CES 2018 and the future of virtual reality  – BBC Click

CES 2018 and the future of virtual reality – BBC Click


this week angry man tries to open email
holograph takes on human form and the X Factor reaches Nemo I’ve had enough enough of old tech to
going obsolete so it seems even desktop computers days are numbered oh right let’s see what they got for us
this year the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the place to find out
it’s where the new products and concepts are launched for 2018 and some of them
might just change the world one of the highlights of CES for me is always
finding out how bendy LG is this year previously they’ve been slightly bendy
and then they were quite bendy this year I think they’ve nailed it it’s a 65 inch
rollup 4k display and the image quality really is very very good and it does
roll completely up into remitted ly a fairly chunky box
it’s an oh le D display the only display tech that can be fully flexible the
circuitry is built on a segmented back so it’s a bit like a retractable garage
door you can actually choose how far the screen rolls out as well as a widescreen
TV it can be used as a thin notification bar a wider format 21 by 9 cinema screen
and of course nothing at all the argument is that you can make use of the
space behind it when you’re not using it and of course in South Korea a lot of
people live in high-rise blocks of flats can you imagine lugging a 65 inch TV up
the stairs or even getting into the lift much easier if you can roll it down into
a handy tube elsewhere there are plenty of other things to see and play with
here at CES here’s a phone from Chinese company vivo which doesn’t have a
fingerprint scanner on the back that’s because it has one built into the
screen the O LED display shines light onto your thumb and an optical scanner
buried underneath registers what it sees here’s the link flow Fit 360 a necklace
with three cameras that together live stitch to make a 360 video so you can
record a true first-person view of your experience so others can feel like they
were truly there to now it’s important to catch the eye at
shows like these which is hopefully what this thing is doing this is the hyper
vision display by kee Nomo and it’s capable of projecting life-size images
high above the show floor all right sexy thank you that’s enough from you now
listen here’s the science bit here we’ve got 24 rapidly spinning LED strips and
as they go around they’re flashing different colors which gives you the
illusion of a persistent image and in the flesh I have to say it does really
look rather good all right don’t build up your part old
super great okay enough flimsy flimsy lamb from me let’s get Lara lonesome now
with some of the big announcements from this year’s show and what a week it’s
been with news from Tech’s biggest players including the likes of Intel
saying it will release software fixes to repair security issues surrounding its
chips we’ve had press events that have gone wrong with disobedient robots from
LG Khloe is now gonna talk to me Chloe doesn’t like be evidently and Sony’s
robot dog wasn’t that responsive either a ball was an autonomous robot and will
quickly become a member of your family by table big nor be there meanwhile the
lack of female keynote speakers has caused controversy amongst attendees a
situation which has led to raised eyebrows compounded by the inclusion of
robotic pole dancers at a strip club near the event and on the show floor as
usual TVs were everywhere but this one really stood out Samsung
wall is a hundred and forty six inches wide and can be made even larger by
adding modules and finally Toyota’s unveiled its new
autonomous a pallet vehicle it can be used for ride-sharing deliveries or even
a moving storefront that comes directly to you that was Lara now one of the big
themes at the moment is wireless charging that normally means putting
your phone on a path but it is also possible to send power through the air
one of the problems with wireless power is that that power is sent in every
direction at the same time so wherever your device is it only receives a tiny
fraction of that power well here’s a system that gets around that by sending
focused beams of power to one particular point the power transmitter can be built
into ceiling tiles walls tables or parts of the furniture all it needs to know is
which direction to point the power in now here’s the science bit to work that
out the device needing the power sends out
low power signals in all directions most of which are blocked by nearby objects
but the signals that do bounce around and reach the transmitter come in at
particular angles now by sending the power back at exactly the same angles
that power bounces about and eventually gets back to the device
the makers told us that they can achieve 2 watts of power at a distance of one
meter which impressively is about half the power of a smartphone charger I’m
using this light to detect the power beams between the transmitter and the
blank box receiver think about your home where you have smoke detectors think
about that smoke detector that starts beeping at night because it runs out of
battery you can power there to remotely never have to charge the battery again
but with high power beams Lansing about your home you may be wondering
easy safe this technology is entirely safe and we look to get FCC approval for
safety that certifies the technology as safe so if you have accepted Wi-Fi into
your home accepting code the technology wouldn’t
be the same in the future the power receivers could be made into any shape
including that of a double-a battery and that means that ordinary devices could
be converted to wireless power without any modification at all for a long time
bricks and water shops have been trying to keep up with online retailers who
have the added benefits of being able to keep track of their customers habits as
well as provide very easy ways of paying well here’s one way that we could see
some of those features brought into the real world by retrofitting existing
stores I poly just uses off-the-shelf cameras one up here to track the
customers and others underneath here to take a look at the products and the
