Flying taxis and a robot that can fetch toilet paper when you're stranded on the loo were among the technologies showcased this week at the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas.
The annual technology conference is the place for big brands and startups alike to unveil their products and services for the coming year, though larger companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft typically hold their own announcement events. Streaming services and surveillance technologies are among the hot topics. The show formally opens Tuesday following two days of media previews.
Here are some highlights:
UBER'S AERIAL RIDE
Uber and Hyundai are teaming up to build a fleet of flying taxis.
Uber, the ride-hailing giant, said its four-passenger "Uber Air Taxi" will initially be piloted, but over time will become autonomous. Uber says it wants to conduct flight demonstrations in 2020 and make such vehicles commercially available in 2023.
The goal is to help riders breeze over traffic in shared air taxis between suburbs and cities and eventually within cities. Uber plans to launch the aircraft in Dallas, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. The air taxis, which look like a cross between a helicopter and a small airplane, will be all-electric.
The air taxis are designed to take off vertically and cruise at speeds up to 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour). They're designed to fly up to 60 miles (97 kilometers) at a time.
While Uber has been working on the air taxi concept for years, Hyundai brings to the project a company with experience manufacturing cars on a global scale.
The companies said Hyundai will produce and deploy the vehicles while Uber provides airspace support services and connections to ground transportation. Uber will not own the air taxis, but the aircraft will be permitted to operate as part of Uber's transportation network.
ROBOT FOR THE LOO
Charmin wants to solve a familiar feeling: being stranded on the toilet with an empty toilet paper roll.
Its solution: a two-wheeled robot that can fetch a fresh roll. The robot, around 6-inches tall, has the face of a bear — like the cartoon ones in Charmin's commercials — and toilet paper sitting on top.
But don't expect it to roll to your bathroom anytime soon. Procter & Gamble, the company that owns Charmin, said the robot won't be for sale and was just an example of what's possible.
"Car companies have concept cars, but P&G has concept bathrooms," said Marc Pritchard, who oversees Procter & Gamble's brands.
The company didn't have a working robot available at a press conference Sunday, though executives say one will be demonstrated when the show floor opens Tuesday.
SENSING WATER LEAKS
New sensors promise to stop water leaks before they ruin your home.
Monitors from Alarm.com and Flo Technologies connect to homes' water lines and track usage. If the systems sense more water than usual is flowing through the pipes, they send an alert through their apps — after all, it could just be a long shower. But if something really seems off kilter, the monitors will automatically shut off water.
Flo used CES to launch its newest sensor, a raindrop-shaped device that looks like a smoke alarm and can detect any water or moisture when attached to toilets, washers or other leak-prone areas. Each detector costs $50.
Another option, Phyn, makes a $299 device that hooks up to the pipes under a sink and measures changes in water pressure.
TRACKING THE ELDERLY
What are your grandparents up to? Startups are pitching a way to keep an eye on the elderly from afar.
The new sensors can tell if a loved one has moved around and eaten — for instance, by detecting when the fridge is opened.
The efforts come as the U.S. government expects adults over 65 to outnumber children for the first time by 2034.
"We want to enable loved ones to live on their own," said Ryan Herd, founder of Caregiver Smart Solutions.
Caregiver's sensors tracks the elderly through motion detection, though the product can also tell if someone has showered by measuring humidity. Another company, CarePredict, has a wrist-worn device that can detect falls and alert caregivers. It also tracks how much the person has moved around and what rooms they're spending most of their time in.
Tracking isn't cheap. CarePredict's device, for instance, costs $450, plus a $70 monthly fee.
Neither company uses cameras, so you'll need something else if you want to peer into your grandparents' homes. Just keep in mind that if you can check video on an app, so might a skilled hacker.
GADGETS FOR YOUR EAR
Nearly 67 million wireless earbuds are expected to be sold this year, according to projections by organizers of this week's CES gadget show in Las Vegas. That's up 35% from 2019, making it one of the fastest-growing categories in consumer tech.
According to the organizers, the Consumer Technology Association, much of the growth will come from Apple's AirPods and Samsung's Galaxy Buds, both of which play music and take calls without any wires. But others are vying for your ear canal, too. Amazon started selling its own buds late last year, and Microsoft plans to have one in 2020.
Also popular: smartwatches, fitness trackers and other devices that track and monitor your health. The CTA expects 64 million health devices to be sold this year, the first time the group has counted the category.
Smartphones and TVs will see slower growth. Both are expected to rise just 2%.
Overall, revenue in the U.S. consumer tech industry is expected to grow 4% to $422 billion, the CTA said. But the group warned that its numbers could change significantly if the trade war with China escalates or if tariffs are expanded. Much of the world's electronics are put together in China, and the CTA has said that steeper tariffs could hurt the industry by making gadgets more expensive for consumers.
