Consumer Electronics Show highlights new products

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The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, unveiled at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, and then at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. The vehicle boasts a 200-mile range, putting it in Tesla Model S in terms of flexibility, according to cnet.com. (Courtesy of wikimedia.org, William Oliver )

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held at the beginning of every year in Las Vegas, showcases and previews the world’s newest products.

This year’s show was held this year from Jan. 6 to 9 and seemed to lend a specific focus on the newest technologies in the automotive industry.

One of the highlights of the show was the unveiling of Chevrolet’s new 2017 Bolt EV.

Chevy’s new model will be the first all-electric car to cost less than $30,000 and travel more than 200 miles in between charges. The car will also feature a 10.2 inch touchscreen with an Android-like interface.

Chevy choose to announce their new model at the CES despite the event being held just a week before the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

In other news, GM announced a partnership with Lyft, transportation network company similar to the more well-known counterpart Uber.

GM has invested $500 million into Lyft as a part of their new partnership.

The two will work to design a fleet of self-driving cars that consumers can summon from their phones. Lyft drivers will also be able to rent and operate vehicles without needing ownership.

Not to be outdone, Faraday Future unveiled a similar model with its new concept car, the FF01. The FF01 is another all-electric car and features engines behind all four tires.

Fitting in with the theme of eliminating car ownership, Faraday Future plans to implement a subscription fee for its customers, who instead of owning an FF01 will have a car delivered to them upon request.

Another new technology that was generating plenty of buzz at this year’s show was the new Smart Wheel, developed by 20 year old Tristan Evarts. Evarts’ new steering wheel attachment attempts to stop distracted driving.

The young inventor was inspired when he and many of his friends got their licenses in high school. He became aware of just how big a problem distracted driving is.

Evarts’ device goes over the steering wheel and requires that you keep two hands on the pad while the car is in motion, else a warning indicator will go off.

While there are many distractions behind the wheel, the main one this new device tries to impede is texting and driving.

It will be interesting to see if any car companies attempt to partner with Evarts and get ahead on safe driving.

Drones were among the hottest debuts at this year’s show. As drones have become easier to operate, they have also become more heavily regulated. Federal regulations have led to a drone/UA ban on Union’s campus as it exposes the college to liability risks.

Little-known drone companies made the most headway at the show.

Miniwing is a drone company that specializes in designing drones for filming and photography. Miniwing boasts significant new advancements in imaging, flight control, and propulsion systems.

Aside from the latest automotive updates, domestic appliances was also heavily showcased at the CES. Marathon showcased a new hi-tech all-in-one washer and dryer.

This new device will feature an ability to sync a phone with a camera inside the machine so one can view their laundry while it’s being washed.

Perhaps the coolest feature is a warning indicator that will alert the user if he or she has left their phone in a pocket.

This machine will also feature touchscreen controls. The Marathon washer and dryer will also have growth potential, as the device’s connectivity will allow the producers to continually add new features to the machine.

Every year features technological advancements that dazzle the general public, and 2016 looks to be no different.

 

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