customers interactions with them but the real work is happening here in the AI
algorithms where it’s recognizing all the products off the shelf and the
customers interactions with them but the AI is using the main camera here to keep
track of what customers are doing throughout the store it can recognize
faces identify clothes and follow their movements through the combination of the
customer being recognized and the products that they’re picking up being
identified when they get to the checkout they don’t even need to scan the items
they just need to pay and if they agree to being remembered for next time
then all they need to do is go and pick up their products and they can take them
away one thing which isn’t making such a big
noise this week is virtual reality is VR in the last chance billions have been poured into VR but
the headsets just aren’t selling in the way the companies had hoped there are
multiple problems the setup is too difficult content is not compelling
enough and unless it’s treated very carefully the VR experience can and has
made me feel sick the manufacturers are not going to give up on this though the
oculus go will be launched around March now that’s a bit like Samsung’s gear VR
I mean you don’t need a phone for it to work it’s all built in and it will be
around $200 HTC announced here that they’re to release the vive Pro later
this year it’s a 3k headset which will improve resolution significantly and
keep the vibe ahead of the field and while oculus allows three degrees of
movement which is that way that way and that way
HTC has just launched its vive focus in China
which allows six degrees of movement which is that that and that and also
three dimensions of movement in space and that’s using inside out tracking
which means there are no sensors or lighthouses telling you where the
headset is the headset itself works out where it is in the environment now this
is the next level for VR still with magic leap releasing its
augmented reality hololens alike later this year and with tons of AR activity
here like this from horizon a cheap flat pack way of building your own AR headset
using a cardboard kit and a phone VR continues to face a tough battle with AR
which just seems a bit more ready to make its mark if you ask me oh I feel
better for that anyway it’s time to move on now here comes Lara with some
high-tech ways to stop thieves this year’s show a fair few anti-theft
devices have been launched and I’ve got my hands on some of them and this is a prototype burglar
prevention system it aims to replicate what a house looks and sounds like when
your home so through the app you can preset it with the way that you live
your life when you’re going to be playing music watching a film talking in
the kitchen and when the lights are going to be going on and off or you
could simply wild about what’s happening in the house eventually the plan would
be that a group of synchronized devices could work through the house to make it
look like natural movement from room to room but of course that would add to the
cost this is a smart safe now I have to admit when I received it I did think
this is very light very flimsy and how could it possibly be a safe because you
could just steal this if you have something valuable inside but anyway it
seems that the technology here could actually be used in bigger stronger
safes and this particular model is possibly better for putting medicine in
or just something that you want to keep away from the kids or other people
visiting your house so how it works it of course can x-pyr a smartphone app
which means that you can remotely open the safe should you wish to actually do
that and you’ll also receive alerts if anybody tries to tamper with it so let’s
set it up somewhere that it can remain in a steady place this particular model
has wings that extend to hold it into place so if I put it here at the back of
the shelf and do this let me put something in here
let me try and cancel with it and see what happens it’s quite firmly attached although a
little bit more forcefully pull it out yeah there we go
all right although I’m off with a sesh Oh looks like it could be quite easy to
open as well Omar you’ve got any ideas let me try and find something that might
be a bit better for security it’s not just about the home though this bag aims
to keep your belongings safe when you’re out and about so if you’re on a train or
a plane and you’ve had to leave your bag somewhere else then you might want to
activate this tamper alert which uses this RFID card to turn it on and off so
if anybody tries to open your bag and it sounds like that but if the issue is
actually you forgetting things then this loss prevention device aims to come to
the rescue now you can attach it to any given item
and the company’s software will learn your habits so what time and where you
take that item and if you do something that seems out of the ordinary they can
send your reminder before you’ve even had a chance to forget it
eventually they’re even hoping to be able to do things like access travel
details through your email so you could get a reminder to pick up your passport
without running the risk of leaving without it the device does still seem a
little bit big right now but they are trying to get a smaller version ready
ahead of launch great if it works which was generally the theme with most of
what I tested that was Lara and this is the valo copter
it’s a passenger drone made by a German company and this one actually has flown
but constantly reminded that the future of transport is going to be amazing here
at CES although there’s no guarantee that that is true case in point
remember the Faraday future electric car no show business
anyway while Faraday gets its future in order enter Buyten now this is a startup
staffed by some pretty impressive people who’ve come up with basically a computer
on wheels will this car actually work well Dave Lee was given exclusive access
to it before and during CES now I’ll be honest this wasn’t the most
thrilling test-drive of my life worried about being spotted before their big CES
unveiling the team behind the bytes and car only let us drive slowly around an
unmarked warehouse just off the Las Vegas Strip but it was very interesting
