On Sunday, a preview of the annual consumer technology show was held in Las Vegas. A few innovations stood out.
A few items stood out on Sunday at the premiere of CES, the annual consumer technology show, which takes place January 7-10 in Las Vegas.
Windshield and facial recognition
Bosch, the German engineering giant, unveiled ‘Virtual Visor’, a technology that integrates into the windshield and uses artificial intelligence, facial recognition and a liquid crystal display to protect dazzled drivers by the sun. A camera tracks the shadows on the face of the person behind the wheel, and algorithms analyze their vision to obscure only the areas of the windshield where the blinding light is coming from.
Glare causes thousands of accidents each year, according to a study by the US Highway Safety Authority cited by the company. “Sometimes it’s the simplest innovations that have the biggest impact,” said Steffen Berns, president of Bosch Car Multimedia.
A spokesperson said the group was in discussions to commercialize the technology.
Concentration for playing video games
The French start-up NextMind has reinvented Nintendo’s legendary duck hunting video game: without an electronic gun or a controller, the player only has to focus intensely on the flying pixelated duck to literally blast it with their eyes. . By wearing a headband with sensors on the back – at the level of the visual cortex – you can also select on-screen controls, such as TV channels or sound volume.
This technology captures neural signals to understand a person’s intentions, and translates them into suitable applications. The user thus has the impression of directly controlling the image on the screen by the thought, even if it may take a few seconds of concentration to detonate a duck in mid-flight.
NextMind plans to market development kits for professionals (video game publishers, virtual reality, etc.).
Electricity without cables
Teratonix proposes to generate electricity from electromagnetic waves to power domestic or urban sensors, which are multiplying in the era of the Internet of Things. There would thus no longer be any need for cables or batteries in these small boxes which measure temperature or movements, for example.
Radio-frequency waves are widely available in the air, both on the street and at home, since they are produced by wifi or cellular antennas.
“We had the idea 10 years ago, we published our research five years ago and we filed a patent last year,” says Johnny Huang, the co-founder. “Now we are in testing with Shell.”
Ultimately, the American start-up plans to integrate its device into the seams of connected clothing, to optimize the operation of the sensors.
A lamp to help dyslexics
Dyslexia is not a disease, it is a reading disorder, which cannot be “cured”, insists Lexilife, a Breton company. But some tools, and long work with health specialists, can make life easier for those who suffer from them. Dyslexics have two so-called “dominant” eyes instead of one, resulting in a sort of “mirror” effect which blurs the view and makes it more difficult to distinguish between bs and ds, for example.
The lamp designed by Lexilife emits pulsed and modulated light which suppresses this effect. It should be marketed from the end of January.