Not so long ago, consumer electronics manufacturers focused on Web surfing and word processing. No more, though.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel. As a result, the new products monitored heart rates, measured snowboard forces, and checked driver activity.
From smart basketballs to autonomous cars, we offer a peek at some of the best CES had to offer.
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Audi staged a “piloted driving” exhibition, in which an Audi A7 drove 550 miles, from the Silicon Valley to CES in Las Vegas. Journalists took turns serving as “drivers” on the journey, while a professional test driver from Audi sat in the front passenger seat. When the car came up against its limits (particularly in urban areas), it prompted the drivers to take active control of the vehicle.
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Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 27 years. During his 22 years with Design News, he has written extensively about automotive-, medical-, industrial-, and energy-related topics, and he has followed the re-emergence of electric cars since the late 1980s.