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CES 2018: Men of Tech Power Putting the Smart World Together

January 26, 2018

Softeqians never miss a chance to go examine those brand-new technologies that CES harbors once a year. All the more so as the show always features our major partners. This time they rocked it with several gadgets for home automation and announced new strategic partnerships to develop vehicle-to-infrastructure solutions for smart cities.

Now, first things first. Softeq’s delegates at the show, from the right to the left on the photo: Chris Howard (CEO), Joel Carter (VP of Business Development), and Paul Fruia (VP of Engineering).

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Softeq’s select CES 2018 trending products: healthcare wearables, AR solutions, electric cars, mobile retails, delivery drones, smart cameras and sensors.

Trending tech areas: home automation, robotics, 3D printing and scanning.

Smart Homes and What to Find There

Home automation systems were numerous and diverse. Voice controlled via Amazon Echo or Google Home, they seem to have much potential for the future. Since Softeq recently helped one of the clients develop smart home system capable of managing light switches, plugs, and door locks, our squad was delighted to discover the space we tapped gaining power.

We were really honored to see The WAGZ Smart Dog Collar hitting the display of pet gadgets. Softeq’s team helped design, build, and program the connected solution from scratch. Relating to both wearables and home control devices, it was highlighted by reviewers as a full-scale family of solutions for a range of pet keeper’s needs — from tracking location and monitoring activity to restocking feeder and opening a Wi-Fi powered door.

Terry Anderton, CEO of WAGZ, commented on the idea behind the device: “Our collar has unprecedented technology — tracking everything from activity, barking, exercise, location, and more — and our feeder and door ensure the right food is delivered at the right time, and that your dog has the freedom to enter and exit your home safely when you are home or at work.”

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Electric Vehicles and How to Control Them

As for self-driving vehicles, it looked like they still have a way to go before breaking out to the streets for good. The major challenges are just the same: how to handle driving in bad weather conditions and how to enable secure sensor data transfer and storage. Nevertheless, automation is a shorthand for what delivery services become all about. Be it Amazon or Uber drone fleet, or Toyota autonomous electric vehicle, the application focus necessarily includes unmanned transportation, retail, and delivery.

By the next year CES, Softeq hopes to finalize the in-vehicle system project we’re currently contributing to. The client, a UK-based designer and manufacturer of commercial electric vehicles, entrusted our team to build a solution comprised of an HMI unit, infotainment and in-vehicle display systems. The customer plans it for install in a fleet of electric trucks and considers demoing the product at the 2019 show.

Another Softeq’s long-standing client, NVIDIA, is currently digging deep into the AI area. NVIDIA hit both VR and automotive displays by demoing a machine learning powered platform named AutoSIM. Opening up a multi-unit virtual world, the solution enables users to simulate driving and test autonomous cars so as to avoid accidents. To keep up with the automotive area’s trends, Softeq has also been working hard on machine and deep learning related projects. Within the last two years, our team has made it to implement a computer vision object recognition tool, AUTOSAR compliant software, automated car parking system, and more.

Robots and 3D Printers. Just Go Catch Up With Them

Drone park seemed to have no limits whatsoever, spanning miniature devices, drones for carrying packages, and large vehicles designed to carry people. Robotics offerings ranged from toys and devices for education, to humanoid shaped or sized robots, all the way up to large factory automation robots. OMRON, a giant in industrial automation, and yes, another Softeq’s respected client, grabbed the audience attention with a table tennis robot. Looks like our engineering team is on the right track, as since the beginning of 2018 we’ve been bringing into play more of our robotics solutions development skills.

Paul Fruia, Softeq’s VP of Engineering, considers that 3D printing and scanning might be the next big trend for 2018. Over the last time, the area has been attaining a wealth of innovative value and therefore growing in application areas. Our CES delegates noticed some very high resolution items built by Form Labs. Capable of utilizing a wide variety of materials, from very hard plastics to soft, pliable, rubbery type, they could even combine them into one product.

“For 3D scanning, we saw a full-body scanning system at the Artec3D booth. They actually scanned people at the show and printed out little figures of them, in color! Very cool! Besides that, there were many, many, 3D printers capable of printing using hard metals, like stainless steel. Someone even reported working on 3D printing organs”

Paul Fruia, Softeq’s VP of Engineering

Also, our CES squad believes there will be more and more integration of voice controlled home automation using Amazon Echo and Google Home, so we’ll better go have a serious talk with Alexa right away.

On your way to rock it at the CES 2019, but lack engineering expertise? Drop us a line!

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