Chinese tech giant Xiaomi's brand Redmi has joined the country's 5G smartphone and smart speaker race to tap emerging markets.
The brand unveiled its first 5G handset and smart speaker among other products Tuesday.
Priced from 1,999 yuan (about 284 U.S. dollars), the Redmi K30 5G features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G processor.
With voice command functions, the Redmi AI Speaker Play serves as a control center to easily command smart devices, such as turning on and off lights and televisions. The product costs 79 yuan.
Redmi, a smartphone series under Xiaomi Corporation, became independent from the Xiaomi brand in January as the company seeks a multi-brand strategy to improve its product portfolio.
The group is stepping up investment in 5G, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things in a bid to seize the opportunities in China's emerging smart economy.
Are you looking for an efficient budget gaming smartphone with advanced camera features? If yes, then don’t miss the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Released on 29 th August 2019, this smartphone has already gained popularity worldwide for its reliable performance. Xiaomi has redesigned Redmi Note 8 Pro with upgraded hardware and superior features than its predecessor Redmi phone series. Stay with us to know the Redmi Note 8 Pro features, technical specifications and price.
Like the advanced level smartphones, Redmi Note 8 Pro is blessed with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both its front and rear side. This screen features a protective coating which saves the screen from spills, dust materials, and water splash. Its full HD Dot Drop display makes this smartphone look pricey. Moreover, Redmi Note 8 Pro’s screen size is 6.53-inch which is bigger than its ancestor Note 7 Pro’s 6.30-inch screen.
You would love Redmi Note 8 Pro’s updated design featuring an excellent screen-to-body proportion (91.4 %). The Protective screen, reinforced corners and enhanced phone-body strength saves the Redmi Note 8 Pro from getting scratched or damaged due to falling. Almost!
While you play high resolution games in a Smartphone the battery gets down more quickly. Considering this fact Xiaomi has brought substantial improvement in the battery strength of Redmi Note 8 Pro. This latest Redmi smartphone features 4500mAh battery capacity which is a fair leap from Redmi Note 7 Pro’s 4000mAh battery.
Furthermore, Redmi Note 8 Pro kit includes an 18-watt Fast Charger, which takes about 2 hours
for 100% charging. Its powerful battery can support you in playing games for upto 10 hours.
What makes the Redmi Note 8 Pro a competent gaming smartphone? This Redmi Phone has an advanced level Gaming processor Helio G90T which performs much better than the Snapdragon™ 710 processor owned by predecessor Redmi phone Note 7 Pro.
However, Snapdragon™ 855 processor would have delivered superior system performance than the MTK’s octa-core gaming processor Helio G90T, but considering price range Redmi Note 8 Pro offers a fair deal.
Redmi Note 8 Pro is equipped with LiquidCool technology supporting efficient Heat dissipation mechanism. The games can run smoothly with 4℃ - 6℃ cooler processor. While playing professional games with Redmi Note 8 Pro, its Potent GPU performance, Cortex-A76 architecture, and Wi-Fi X antenna, would serve you like strong weapons. Its NFC complies with Google Play. What else you need?
Xiaomi has increased the memory of Redmi Note 8 Pro to 6 GB ROM which was a mere 4 GB in the Note 7 Pro Redmi phone. Its 64 GB on board memory is large enough to store games, movies, and other document files. If you need more space you can choose 128 GB ROM.
What is more? Redmi Note 8 Pro runs with MIUI 10 operating system which supports MI Turbo and Game Turbo 2.0 gaming environments, which is no less than blessings for the crazy gamers.
Redmi Note 8 Pro has four rear cameras. Out winning Redmi Note 7 Pro’s 48MP shooter, Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 64 megapixel camera on the rear side. This main camera is capable of 4K video recording (3840 x 2160 pixels), along with 960fps video recording at slow motion. Its large image sensor can capture images at an Ultra high level resolution (9248 x 6936 pixels). This device offers great resolution for printing 3.26 meter long posters.
This Redmi phone is provided with a 2MP macro camera bearing a 2cm close-up macro lens which is a great tool for capturing details. Its autofocus feature can expand the image up to 1.3 times. Redmi Note 8 Pro also includes a 2MP depth camera.
Inclusion of an 8 MP Wide Angle Camera with distortion correction is a bonus for those who love outdoor photography. Using this camera you can capture the panorama at one shot. You can set the field of view from 79 to 120-degrees through activating the ultra-wide angle mode. Thus you can shoot many images without moving.
