BMW released the world’s first one-button color-changing car, Razer’s “Cyber ​​Mask” has been upgraded, and a bunch of weird robots | CES 2022

Have you seen the PC, TV, and smart home releases on the first day of CES 2022?

Today, newer and more interesting new products are coming. From cars, games, to robots, and even this year's hottest metaverse wind, it was unexpectedly ignited at CES.

These diverse new technologies are showing the appearance of our future life.

Color-changing of cars , theaters, and "spaceships"

As a means of transportation for people, the car has been developed for hundreds of years. With the blessing of modern technology, for people today, the car is not only a means of transportation that is getting faster and faster, but also a fully functional "mobile small House".

BMW at CES 2022 used "digitalization" to play a lot of new tricks in the car.

Some people think that going to a drive-in movie theater is a different kind of romance, but BMW chose to turn the car itself into a "private theater".

BMW announced the "Theatre Screen" at CES, which is a 31-inch 8K display that is almost as wide as the roof of the car, with a ratio of 32:9 and a resolution of about 8000 x 2000 pixels. It can also be used in 16:9 to enjoy a 4K movie while showing other content on both sides.

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When the screen needs to be used, it unfolds down from the sunroof and the rear sun visor, so that the environment inside the car is darkened and the display of the screen is more prominent, with Bowers & Wilkins Diamond The surround sound system can restore the effect of the cinema to the greatest extent.

It is worth mentioning that BMW also cooperated with Amazon, built-in Amazon Fire TV, relying on 5G high-speed network, you can play streaming media in the car.

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There are concerns that such a large screen would obscure the interior mirrors and interfere with drivers, but many new cars are now equipped with reversing cameras, and one BMW executive said the concept was "very, very close to production." It seems that this "mobile theater" is not far from us.

In addition to this, BMW also experimented with new digital art.

They have adopted several different interface visual designs, through the change of patterns on the center console screen, combined with the exclusive sound effects that match the visual effects, bringing a personalized driving experience.

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BMW's new digital experience is not only hidden in the car, but also exposed on the body.

BMW has specially designed the pedestrian acoustic warning function (AVAS), which allows pedestrians outside the car to sense the approaching vehicles to ensure driving safety.

But the most eye-catching thing this time is the "color-changing technique" of BMW's new cars.

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The E-Ink technology on iX Flow can make this BMW change color at any time.

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The body is covered with millions of microcapsules, each containing negatively charged white pigment and positively charged black pigment.

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Just by controlling the electrodes, you can turn the surface of the car body into the color you want.

However, the current E-Ink technology can only change the body to black, white and gray.

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In BMW's vision, this technology can not only display relevant information about the vehicle's condition on the exterior of the body to meet the user's personalized customization, but also reduce energy consumption——

On hot days, use white to reflect sunlight to keep the interior of the vehicle cool, and on cold days, the body can be turned black to absorb more heat.

The advancement of technology, especially the development of the mobile Internet, has made autonomous driving and electrification gradually become the key words for the development of automobiles.

The InnerSpace concept car shown by Cadillac, a luxury brand under General Motors, at CES 2022 is a combination of the two.

This InnerSpace concept car is quite bold in design, with a streamlined design reminiscent of spaceships in sci-fi movies.

Replacing traditional driving equipment with an automatic driving system expands the passenger space inside the body, and with the curved display that occupies almost the entire center control part, this concept car is more like a comfortable mobile lounge.

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In addition to the concept car, Cadillac also unveiled a self-driving bus and an aircraft that can take off and land vertically.

Of course, with current technology, these products, including the InnerSpace concept car, may only stay in the concept part, but Cadillac's CELESTIQ flagship car, which is scheduled to be put into production in 2023, may let us first understand the general automatic Driving technical achievements.

It is understood that the Cadillac CELESTIQ will use the Ultra Cruise system, which is a huge leap forward from General Motors' Super Cruise system.

The CELESTIQ will also have an electronically controlled variable-color sunroof that will be divided into four sections, each of which can be adjusted to a different brightness.

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As giants among traditional automakers, Cadillac and BMW displayed different product development ideas at CES 2022, but they share the same vision for the future, as well as changes and transformations.

Winds of the Metaverse Blow to CES

Because of the epidemic, many major manufacturers did not participate in CES, and online has become a channel for them to display new products. Samsung teamed up with Zepeto developer Naver z to build a metaverse called "My House".

