The technology development is cyclical. Each cycle begins with a series of innovative new ideas that are gradually refined and combine advances from different areas to create mature devices that fulfill the promise of the original innovation.
This year Consumer Electronics Show (CES)Product and technology trends were defined by the surge in innovation achieved through the interplay of autonomous vehicles, new sensor technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT).
At CES 2020, we saw the fruits of this effort, which have matured into products that no longer fit the old categories. Is it a home appliance or a personal health product? Automated vehicle or a drone? Robot or kitchen device?
The Global unmanned spray system (MOLDING), pictured below, an automated sprayer for pistachio, almond, citrus and stone fruit plantations, is an excellent example of the transition from driverless vehicles to robotics. GUSS combines autonomous vehicle technology with IoT functionality to intelligently spray orchards exactly where they are needed.
And although autonomous vehicles usually use GPS outdoors, GPS is unreliable in orchards due to the leaf cover. Therefore, GUSS has a number of additional sensors to keep track of when only intermittent GPS can be received, including a laser to detect trees and other obstacles, as well as a gyroscope and wheel and steering sensors.
The device also sends a livestream camera feed to a remote operator who can monitor up to ten GUSSs at the same time. If the circumstances warrant this, the remote operator can take control of the vehicle and drive it around an obstacle. The control can then be transferred back to the device itself.
The autonomous vehicle concept has matured beyond cars. The technology is moving into commercial products from agricultural equipment to excavating machines.
Another autonomous device that impressed us at CES 2020 was Doosan’s autonomy Concept-X excavator. pictured below, It is exciting to see how self-driving heavy equipment is offered for sale, as it shows that the concept of an autonomous vehicle has matured beyond cars. The technology is moving into commercial products from agricultural equipment to excavating machines.
Of course, cars remain the marquee market for autonomous vehicle technology, which continues to grow, with Lidar leading the way. However, the integration of sensors in more and more components enables a clear path to complete automation.
The S-A1 Urban Air Taxi. pictured below, a partnership between Hyundai and Uber, demonstrated the possible future of urban traffic. It seats five people and has a range of around 60 miles at a speed of 200 miles per hour. And it doesn’t need roads. The S-A1 flies with vertical take-off and landing, thus enabling city traffic that exceeds the streets.
Regulators and the driving public are beginning to accept self-driving vehicles, at least earthbound. The remaining obstacle to widespread use appears to be actuarial risk calculations for insurance companies. We’ll see how long it takes for it to soften.
No matter when we put driverless cars on the road, the Internet of Things is already being integrated into vehicles to help the drivers behind the wheel. Rivian’s electric pickup and SUV models showed their new Amazon Alexa system at CES this year. Alexa is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle. It can give the driver instructions, play music, make calls, open windows and trunk, and at the same time coordinate with other devices controlled by Alexa, even in your home.
The Internet of Things is already being integrated into vehicles to help drivers behind the wheel.
Another award-winning assistive drive technology at CES 2020 was Damon’s electric motorcycle, the Halo Hypersport Pro. pictured below, The Hypersport Pro is not only able to change like a transformer while driving (although it’s not yet at Groove’s cool 800 mph), but also uses Blackberry’s QNX operating system to help CoPilot, its crash Avoidance system to carry out. (Yes, this Blackberry, the manufacturer of one of the original smartphones. Its QNX already operates driver assistance systems in many vehicle types.)
QNX collects data from cameras, 77 GHz radar and other sensors to track up to 64 potential obstacles simultaneously in a 360-degree bubble around the bike. If something gets too close, the Hypersport Pro warns the driver with vibrating handlebars and LEDs.
The bike also has a neural network that has been reported to learn the style of the rider and the behavior of the traffic in the areas where it is ridden. It uses 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth to communicate this with the cloud. The company says the bike will receive wireless updates to improve the Hypersport Pro’s performance given this data.
We like how good sensor technology is. Using a neural network to analyze driver style appears to be a sensible use of artificial intelligence.
