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CES 2018: A Wide Range of Robots and A.I. on Display

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Not all artificial intelligence, or what we call robots, come in the shape of a human. You’ve probably seen the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner, as one example of that. Still, as the new generation of Roomba connects to the Internet, it can learn and remember your house layout, therefore becoming a “smarter,” more efficient cleaning tool for you. The Roomba is classified as a robot by definition because it’s “a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.” - per Google

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), robots were displayed all over, showing off what actions they can do and learn. It’s apparent from the show, household robots with artificial intelligence are getting closer to becoming a reality in our daily lives. Many industry leaders in the auto and medical industries are experimenting with different types of robots that can benefit us in those fields as well.

We even saw robots whose purpose is purely for fun and enjoyment. The return of Sony’s robotic puppy, Aibo, may be making a comeback as one of those. Check out the latest version of Aibo on YouTube. We have one of the original Aibo puppies from over a decade ago sitting idle in our office museum, but the newest Aibo can interact much more intelligently than its predecessor.

The more realistic robot demonstrated at CES was Sophia, a humanoid robot by Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong. You can watch an interactive question and answer session, where she even jokes with the interviewer. A couple of robotic pole dancers were debuted at a Las Vegas night club during CES this year – demonstrating the vast amount of ways A.I. technology can be used.

Whatever we create using A.I. with robots, unless we humans clearly define their purpose, they can be turned into something used for good or evil; a benefit to our society or something taxing on our society. After all, even though robots are smart, it’s still humans who define their programs, uses, controls and access. It’s still humans who will define our future society.
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CES 2018: Voice Commands to Manage the Home

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Our last article touched on smart speakers, such as Amazon’s Alexa. Let’s take it one step further to see what kinds of tasks a smart speaker can initiate via its connectivity to your home. As your home appliances and entertainment become more connected to an ultra hi-speed Internet, you’ll have more opportunity to manage your home by voice command. For instance, did you know Alexa can be integrated with certain microwaves to pop your popcorn on command? We think that’s a fun feature; check it out here:

Currently, it’s a battle between Google and Amazon for the most popular smart speaker. It’s reported the in-home speaker market is split between Amazon 70% versus Google 23%. Those stats may change, however, depending on which platform appliance manufacturers choose to integrate with.

But voice commands aren’t just for speakers. The artificial intelligence is also getting integrated directly into your home appliances, home security, and entertainment systems. At some point you may find yourself simply asking your microwave to defrost your 2 lb. chicken breast rather than pushing the buttons to do so.

It will be very interesting to see how this artificial intelligence for our homes and offices evolves and shifts in popularity. From smart speakers to smart appliances, smart lighting and more, appliance manufacturers are working quickly to simplify everything in our lives.
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Click It Audio - Press Release

Click It Audio - Press Release
Don’t read. Listen!

Integrate audio seamlessly into your website or blog!

Bellevue, Wash (02/21, 2018) - Click It Audio wants to change how you consume content online. The recently launched service aims to change your text content into audio clips. Users upload audio files to Click It Audio, which then creates a snippet of code that can be embedded into any website.

“Like a headset, you borrow at a museum to listen to the explanation, sure, you can always read but why should you?” Ken Uchikura, chairman PSPinc, said.

Their goal is to substitute text-heavy pages on your website for audio to make it easy for your visitors to follow along. Click It Audio not only creates the code for your audio, it also keeps your audio stored and listed on your account for easy management. If you’re not sure how to create audio, or if you want a more professional touch, they offer a professional and highly skilled audio engineering team that will help create scripts, add voice-overs, and sound effects to your audio.

Audio files of up to 5 minutes can be recorded and uploaded to your website. It starts with 3 free uploads to embed and then users can easily buy a monthly subscription if they need more. Click It Audio is here to challenge how you consume your online content, and we’re listening.

For more information about Click It Audio, visit them online here.

About PSPinc: PSPinc, founded in 1987 by Ken Uchikura, at that time he was developing software out of a room in his apartment on Mercer Island, WA. 30 years later, PSPinc has now grown into a full-service software company offering web hosting, web design, and marketing solutions. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, PSPinc houses 50 employees and has two offices in California. With more than 40,000 companies of all sizes around the world trusting them for websites, email, and online services.

