Humanoids would be great companions for children and the elderly. Photo: Asia Times
Humanoids would be great companions for children and the elderly. Photo: Asia Times

Possibly the only thing lacking at the world’s largest consumer trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, is time to go round all the stalls (never mind get one’s head around all the game-changing technology on exhibit).

Crowds gather at the Sands Expo. Photo: Asia Times

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), organized by America’s Consumer Technology Association (CTA), is due to finish up today (Friday, January 12) and kicked off on Tuesday. It involved over 200 conference sessions and 3,900 companies (including 900 startups) showing off a host of innovations across 24 product categories.

Augmented and virtual reality presentations grabbed much of the headline attention, with visitors queuing up to try out headsets.

Companies showed off drones that are becoming ever-lighter and more sophisticated in terms of the imaging they produce. Intel gave a spectacular drone light show.

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Samsung gives a presentation on its interpretation of the ‘internet of things’ (IoT). Photo: Asia Times
A laundry-folding machine (left) and an internet-connected mirror, were among the exhibits at the Innovation Awards Showcase. Photo: Asia Times
Intel set a new Guinness World Record for Most UAVs airborne simultaneously from a single computer indoors when it flew 100 Shooting Star Mini drones as part of an indoor drone light show on Sunday. Photo: Asia Times

Meanwhile, several companies showcased “humanoid products”: intelligent and loveable companions clearly targeted at both children and “kidults,” as well as having functionality in, for example, elderly care.

Humanoids have potential to be surrogate siblings for children and caregivers for the elderly. Photo: Asia Times

Another bustling area of the show covered health and well-being. Many of the biotech and wearable health gadgets on display combine advanced functions with chic and sleek designs.

Nokia showcased thermometers and blood pressure monitors linked to apps on which users can monitor their own or their relatives’ bio-metric data. Photo: Asia Times

Voice command functions are becoming increasingly integral to technology for homes and vehicles.

LG’s state-of-the-art OLED TV uses ThinQ artificial intelligence, which allows people to control items like their fridge, air purifying system and robot vacuum cleaner by voice. Photo: Asia Times

Another big draw at the show was vehicular technology. With advances in self-driving cars and cloud computing, knowing how to control steering wheel and pedals may soon be an outdated skill.

On Ford’s Living Street, vehicles drive on their own, communicating with each other and with the wider transport network. Photo: Asia Times
Mercedes-Benz shows off its Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar, a Formula 1-derived ‘hybrid’ vehicle. Photo: Asia Times

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