the company has created what’s essentially a mobile supercomputer they
say it has more in common with your smartphone than it does a typical car
and I agree for the first time I’ve been impressed by a car not because of its
performance on the road but because of its operating system though the reason
behind button is we want to be the company bringing into the market the
first real smart car vehicle has been designed and created by a suitably
qualified team made up of former BMW and Apple engineers inside you’ll see the
dashboard has been completely reimagined the gesture control system does look a
bit imprecise and quite fiddly not ideal when you’re driving along a motorway at
70 miles an hour this looks like a really distracting driving situation so
isn’t this actually quite dangerous to have this in front of you so the key is
about customization when you are in drive mode we will actually disable
certain features you won’t be able to get in to watch videos for instance what
we want to try to build is a platform where when there is autonomous driving
all occupants in the car including the driver have the ability to interact some
of the most exciting features of the bytes in-car actually going to be
disabled until we live in a world of fully autonomous driving so perhaps
think of this vehicle as bridging the gap between our dumb driving past and
our smart driving future now of course you can’t reveal a car at CES without an
expensive lavish launch event this one went by without a hitch and people
seemed impressed it’s a really interesting idea but they’re really
trying to target it at an affordable price point $45,000 about half the cost
of the Model S when that came out again two hundred to three hundred five miles
of range so they’re hitting all the right marks and adding all this cool
technology and so I think they’ve got a pretty good message here if you think
all this seems a little familiar you’re right this was the scene at last year’s
CES when I covered new car company Faraday future back then they told us
everything was going swimmingly and that their big new factory was going to be
built soon but in less than a year the factory in Nevada has been scrapped and
while the company assists it’s still pressing ahead Faraday future is in
serious danger of becoming a thing of the past
so what will happen to bite them the biggest challenge facing them right now
is to do with charging Tesla has more than 8,000 superchargers for its cars
dotted all over the world bitin has none they think Tesla should
share theirs and when it comes to actually making the car bitin is
building its own factory in Nanjing China and they’ve promised their car
will be put into production by the end of 2019 and one-day cost $45,000 I guess
we’ll just have to wait and see how that goes that was Dave Lee and there’ll be plenty
more transport on next week’s click in the meantime I’m having the nails done
this is the o2 nails printer choose any image you want and they’ll print it onto
your nail of course I chose a picture of myself okay Richard Taylor and Nick
quick be that refreshing so this device is actually
creating a vacuum in my mouth it’s sucking at my gums but the same time
circulating a flow of water around my teeth it’s intended for users with
reduced mobility or people that in general have difficulty brushing their
teeth because it replaces need to brush and floss – the guys are working on
integrating sensors into future devices so that oral hygienist or dentists will
be able to diagnose and treat for gum disease and it’s quite ticularly – this
is mirror and it’s being marketed as the world’s first smart baby feeding monitor
you put your baby bottle any baby bottle into the device has a temperature sensor
to make sure that the milk in the bottle is the right temperature for the baby
and has a motion sensor which flashes red if you’re holding the bottle at a
ridiculous angle but perhaps the most interesting feature is that it’s Wi-Fi
enabled if there is a nanny feeding the baby at home and the mums at work the
results of the baby feeding are uploaded via Wi-Fi to the mums smartphone at work
so she can tell exactly how much the baby has drunk so what you’re seeing here is a magical
chess board by square-off and allows players to play with each other
regardless of where they are in the world
so right now Bob years off playing it by his phone and an electromagnetic arm
underneath the board is dragging the different pieces to the correct square
pretty clearly now you know what CES can really take it out of you and I for one
am already pretty sleep-deprived so what I have in front of me here is a device
that is packed with all sorts of technology and the claim is that it will
provide within 20 minutes the equivalent of maybe two to five hours of sleep and
there’s going to be some electrodes that are put behind my ears here effectively
through this device that are transmitting signals up to my brain so
I’m gonna try this on and I’ll see you in 20 minutes
I tell you what Rich’s got the right idea
walking around here I’m absolutely exhausted definitely feeling more relaxed than I
was like 26 minutes ago of course I don’t know how relaxed I would have felt
with the just over 26 minute power now but Vegas hold two world-class talent
and singing superstars and then there’s Richard Taylor in me this karaoke box
uses professional auto-tune on your voice which frankly makes you sound a
bit like cher on a bad night next stop Caesars it’s not just neon eliminating
the strip this week intel has put on a light show of its own
easing 250 custom-made LED strap drones obviously flying above the famous
Bellagio fountains the unmanned aircraft dance in sync with the water jets and
the music we caught up with the boss behind this madness on the eve of the
performance so there are a few challenges with this space it’s a very
tight space you know we were only we’re only allowed to fly within the fountains
and we actually created a two-layer geofence so that if the drones were to
ever go out the motors drops and the drones falls into the water well that was a pretty spectacular way
to end the show don’t you agree don’t forget we live at BBC click on Twitter
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