Technology is always evolving. In 2018, the evolution will not focus as much on faster phones or bigger televisions (although those things will happen). Instead, artificial intelligence will evolve, likely faster than any of us can predict. To give you a hint of what’s to come, here are a few gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that push the AI envelope.
1. Cocoon Cam Clarity
Cameras already recognize us -- just try the new iPhone X. But this smart baby monitor camera can even tell if the infant is breathing and send you real-time data and alerts. The new version adds sensors for humidity, temp, sleep analytics, and alerts if the baby is crying.
2. Byton Smart Intuitive Vehicle
What makes this autonomous car so interesting? Inside, a network connects at extremely high-speeds to feed infotainment data into the cab (think: 4K movies and video chat). Instead of one main screen, there’s a display for each passenger in the vehicle.
3. Hyundai Intelligent Personal Agent
Can you text from your car? Not normally in most cars -- or legally. But a new voice-enabled bot in development at Hyundai could change that. You can talk to the car to text, make phone calls, get directions, and even open the sunroof or enable the AC.
4. Speak Music Muse
I’ve already started testing this voice-enabled controller for your car, which uses Amazon Alexa. You can instruct the bot to play your favorite song, turn off the lights in your home, or create a task list for when you get home from work. It works with Bluetooth or the Aux in port.
This AI-powered iPad app works with The One Smart Piano. Using machine learning, the app can monitor and track how you play, comparing the results and provide an assessment. The AI can tell if you are playing with accuracy, enough expression, or good rhythm.
6. Vobot Halo Light
A bedside lamp that greets you in the morning? That’s the idea with the Vobot Halo Light, which also shines brighter as the morning progresses (a.k.a., like the sun itself). Once you’re fully awake, you can ask about the weather or get a news report for the day.
7. Rinspeed Snap
While it’s just a concept, the idea of moving people in an urban area on a car that looks like a skateboard (called the Rinspeed Snap, to debut at CES) could become a reality someday. For one, you can step on easily and can step off if you don’t like how the robot is driving.
8. AR4X Security Camera
Security cameras can record footage for you and alert you to motion, but this new model can identify people, cars, or pets from a distance -- and alert you about an intrusion. The company says it only needs one image from your face as a comparison to other guests.