Through the Zepeto application, you can enter this customized virtual home.

The room is not a simple exhibition hall, but a home environment, including living room, kitchen, study, bedroom, bathroom, washing powder and so on. Samsung's 18 new products are displayed in this home, such as new mobile phones, TVs, monitors, projectors, washing machines, vacuum cleaners…

You can walk around freely, interact with other people, enter other homes, listen to music, pick up clean clothes, watch TV, and play games. Of course, you can't change things in this space and you can't create anything. To put it bluntly, this is still a display space.

However, people also felt the first experience of looking at the exhibits from the Metaverse.

However, it seems more practical to cut into the metaverse from the hardware.

Panasonic has released three VR devices, namely the wearable hot and cold somatosensory device "Pebble Feel", the Pancake optical PC VR glasses "MeganeX", and the Bluetooth microphone "mutalk".

Among them, Pebble Feel allows people to feel the real temperature in the virtual world, from 9 ℃ to 42 ℃; MeganeX is a 6DoF VR headset equipped with Lightning micro OLED display and Pancake lens, only 250 grams; mutalk is a The Bluetooth microphone that can prevent sound leakage, can make hands-free calls.

The three devices will be on sale in the spring, priced at 20,000 yen (about 1,100 yuan), 100,000 yen (about 5,502 yuan), and 20,000 yen (about 1,100 yuan).

In addition, Sony also released the PS VR2 headset, which uses an OLED screen, supports 4K HDR, and has a resolution of 2000*4000, as well as the latest eye tracking technology and 3D sound effects.

This is Sony's second-generation VR headset announced after five years. It also released a new supporting handle, the Sense Controller, but the release time and price have not yet been announced.

TCL launched a new generation of wearable display glasses – NxtWear Air. It's only 75 grams, with two tiny 1080p OLEDs, and wearing it equals a 140-inch screen from about 13 feet away. Its release time will be in the spring, and the price has not been announced.

Is it annoying to enter the virtual world with the controller all the time?

HTC has released a VR tool called Vive Wrist Tracker that lets you use your wrist to perform hand movements and manipulate virtual spaces.

We can also enter the virtual space in a new pose.

It's a wrist tracker that includes a watch strap and a pointer tracker that tracks data from your fingertips to your elbow, calculating precise position and movement in 3D space, even if the VR headset can't see the tracker . What's special is that it's wireless.

However, it is not currently aimed at consumers, but is dedicated to simulation experiences and training with high physical demands, such as VR fire training, etc. Taser manufacturer Axon will integrate it into the company's VR training system.

The wrist tracker will be available in the first quarter of 2022 for $129.

Expanded Playground

Every year at CES, all kinds of new things related to games are indispensable.

As a well-known veteran manufacturer of game peripherals, Razer will naturally not be absent.

At CES 2022 this year, Razer's ambition is Project Sophia, a concept that refers to a modular gaming table. As envisaged by Razer, Project Sophia hopes to meet the different needs of users for PCs in games and workspaces.

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This table is designed with a touch screen, calendar, wireless charger, tablet, audio mixer and more than a dozen different modules, which users can customize according to their needs.

As for the most important part of the PC, in order to meet the needs of different usage scenarios, Razer has designed a detachable magnetic case placed on the bottom of the table, built-in the latest Intel CPU and NVIDIA GPU, and the huge OLED panel of the desktop part can also be used as needed. to replace.

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In terms of design, Razer's Project Sophia is indeed very attractive. The flexibility of modular design can allow this table to have different personalities. However, due to factors such as cost, modular products are always ill-fated. Hope Razer make it a reality.

Since there is a table, naturally there is no shortage of chairs.

Also unveiled at CES alongside Project Sophia is Razer's gaming chair, the Enki Pro HyperSense. It adds a haptic feedback device made by D-BOX to the existing Enki gaming chair.

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In other words, the biggest highlight of this gaming chair is the ability to provide haptic feedback.

With a haptic engine mounted near the wheel, Razer says it provides 65,000 haptic changes and +/- 1 G-Force of haptic feedback. In the most extreme cases, the seat will move 1.5 inches vertically or recline backwards, allowing for a richer experience when playing games or watching movies.

