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Top tech developments of 2018: AI news anchor, rollable TV and more

Here are the best gadgets and technologies of 2018:

Binu Panicker @moneycontrolcom
China’s AI Anchor | China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency unveiled an “English AI Anchor”, modelled after its resident anchor Zhang Zhao. The AI anchor is capable of working round the clock, learns from live videos and can perfectly mimic the nuances of a professional news anchor. (Image: South China Morning Post)
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China’s AI Anchor | China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency unveiled an “English AI Anchor”, modelled after its resident anchor Zhang Zhao. The AI anchor is capable of working round the clock, learns from live videos and can perfectly mimic the nuances of a professional news anchor. (Image: South China Morning Post)

LG’s Rollable screen | Home electronics company LG unveiled its Rollable OLED TV at CES 2018. The 65-inch television, which is capable of UHD (4K) resolution, can be rolled entirely into a box like a sheet of paper. According to reports, LG will release the futuristic television as a commercial product in 2019. (Image: LG)
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LG’s Rollable screen | Home electronics company LG unveiled its Rollable OLED TV at CES 2018. The 65-inch television, which is capable of UHD (4K) resolution, can be rolled entirely into a box like a sheet of paper. According to reports, LG will release the futuristic television as a commercial product in 2019. (Image: LG)

HP Metal Jet | Software company HP launched the world's most advanced 3D printing technology, HP Metal Jet, earlier this year in September. The technology is touted to be up to 50 times more productive than the 3D metal printers currently available in the market. With the launch of Metal Jet, HP is aiming at mass manufacturing of production-grade metal parts for auto, industrial and medical industries. (Image: HP)
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HP Metal Jet | Software company HP launched the world's most advanced 3D printing technology, HP Metal Jet, earlier this year in September. The technology is touted to be up to 50 times more productive than the 3D metal printers currently available in the market. With the launch of Metal Jet, HP is aiming at mass manufacturing of production-grade metal parts for auto, industrial and medical industries. (Image: HP)

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions | The revolutionary contact lens from the house of Johnson & Johnson not only provides viewers with vision correction but also balances the amount of light entering the human eye. The lens does this by dynamically adjusting to the surrounding lights. For example, if the surrounding is dark, the lens will adapt to a lighter shade allowing for more light to enter the eye. Whereas, in brighter conditions the lens will turn dark, limiting the amount of light that enters the eye. (Image: Johnson & Johnson)
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Acuvue Oasys with Transitions | The revolutionary contact lens from the house of Johnson & Johnson not only provides viewers with vision correction but also balances the amount of light entering the human eye. The lens does this by dynamically adjusting to the surrounding lights. For example, if the surrounding is dark, the lens will adapt to a lighter shade allowing for more light to enter the eye. Whereas, in brighter conditions the lens will turn dark, limiting the amount of light that enters the eye. (Image: Johnson & Johnson)

Xbox Adaptive Controller | To provide a more comprehensive gaming experience to disabled or people with limited mobility, Microsoft launched the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The device has 19 3.5mm ports that accommodate external buttons, switches like foot pedals, pillow switches, wobble switches making it accessible for people with varied disabilities. (Image: Microsoft)
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Xbox Adaptive Controller | To provide a more comprehensive gaming experience to disabled or people with limited mobility, Microsoft launched the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The device has 19 3.5mm ports that accommodate external buttons, switches like foot pedals, pillow switches, wobble switches making it accessible for people with varied disabilities. (Image: Microsoft)

Snapdragon 855 | The world's first 5G System on a chip (SoC) is not your average mobile CPU. The highly advanced chipset from Qualcomm Snapdragon is capable of transferring data at speeds of up to 2 Gbps. The CPU, that is built on 7nm technology, is not only several times more efficient and powerful than its predecessors but it also boasts of AI capabilities. (Image: Qualcomm)
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Snapdragon 855 | The world's first 5G System on a chip (SoC) is not your average mobile CPU. The highly advanced chipset from Qualcomm Snapdragon is capable of transferring data at speeds of up to 2 Gbps. The CPU, that is built on 7nm technology, is not only several times more efficient and powerful than its predecessors but it also boasts of AI capabilities. (Image: Qualcomm)

Lumos Kickstart Helmet | The illuminating helmet, designed to make cycling safer and smarter, consists of 10 White LEDs as headlight, 16 Red LEDs which act as taillights along with 11 yellow LEDs on both sides of the helmet which act as turn signals. Additionally, the helmet is equipped with automatic warning lights that shine while braking. The cyclist can control the lights either with the remote or make gestures wearing an Apple Watch which is connected to the helmet via Bluetooth (version 4.2). (Image: Lumos)
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Lumos Kickstart Helmet | The illuminating helmet, designed to make cycling safer and smarter, consists of 10 White LEDs as headlight, 16 Red LEDs which act as taillights along with 11 yellow LEDs on both sides of the helmet which act as turn signals. Additionally, the helmet is equipped with automatic warning lights that shine while braking. The cyclist can control the lights either with the remote or make gestures wearing an Apple Watch which is connected to the helmet via Bluetooth (version 4.2). (Image: Lumos)

Vue Smart Glasses | The smart glasses uses bone conduction technology which passes audio waves directly to your eardrums, leaving your ears unplugged. The glasses help you in tracking daily activity, listen music, navigate streets and receive calls- all this and more using touch gestures. Vue Smart Glasses weighs merely 28 grams and you can customise them with either prescription glasses, sunglasses or style frames. (Image: Vue)
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Vue Smart Glasses | The smart glasses uses bone conduction technology which passes audio waves directly to your eardrums, leaving your ears unplugged. The glasses help you in tracking daily activity, listen music, navigate streets and receive calls- all this and more using touch gestures. Vue Smart Glasses weighs merely 28 grams and you can customise them with either prescription glasses, sunglasses or style frames. (Image: Vue)

Samsung 2018 QLED 'Wall TV' | Another television which was unveiled at CES 2018, Samsung’s Wall TV is the first consumer modular television and at 145-inch it is enormous, to say the least. The TV comes with self-emitting technology with micrometer (µm) scale LEDs, which is a huge advancement compared to TVs of present day. The television is also the first QLED smart TV with 8K resolution and AI technology. (Image: Samsung)
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Samsung 2018 QLED 'Wall TV' | Another television which was unveiled at CES 2018, Samsung’s Wall TV is the first consumer modular television and at 145-inch it is enormous, to say the least. The TV comes with self-emitting technology with micrometer (µm) scale LEDs, which is a huge advancement compared to TVs of present day. The television is also the first QLED smart TV with 8K resolution and AI technology. (Image: Samsung)

Bose Sleepbuds | The US-based audio company, known for manufacturing some of the best noise cancelling headphones, unveiled earbuds that assist sleep. The buds deliver alleviating sounds and drown out unwanted noise, to help users slip into deep sleep. Available at a price of Rs 22,900, the device has a battery life of 16 hours. (Image: Amazon)
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Bose Sleepbuds | The US-based audio company, known for manufacturing some of the best noise cancelling headphones, unveiled earbuds that assist sleep. The buds deliver alleviating sounds and drown out unwanted noise, to help users slip into deep sleep. Available at a price of Rs 22,900, the device has a battery life of 16 hours. (Image: Amazon)

First Published on Dec 31, 2018 07:50 am
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