BMW releases the world’s first one-button color-changing car, Razer’s “cyber mask” has been upgraded, and there are a bunch of strange robots|CES 2022

Have you seen the launch wave of PCs, TVs, and smart homes on the first day of CES 2022?

Today, new sharp and interesting new products are coming one after another. From cars, games, to robots, even this year's hottest meta-universe wind, unsurprisingly ignited on CES.

These diversified new technologies are presenting the life of tomorrow.

Car discoloration, grand theater and "spacecraft"

As a means of transportation for people, cars have been developed for hundreds of years. Coupled with the blessing of modern technology, for people nowadays, cars are not only faster and faster means of transportation, but also hope that it is a fully functional "mobile small". House".

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

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

BMW announced the "Theatre Screen" at CES. This is a 31-inch 8K display, almost the same width as the roof of the car. The ratio is 32:9 and the resolution is about 8000 x 2000 pixels. You can also use 16:9. Enjoy 4K movies at a ratio of, while displaying other content on both sides.

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When you need to use this screen, it will be unfolded from the sunroof and the sun visor of the rear window will also be unfolded. In this way, the environment in the car will be darkened and the display effect of the screen will be 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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Some people worry that such a large screen will block the rearview mirror of the car and cause interference to the driver. However, many new cars are now equipped with reversing cameras, and a BMW executive said that this concept is "very, very close to mass production." It seems that this "mobile cinema" is not far from us.

In addition, BMW also tried new digital art.

They adopted several different interface visual designs, through the change of the pattern on the center console screen, combined with the exclusive sound effects matching the visual effects, to bring a personalized driving experience.

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

BMW specially designed the Pedestrian Acoustic Warning Function (AVAS) to allow pedestrians outside the car to perceive the approaching vehicles to ensure driving safety.

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

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

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This technology is similar to the technology used in e-book readers such as Kindle, which is E-Ink technology.
It was applied to the iX Flow car by BMW, allowing the car to change color at any time.

The car body is covered with millions of microcapsules, each of which contains negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments.

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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 three colors of 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 car body, meet the user's personalized customization, but also reduce energy consumption——

On hot days, white is used to reflect sunlight to keep the interior of the vehicle cool. Similarly, on cold days, it can turn into a black body to absorb more heat.

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

The InnerSpace concept car presented 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, and its streamlined design is reminiscent of spaceships in science fiction movies.

Using an automatic driving system to replace traditional driving equipment, the seating space inside the body can be expanded, and with the curved display that occupies almost the entire central control part, this concept car is more like a comfortable mobile lounge.

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In addition to the concept car, Cadillac also announced an autonomous 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 remain in the concept part, but the CELESTIQ flagship car of Cadillac, which is planned to be put into production in 2023, may give us a first understanding of GM’s automatic Driving technology achievements.

It is understood that Cadillac CELESTIQ will use the Ultra Cruise system, which is a huge leap forward for GM's Super Cruise system.

CELESTIQ will also have a color-changing sunroof controlled by a circuit. The sunroof will be divided into four parts, each of which can be adjusted to a different brightness.

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As a giant among traditional automakers, Cadillac and BMW at CES 2022 have different product development ideas, but the same is the vision for the future, and it is also a change and transformation.

The wind of the meta universe blows 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 collaborated with Zepeto developer Naver z to build a meta-cosmic space called "My House".

Everyone can enter this customized virtual home through the Zepeto application.

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

You can walk around at will, interact with other people, enter other families, listen to songs, take clean clothes, watch TV, and play games. Of course, you cannot change the things in this space and you cannot create anything. To put it bluntly, this is still an exhibition space.

However, people also felt the first experience of seeing the exhibits from the meta-universe.

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

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

Among them, Pebble Feel can let people 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 model A Bluetooth microphone that prevents sound leakage allows hands-free calls.

These three devices will be on sale in the spring, and the prices are 20,000 yen (approximately 1,100 yuan), 100,000 yen (approximately 5502 yuan), and 20,000 yen (approximately 1,100 yuan).

In addition, Sony also released the PS VR2 head display, 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 announcement five years later. It also released the matching new handle 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 only weighs 75 grams and is equipped with two 1080p micro OLEDs. Wearing it is equivalent to seeing a 140-inch screen about 13 feet away. Its release date will be in the spring, and the price has not been announced.

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

HTC has released a VR tool called Vive Wrist Tracker, which allows you to perform hand movements and manipulate virtual spaces with your wrist.

