The Things of Change: Tech Solutions That May Soon Make Our Life Something Else
This adage about some new tech inventions that will drastically change our entire life may be paradoxically old, but it is also true that such predictions were proven right every once in a while. True, there are still no flying cars around (yet), but some of us are old enough to remember, say, how it was without broadband (or even the Internet as such, heavens forbid)… and can make a comparison.
So it’s probably a good idea to take a closer look at some stuff which is expected by quite a few in the know to bring about substantial developments in how we live. Especially since there are notably more than one of such things being featured at the CES 2023.
And one of those, unexpectedly, had been developed by a rather small new venture, which, however, appears to be called Displace for a reason: they clearly aim at displacing the regular television sets (even smart ones) with their new concept, that being the wireless TV. Now, replacing the accumulators every month is not everyone’s cup of tea, of course (and you will have to do that if you will go for this particular novelty once it hits the shelves). But, considering that this big screen weighs next to nothing and in most cases won’t need any special mounting, thanks to vacuum cups at its back, we would think it a small price to pay for such convenience and freedom of cable. Besides, on top of being wireless, this not-so-bad boy is also remoteless: it is operated by mobile application or, in case you are one of the few remaining sufferers of smartphone phobia, by gestures. Yes, in itself it is little added comfort in terms of getting news of entertainment at home, but the idea of having more power over your devices and becoming less dependent from them looks very promising.
Another example of the potential revamp of a familiar concept presented at this year’s CES by Movano. The fitness and health monitoring bracelets are now as much of a commonplace as are TVs, but this company claims that their version of such a tracker is much more precise and dependable than any other currently on the market – and they have official medical certification to prove it. And having a portable full-blown auto-diagnostician accompanying you everywhere sounds rather tempting in our opinion. Plus, the firm didn’t call this tracking ring Evie for nothing: it’s the first instance ever when the female version of this kind of product is released ahead of the men-oriented one.
The third major improvement of an existing solution at this exhibition is authored by the Lenovo team. They enlisted the help of Synaptics to boost their Thinkpad laptop dock to the next level: it connects to the machine wirelessly yet can handle two 4K 60Hz displays at once and is compatible with other notebook models through Targus dock. So switching between the video chats, telemeetings and so on is about to become a breeze thanks to this comparatively little gizmo, which will open entirely new horizons for anyone working in a free-addressing environment.
And of course, there is no tech innovation line-up without something from Samsung, especially at CES. They also brought to the table something we already know, but, firstly, it’s one of their fortes – namely, a folding screen – and secondly, they have truly run with it this time. Their mobiles on view boast virtually all possible ways of enlargement: some of them you can unfold, some are bendable and others expand. Moreover, one of those models – Flex Hybrid – combines two of the above qualities: its display is both foldable and extendable thanks to a secret inside part. Whether or not it’s practical in its current form remains a question, but the prospect of being able to carry a large display in one’s pocket is surely an enticing one.
HTC, in turn, not to be outdone by a giant competitor, furthered its development of the VR technology: their ultra-light 3D Vive XR Elite headset literally turns sci-fi into reality. It puts the wearers into the universes of their own by building incredibly realistic worlds out of images taken from smartphones, computers and VR programs, bringing zero physical discomfort in the process. If that’s not a completely novel type of experience and new plane of possibilities, we don’t know what is. And the author of this multi-platform, AI-operated, unlocked online metaverse notion, the famous SF writer Neal Stephenson (himself being the founder of a startup in the same field, called Lamina1) personally vouched for this HTC product at the show. What more validation do you need?
Now compared to that, the tech innovation by FluentPet we saved for last may not look all that impressive… at first sight. Really, what can be so special about a humble soundboard, even if it is used by an Internet-famous dog? However, on a second thought, it may carry even more substance than HTC’s sophisticated piece of tech, despite bringing to life not a high sci-fi concept of XR, but a seemingly childhood fantasy of “Talking Machine” by James Kruss. Because, spectacular as the magic of Vive headset is, it is mainly founded on illusion, while the FluentPet Connect allows you to communicate with your canine or feline friends for real. No, it doesn’t literally translate their “talk” (yet), though the aforementioned dog, called Bunny, was trained to tap out actual words. But it does let your pawed pals contact you even from afar when they feel they need your attention, thanks to a button sending a signal to your phone. So not only does this soundboard increase the level of understanding between us and our pets to the extent not so long ago thought to be the storybook stuff, it even contests the conclusions by the very author of that storybook. Because Kruss believed such communication to be a bad thing, and judging by Bunny’s online popularity, it’s clearly not.
So there you have it. These steps may seem not all that big, but they are definitely steps into the future.
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