For the Selfie queens and kings, Xioami has upgraded the Front Camera from 13Mp (Redmi Note 7 Pro) to 20MP in the latest Redmi Smartphone Note 8 Pro. Its ‘AI portrait mode’ can adjust the blurred background to take perfect selfies.
According the official website of Mi Bangladesh, Redmi Note 8 Pro with 6GB ROM plus 64GB on-board memory is available for 24999 BDT. The price is little higher (27,999 BDT), if you go for 128 GB memory with the same 6GB ROM. However, the price is subject to change.
Built with an efficient gaming software, strong battery and up-to-date OS, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a gift for the passionate gamers who are looking for an efficient budget gaming smartphone. This Redmi smartphone also offers high-end camera features. Redmi Note 8 Pro may not be the best device for playing online games or doing smartphone photography, but it certainly offers great performance under an affordable price-range.
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Renowned mobile manufacturer Motorola released the latest version of their iconic ‘Motorola Razr’ in January 26, 2020. Motorola has successfully redesigned Razr keeping the ultra-slim design of the original Razr V3 series. Certainly, the new ‘Razr’ smartphone is gonna be a kick for the folding phone lovers. Let’s see what the revamped Motorola Razr V4 offers.
Motorola has revamped the new Razr with latest trend of style and technologies. The new Motorola Razr comes with some exciting features. However, it has some unimpressive features too.
Critics say Motorola emphasizes the appearance of their phones over technical specifications. The new Razr smartphone is going to shake the world with its fabulous look, and trendy style. Its curved lines, bottom chin, hinge position, and thickness (folding mode) will make you nostalgic about Motorola’s folding flip phone Razr V3 available back in 2000s. The new Razr comes in elegant Noir Black color.
Do you miss the pleasure of folding out the phone and then folding it back again? Resurrection of this mini sized folding smartphone would quench your thirst. Motorola Razr comes with a folding design supported by sturdy hinge allowing you to fold out and in the phone comfortably just like old Razor.
What is more? The new Razr steals the show by virtue of its crease-less display. Motorola Razr beats Samsung’s Galaxy Fold with its improved folding screen. You would love its ceaseless smooth display with no discernible bend in the unfolded state.
Motorola Razr smartphone’s main display features 6.2-inch long foldable style. This Flex View screen is blessed with pOLED display. You can enjoy games and videos on Razr’s superb HD resolution (2142 x 876 pixels). Furthermore, its 21:9 Cinemavision would make your movie time much more enjoyable.
Now turning on the external display, its quick view appears with a 2.7-inch long screen. This gOLED display features resolution of 600 x 800 pixels with an aspect ratio of 4:3. The outer display is covered with glass instead of plastic, which makes the new Motorola Razr look more elegant.
With the increase of features, the average size of Smartphones is getting bigger day by day. It is quite irritating for those, who love to keep smartphone in the pocket, as the fashion-trend is not increasing the size of pockets at the same pace.
Weighing about 205g, the smaller size of Motorola Razr makes it highly portable, easy-to-carry and user-friendly. In folded state Razr appears at 72 by 94 by 14mm. Its dimensions are 72 by 172 by 6.9mm in unfolded state. However, size doesn’t matter offering features. Motorola has decreased the size of its new Razr without compromising on its technical features.
The new Razr comes with 2510 mAh, non-removable battery which is even shorter than Google’s Pixel 4 Smartphone’s battery (2800 mAh). When the competitor smartphones are racing to provide the most powerful battery, Razr falls back in this race. The new Razr’s short battery power would certainly dishearten the Motorola fans! The Razr kit includes a 15-Watt TurboPower charger. However, Razr has no option for wireless charging.
Razr’s main Camera is equipped with 16 Megapixels lens. It offers some handy features like Dual Pixel autofocus, dual LED flash, Laser autofocus, and Color Correlated Temperature. You capture MPEG4 Video using the main camera. The hardware of internal Camera features 5 Megapixels lens. It has screen flash option.
Not to mention, comparing to its price tag, Razr’s Camera features might disappoint you. While its competitor smartphone Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has made century in megapixels, new Razr’s mediocre cameras push it down in the category of average phones. Therefore, Razr may not be a good choice for smartphone photography.
The new Motorola Razr runs with Android™ 9 Pie Operating System, which would certainly fall behind the smartphones using latest Android 10 Go Pro OS. Razr’s massive Internal Storage (128 GB) coupled with advanced Memory (6 GB RAM) would allow you to store lots of files, documents, movies, videos and games.
However, Razr loses point for its main Processor featuring octa-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chip. This processor might drown the battery power. Razr’s would have performed better with the latest Snapdragon 855 processor.
