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Highlights of the most influential global tech show


The most influential tech event in the world, Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2021, concluded on January 14th, wrapping up a volley of breakthrough technology announcements from leading providers around the world. The four-day event went completely digital this year, but the remote, virtual experience lacked none of the excitement that the event is known for.

Here is a round-up of the biggest highlights:

LiDAR and robotics
  • SOSLAB won the CES 2021 Innovation Awards for its Solid-state LiDAR ‘ML’ for autonomous vehicles in the Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation category. The product enables simpler vehicle sensor deployment in terms of size, weight, and stability.
  • LiDAR technology made its foray into Home security this year, with Samsung making a number of interesting announcements, chief among them being its JetBot 90 AI+ vacuum cleaner with LiDAR and 3D sensors. The device can move around and clean the house with high precision using the LiDAR sensors and an AI-enhanced object recognition. Samsung also showcased its Bot™ Care, a robotic assistant and companion, and Samsung Bot™ Handy, an AI-based home assistance robot.
  • Israeli self-driving car developer Mobileye announced its partnership with its parent company Intel to develop an innovative of its automotive-grade, high-performance, solid-state LiDAR, to enhance road safety.
Mapping services
  • Leading location data and technology platform HERE Technologies unveiled a unique mapping-as-a-service offering with advanced platform functionality, offering industry-leading map creation, processing, and delivery capabilities.
  • Spatial Topology Technology, a Taiwanese startup, unveiled the one and only indoor map platform embedded with both indoor positioning and navigation systems, in the world.
Drones and UAVs
  • California-based drone startup Skydio received the 2021 Best of Innovation Award for Drones and Unmanned Systems at CES for its Skydio X2. The drone uses Skydio Autonomy, an AI-driven navigation system, and has a foldable, portable airframe that can withstand even the most demanding environments.
  • Skyward, UPS, and Verizon announced connected drone delivery for their retail market, using the Verizon 4G LTE. The drones will also undergo 5G testing and integration for delivery.
  • Sony launched its Airpeak drone, touting it as the world’s smallest drone equipped with its proprietary state-of-the-art Alpha cameras.
  • French drone manufacturer Icarus Swarms unveiled an Autonomous Swarm Concept for the security and emergency first-response industries.

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Automated Vehicles
  • Cadillac and General Motors (GM) unveiled a futuristic self-driving electric party vehicle, meant to provide a social space for friends and family to congregate on their way to an event. Equipped with biometric sensors in the seats to adjust heat, humidity, aromatherapy, and lighting, the PAV (personal autonomous vehicle) also boasts of voice and gesture control, along with an interior camera, a journey information system, and more. Cadillac also unveiled the concept for a single-passenger autonomous flying vehicle that can take off and land vertically, carrying the passenger above the streets and through the air.
  • Mercedes-Benz presented its vision of a zero-impact vehicular future, inspired by the Avatar films, with the VISION AVTR concept car. Developed using revolutionary technologies, the EV’s battery is completely compostable and recyclable, while the brand new user interface bridges the gap between human and machine by allowing enhanced control using a sensor and biometric driven-controller.
  • Israel-based Foretellix announced a “measurable scenario description language” that can help establish a new standard for regulating and defining ADAS and Autonomous Vehicle safety standards.
  • Israel’s Cartica AI, on the other hand, unveiled an automotive visual intelligence platform that teaches vehicles to see the world through object signatures. This can help AVs learn and improve through experience, ultimately curating a robust safety system.
3D imaging

Global 3D camera provider Orbec showcased four new products that dramatically extend the uses of 3D imaging for a wide range of environmental requirements, such as temperature and lighting conditions from sunlight to darkness.

Enhanced WiFi service

Linksys was named a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree for its AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E System that reduces congested, unsteady Wi-Fi connections and delivers more bandwidth to consumers’ homes for clearer, faster networks and strengthened reliability.

3D location tracking

Taiwan’s PressureDOT unveiled the world’s smallest real-time wireless intra-abdominal pressure sensing capsule with 3D location tracking. The capsule can pass into the body easily through swallowing, and incorporates a high-efficiency antenna that is safe for ingestion.

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