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CESAsia 2015: Day One’s Show Floor Picks—Part I

Some of the gadgets that caught our eye at the exhibition

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CESAsia 2015: Day One’s Show Floor Picks—Part I
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Years from now, when historians of technology are recalling the first day of the first-ever CESAsia, here’s what will be remembered:

Gyenno Spoon

While it looks a little bulky, this spoon from Gyenno Technologies has a set of sensors and actuators in the handle that allow it to cancel out much of the motion caused by hand tremors in people suffering from conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. The spoon is charged via a wireless charger that also doubles as a carrying case; it will get about 180 minutes of use per charge. Mass production will start in July and the price will be about US $290.

Spider Dress 2.0

The first pick isn’t technically from the show floor, but from Intel’s keynote address. A model demonstrated this dress created by “fashiontech” designer Anouk Wipprecht. Using computational power provided by Intel’s Edison microcomputer for projects such as wearables, the dress can sense if someone is standing too close to the wearer. If someone is too close, warning lights illuminate, and tentacles that resemble spider legs extend to ward off the intruder.

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Deep Learning Could Bring the Concert Experience Home

The century-old quest for truly realistic sound production is finally paying off

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Now that recorded sound has become ubiquitous, we hardly think about it. From our smartphones, smart speakers, TVs, radios, disc players, and car sound systems, it’s an enduring and enjoyable presence in our lives. In 2017, a survey by the polling firm Nielsen suggested that some 90 percent of the U.S. population listens to music regularly and that, on average, they do so 32 hours per week.

Behind this free-flowing pleasure are enormous industries applying technology to the long-standing goal of reproducing sound with the greatest possible realism. From Edison’s phonograph and the horn speakers of the 1880s, successive generations of engineers in pursuit of this ideal invented and exploited countless technologies: triode vacuum tubes, dynamic loudspeakers, magnetic phonograph cartridges, solid-state amplifier circuits in scores of different topologies, electrostatic speakers, optical discs, stereo, and surround sound. And over the past five decades, digital technologies, like audio compression and streaming, have transformed the music industry.

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