Twenty Fifteen New Year’s Day has set a new break sale record for Apple industry. The Apple Store posted their first quarter results: 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, and 5.52 million Macs; a total earnings of $18 billion. Billings rose by 50 percent and apps generated over $10 billion for developers. Even now the imminent Apple Watch which is to be released in April is one of the most highly anticipated products.
And along with Apple’s success, the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has introduced more fresh, emerging technologies to watch out for in 2015.
Gogoro is the world’s first powerful, emission-free, two-wheeled smart scooter. The scooter uses the Tesla S battery that is easily swappable in any nearby battery station. Besides the 30 onboard sensors, the Bluetooth connectivity is always on, that pairs with a smartphone that allows us to customize the vehicle. Users can also download cool effects like vehicle sounds and actions like booting up.
With a range of nearly 100 miles, the Gogoro Smartscooter’s top speed is 60mph. Even better, the scooter is carbon emission free.
Voxel8 3D printer
A voxel is a 3D pixel, the dot in which the printer builds the object with. Using additive processes, the object is created three dimensional by laying down consecutive layers digitally. As a result, we are able to rapidly manufacture various prototypes in industries, or even as personal use for hobbyists.
According to the Voxel8 store, “Pneumatic room-temperature dispensing, autobed leveling, a highly repeatable kinematic coupled bed and an interchangeable ink cartridge system” is what sets the Voxel8 3D printer apart from others.
HP Zvr 3D display
Would you like to explore virtual reality? This HP Zvr 3D display is a 24-inch monitor that looks like a 3D television. Users will wear lightweight 3D glasses which allow us to see images floating above the screen that track our heads. Meant for educational purposes, we can observe 3D holographic projections of any objects, animals, and people. We can even zoom or rotate these objects to look at them from different angles without touching the screen.This will be greatly useful not only for engineers or architects, but also for students to visualize the human anatomy, and so on.
Sony SmartEyeglass Attach
The Sony SmartEyeglass Attatch clips on to any pair of glasses, designed primarily to help runners with navigation. The small 0.5 cm high OLED screen and camera is unobtrusive.
The benefit of this is that GPS is not needed and we can have easy access to information at all times. It is also waterproof, small and convenient to wear.
Siemens Smart Hearing Aids
The Siemens Smart Hearing Aids detect the users’ listening environment and adjusts the senses accordingly. As a result, the users can enhance certain things they want to hear, and suppress unwanted sounds or background noises. These aids work both for iPhone and Android devices by adjusting the microphone direction to the front, left, right, or behind. For example, at a party, the smart hearing aids can sharpen the speech coming from the front, while alleviating the loud background noise coming from any directions.
These miraculous products are looked forward to boosting our transportation, manufacturing, and even daily life a step further.
– Sammie Kim (’18)