AI is the absolute protagonist of the most important global technology event, let's see the 5 most interesting innovations
Rabbit R1 is an innovative mobile device launched by the startup Rabbit, which introduces a new way of using smartphones. Equipped with Artificial Intelligence, R1 is able to manage applications for the user, significantly simplifying interaction with the smartphone.
The device combines a Large Language Model (LLM) to understand and generate human language, with a Large Action Model (LAM), designed to interpret human intentions and act accordingly in the physical and virtual world. LAM allows AI to learn how to use an application or website, replicating actions upon user request.
R1, presented at CES 2024 by Jesse Lyu, CEO of Rabbit, runs on the Rabbit OS operating system. It is capable of performing tasks such as booking tickets, organizing trips, suggesting recipes based on the contents of the refrigerator, and even making video calls. However, at the moment it does not completely replace a smartphone, as it complements the latter for some features.
The device has a square design with a 2.88-inch color touch screen, is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 processor and has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It also includes a microphone, a speaker, and a 360° rotating camera called Rabbit Eye. It supports Wi-Fi and 4G SIM connections, and will be available starting in March at a price of $199.
Rabbit R1 positions itself as a trendsetter in the industry, offering a new philosophy in the use of mobile devices and promising a more relaxed and simplified user experience.
Smart Home AI Agent from LG
This device, which combines robotic, AI and multimodal technologies, is capable of moving, learning, understanding and participating in complex conversations. It works as a do-it-all home manager and companion, enhancing users' daily lives and embodying LG's vision of a “Zero-Work Home”.
The device has an advanced design with “two-legged wheels” that allows it to move autonomously around the house. It can interact verbally with users and express emotions through articulated leg movements. Multimodal AI technology, which combines voice and visual recognition together with natural language processing capability, enables the agent to understand context and intentions and actively communicate with users.
The AI agent acts as a mobile hub for the smart home, connecting to and controlling home appliances and IoT devices. Through collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., it features the Qualcomm® Robotics RB5 platform, which provides powerful AI capabilities such as facial and user recognition. It uses a built-in camera, speaker and various sensors to collect real-time environmental data and analyze it with LG's advanced AI technologies. The agent can also act as a pet monitor and security guard, allowing users to see and care for their pets remotely and sending alerts if it detects unusual activity.
LG's AI Agent offers exceptional versatility and scalability, such as the ability to autonomously patrol the home in users' absence, turn off unused devices to save energy, and assist users in daily life with transportation information, weather updates, personal schedules, and reminders to take medications.
When the user returns home, the AI agent welcomes him, recognizes his emotions and selects music or other content based on his mood. LG's goal with this AI agent is to free users from the burden of household chores and establish itself as a leader in the smart home market.
AI Holograms by Holoconnects
Holoconnects presented its holographic solution powered by Artificial Intelligence, called Holobox. This phone booth-like structure can display a life-size holographic representation of the person you are talking to, with near-zero latency, making the conversation feel completely natural.
Journalists had the opportunity to speak with Andre Smith, CEO of Holoconnects, via the Holobox during the event. Even though he was in Amsterdam and they were more than 5,000 miles away in Las Vegas, it felt like I was talking to him in person, managing to carry on a normal conversation with the typical pauses.
To see its hologram, it needed to be well lit against a white background. The journalists, however, without the correct background and adequate lighting, could not be seen as holograms by Smith, but only through the video camera, similar to a Zoom call.
While it may seem like very advanced technology, the Holobox only needs electricity and an internet connection to operate, making it a “plug and play” system.
Other features of the structure include anti-glare glass, two built-in HiFi speakers, an 86-inch transparent LCD screen and an advanced touch system.
According to Holoconnects, many companies are already leveraging this technology, including UNICEF, the United Nations, Nike, Vodafone, BMW, Deloitte and T-Mobile.
Samsung's Ballie robot
Korean tech giant Samsung recently unveiled the latest version of its Ballie robot, which now includes a projector function. This new feature allows it to display images on the floor, walls or ceiling as it follows the user around the house.
In a video released on Samsung's official YouTube channel, Ballie demonstrates his new abilities by projecting the image of a bird to entertain a dog, but also to display a video call on a wall and a video fitness class. In a communication sent to the press, cited by The Verge, Samsung specified that Ballie can automatically adjust the projection based on the distance from the wall and the lighting conditions of the room. Samsung says Ballie is the “world's first projector that can automatically detect people's posture and face angle to adjust the projection angle optimally.”
In the video, Ballie also shows that it can act as a home assistant and smart hub: it can turn on lights, send messages and emails, and project a starry sky to help you relax and promote sleep.
The smart mirror with AI by Baracoda
Baracoda has developed a smart mirror focused on mental health, equipped with Artificial Intelligence. The mirror can analyze the user's expressions, gestures and vocal tones and adapt to their mood through light therapy, meditation guides and personalized positive affirmations. This technology represents a breakthrough in personal wellness, offering interactive, personalized mental health support right in the home.
Other interesting news from CES 2024
CES 2024 brought a wide range of innovations in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), with a particular focus on hardware and software that integrate advanced AI capabilities.
NVIDIA and the New Frontiers of AI in PCs
NVIDIA has introduced the GeForce RTX 40 SUPER series of GPUs, which promise notable acceleration in AI-powered video and image processing. These new GPUs are capable of performing up to 836 trillion AI operations per second, an impressive figure that opens up new possibilities in both gaming and everyday productivity. NVIDIA also announced the release of new tools and libraries, including AI Workbench and TensorRT-LLM, for optimizing AI models on PCs.
Amazon and AI in User Experiences
Amazon revealed new tools for building experiences based on large language models, showing off new AI-powered experiences for Alexa in action. These include platforms like Character.AI, Splash, and Volley, all available in the Alexa store.
Lenovo and AI in Gaming
Lenovo unveiled its new Lenovo Legion gaming ecosystem, which combines PCs, peripherals, software and services with AI benefits. This ecosystem includes next-generation gaming laptops and tower PCs, all equipped with Lenovo's proprietary AI chips, to improve the gaming experience and increase energy efficiency.
AMD and the Expansion of AI Capabilities
AMD announced the expansion of its desktop and mobile processor portfolio, introducing the AMD Ryzen 8000G processor series, optimized for intensive workloads such as gaming and content creation. AMD also introduced the Radeon RX 7600 XT Graphics Card, designed for visually stunning gaming experiences and AI acceleration.
Intel and the Integration of AI in the Automotive Industry
Intel has announced plans to bring its “AI Everywhere” strategy to the automotive market, aiming to drive the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and improve energy management. Intel is focusing on a whole-vehicle approach to address the industry's most significant challenges.
In summary, CES 2024 demonstrated how AI is increasingly becoming a fundamental element in a wide range of sectors, from entertainment to automotive, from home automation to business, promising significant improvements in terms of efficiency, user experience and capabilities of processing.