order. Looking at the picture, you might think that this is an awkward phone, which in general is not so far from the truth. In fact, this is a tablet with an ideal set of ports and connectors. Like any self-respecting startup, Ockel sells its technical innovation on a crowdfunding platform. And since the company has a whole line of similar mini-computers, we can say that the idea hooked the people.Ockel positions the device as an ideal computer that is always with you: I worked in the office, on the road I did something on the screen of the device (the battery lasts for 3.5 hours), and at home I connected it to the TV, watched movies and played, which 405 will graciously allow graphics from Intel. Outwardly, it turned out to be a rather nice toy, but, in my opinion, the Ockel song has already been sung, since at a price of $ 700 it is easier to buy the same Samsung with a Dex prefix. I don't think there's going to be much of a difference in performance, since mobile chipsets are still quite brisk in terms of performance, and Ockel has a 2016 Atom installed. But still, there is something in this idea, so I decided to include the gadget in the selection.

Wallet Card

I think we've all been in situations where the battery suddenly ran out at the wrong time. According to Murphy's law, commonly referred to as the law of meanness, this usually happens at the most unfortunate moment - a phone during an important call, a laptop for editing documents, a car alarm key fob when all the shops are closed, and you need to go urgently ... I hasten to please, now there is one more opportunity goof. Let me introduce you, Wallet Card is the first bank card powered by batteries. In addition to the fact that the card, like any technique, can be discharged at the wrong time, it has a number of other useful functions. I think it is not necessary to explain the main idea that many other cards can be loaded onto this medium, thus freeing up space in the wallet. The map has a display and buttons, with which you can just select the desired map. The display will show the card number, date and CVV code. If someone decides to steal the data of all your bank cards at once, they will be pleasantly impressed, as now this can be done easily and conveniently. Probably, a fingerprint scanner should also be mounted in such a card ...

There is no exact data about the card, for example, I didn’t understand about the battery life, but at the presentation they showed that the card is stronger than ordinary bank cards, bends, and is not afraid of water (it can be washed in a washing machine). The map is being developed by a company under the dynamic name Dynamics Inc. I guess you may have heard about it in the context of LG Pay. As we understand, if there is Samsung Pay, then there must be LG Pay. And Dynamics Inc volunteered to help the South Korean chaebol with this difficult task.

You can, of course, be ironic as much as you like, but it is clear that such technologies are the future and soon enough everyone will have some one carrier on which bank cards, loyalty programs, hypermarket cards, travel cards and so on will be recorded. Actually, such NFC wallets are already available as part of applications in the phone, but so far they have not yet gained distribution.

InstruMMents 01 World's First Dimensioning Instrument

It seems that the sphere of measuring distances is the most boring for innovations, because there is a ruler, a flexible centimeter, various tape measures, a laser rangefinder or a level is used for maximum accuracy. However, a Canadian start-up has launched what they say is the first determinant of all dimensions of an object. Unfortunately, I can't think of a better translation. It sounds complicated, but in fact it is a miniature road curvimeter. I guess everyone has seen this.

Outwardly, the device looks like a regular pen. By the way, there are special interchangeable nozzles that allow you to use the device as a pen, as a stylus, and even as a pencil. At the other end is a rotating roller that must be rolled over the object to be measured. All figures are sent to the application on the phone, where you can set the units of measurement. Probably, after reading this description, you thought that this is complete nonsense. To support your opinion, I will indicate the price - 149.99 USD.

However, the device has one function that may seem interesting. He can not only measure complex objects, but also create a 3D version of the measured curve. The question arises how useful such a thing is, who might need it and why it was awarded. To be honest, I don't know. Perhaps you have ideas, tell us in the comments.

Logitech Craft

Keyboards and mice are another area of ​​devices where it is quite difficult to invent something new. But you won't come to CES empty-handed, and customers constantly demand to be admired and amazed. Logitech has released a keyboard that designers and illustrators will probably love. Outwardly, this is a completely ordinary keyboard, perhaps a little more stylish than your home keyboard. In the left corner there is a puck that allows you to set colors, scale, and move around the document.

