Flying taxis, domestic robots, autonomous cars, quantum computers, electric motorcycles and augmented reality glasses, these are the inventions or innovations that were not to be missed at CES in Las Vegas.
The great American revolution around new technologies has brought its share of novelties in an ever ultra-competitive sector.
1) UBER AND BELL’S FLYING TAXI
The future of urban travel will also go through the air. This is the future that many transport stakeholders believe , like Uber , who has partnered with American aircraft builder Bell to imagine a fleet of flying taxis able to “pick” their customers in major cities. , to get around traffic jams. In the concept that the company of VTC has just presented, this “helicopter” called Nexus could board up to five passengers, for a total weight of 272 kilos. These could be recovered and deposited on the roofs of skyscrapers equipped with a heliport.
The aircraft will initially be managed by a real pilot, with the aim of eventually making it a 100% autonomous craft. The Nexus is designed to cover a 240 km radius, at a top speed of 240 km / h. Equipped with six rotors, the object takes off vertically before tilting and gaining speed. “It’s not a toy,” warns Scott Drennan, vice president of innovation at Bell. It’s an object designed and designed to really fly in the future. “The Nexus is also a product manufactured in collaboration with French companies Safran and Thales, who will respectively be in charge of developing the hybrid propulsion technology of the machine and its computer-controlled steering system. According to Uber, which plans to launch a commercial version of its fleet by 2023, the first tests will take place in the cities of Dubai and Dallas next year.
2) THE HARLEY DAVIDSON 100% ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE
This is a new road that Davidson is about to take this year. Accustomed gasoline motorcycles , the American manufacturer launches its first 100% electric model. Announced at a price of 33,900 euros, the LiveWire is a real technological showcase of the brand. Starting with the power of its engine, which promises to go from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds only, and enjoy 170 km of autonomy in an urban environment, all without clutch or gearbox.Above all, the mount can be recharged to 80% in less than 40 minutes.
And the characteristic sound of Harley will not be abandoned, since an acoustic system will recall this sound identity. It also remains that the manufacturer intends to rejuvenate its brand image. In the United States, half of the bikers are now 50 or older, says a recent study published in the New York Times.
3) IBM’S FIRST COMMERCIAL QUANTUM COMPUTER
Its name is the Q System One, it measures 2.70 meters wide and represents a revolution in the IT sector. IBM took advantage of the Las Vegas show to present its computerquantum with “commercial vocation”. In addition to the tempered glass that surrounds this large cube, we can see a large cylinder in the center. A “detail” that actually contains a supercomputer protected by a cooling system at -273.13 ° C, close to absolute zero (-273.15 ° C). The object has a computing power of 20 qubits, a measurement unit difficult to quantify compared to a conventional computer, since this technology is not based on the same binary principle.
Concretely, IBM explains that this computer would theoretically be able to “work” more than a million times faster than a conventional computer. What use it for complex calculations, such as cryptography data for example. Its acquisition remains for thethat of D-Wave .
4) AUGMENTED REALITY GLASSES
Often singled out for their awful or uncomfortable look, the augmented reality glasses may see renewed interest in the models unveiled at CES. The Chinese start-up Nreal has just presented a rather convincing pair. A concentrate of technology for a featherweight of 85 grams. Above all, the object is capable of projecting virtual content that is superimposed on the real world with a 52 ° field of view.
A record for glasses so small, since so far such a result was visible only with more bulky helmets. These, however, are filially connected to a small box that serves as a laptop, which can slip into the pocket of a pair of pants. According to the American website The Verge, a journalist was able to test the object, the quality of the proposed experiments is amazing. Nreal is anticipating a planned commercialization during the course of the year, for a price still unspecified.
5) ROBOTS AT THE HELM OF SAMSUNG
Vast as a vast fair to more or less useful robots , the Las Vegas show is the scene of the latest innovations in this sector. The South Korean group Samsung took the opportunity to unveil its future range of robots designed to play doctors and ensure the well-being of his adoptive family. Attests to this, Bot
Care is able to follow each member of the family medically and to offer an appropriate health briefing. The object can even deliver the medicines at the appointed time, like a personal nurse. Meanwhile, the brand has also introduced its first exoskeletons designed for athletes and muscle rehabilitation.
6) THE AUTONOMOUS CAR IS EMERGING AT PANASONIC
The future of the automobile is written every year at the CES and major technology groups see it as a new open door to slide their latest innovations, like Panasonic . The Japanese giant exhibited the cabin of his dreams that could accompany the passengers of an autonomous car. It is thought of as a real room, with comfortable armchairs, touch screens integrated into the windows, but also in its panoramic roof.
The classic dashboard disappears, while sensors of all kinds melt into the elements, like a thermal sensor able to regulate the air conditioning according to the body temperature of each. Panasonic aims here to offer a high level of services, to allow businessmen to work in a mobile office, modular at will to become a small meeting room. While a family could settle down comfortably to enjoy a movie or video games the time of boring journeys.