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18 devices to watch out for in 2015

Posted: 14 Jan 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CES  IoT  smart  UHDTV  3D 

First, many TV companies are pushing what they call quantum-dot TVs as their next big thing for the new 4K TV. Quantum-dot technology, however, is not about a new way of creating a television picture. Rather, it's all about offering better backlighting compared to the LED currently in most LCD TVs. In other words, Samsung, LG, TCL and others are trying to compete on backlighting technologies licensed from someone else.

Second, by giving distinct names to their own version of 4K TVs, these companies are going whole hog on differentiation, a sign that 4K TV is ready—in TV-makers' eyes—for the commercial mass market.

Let Rover Find Toys

The Snapdragon Rover comes from Qualcomm's robotics research lab and is based off its Snapdragon 600 processor. The dragon rover can perform three CPU computer vision tasks in parallel while controlling the rover's 22 force-feedback actuators.

The rover can find toys on the floor, segment the image around the toy, then feed that image to deep neural classifier to determine the type of toy. The robot can then put the toy in the appropriate bin. To do so, Qualcomm engineers mounted a depth sensing camera on the bottom of the device to find and segment toys and added a MIPI camera in the middle for the robot to localise in its environment. It also has a stereo camera in its head.

Thread ties it together

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Silicon Labs appears to be the only company that offered Thread demonstration at CES. Thread was designed to create connectivity foundation layers so that different devices can link up. In the demo, the company showed a temperature sensor device, lighting and push button devices all talking to one another via Internet Protocol.

Thread demos prove that a "low-level" foundation for connectivity is coming together, as observed by Ian Drew, chief marketing officer at ARM. However, "We're far from seeing the emergence of high-level [application layer] software" that makes IoT easy, said Drew. "Today, everyone's IoT devices are talking within his own 'open' ecosystem."

3DTV is still alive?

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Most industry people have given up on 3D TV. They'd rather forget how hard they pushed it.

Now that we have awesome 4K TV, LG was nevertheless drawing crowds with 4K 3D+. Yes, 3D TV is still a crowd pleaser, but apparently only on the tradeshow floor.

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