I reveled in my love for gadgets in Las Vegas this week. Here's what grabbed me:
Winbot - A cleaning robots that climbs vertically on windows.
FuroS Human interacting robot and terminals
Lundroid - A robot that folds laundry.
Krush Moveo - A VR seat that can turn all around, when I passed by there was a technical issue so we couldn’t try. This looked very interesting for Arcard or Theme park experiences in VR.
LiFi - Light transferring unidirectional messages or wifi.
VlightCom - The unidirectional message can be programed directly in the light bulb and captured instantly with a small captor plug in the audio jack of a tablet or cell phone. If the camera spec is known, it's possible to make it work without the captor. Instantly as the device move under the other light the message is received. Lot of possible applications can come from this, from indoor location to shelve product advertisement, museum display...
Memento Smart Frame - I tried to build one myself a few years back when it was fashionable. Now the technology evolved and it looks very convincing.
SynTouch - A sensor that can recognize various textures.
VirZoom - A virtual reality cycling experience.
Think & Go - For touchscreen Apple Pay payment detection. Also works with the new credit cards.
IndoTrack Detects position to the millimeter. This looked very interesting for VR head positioning. The SDK starts at $3,500, then it's a licensing model.
Kino Mo -- This creates an illusion of a hologram using fast-rotating led arrays. It's pretty convincing and could work for retail and advertising.
Crazy baby -- A levitating speaker. It just looks cool.
Jusk - A head-mounted display prototype. That project light in the eye instead of having lense looking at a screen like in the Oculus. The quality was good and the headset is much less bulky. The view into it was not as immersive as a regular Virtual Reality headset but the quality was very good.
Oculus - The company had a massive booth where they demoed their long-awaited headset.
AntVR - A virtual reality headset that uses an infrared camera on the bottom for positioning. The camera looks at markers on the floor. They also have a phone headset, Google Cardboard style, with less distortion and variable distance. Based on the size of the phone, you can move it closer or farther to the lenses.
Homido - The company shared their new mini pocket-sized virtual reality glasses for Google Cardboard. Its t's smallest cell phone VR viewer I've seen so far.
POCKeyes is another pocket-sized VR viewer with a Google Cardboard-like folding paper.
Virtuix - This company was demoing virtual reality walking technology.
Drones, all at once: Yunek, DJI, Parrot, and a vertical take-off drone plane from Autel.
Giroptic - A small 360 camera that goes under water
360 fly - A 360 action sport camera
Fuze - The first consumer 3D 360 camera I’ve seen. I tried the demo and the result is pretty good.
DJI Gimbal OSMO - Technology that takes the shakes out of your video shooting to make steady work. Pretty cool. Made me want one.
LX-1 - From Looxid Labs, they had a prototype of a headset loaded with various detections features. A camera for eye tracking, brainwave sensors and a way to track 3D head position.
Motio - From Fabulasys, this technology can create an emotional profile based on various high-quality sensors. I was intrigued by the claim and discussed with company CTO Mehdi Cheraitia how his technology works. The Motio packs many more biometric sensors than a regular Apple watch: skin humidity, accurate heart rate, nervous tension, oxygen levels - it's the combination of all these sensor that allow more accurate biometric data. With this data and using an emotional model, they can generate an emotional profile.
E-skin - A T-shirt that detect body motion. From the demo the output looks like a kinect motion detection. It seems to only have basic motions.
Legacy companies like Intel and Polaroid were also there with some interesting offerings.
Make up mirror from Panasonic - The real-time mapping adapting the user's face movement was very good. It also managed the skin tone and how the make-up would render on various type of skins.