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Game-Changing Innovations That Turned People’s Heads At CES 2018
By Mikelle Leow, 12 Jan 2018
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Recent times have seen technological marvels integrating into human lives in ways you probably never thought possible. In 2017 alone, ‘Sophia’ the humanoid—who has now risen to internet celebrity status—became the first robot to be granted citizenship. Netflix has also admitted to customizing its graphic design to subscribers’ streaming habits.
Although these ideas can sometimes border on terrifying, they’re—in most part—for the greater good and are baby steps towards a more efficient future.
The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) showcases “next-generation innovations” that strive to bring change to consumer technologies. Each year, Engadget also highlights some noteworthy submissions that are likely to boost people’s standards of living.
Check out five cutting-edge inventions that stood out and view all 16 handpicked ‘Best of CES 2018’ winners over at Engadget.
‘Best Wearable’: L’Oréal UV Sense
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Wearables aren’t just fitness trackers anymore. L’Oréal’s solar-powered mini tracker, which delicately fits on your fingernail, monitors your skin’s health and its exposure to UV rays.
“It’s not as feature-rich and flashy as most other wearables, but that’s kind of the point,” Digital Trends notes.
‘Best Innovative (Disruptive Tech)’: Toyota e-Palette
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Toyota has introduced the ‘e-Palette’ system, which features battery-electric, self-driving vehicles that might not only change how food delivery works, but “bring an entire small shop to you,” Engadget reports.
Pizza Hut has already announced its alliance with the brand to bring fresher pizzas to your doorstep at faster speeds using a delivery algorithm that “drastically improves the accuracy and reliability of deliveries [and] new delivery pouches able to keep pizzas up to 15 degrees hotter.”
Other collaborators expected to employ Toyota’s ‘e-Palette’ system include Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, and Uber.
‘Best Phone or Mobile Device’: Lenovo Miix 630
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Lenovo’s latest Windows 10-powered two-in-one detachable “gives you the power and productivity of a laptop with the always on, always connected mobility of a smartphone.”
What sets this device apart is that it’s not just enabled with Wi-Fi, but integrated with 4G LTE capabilities.
It also runs on a Snapdragon 835 chipset, so it wakes up as quickly as your phone and can last for up to 20 hours on a single charge.
‘Best PC or Tablet’: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
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Despite weighing under 2.5 pounds, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes packed with powerful security features like ‘ThinkShutter’, which conceals your front-facing webcam. It also includes match-on-chip fingerprint readers and anti-spoofing technology.
The laptop supports fast-charging too, and can be juiced up to 80% capacity within an hour, which is impressive seeing that it delivers up to 15 hours of battery life when fully charged.
‘Best Robot or Drone’: Sony Aibo
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Sony has revived ‘Aibo’, the robot dog that made headlines when it first appeared in 1999. This time, it’s even more animated, agile, and intelligent.
The new ‘Aibo’ expresses its “emotions” through OLED eyes and can even show “physical signs of body-temperature changes.” Just like a regular pup, it enjoys physical contact and its personality adapts according to how its owner treats it.
Head over to Engadget to read about 11 other technological spectacles that wowed visitors at CES 2018.
[via Engadget, video via L’Oréal USA, images via various sources]
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