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  • Vishal Narayan

CES 2024: Transparent LED to home robot, 5 picks from the Las Vegas tech fair




The Consumer Technology Association, stands as the world's largest in-person tech event, hosting over 130,000 attendees and boasting more than 4,000 exhibitors.


This year's exhibition space exceeded 2.5 million net square feet, marking a substantial improvement from the previous year, with a 24 per cent increase in attendance compared to 2023.


Being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from January 9 to January 12, CES 2024 has already unveiled several innovations which have the tech enthusiasts on their toes.  

 

Here are the top 5 picks from event:

 


Samsung Transparent Micro LED:


Samsung teased with the world’s first Transparent Micro LED, a breakthrough technology allowing transparency through millions of tiny LED, which are commonly found in wall-sized TVs, and offer superior brightness and picture quality.


The transparent version enables users to see through the screen while enjoying a vibrant and clear display.


This innovation surpasses the existing Transparent OLED technology, providing not only brighter visuals but also enhanced transparency.




 

LG Home Robot:


LG Electronics revealed its latest innovation, a two-legged smart AI agent, as part of its quest for the zero-labour home concept.


The AI bot, leveraging multimodal AI technology, demonstrates an understanding of context and intentions. Equipped with the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform, it features face and voice recognition capabilities.

The LG Smart Home AI agent processes natural language for seamless interaction.


The Korean firm envisions the bot as a fundamental component in redefining home automation. The design incorporates two legs and two wheels, with a visor serving as a screen, a built-in camera, speaker, and sensors for home data collection.


Positioned as a moving smart home hub, there's anticipation that the LG bot will support the Matter smart home standard. While the LG Smart Home AI agent presents exciting possibilities, some sceptics view it as a potentially expensive gimmick rather than a practical gadget.




 

Holobox:


Holoconnects unveiled its AI-driven holographic solution, the Holobox, resembling a phone booth. The device can project a life-sized holographic representation of the person you're conversing with, providing a nearly latency-free experience that simulates face-to-face interactions.

 

Sabrina Ortiza, Editor of ZDNET, said during the event, she engaged in a conversation with Andre Smith, Holoconnects' CEO, through the Holobox. Despite the physical distance – he in Amsterdam and she in Las Vegas – the conversation felt remarkably natural, replicating typical in-person exchanges.


The Holobox requires only electricity and internet connectivity to operate, presenting itself as a convenient "plug and play" system.


The Holobox boasts features such as anti-glare glass, two HiFi built-in speakers, an 86" transparent LCD screen, and an advanced touch system.


Holoconnects revealed that entities like UNICEF, Nike, Vodafone, BMW, Deloitte, and T-Mobile are already leveraging this technology.

Holoconnects provides a desktop version named Holobox Mini.




 

Samsung home projector: 


Initially showcased in 2019, Samsung brought back Ballie as a larger, bowling ball-sized smart home robot assistant with an intriguing built-in projector, with visual and verbal assistance.


Ballie helps a user in various tasks around the house, from projecting workout routines onto the wall during exercise to displaying the day's schedule, including a timely reminder of a wedding anniversary.


Ballie's capabilities extend to the kitchen, where it showcased recipe videos and offered a glimpse inside the oven with built-in cameras.


The robot connects to a myriad of smart home devices, projecting information on surfaces where no screen is available.


While the concept of smart home robots is not new, Ballie distinguishes itself with its mobility and projection features. However, questions linger about whether it addresses practical needs and uncertainties about its market release and pricing.




 

Fastest GPUs:


NVIDIA showcased an array of GPUs, including the top of the line RTX 480 Super, a powerhouse designed for gamers, delivering the capability to effortlessly handle fully ray-traced games at 4K resolution.


The graphics processing unit outpaces the RTX 380 Ti by a significant 1.4x margin, and with the inclusion of frame generation, it achieves twice the speed of a 3080 Ti in the most graphically demanding games.

The 480 Super is equipped with 836 AI tops DLSS, providing an additional performance boost.


Boasting more cores and faster memory, the RTX 480 Super delivers enhanced performance at an attractive price point of $999, with availability starting January 31.


Next in line is the RTX 470 Ti Super, featuring increased core count and a boosted frame buffer of 16GB, coupled with a 256-bit memory bus.


This GPU is optimised for maximizing high-refresh 1440p panels and even supports gaming at 4K. Creators will appreciate its prowess in video editing and rendering large 3D scenes, surpassing the 370 Ti by 1.6x and achieving a remarkable 2.5 times speed with DLSS3. Priced competitively at $799, the RTX 470 Ti Super will hit the market on January 24.


Lastly, the RTX 477 Super, with a 20 per cent core increase, surpasses the RTX 390 in speed while consuming a fraction of the power.


Featuring DLSS3, it achieves 1.5 times the speed and will be available for an attractive price of $599, starting January 17.

 



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