Razer also said that the gaming chair currently has more than 2,200 games, movies and music tracks including "Forza Horizon 5", "Assassin's Creed Valhalla" and "F1 2021", as well as Netflix, Disney+, Prime and more Native support is provided on the show.

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There is not much information on the production and development of this Enki Pro HyperSense gaming chair at present, but compared to Project Sophia, maybe we will see it in the future.

Not only creative game peripherals, Razer is also making efforts in the field of smart wear this year, announcing a smart watch and a "glowing" mask.

The smartwatch announced by Razer is called "Razer X Fossil Gen 6".

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The Razer X Fossil Gen 6 uses Bluetooth 5.0 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chip, runs Google Wear OS, and has a 1.28-inch OLED display. There are 3 unique Razer watch faces (Analog, Text, Chroma), plus 4 customizable Razer Chroma RGB effects, and 2 custom designed interchangeable straps, one in plain black and the other with the Razer logo Sexual bright green.

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In terms of other functions, the Razer X Fossil Gen 6 can be charged to 80% in just over 30 minutes, and the built-in health app can monitor the user's daily steps and sleep quality, as well as check the heart rate and oxygen circulating in the body.

In addition to the smartwatch, Razer also launched the Zephyr Pro mask at CES this year for $149.99.

It doesn't look much different from the previous Zephyr, with speaker grilles on both sides of the bottom, replaceable filters, and an RGB light ring outside the filter, like a removable air purifier.

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The biggest highlight is that the Zephyr Pro has a new button for amplifying speech on one of the air intakes.

After opening, it can emit a sound of about 60 decibels within one meter, like a mask that can "broadcast".

However, pay attention to the battery life when using this feature, if you want to use it for 5-6 hours with the fan on, remember to turn off the voice amplifier when you don't need it.

Compared with the boldness in the game field, Razer's new mask seems to be lacking in practicality, and the smart watch also seems a bit "unremarkable".

Everything is Robot

As in previous years, CES is full of new and interesting robots.

For example, Yukai Engineering has a hand-biting robot that teaches kids not to put their hands in pets' mouths easily.

Japanese robotics company Tmsuk has launched a "vivid" humanoid robot designed to train medical rescuers, as the robot kicks, screams, discolors, bites, vomits, and even bleeds in times of fear and pain. Blood.

Labrador Systems has unveiled a nightstand-shaped robot, Retriever, whose retractable arms can help you reach for food from the fridge, then hobble up to you to deliver it, and because it connects to Amazon's voice assistant Alexa, it's ready to go at your command.

However, the robot that attracted the most attention this year is not from a robot company, but from a car company, Hyundai Motor Group.

Now, when we talk about Hyundai Motor Group, it's not just about cars.

They have officially acquired the "star robot company" Boston Dynamics this year. At CES 2022, they also launched a series of robot modules with a new concept behind them: Mobility of Things (MoT).

It refers to the limitless things that can be roboticized, that robots can power everything from plants in the home, bookshelves, to ambulances and autonomous passenger compartments, etc. This allows robotics to connect every aspect of our lives. communication, movement, task execution.

Hyundai has launched the modular platform PnD, which is an all-in-one integrated mobility solution that integrates in-wheel motors, steering, suspension, braking systems, and environmental sensors, and can rotate 360 ​​degrees. It also integrates lidar and camera sensors. Can be used to mobilize large and small objects.

Under the module, Hyundai displayed various conceptual devices. For example, Personal Mobility, a motor vehicle, consists of four sets of 5.5-inch PnD modules that can take people to their last-mile destinations.

For example, logistics robots Service Mobility and Logistic Mobility also use the PnD platform, which can store more objects for warehouse, hotel handling, and so on.

Hyundai believes that there will be an ecosystem where everything can move freely, and that robots will become the connecting medium between the real world and the virtual world in the future. For example, when you feed the cat in the home of the Metaverse, the robot in the home will also feed the cat in the real home.

The help that robots bring to life and the possibility of integrating into future life will become more and more likely.

Today's CES roundup is almost over here.

Some of the new products launched by these companies are about to be released, and some are in the concept stage. We expect these new technologies to be truly transformed into productivity and enter our current lives.

Which products are you most looking forward to, and which ones do you hope to land as soon as possible, let us know in the comment section!

Note: This article was co-written by Wu Zhiqi and Deng Nan. The title image comes from a screenshot of the video account of "Super Charging Station".

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