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CES18: Mercedes Smart Vision EQ – Two-Seater Autonomous Vehicle

Smart-Vision EQ from Mercedes-Benz demonstrated its unique opportunities at the recent CES 2018 show in Las Vegas. It was first shown at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Engineers have completed autonomous control systems and connectivity options. The result was a car built on the platform Smart Fortwo, which is capable of winking at pedestrians. Moreover, it has the fifth autonomy level and welcomes passengers by their names.

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Thanks to the fifth autonomy level, the car does not have a steering wheel and pedals in the cabin. Mercedes says that the concept is not intended for sale to private individuals. Instead, it will be a part of the fleet of autonomous cars of the future. The company sees that in a few years such cars will come to the destination and greet their passengers by their names. They will get to know all the information needed through to the connection service between cars-taxi data and photos.

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As soon as the passenger has been taken to the destination, Smart Vision EQ politely bids him farewell. An interesting feature is the car’s equipment with hygiene products. Therefore, people can, while in the salon, for example, clean their hands or have lunch.

Mercedes has updated the front display with the image of the Las Vegas Strip Boulevard, which was installed by default. During the show, he made several short trips at a distance of about 500 metres. For passengers it was absolutely new and exciting experience riding a car with the fifth autonomy level.

However, the trip was not absolutely autonomous. A technician controlled the car through the remote control. The manufacturer has not risked the safety of people in such a crowded place yet. However, the experiment gave a clear idea of what the traffic would be in the near future.

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CES 18: Furrion Prosthesis – the World’s First Giant Exoskeleton for Racing

At CES 2018, Furrion introduced quite a bizarre machine. Guests of the event took her for a fighting robot. Nevertheless, in fact, the machine is not intended for combat. This is a huge exoskeleton, which a person must control within the cabin. The movements of the machine will depend entirely on the human commands. It is known that it is almost 4.5 m in height, 5.4 m in width. Prothesis weighs about 3600 kg. Co-founders Furrion Matt and Aaron Fiedler told CES that the name of the mechanism was Prosthesis. Moreover, they are sure the mech race is going to be a real kind of sport in the nearer future.

A New Kind of Robotsport

They was mulling over the opinion of analysts that the future of sports depends largely on robots for a long time. They are sure that nowadays such giant objects are exactly relevant. So far, the mechanism does not move too fast – less than 36 km / h. Moreover, it depends on how the operator sets the limits. The founders explained that the moves come from the reinforcement of the pilot’s movements, without any control panels or joysticks. The frame is made of chrome steel – a highly effective alloy used in the aerospace industry.

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Engineers said they were inspired by the projects of Jonathan Tippett, who had already tried to make a 4,000-kilogram machine move with the human inside it. Then there was no issue of racing. Furrion decided that the next step would be to build the improved mech to run the first trial race.

Furrion is going to continue innovating with the creation of smaller and more flexible mechanisms. The inventors also said that the team would produce a model that could be bought for racing.

Segway’s Loomo Robot Can be Used As A Hoverboard, Trolley or Surveillance System

In 2016 the company Segway-Ninebot demonstrated a very original Segway Advanced Personal Robot – a self-balancing robot on two wheels. Since then, work on the product has continued. Now the company has brought to CES 2018 a new version. It’s called Loomo.

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The device has no hands and received a new Lego design. Loomo can be used as a regular hoverboard or as an autonomous trolley for the transportation of goods. For example, users can drive to the store on Loomo, and then transfer the purchases to the robot to drive them on the way back while going light. Also, Loomo can follow the user and take pictures or work as a robot of the surveillance system.

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Loomo runs Android, which allows developers to expand its functionality via applications. By the way, the version for developers is already shipped to interested customers. The consumer version will be ready for sales “in a few weeks after the completion of CES”. But the price of new items has not yet been reported.

Samsung Galaxy S9 will surpass the iPhone X in absolutely everything, and will cost less

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The announcement of the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S9 will take place in the end of the next month. A few days ago, the South Korean corporation officially introduced the 8-core Exynos 9810 processor, which will be the basis of the future novelty. In addition to this, some new details about the next Samsung flagship came out. It will be presented on February 26 as part of the Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event in Barcelona.

Journalists of Korea Herald received the detailed specifications of the processor Exynos 9810 and carefully studied them. After that they realized that Samsung Galaxy S9 will surpass iPhone X absolutely in everything except the price. According to the source, the new chipset has the support of a face scanner, which is better than the one in the iPhone X. It is safer and faster, and still allows you to create a full 360-degree 3D model of the head. What’s more, it can also be used in the darkness.

