CES show highlights: Robo-dogs, self-sailing boat, brain tech

Industry behemoths like Amazon and Google stayed away over the virus threat, however the greater than 2,200 companies massive and small in attendance nonetheless pitched their hopes for the subsequent massive factor.

Here are some parting highlights from the show:


French startup Wisear is engaged on expertise that detects the alerts that zip between the brain and sure muscle tissue, so as to use them to function related units.

“Over the past 30 years we have significantly improved the digital power around us but we still use the same tools — keyboards, mouses, touchscreens” to work together with machines, mentioned Wisear co-founder Yacine Achiakh.

“Voice control is coming, but it’s slow, and it doesn’t always work. So we want to create an interface that is inclusive and easy to use,” he added.

At this stage, his crew has paired the system with earphones that may acknowledge the actions of their consumer’s jaw.

The consumer can pause the music enjoying on their cellular phone after which restart it by transferring their jaw in chewing-like motions.

The concept got here to them by observing the progress of Neuralink, a agency that belongs to Tesla chief Elon Musk, and which is conceiving implants to have the ability to talk with machines by thought.

“We figured it would be a shame to wait 50 years to have brain implants before allowing people to be able to have a much better way to interact with the digital world that surrounds us,” Achiakh famous.

His company intends to good its expertise (and broaden the vary of actions) to promote to the tech business’s giants.

They will be capable to combine it into headphones but in addition augmented actuality glasses, permitting customers to regulate the show with out taking out their smartphone.


The Boston Dynamics robotic canine – those in comparison with the killer four-legged bot in a dystopian “Black Mirror” episode – are again and this time they’ll the metaverse. 

Hyundai snapped up the robotic maker final year, elevating questions concerning the South Korean automaker could be planning.

To the intense pop of South Korean boy band BTS, the yellow-bodied four-legged tech did a choreographed routine at Hyundai’s sales space for a crowd recording each step on their telephones.

But the efficiency additionally included an animation of a imaginative and prescient for utilizing the robots because the eyes and ears on Mars for individuals who may then expertise the Red Planet within the metaverse.

“The idea behind metamobility is that space, time and distance will all become irrelevant,” Chang Song, president of Hyundai Motor Group, mentioned in an announcement.

“By connecting robots to the metaverse, we will be able to move freely between both the real world and virtual reality.”


A ski on the entrance, a monitor on the again, handlebars, a padded seat and, most significantly, a battery: the MoonBikes are the primary electrical snowbike, in accordance with the start-up that makes them.

“It’s electric and quiet, so it doesn’t bother customers and it protects the environment,” mentioned Nicolas Muron, founding father of the French company.

His concept was to make this kind of car extra engaging and accessible.

“88 percent of snowmobile users are men, with an average age of 46. So they are not for everyone. I wanted to make a machine that was easy to use,” Muron mentioned, including the machines really feel a bit like snowboarding. 

They are priced at round $8,500 for pre-order within the United States.


Spoiler alert: It’s a ship that sails itself.

Hyundai introduced what it referred to as the primary “self-driving” boat, outfitted with cameras, depth sensors and synthetic intelligence methods.

“By applying autonomous navigating technology to leisure boats, users can greatly reduce the time required for berthing and docking as well as the risk of accidents during operation,” mentioned Do-Hyeong Lim, the boss of the Hyundai Heavy Industries subsidiary Avikus that designed the navigation expertise.

The boat in 2021 made a 10-kilometer (six-mile) journey with 12 passengers on board in South Korea, and Hyundai has introduced preparations for a big service provider ship to sail with this identical expertise.

by Julie JAMMOT and Joshua MELVIN

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