Among the major devices presented at this week’s CES Conference in Las Vegas will be a wireless vest that connects people to the metaverse, an augmented reality chair that allows people to shop for makeup and eyeliner, and a human-like AI-powered robot.
The much-anticipated three-day event, which begins on Wednesday, will feature over 2,200 exhibitions, although in a scaled-down format due to the COVID-19 increase.
CES, which has traditionally been Las Vegas’ largest annual trade show, was originally intended to last four days, but the development of the Omicron version compelled organisers to cancel Saturday’s agenda as a precaution after a number of high-profile exhibitors cancelled out.
It will be the first CES event held in person since 2020. According to organisers, the conference, which regularly draws more than 170,000 visitors and up to 4,000 exhibitors, would be scaled back this year because to the ongoing pandemic.
Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Meta Platforms, Inc (the firm formerly known as Facebook), Lenovo Group, AT&T, T-Mobile, BMW, General Motors, Waymo, and Advanced Micro Devices are among the blue chip companies that have withdrawn from this year’s celebrations.
However, the bad news about the spread of Omicron did not dampen anticipation for the previews and media events set for Monday and Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
In the midst of an increase in COVID-19 cases, CES is being held in-person for the first time in two years in a scaled-down format.
Mercedes-Benz is hoping to make a sensation this week with the introduction of its Vision EQXX, a solar-powered electric car that the German automaker claims can travel more than 650 miles on a single charge.
Mercedes, like rivals BMW and General Motors, cancelled its in-person presence at the conference and instead introduced the electric vehicle remotely. The company has not stated when the vehicle would be manufactured.
If the product lives up to expectations, Vision EQXX will outperform other top electric vehicles on the market, such as the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, which can go 402 miles on a single charge, and the Lucid Air, which can travel more than 520 miles on a single charge.
Mercedes-Benz intends to compete in the premium EV market, which is now dominated by the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-tron GT, and Tesla Roadster.
GM will show off its all-electric pickup truck. Mary Barra, the company’s CEO, will address the conference via video conference while explaining the company’s ambition for the Silverado EV.
The vehicle is slated to go on sale in 2024, though the business has not disclosed the price.
According to Car and Driver, the Silverado EV boasts a big battery pack that allows for 400 miles of travel on a single charge.
Samsung will unveil its new “My House” virtual home, where customers will be able to access the company’s metaverse and peruse its menu of home equipment and products.
A metaverse is a network of three-dimensional virtual environments designed to promote greater social connectedness. It is accessible via virtual and augmented reality headsets.
Owo, a Spanish tech firm, will introduce a wireless wearable vest that will provide the user with the physical sensation of being connected to the metaverse while worn.
The Owo vest use haptic technology to simulate actions such as being hit by a ball, being hugged, or catching a ball. According to USA Today, the vest is being tested with video games.
To reproduce a life-like shopping experience, new gadgets will also use augmented reality, which superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s perspective of the real world.
PulpoAR, a firm with offices in the United States and Turkey, is launching a “virtual cosmetic chair” that will allow customers to test lipstick, eyeliner, and other makeup products before purchasing them online.
Asimula, a Korean vendor, will offer virtual reality headgear that will allow consumers to enjoy the sensation of being in a live event.
Vuzix, based in Rochester, New York, will introduce augmented reality safety glasses that can send and receive data and video, including sporting events and games, over 5G technology.
Ameca, branded as “the world’s most advanced human shaped robot representing the vanguard of human-robotics technology,” would not be complete without an appearance at a tech conference.
Ameca, created by Engineered Arts in the United Kingdom, is the “ideal humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction.”
Ameca has “superior facial expression skills,” allowing it to “instantly connect with everyone.”
It has sensors, face recognition technology, microphones in its ear, and cameras attached to its eyes.
The life-like robot is capable of portraying human emotions such as rage, surprise, boredom, astonishment, and curiosity through movements.
Engineered Arts’ Will Jackson, an inventor and roboticist, shared a video of Ameca in operation.
“Ameca has a notion of ‘personal space,'” he explained.