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Samsung vs iPhone

In addition, the chipset Exynos 9810 supports video recording in 4K at a rate of 120 frames per second. For comparison, the smartphone iPhone X is the only mobile device in the world that can record video in this resolution, but at a speed of 60 frames per second. It turns out that Samsung Galaxy S9 will be faster than iPhone.

The power of the Exynos 9810 processor, if Samsung’s statements are honest, is so great that it can bypass the Apple A11 Bionic chip installed in the iPhone X. In other words, the Galaxy S9 flagship can perform tasks faster, while spending less power. Most likely, it will become the fastest phone in the world.

Also, Samsung could develop a kind of analog of Animoji. If the source is right, then the new South Korean phone will not surpass iPhone X only in the price, the novelty will cost less than $ 1000.

Projector LG HU80KA Supports 4K Resolution

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Just before the CES 2018 exhibition, LG announced its new 4K HDR projector HU80KA. This model is positioned as an affordable premium device. At the same time, it is noted that this projector is about half the size of other similar devices with support for 4K resolution.

Projector LG HU80KA is able to output an image of diagonal of 150 Inches on any wall in the house. At the same time, the maximum luminous flux is 2500 lumens, which makes it possible to reproduce sufficiently bright images.

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Best choice for projector fans

The novelty supports the HDR10 standard. The device has a 7 W speaker integrated. For an optical output, a wired HDMI interface and a Bluetooth wireless module are available for connecting external speakers. An external USB storage device can be used as the source of the signal. It supports the ability to connect external keyboard and mouse. The device can be mounted on a wall or installed on the floor. As software platform is used webOS, which is also used in the LG TV product line. Due to this, the user can use various applications for streaming content.

Official information on the price and timing of the sales start of the projector LG HU80KA has not yet been reported. Probably, this information will be announced during the exhibition CES 2018.

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A Gadget that will Never be Released

When you look at some tech concepts, there is a painful feeling: what a pity that this is not yet invented!

The idea of Swiss designers from HandyAbovergleich evokes opposite emotions, at least for those users who print a lot. Their conceptual model of the MacBook is equipped with a touch screen, a touchpad and a trackpad that occupies the entire bottom of the laptop. Such a decision could appeal to designers and artists. For common users, it does not fit.

Earlier, the chief designer of the corporation Johnny Ive and senior vice-president of marketing Phil Schiller have repeatedly stated that Apple will not produce “vertical” touch surfaces. According to experts, this increases the load on the hands and completely not ergonomic. This is what Steve Jobs himself said.

Therefore, there is no reason to expect the appearance of a touch screen on the MacBook in the next few years. However, TouchBar appeared instead of the usual top row of buttons in the model MacBook Pro 2017.

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The messages concerning Apple’s interest in such technologies sometimes occurs on the Internet. The concept of HandyAbovergleich simply combines the idea of ​​a touch screen and a dynamic keyboard. Designers believe that on such a device you can draw using Apple Pencil.

Steve Jobs once said that a stylus would never be used on Apple devices Apple. They are uncomfortable and easy to lose. Nevertheless, in 2015, the corporation introduced a “pencil”, compatible with the iPad Pro. Let us hope that this is the only one of the founders’ outlines, which the modern management of the corporation dared to violate.

The Electric Car Porsche Mission E with 670 Horsepower

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German automaker Porsche presented a prototype of its first electric supercar Mission E in the fall of 2015. Nevertheless, the mass production of the model based on this concept will start only in late 2019. The development of the model has already been completed and the company’s management regularly shares new details about this electric vehicle.

This time, journalists finally became aware of the technical details of the novelty. The serial version of the Porsche Mission E will be offered in three versions. The entry-level model will receive electric motors with a total output of 300 kW (402 hp). An average model will be able to produce 400 kW (536 hp) and the third version will receive the highest power of 500 kW (670 hp).

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All three versions will be all-wheel drive, and the base model will receive the previously promised price tag of $85 thousand. It is interesting that in all three versions, the same front electric motor with a power of 160 kW (215 hp) will be used. It is capable of giving a torque of 300 Nm (221 lb-ft).

The most powerful modification of the Porsche Mission E can accelerate to a speed of 96 km / h (60 mph) in 3.5 seconds, with the maximum speed limited to 250 km / h. The power reserve from the full charge of the batteries will be about 480 km (300 miles). The 80% of the charge can be accumulated in only 20 minutes of charging.

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After the start of mass production in late 2019, the company plans to sell about 20,000 copies of the Porsche Mission E per year.

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