UBeam is delivering wireless power using ultrasonics. It can use a passive receiver, allowing power to be captured even when a battery or supercap is completely exhausted. The transmitter uses a phased array capable of beamsteering, so the majority of the power arrives at the receiver. It can be used to power IoT devices, potentially eliminating the need for batteries. A single transmitter can power multiple remote devices.
Maxim Integrated Products is big into wearable health devices. Its Health Sensor Platform (HSP) provides developers with a wrist-based development platform. At CES 2019, they were showing off some interesting possibilities. For instance, sensors were added to the side of a smartphone to provide medical analysis that would not be possible with a smartwatch because of electrical sensing limitations.
AvatarMind IPAL Robots
Nanjing AvatarMind Robot Technology was showing off its AvatarMind IPAL robot family. It was one of dozens of robot vendors with robots that target education, elder care, and hospitality applications. This particular group did a bit of dancing, although I got a shot when they were finally standing still.
Robotic Mousr for Your Cat
Petronics, also known as Sprite Robotics, was showing off its Mousr robot. It’s a durable wheeled robot that runs around like a mouse; it has a long bushy tail designed to entice your cat. They didn’t have a cat on the show floor, but there were plenty of cat videos. The robot uses artificial intelligence to keep your cat occupied. Of course, there’s an app for that.
5G is hard to show, but Qualcomm’s booth was definitely touting it. A major modem provider for 5G technology, the company was also highlighting 5G in the automotive space. This includes communication for the car and its occupants, as well as cellular V2X technology based on 5G. Qualcomm isn’t alone in this space, but one slide is probably sufficient for this presentation.
Electric Flying Taxi
Bell delivers helicopters designed for pilots, and they typically come with conventional engines. However, this hybrid-electric copter uses the company’s latest VTOL technology. The Bell Nexus may show up by 2023. It uses six, 8-boot articulated ducted fans that can rotate 90 degrees. It can land on a conventional 40- by 400-foot pad. It’s designed to be quieter than conventional systems and has a 150-mile range.
Furrion Smart Luxury Yacht
Furrion’s 78-foot Adonis smart luxury yacht took up a bit of space in the CES north hall where the latest car and truck technology is located. Its virtual concierge, Angel, uses AI to assist the passengers and crew. Angel is designed to work online or standalone. There are a host of smart tech features around the boat, such as smart mirrors that double as touchscreens and televisions. The Adonis water system can turn seawater into drinking water.