Logitech has made a series of videos showing how the keyboard can help you navigate applications ranging from Photoshop to Excel. Of course, I immediately went to look at Excel, because I understand something in this program. After carefully watching the video, I felt how much Logitech wants to take away my $ 200 (this is the price of the keyboard), since this keyboard is absolutely useless in Excel. Then I started watching a video about Photoshop. I don’t understand much about it, so I immediately decided that such a keyboard was needed and indispensable, because I immediately remembered the “bug” that sometimes occurs when the cursor for some reason jumps over a couple of pixels and it’s impossible to set it clearly. For such situations, the puck on the keyboard will be very useful. Apart from the puck, there is nothing outstanding here in general. For $ 200 you will be given a "smart" backlight, the buttons will be pressed easily and silently. The keyboard is wireless and charges via USB-C. If among the readers there are permanently working in programs from Adobe, then please write your opinion.

Light L16 Camera

The above innovations in keyboards and laser lines can be responded to with an eyebrow raised in polite interest, but the L16 requires an admiring sigh, even if you are completely indifferent to photographic equipment. Firstly, there are as many as 16 lenses, and secondly, the device weighs almost half a kilo (435 grams), and is similar in size to the basic Kindle from Amazon (165 x 84.5 x 24.05 mm). In general, the L16 camera is more about advanced photo processing algorithms than about hardware and lenses. When shooting, 10 out of 16 lenses take a photo, but with different focal lengths (from 28 to 150 mm), and the software already processes and collects all the photos into one high-definition and resolution photo. The manufacturer says that the final resolution of the combined photo is 52 MP. Accordingly, in post-processing, you can already choose what to focus on.

By the way, to work with photos on a computer, you need quite powerful hardware. The manufacturer recommends 16 GB of RAM and a more powerful processor. The camera has only built-in 256 GB of memory, it does not support flash drives. There is no connector for an external flash. But there is a 5-inch touch screen and touch autofocus. Here is an example photo.

In-screen fingerprint reader by Synaptics

For me, this is one of the most long-awaited innovations. I hoped and believed that the Galaxy Note 8 would get a fingerprint scanner located where it should be. Instead, it was simply placed a little more comfortably than the S8. Apple generally abandoned the sensor, and even pretended that it was originally intended to be so. I was even a little depressed, deciding that nothing would change in the coming year. And then, unexpectedly, Oppo / Vivo showed the concept and even gave it to journalists for a test. Judging by the videos, the scanner works well. It is not as fast as in modern devices, but it still serves perfectly. Those who are used to flagships will notice the difference, while the rest will not pay attention to the delay of a few fractions of a second.

The scanner is under the screen. By the way, the display must be based on OLED technology, since the sensor studies the fingerprint through the gaps between the pixels. It is likely that soon we will see a new generation of pentile witnesses who will be able to see not only individual pixels, but the scanner itself under them.

Unfortunately, it is not yet entirely clear when the technology will be rolled out for sale and when it will appear among the market leaders, since Apple, having donkey stubbornness, can stand in the pose "why do you need this scanner if you have Face ID", and in Samsung pulled out of a partnership with Synaptics this summer. Here is a short video showing how the technology works.

Mars headphones

In October 2017, Google showed off a new generation of Google Pixel Buds. In addition to the main function - playing music, headphones in tandem with the phone could translate your speech into other languages. It looks like this: you need to politely ask Google Assistant to mentally prepare that now you will speak in English, and he needs to translate this, for example, into French. In general, such a function can help out in difficult times, but Mars headphones promise a new level, namely live communication with instant translation. Everyone inserts an earpiece into his ear, and then you can just talk, your interlocutor will hear the translation in his earpiece. English, Spanish, Korean, and most importantly, Chinese are already supported. And, of course, the headphones can play A Furnished & Serviced 2 Bedroom Apartment music, they even have a noise reduction function. The manufacturer promises about 3 hours of work. This is not much, but it will be enough for negotiations with foreign partners. I believe that the profession of a translator will soon become extremely unpromising. At the highest level, of course, real people will work, but for ordinary business this option is even more convenient, since fewer outsiders will be privy to the negotiation process. Unfortunately, the product is at the concept stage, so there is no information about the timing or price.

In October 2017, Google showed off a new generation of Google Pixel Buds. In addition to the main function - playing music, headphones in tandem with the phone could translate your speech into other languages. It looks like this: you need to politely ask Google Assistant to mentally prepare that now you will speak in English, and he needs to translate this, for example, into French. In general, such a function can help out in difficult times, but Mars headphones promise a new level, namely live communication with instant translation. Everyone inserts an earpiece into his ear, and then you can just talk, your interlocutor will hear the translation in his earpiece. English, Spanish, Korean, and most importantly, Chinese are already supported. And, of course, headphones can play A Furnished & Serviced 2 Bedroom Apartment< /a> A Furnished & Serviced 2 Bedroom Apartment music, they even have a noise reduction function. The manufacturer promises about 3 hours of work. This is not much, but it will be enough for negotiations with foreign partners. I believe that the profession of a translator will soon become extremely unpromising. At the highest level, of course, real people will work, but for ordinary business this option is even more convenient, since fewer outsiders will be privy to the negotiation process. Unfortunately, the product is at the concept stage, so there is no information about the timing or price.

