On the (Show) Road Again

On the (Show) Road Again

Much has occurred the previous two years—politically, technically, and socially—that has drastically modified the path ahead from what we had envisioned earlier than the pandemic. Finally, right here we’re once more, on the street between two full, in-person exhibition and know-how occasions, AWE and CES.


Figure 1: A scene from the Augmented World Expo (AWE) in early November.

How We Got Here
Advances in augmented/digital actuality (XR) {hardware} are vital however the want for XR is totally different than what we had envisioned only a few years in the past. We nonetheless see gaming and leisure as a driving pressure, however its future in army, drugs, and repair has elevated as anticipated. We didn’t count on, nonetheless, the considerably sudden and accelerating curiosity in the “meta universe” or “metaverse.” What is the metaverse? Meta means transcendence and verse means universe, so we’re approaching the functionality of getting into a digital universe that’s not actuality however does exist exterior of actuality. What does that imply? It’s not simply the way forward for Facebook, though Facebook and different social media websites will play a serious position. In my opinion, the metaverse is a mix of the actual world that you just and people you talk with occupy, whereas the XR world is generated by your gadgets.

How will we construct this synthetic “actuality?” It will likely be completed by way of XR know-how, making use of 5G, and 6G cloud transmission know-how (which is coming ahead of you suppose), in addition to wearable and viewable supporting {hardware}—resembling superior imaginative and prescient gadgets, haptics, and all the new {hardware} that we noticed at AWE and count on to see at CES. In reality, such advances have precipitated the want for a second AWE in June 2022.

Expect to listen to plenty of discuss the metaverse as this pattern grows in sophistication. For now, let’s take a look at a few of the XR gadgets just lately introduced.

Virtual Headsets
It appears that now we have moved quickly from the heavy, wired uncomfortable headsets to lighter headsets which might be nearly like eyeglasses. At AWE, an organization from Finland known as Dispelix confirmed VR glasses that use a skinny, clear waveguide to soak up a projected picture and relay it to the eye. They are related in measurement and luxury of a standard pair of glasses but have tiny XR projectors at very excessive picture high quality.


Niantic, greatest recognized for growing Pokémon Go, showcased a software program platform known as Lightship for constructing actual world metaverse apps that may energy future XR glasses. The firm introduced it will likely be utilizing the know-how at subsequent yr’s Coachella music competition. As I perceive it, they are going to use a “visible positioning system” for AR glasses. These AR glasses will likely be embedded with a show that understands its precise real-world place. It then lets digital objects (resembling Pikachu in Pokémon Go) keep anchored to a selected real-world location so that you can discover while you get there. This is a essential part wanted to make AR glasses, resembling the variety that Niantic is constructing with Qualcomm.

Perhaps the most fascinating system I noticed at AWE was a pair of good glasses by Viewpointsystem, an organization based mostly in Vienna. This system is small and cozy, however it has wonderful functionality and nice potential. I used to be given the alternative to interview them and see it work for myself. It first information what you see, then analyzes and determines your expressions, and offers an thought of what you’re considering or doing. This patented course of known as Eye Gestures mimics a human being’s capability to type an opinion about what they observe.

Figure 3: Eye Gestures permits digital interplay in a method that’s extra intuitive and handy.

According to firm info, “The VPS Fact Finder prepares all knowledge from the VPS 19 Smart Glasses for additional use. The software program visualizes recorded imaginative and prescient and notion.” This {hardware} used with the IMOTIONS software program has wonderful XR in addition to metaverse potential. “You acquire a holistic view of human conduct and have exact, goal representations of eye sequences in addition to the visible conduct of the wearer.” There is a lot extra that this technique is able to. Over the subsequent few years, with the enlargement of the metaverse, this kind of system could also be a key to breaking down the barrier between human and machine. Viewpointsystems will likely be at CES so we will likely be searching for extra detailed info there.

Other areas of curiosity included Haptex gloves, which allow very real looking contact and really feel; Care AR, a Xerox firm enabling service groups to immediately present distant visible XR assist for his or her clients and discipline service technicians, together with drone collaboration; and different gadgets together with some very high-end VR glasses by Lenovo.

Looking Ahead to CES
CES dwarfs AWE, APEX and so many different reveals, however count on it to be about half its regular measurement and considerably totally different for 2022. There will nonetheless be greater than 1,600 exhibitors, with greater than a 3rd of them Fortune 500 corporations. The better part is it’s in individual and I plan to be there. Here is a few of what I count on to see.


Figure 4: The final time CES met in individual was 2020.

New Smart Phones
Samsung has launched its new line of telephones, together with one thing I’ve missed—a contemporary model of final decade’s foldable telephone. I miss the simply carried flip telephone, however I don’t wish to quit all the options of a contemporary smartphone. It seems to be like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip could also be a step in that path, and I count on new designs at CES, each with smartphones and good watches.


We ought to see all the pieces from transportable system quick chargers to superior heads up shows, clear know-how (permitting the driver to have an unobstructed view of the environment of the automobile from no matter angle is required), superior sprint cams, navigation, leisure, and, after all, all the know-how for the upcoming new electrical autos together with new superior vehicles themselves.


Figure 6: Features in electrical vehicles will likely be a spotlight of CES.

Windows 11
Microsoft’s newest working system is out and many people on the MS inside observe are utilizing it, though it will likely be accessible to everybody in early 2022. I count on all new computer systems and gadgets proven at CES this yr will likely be Windows 11 suitable. Do we’d like Windows 11? My preliminary response is, probably not. It has some new options however most of them may simply have been a part of a Windows 10 replace. It is, nonetheless, excuse to do a clear OS set up. Some of the neat options embrace a brand new OS restore device that finds and fixes OS errors in your pc rapidly and mechanically; a brand new widgets function; new wallpapers and themes; the enhanced and simplified begin menu; an enhanced search function that may assist you discover just lately used apps, information, and footage rapidly and simply; and an upcoming compatibility with Android apps, auto HDR, and extra.

There can also be what seems to be vital backward compatibility, making the transition fairly painless. There are some bugs and there have already been a number of updates and fixes. So far, I prefer it. Unless you’re snug organising a pc from scratch, let’s wait till CES to listen to extra.

Figure 7: A full Windows 11 will likely be launched in 2022.

New GPUs
Over the previous yr, NVIDIA and AMD have launched a brand new technology of graphic processing models (GPUs). The new technology is so highly effective that the use of scalable hyperlink interface (SLI), which permits the use of a couple of GPU on a pc, has nearly gone away. The new technology should not that rather more costly if you will get them at checklist worth, which proper now you may’t. GPUs and their highly effective processing capabilities are additionally used for cryptocurrency mining, thus the demand for GPUs has elevated exponentially. This has created a scarcity and led to scammers promoting them on common for nearly double the worth.

We are additionally wanting ahead to seeing new choices from the approximate 185 automotive exhibitors; Samsung, Sony, LG, and different good dwelling exhibitors; all the wonderful superior new concepts and gadgets at Eureka Park (maybe the most enjoyable space); and a lot extra, together with the annual Showstoppers occasion.

Stay tuned as we deliver you highlights throughout and after the present. There is way to look ahead to in a (hopefully) post-pandemic 2022.

Dan Feinberg is an I-Connect007 technical editor and founding father of Fein-Line Associates. 


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