Motorola Razr is equipped with a bunch of high-end sensors, including Fingerprint reader, Proximity, Accelerometer, GPS, Compass/Magnetometer, Ultrasonics, Ambient Light, and Gyro. Thanks to manufacturer for providing Splash-proof Nano coating in the new Razr which makes it water resistant.
This Motorola Razr smartphone doesn’t offer any space for additional SIM cards or memory expansion, as it runs on eSim. The Connectivity mechanism includes LTE, MTS, DMA, and GSM. It has a reversible connector featuring USB 3.0 Type C. It also has Bluetooth® 5.0 Technology, NFC, and Wi-Fi.
Moreover, Razr offers location services, like GPS, GLONASS LTEPP, SUPL, and AGPS. For audio, this smartphone has a bottom-ported speaker along with 4 mics Microphones. But it lacks any FM Radio, which may disappoint many people.
The price of Motorola Razr V4 starts from $1500.
On the whole, the New Motorola Razr is going to overwhelm the world with its smart display with no visible fold, strong hinged folding framework, compact design, and stylish look. However, Razr’s weak points stand on the limited battery power and ordinary camera features.
The Nokia 10 PureView 5G is not expected to arrive anytime soon, but a concept design of the device appeared online. Nokia 10 PureView 5G is coming with a 6.4-inch screen featuring Super AMOLED UHD display. You would love its capacitive touchscreen allowing fluent multi-touch actions. Its superb screen resolution (2160 by 3840 pixels) would couple with 18:9 aspect ratios resulting a fully Bezel-less mind-blowing display. Moreover, its innovative viewing angles will deliver bright, clear and vivid display with rich detailing.
Nokia 10 PureView 5G is gonna out win the competitors with its razor-sharp 734-pixel density which would indulge the users with a seamless visual effect. With a great screen to body ratio (90.48%), Preview is gonna present itself as a great entertaining device. You don’t need to worry about unintentional minor scratches on this chic smartphone’s display, as it would be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Nokia 10 Preview is expected to appear as the smoothest phone ever! Bearing a huge 6GB Ram, Nokia 10’s octa-core processor is gonna equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, which makes this smartphone lag-free and fairly swift while multitasking. If you are a crazy game lover and looking for a high performing smartphone for playing advanced games of PubG or PES, then don’t miss the Nokia 10 Pureview. With a maximum 2.4GHz speed, Nokia 10 would be backed up by Adrino 540 Graphics card offering marvelous visual experience with enhanced stability while enjoying movies or videos.
Nokia 10 Pureview camera setup is gonna blessed with designer envisioned rear cameras presented in the oreo pattern on its back-side. Here you would find dual primary cameras (16 MP + 8 MP), two 12MP RGB camera sensors, with two 12MP monochrome sensors. Another rear camera would feature a 130◦ ultra-wide-angle lens. The central rear camera would be dedicated to 6K video capturing.
Built with Carl Zeiss lenses, these rear cameras feature Digital Zoom, dual colored LED flash, Auto Flash, Face detection, and Touch to focus. These features would give you the opportunity of taking awesome captures both day and night hours. The Nokia smartphone would also include a physical shutter button which would make this device a real gem for the photographers. What’s more? You can take video recording with 3840×2160 resolution at the speed of 30 fps.
Nokia 10 PureView's display would bear a standard front camera (13MP) for the selfie lovers. It will take less blurry images and stable video by virtue of the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature.
Nokia 10 PureView would serve as a computer by virtue of its massive built-in storage capacity of 128 GB. Like any other smartphone, you can enjoy dual networks through its double SIM support. Though this smartphone lacks a dedicated slot for memory expansion, its memory can be augmented by adding a hybrid SIM slot. You can expand Pureview Nokia 10’s memory up to 256 GB inserting a microSD card. So, you can either use both slots for dual SIM cards or use one SIM card and one microSD card simultaneously. Now you can store plentiful movies, games, documents, etc. in this adorable handset.
5G network support would be one of the most lucrative features of this upcoming Nokia smartphone. For connectivity, Nokia 10 Pureview would be equipped with Wi-Fi 802 technology, 11a/b/g/n/ac, Type-C USB port, GPS, NFC, etc. facilitating greater internet speed with smoother video calling experience.
This 5G Smartphone Nokia 10 PureView is gonna provided with a monstrous 5000mAh Lithium-ion battery allowing continuous usage for long hours. This non-removable battery can be charged faster with a Quick V4.0 Charger. Additionally, Nokia 10 Pureview iscoming with necessary security mechanisms – like Face Recognition and Fingerprint Scanning Unlock – which would protect your privacy and data. You would find the logo of Nokia on the back-side of this smartphone.
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