Wearables and smart cars were the first ...

Wearables and smart cars were the first …

January 12, 2015

Mercedes-Benz F 015

It is not the international show in Frankfurt, but the latest edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has served as a showcase for the car of the future. This will arrive in the coming years with an even greater load of electronics, and not only for the engines, but also from inside it will be possible to carry out multiple activities thanks to its internet connectivity and the incorporation of digital screens. The consequence is that the four-wheeler is on the way to becoming a “gadget.”

Many of its functions will be controlled by mobile applications or by gestural commands. Some of the most important firms showed prototypes, each time they will be smarter. While BMW arrived with a laser light system and a model controlled by an LG smart watch to perform operations such as picking up its owner by himself, Mercedes surprised with a futuristic F015 Luxury in Motion, whose functions are managed with “apps” and is capable of scheduling trips without the need to drive.

Among the few mobile devices that have been seen, some are surprising, such as the Asus ZenFone 2, the first with 4 GB of RAM memory, and others were already expected, such as the second generation of LG’s curved mobile, the G Flex 2, which will hit the market with a smaller screen than the original design.

Ultra High Definition, up to four times higher than Full HD, and OLED panels want to break through once and for all and become the new standard. And, for this, an alliance has been created in which content providers and manufacturers will promote the introduction into homes of the so-called 4K television.

Some models presented such as the Sony X90C stand out, with a thickness of only 4.9 millimeters, thinner than a next-generation mobile phone. Samsung, for its part, has innovated in materials with its SUHD range, a solution based on nanocrystals with which image quality can be improved and that promises to offer an expression of up to 64 times more than traditional televisions. Sharp has gone further by talking not so much about pixels, but about the “sub-pixels” introduced in a new device that promises a higher resolution than existing 4K models.

Despite its lukewarm reception last year, 2015 will be flooded with new “wearable” devices that mainly seek to conquer the wrist, but more and more devices are emerging that are placed on other parts of the body.

Component suppliers are in this fight to provide intelligence to any object. Qualcomm has renewed its commitment to this incipient technology and Intel came up with an interesting microprocessor under the arm, tiny in size, and that can be integrated into pendants, earrings, rings and other accessories.

The consequence of all these new advances will be that everything will be controlled by a mobile device, which will further extend the excessive dependence on these devices.

via CES 2015 – Many «wearables» and smart cars: towards excessive dependence on mobile phones – ABC.es.

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