Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 has ended last week. That does not mean that we are done telling you about all the great things that has come from CES 2019. Why, you ask? Because there are still plenty of interesting things that came from the biggest electronic show in the world. It is not just laptops and smartphones – it is every single electronic gadget or equipment that you can expect for the 2019 and years to come.
Yes, correct; we did cover what Samsung has to offer already for 2019. But What about beyond that. The whole Connected Living concept by Samsung is not just for 2019, you know. It is a whole lifestyle that is supposed to be a part of a bigger future – the Samsung future. We know one thing though; Bixby is here to stay with Samsung. What we do not know is how much role Bixby and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) will play in that connected future.
We need to wonder no more though. Samsung is already working on it and told us what it is going to be like in the future in their CES booth and announcements. Well, for one; connected and wireless homes – we all already know that from their current line of products and they ones they plan to introduce for 2019 in their CES 2019 announcement.
The Samsung Bot – Your Personal Daily Health Monitor
The first thing that graced the stage for Samsung’s vision of the future is their Samsung Bot. Well, what did you expect? Every other manufacturer is introducing their own version of a Bot Assistant anyway – the ASUS ZenBo for example (or was it ZenBot?). Then Honda did their ASIMO years ago even before Boston Dynamics came up with their own bipedal robots. Oh, don’t forget those very weird and unnerving bots that you see these days in some Pizza Huts and other restaurants.
So Samsung now has one too called the Samsung Bot. Despite being a little unoriginal and uninspiring with naming and designing the bot, Samsung actually put a lot of thought into their Bot assistant. First things first though, it runs on the Bixby A.I. platform; that may not actually be a bad thing.
While we like to liken these bots to your personal butler at home that is cheaper to run and feed; the Samsung Bot is a little different. We feel that, from what Samsung has said anyway, that the Samsung Bot may be more of a life coach than butler.
Samsung Bot Air
It does not make you laugh, it does not help you with housework. It does help you with keeping your home’s air fresh and healthy though. The Samsung Bot is technically a portable air-purifier that does not require you to move. It automatically senses the air quality around it and purifies the air to perfection. It can even tell what is the air quality like in different parts of your home via other electronic sensors connected to it and the local network umbrella.
Samsung Bot Care
Then it does the creepy stuff. It watches you when you sleep. Okay, it may sound a little more creepy than it actually is. The Samsung Bot is sort of your daily health monitor too. Samsung fitted the little guy with a bunch of sensors that helps it identify your blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, breathing patterns and what not.
Users can even allow the Bot to track their medicine intake schedules so that Samsung Bot (now, that we think about it; we will name ours Sally) to remind them to take their medication at the right times. Of course, it detects emergency situations and notifies accredited family members and even the emergency services when any situation arises. Those, on top of letting you known what the weather is like today, what the traffic looks like getting to work, and what is on the calendar today (never miss your wedding anniversary ever). The little guy even plays music to calm you down or pump you up.
Samsung Bot Retail
You even have one Bot that is purpose built for the retail industry. This is personalised shopping taken to the next level. It has facial recognition that detects and identifies each customers face. Once data is collected about what the customer usually buys from the shop or what not the Bot will automatically fetch the recommended items. They can even recommend the customers on what they might be interested in.
It might not work in the sea of people that is Malaysian malls right? Well, you might be surprised to see it navigate through a sea of people to get to you. It packs a slew of proximity sensors and infrared cameras to navigate through obstacles and even people to reach you with its tray full of your favourite items. It could even be food in the restaurant environments.
There is also a personal physiotherapist. Samsung calls it the GEMS ( Gait Enhancing & Motivating System). This GEMS can help detect walking and running patterns, and standing postures. With that GEMS is supposed to prevent its users’ muscles from being overworked. Using whatever data collected, users’ can correct their postures from the hips down. At least that is the concept for now.
Driving with Samsung: Be Safer When You Get To and From Work, School Runs, and Shopping
Autonomous driving is all the rage these days. Intel partnered with BMW and a few other manufacturers to put autonomous cars by 2020. Tesla is continuously boasting about their superior autonomous system (even when it is still at about Level 2 autonomous). Even the French people from Renault looking into bringing the most advanced autonomous car into the market in the coming years (these guys are at level 4 currently).
Although the progress is still rampant; there is still too many gaps to fill with autonomous vehicles on the road. The A.I. sometimes may not be quick enough to prevent huge accidents; mostly due to human error – not the machine itself. Because of that, we cannot fully rely on autonomous vehicles and so we still have to be behind the steering wheel holding the vehicle in our command.
Samsung understands this and in that understanding introduces their solutions for a safer road and promote safer driving. They do this via cameras and a lot of other sensors that is installed inside and outside the car. For example, when installed on a school bus (they used this example anyway) the front facing camera acts like a detection and early warning system for the driver. It tells the driver of what is coming up front – cars, pedestrians, signal lights, traffic lights, cones, potholes, and what not. The sensors inside the cabin of the bus tells the driver whether or not all of the kids are safely inside the bus ready to be shipped out (we mean sent home or to school).
Other than revolutionizing road safety Samsung’s new innovations for the automotive industry also transforms the interior experience of a car. Their new Exynos Auto V9 for example can power up to six different displays thanks to its eight core CPU paired to three GPUS and an Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for facial and voice recognition. Soon you do not have to have any sort of key in the car to start driving, just make sure you constantly shave.
Then for your portable entertainment Samsung showcases the Auto T. Essentially an antenna or network receiver, the Exynos 5100 boards work to provide up to 5G network connectivity in the car and also communicates with other vehicles to identify their positioning, speed, destination and what not. The processors will then work out the best and safest way to get to the destinations while letting you listen to your favourite songs.
Then there is the new ISOCELL sensor from Samsung; which is essentially your second pair of eyes in a car. It is technically an object and light sensor. It detects objects even more accurately than anything out there even when its moving thanks to its high frame rate capabilities. It’s wide dynamic range also allows it to detect objects even in the dark when it has to. Even when you drive into and out from a tunnel, the ISOCELL adjusts itself as fast as your eyes could adjust to the sudden brightness change.
It is not just all internal stuff that Samsung introduced to make driving safer. They introduced their clever LED headlamps too. They call it the Innovative Pixel Solution. It is technically a chip that controls the LED lamps and they call that Smart Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB). Yes, it does whatever you think it does. It adjusts the beams of you headlights to ensure that it does not glare oncoming traffic or even the pedestrians. This not only makes the car safer for you, but for others as well.
CES 2019: A Glimpse Into Our Future with Samsung
The tech industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the planet, and it is very obvious from the growing size of CES on a yearly basis. It does not just affect the gadget world, or even the entertainment business. It is in everything now; it is a lifestyle. You use it in your car, you integrate it to your home; and everything is controlled by the little devices we call our phones.
Some of these innovations from Samsung might not seem like they got the right idea or even revolutionary. We disagree though, these are some of the biggest progress for tech in vehicles. We think that vehicle companies should stick to know what they do best, develop cars and other automotive things for us to enjoy. The tech companies should do what they do best; develop all these sensors, processors, displays, and other hardware that helps us in the car. This is the way forward then.
Also published on Medium.