Since the options continue to flood the category of wearables, the function seems to prevail against the design for the time being. Although all of this high-precision sensor technology has pollinated the home healthcare device market and hybridized to all types of devices, we still believe that it may need serious attention from designers.
Sure, you could have a four-inch watch this This measures your heart rate, your blood pressure, your blood sugar, your body temperature, your body fat ratio, your kidney function and every other possible medical measurement under the sun. But how many people will they really wear?
Cyber shoes that integrate sensors and athletic performance monitoring were one of those good ideas that needed the help of a designer. We don’t know how many people would buy rubber outsoles to slip over their regular athletic shoes – athletic shoes have another fashionable moment (welcome back, Air Jordans!). These have also moved to the virtual reality arena. Slip-on devices Offer the next level of sensory experience for VR / gaming – go, run and jump on your VR journey through snow-capped mountains to abandoned cities that escape mutant zombies.
Advances in display technology are also affecting wearables. OLED has become a major force in this area (both in 8K resolution formats and in terms of versatility – size, shape, alternative materials). In addition, OLED films can take multiple forms, giving designers complete freedom in a digital medium. When films are installed on glass, they get a clear, transparent look when not in use. OLEDs are evolving into glasses, from glasses to training aids, and thus enable significantly better user interaction with projected displays.
At CES 2020 there were also some well-designed medical wearables with excellent functionality. ear plug The use of Valencell’s heart rate sensors has proven the accuracy of the BP cuff through rigorous testing on thousands of patients and tens of thousands of records.
The technology can detect high blood pressure with an accuracy of 89%, which is more accurate than comparable technologies available today. Sonion and Valencell are also working on a version of this technology that is optimized for hearing aids and hearing aids. They demonstrated the technology at CES and it looked good.
More and more household items are connected – and connected. The wireless SmartSense multi-sensor module from TDK speaks for this rising consumer expectation. It is a multitool sensor that includes an inertial measurement unit, a magnetometer, a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, an ultrasonic sensor, passive components and high-precision algorithms to create a uniform solution for IoT applications.
This ready-to-use sensor solution can be used to accurately and remotely monitor “everything” via BLE and WiFi. Applications proposed by TDK include smart doors (to report whether they are open or closed), the targeting of a robot vacuum, the monitoring of assets in large work areas, the monitoring of patient activity in a hospital or an outpatient facility, the monitoring of HVAC filters and sports analysis.
One of the easiest trends to overlook in smart home was how … normal … so many products looked like. Mirrors that looked like mirrors – but when you tap a corner, a screen appears. A device called Baby brezza. pictured belowthat looks like a Keurig – but write it down and it will mix baby food and charge a bottle for you at the perfect temperature, just in time so you can go down the stairs and take it to the baby. It seemed like we had reached the point where we could set up two houses, one analog and the other connected to the gills, and they could look identical.
Another trend in smart home is the continued fusion with health and wellness. At CES 2020, we saw bathroom appliances that measure vitality, analyze waste, and send information to healthcare providers.
A small but growing sector is devices with their own power supply. For example, a fire alarm could have an energy recovery battery. pictured below, prepared by Atmospheric that charges up through changes in temperature, light, or pressure. We can imagine many devices that would benefit from a power source that will last for the life of the product without having to change or wire the batteries.
The logical end point of cross-pollination is that everything can relate to everything else. And we saw that at CES 2020: the ecosystem is no longer an obstacle. Although Alexa and Google Home have a clear lead, there are other ecosystems in it. And thanks to wireless exchange options such as Atom Home Hub from eZLO This can be translated between ecosystems and frequencies (ZWave and WiFi). Most devices can work in any ecosystem, making home automation accessible to everyone.
Everything is bleeding into everything else; The lines between devices, cars, robots and home devices blur. The products are becoming more seamless, and at this CES we saw that the promise of the IoT comes closer to being realized.
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