Did the statement, “I could just be here [CES2021] virtually,” jinx 2020? This statement, made last January at CES2020, was a comment on the realistic-looking video models created by HourOne’s Generative AI service. The creation of a digital twin is definitely an appealing alternative to the wear and tear of CES travel.
Allowing a subject matter expert to directly create artificial intelligence applications that operate locally is what Blaize’s AI Studio promises. To jump-start the process, Blaize has pre-packaged solutions, such as plant disease detection for agriculture, retail security, and human disease detection. The benefit is that their approach means faster app development measured in days, instead of months and without the need for special expertise.
Start with the end in mind, to parrot Stephen Covey, was a recurring theme of the inaugural panel of the 4th annual Smart Driving Car Summit. Led by moderator Jim Atkinson, CEO of Guinness Atkinson Asset Management, Inc., and the president of SmartETFs and the Guinness Atkinson Funds, the panelists repeatedly discussed an overarching vision that leads to better mobility that improves the quality of life for everyone.
The road to safe-driving is one with a destination that is always just out of reach. That’s one takeaway from the Smart Driving Car Summit panel featuring a panel of human factor and safety experts from Europe and America discussing existing and future solutions to make human-driven vehicles safer. The most important message from these esteemed experts, that regardless of the safety features of any new car, it is imperative that the driver remain fully engaged in the driving experience.
From Space to Conrail to Selling at a Retail – More Episodes from the ViodiTV Conversation with a Godfather of Autonomous Mobility, Alain Kornhauser
Complementing the Smart Driving Car Summit, segments of ViodiTV’s interview with Princeton professor, Dr. Alain Kornhauser continue to be released on a weekly basis. Kornhauser has had a wide-ranging career in mobility that started with rockets to the moon, laid the foundation for Conrail, and led to the founding of ALK Technologies, the inventor of the first turn-by-turn navigation system.
- From Space to Personal Rapid Transit – Part 2
- Saving a Railroad – Changing His Trajectory – Part 3
- The Challenges of Selling at Retail and Competing with Behemoths – Part 4
The Korner – Some CES Fun #
Although the virtual CES experience has some pluses, like removal of the friction of travel, it just isn’t the same as being there. Below, are a couple of fun stories from CES2020 and one from CES2021 about using tech to improve personal comfort.
A service animal can be comforting in times of turmoil. For those who can’t afford, take-care or be around a pet, the Qoobo robot from @yukaikk is an alternative. It’s only available in Japan today. Saaya Brierley gave us an overview of this pet-alternative at #CES2020.
Can a robot replace a beloved pet? Based on a brief interaction at CES02020 with Groove-X’s Lovat, the answer seems to be yes. Although limited to Japan at this point, early indications are that these can also prove therapeutic for seniors and people in hospitals.
Binatone’s MaskFone protects and connects the mouth and ears. MaskFone adds 8-hours of audio playtime, convenient controls, and the added functionality of hand-free calls, without having to remove the mask. This is one face mask that I might wear even when it is no longer needed.