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

This is a wrist tracker, including a strap and an indicator tracker, which can track data from your fingertips to your elbow, and calculate the precise position and movement in 3D space, even if the VR headset cannot see the tracker . The special thing is that it is wireless.

However, it is not currently for consumers, but is specifically used for simulation experience and training with high physical requirements, such as VR fire training, etc. Taser maker Axon will integrate it into the company's VR training system.

The wrist tracker will be available in the first quarter of 2022, priced at $129.

Expanded game park

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

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

This year's CES 2022, Razer's ambition is Project Sophia, this concept refers to the modular gaming table. According to Razer's vision, 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 more than a dozen different modules such as touch screen, calendar, wireless charger, tablet, audio mixer, etc. Users can customize it according to their needs.

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

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From the perspective of imagination, Razer’s Project Sophia is indeed very attractive. The flexibility of modular design allows this table to have different personalities. However, due to cost and other factors, modular products are always ill-fated. Hope Razer Let it come into reality.

Since there is a table, it is natural to have a chair.

Also unveiled at CES with Project Sophia, Razer's gaming chair Enki Pro HyperSense. On the basis of the existing Enki gaming chair, it adds a tactile feedback device made by D-BOX.

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

Through the tactile engine mounted near the wheels, Razer said it provides 65,000 tactile changes and +/- 1 G-Force tactile feedback. In the most extreme case, the seat will move 1.5 inches vertically or tilt backward, which can provide a richer experience in scenes such as playing games or watching movies.

Razer also said that the current gaming chair already 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, etc. The programs on provide native support.

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At present, there is not much information about the production and development of this Enki Pro HyperSense gaming chair, but compared to Project Sophia, perhaps we will see it in the future more likely.

More than creative gaming peripherals, Razer is also working hard in the field of smart wear this year, and announced a smart watch and a "luminous" mask.

The smartwatch announced by Razer is called "Razer X Fossil Gen 6". It is a limited edition launched in cooperation with Fossil. There are only 1,337 pieces and the price is 329 US dollars.

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Razer X Fossil Gen 6 uses Bluetooth 5.0 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chip, equipped with Google Wear OS, 1.28-inch OLED display. There are 3 unique Razer dials (analog, text, Chroma), as well as 4 customizable Razer Chroma RGB effects, and 2 custom-designed interchangeable straps, one is simple black, the other is Razer logo Sexual bright green.

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

In addition to smart watches, Razer also launched Zephyr Pro masks at CES this year at a price of $149.99.

Its appearance is not much different from the previous Zephyr. There are speaker grilles on both sides of the bottom, replaceable filters, and RGB light rings outside the filters, like a removable air purifier.

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The biggest highlight is that Zephyr Pro has a new button to amplify the voice at one of the air inlets.

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

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

Compared with the boldness of the game field, Razer's new masks seem to be lacking in practicality, and smart watches are also a bit "normal."

Everything can be robots

As in previous years, all kinds of novel and interesting robots on CES can be said to be endless.

For example, Yukai Engineering has launched a hand-grabbing robot that can teach children not to put their hands in pets' mouths easily.

The Japanese robotics company Tmsuk has launched a "live" humanoid robot specifically for training medical rescuers, because this robot will kick and scream in fear and pain, its face will change color, bite, vomit, and even shed fakes. Blood.

Labrador Systems has launched a nightstand-shaped robot Retriever. Its retractable arm can help you get food in the refrigerator, and then staggering to your side to deliver food. Because it is connected to Amazon's voice assistant Alexa, it can be used at any time. At your command.

However, the most watched robot 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 formally acquired Boston Dynamics, the "star robot company" 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 infinite things that can be robotized. Robots can provide power for everything, from home plants, bookshelves, to ambulances and autonomous passenger compartments, etc. This allows robotics to connect everything in our lives. Kind of communication, mobility, task execution.

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

Under the module, Hyundai displayed various conceptual equipment. For example, Personal Mobility, a motor vehicle, is composed of four groups of 5.5-inch PnD modules, which can take people to the last mile destination.

For example, the logistics robots Service Mobility and Logistic Mobility also use the PnD platform, which can store more objects for warehouses, hotels, etc.

Hyundai believes that an ecosystem where everything can move freely is coming. In the future, robots will become a connecting medium between the real world and the virtual world. 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 greater and greater.

Today's CES summary 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 picture of the title comes from the screenshot of the video account of the "Super Charging Station".

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