Just last week hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Each year industry professionals and companies look to showcase their innovation to a global market at this internationally renowned technology trade show. CES has been the debut platform for countless products since the first show in 1967. Video cassette recorders (VCR), Compact Disc Players, Digital Versatile Discs (DVD), and Blu-ray Discs all premiered at The Consumer Electronics Show. It was yes another year of fascinating technology at CES, that’s sure to revolutionize our lives for years to come.
UK based company, Intelligent Energy, debuted some electronic prototypes of theirs at this year’s CES show. They weren’t selling a product, rather they were showcasing a new technology that provides a solution to the predicament of short-lived battery life. Intelligent Energy modified iMacs and iPhones with small drill holes on their exterior that essentially act as “breathing” holes for the device. Each device included a fuel cell which was embedded into the preexisting hardware. The chemical reaction of the oxygen taken in from the “drill holes”, in addition to the release of hydrogen inside the fuel cell, then produces energy to power the device. Intelligent Energy claims the reaction produces enough energy to power a phone for up to a week with regular use. Their initiative is to alleviate consumers from the constraints of pre-existing energy sources. Rather than carrying around portable chargers for your devices, in the event that it dies before the end of a long day, you can simply fuel up for the week and you’re good to go!
The most prominent discussion at this year’s CES was autonomous cars. Discussions surrounding self-driving cars have been around for some time now; however, an innovation that is perhaps, more so in our distant future, was EHang’s 184 AAV. Technically the 184 AAV is a “drone”, but what’s so awe-inspiring about this particular drone is that it carries a human passenger. The drone is equipped with eight propellers and four arms, and can fly on battery power for 23 minutes at 60 miles an hour. The China-based firm hasn’t confirmed production nor price; however, the business development vice president, Claire Chen made a statement to makezine.com, “We don’t have a real list price, but we’re thinking $300,000-ish”. EHang’s ideal was to give people an alternative option for their commute. The 184 AAV navigates its course through an app, much like other drones. While there is still much speculation around Federal Aviation Administration requirements and regulations, you can’t help but be excited over such impelling innovation.
The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show showcased an array of innovation that’s sure to shape our lives in both the near and distant future. There’s so much more to discuss, so check back for more blogs highlighting this year’s CES!