Ocean-bound Plastics: Breaking cycles by Dell

This is not so much an innovation as it is environmentally friendly, as according to a study by Scientific American, there are about 86 million tons of plastic waste floating in the ocean. And every year this number increases by another 8 million tons of garbage. In fact, 90% of the garbage in the ocean is plastic. At the same time, this is mainly small debris, pieces of plastic do not exceed 5 mm. And this is a serious problem both for the planet and for ordinary people, because, according to statistics, we absorb up to 11,000 fragments of plastic garbage through seafood every year. On the one hand, Dell's contribution is minuscule. During the year, the company collected and processed, putting into production Dell XPS models, only 8 tons. By 2025, the manufacturing company wants to increase the collection to 80 tons, but this is still a drop in the ocean. On the other hand, this is an attempt to draw attention to the problem.

My Special Aflac Duck

The name says "duck", but the toy looks more like a goose to me. The toy was created to morally help children with cancer. It has built-in sensors that respond to strokes, which creates the illusion that this furry piece of plastic cares. There is also an area where you can give injections and put a dropper. This was done in order to calm the child in the form of a game, showing that, look, now we will give an injection to your goose, and then to you.

Another feature is the ability of the duck to pulsate and make soothing sounds to help the child relax. As I understand it, in theory it should feel like holding a purring cat on your lap. Sproutel writes on the official website that they want to distribute the toy for free to every sick child. At CES, the duck won the Technology for a Better World category. Most likely, I'm wrong, but for some reason the toy is perceived as a marketing ploy. The company made an unsightly goose, both externally and in content, and, having decided to make money on it, found a marketing niche - free toys for sick children. And the state pays for everything. The duck is the second Sproutel toy, the first was a diabetic bear, which was even introduced to Barack Obama.

Buddy Robot Assistant

The robot butler is a long-standing attribute of any science fiction film and an old dream of mankind: a servant who does not need to be paid. It is desirable that such a servant still have intelligence, a sense of humor and allow the owner to enjoy life as much as possible. Secretly, many dream that the robot also goes to work instead of its owner. But, unfortunately, we are still far from the uprising of the machines. The Buddy robot was first talked about about 2 years ago, when almost $ 700,000 was raised on a crowdfunding site for production. The cost of one robot starts from $700. Actually, since then, from the solid changes, only that the people began to demand the return of the funds spent to them. Of course, they don’t return the money, but they don’t give a robot either.But once again they brought Buddy to CES. Outwardly, he is quite nice. Anime eyes and the same expression of emotions are embarrassing, but you can put up with it. The robot is 56 centimeters tall and weighs 5 kg. It has 3 wheels and a top speed of 2.5 kilometers per hour. The maximum height of obstacles is 1.5 centimeters. The battery charge should be enough for 8-10 hours. I also really liked that his hands are unfastened. Together with low speed and growth, this gives hope in case of a conflict to defeat the robot physically. It has a touch screen on its head and cameras that both serve to interact with the outside world and can help if the owner wants to use Buddy as a mobile Skype phone. Judging by the video, the toy is interesting. The robot can wake you up, tell you recipes in the kitchen, turn on the music, play with the children (shows a game of hide and seek). If you have a smart home, then Buddy can be connected to the controls, and he will control the equipment, turn on / off the light. In your absence, the robot can patrol the house. It is also easy to connect and control remotely. For example, check how the cat behaves in your absence. The robot is relatively intelligent and can be trained to recognize family members. And the command, for example, may sound like this: "Go to the living room, Petya is there, tell him to do something." One of the advantages of the robot is that the developers promise an open system in which you can make changes as you wish. $700 is not too high a price, so if the product hit the market, then, in my opinion, it would be in stable demand.However, for now, the creators feed their customers with “breakfasts”.

In conclusion, let me repeat that many of the listed features look at least awkward, especially for the money they ask for. But the market shows that there is interest and demand that allows at least to raise money. The example of the Buddy robot assistant shows that people are willing to wait more than two years for their order, and they are not too actively demanding the investment back. What do you think? Maybe I'm being too negative.