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CES 2018: The Evolution of Smart Speakers

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Why is Alexa a hot item in our homes today? Because it’s not just a speaker for music, but rather it’s a home butler system run by artificial intelligence. When it comes to the Internet of things (IoT), manufacturers are aiming to become the leader in connecting all devices and appliances in the household or office via these smart speaker systems. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, the battle was on between Amazon’s Alexa and other competitors, like Google, who showed off what technology they have to offer.

Smart speakers come with voice commands. Instead of typing on your keyboards, you talk to your speaker, which will answer you back, and sometimes take it a step further by ordering items, setting up your appointments, or arming your home security systems. The futuristic technology we saw in the Star Trek movies is now looking like a reality in our homes!

The variety of voice commands and the quality of responses by artificial intelligence have improved a lot in the last few years, but there is room for more. How much the speakers can access and control are key to their success. After all, smart speakers are not smart unless people give them the logic to perform their specified tasks.

Paired with ultra-fast wireless broadband connections, technology is on the horizon for household electronics, audio/TV, appliances, security systems, and more, to be controlled by artificial intelligence.
#PSPinc #Blog #CES2018 #Technology #Innovation #ConsumerElectronics #Alexa #Amazon #ArtificialIntelligence #AI

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CES 2018: 5G Speed for Instant Connectivity

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You’re probably familiar with 3G and 4G wireless broadband speeds, but this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the hot topic was 5G – which stands for the “fifth generation” of broadband cellular network technology.

5G is the new communication standard that enables faster downloads. 4G LTE, the previous generation, can transfer up to 1Gbps, but 5G will increase the speed up to 10Gbps. At this new speed, you can download a full HD movie in just a matter of seconds.

5G is not a new idea, but telecom providers are just starting to roll it out. 5G will enable other emerging technologies to be more adaptable to our lives. This faster communication will allow many devices such as cars, phones, and other mobile devices to access data and upload it to appropriate servers to be processed almost instantly. One of the best examples of how this could work was described in a consumer reports article, stating:

Eventually, autonomous cars could be in constant contact with each other and infrastructure such as stoplights. That would take the kind of near-instantaneous data transfer that 5G provides. –

With 5G, our smart devices will get a whole lot smarter. At faster speeds, the information will be more accessible, and our devices will process it with instant precision. It is said Japan will launch a full 5G network in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
#PSPinc #Blog #CES2018 #Technology #Innovation #5G #ConsumerElectronics #WirelessBroadband #InternetSpeed

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CES 2018: The Cars of Tomorrow on Display to Today

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At past Consumer Electronics Shows, the futuristic cars boasted upgraded audio systems with large speakers, and sleek design and style elements. Today’s cars at CES have far surpassed that technology and now we’re seeing them equipped with computer technology, auto-drive features and even artificial intelligence! The focus is less on engines and mechanics than it is on computerization and automation.

This year at CES, several announcements were made by auto manufacturers regarding new concepts as they work to compete against brands like Tesla and other innovative automakers. Check out a couple of the big ideas here:

Autonomous Driving

Auto manufacturers are in a race to come up with the best self-driving technology including better sensors, cameras and operating systems. The various sensors used in cars include sonar, radar and LiDAR. LiDAR is new to us. It uses a basic technology of radar, but it utilizes light from a laser. Toyota, for example, showed its Lexus SUV with LiDAR technology. But it all boils down to the driving experience, giving consumers the latest technology within a safe and comfortable ride.

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)

Self-driving cars will be our way of life in the future. Wouldn’t it be ideal if we could get from point A to point B without having to think about it? You could spend your time doing something else, working perhaps, while the car chauffeurs you around! Until that technology is perfected, some manufacturers are adapting A.I. for the in-vehicle entertainment experience with speakers like Alexa. Although Alexa can’t give you a self-driving experience yet, it can find you the information you need.

From what we’re seeing at CES, the cars of tomorrow operate more like computerized transportation mechanisms – it will be interesting to see how fast this technology progresses!
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CES 2018: Advancements in Television Hi-Def Resolution

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It was easy for us to acclimate to higher quality TV screens. Most of us have probably forgotten how TV screens used to look before HD. High-definition (HD) is 1080p, meaning it is 1920 pixels across by 1080 pixels down (1920x1080) for a total of 2,073,600 pixels. Pixel, derived from the phrase “Picture Element,” is the basic unit of programmable color. As you know, the more pixels you have, the clearer and sharper your pictures will look.

You also have to take screen size into consideration. If you have a smaller 20-inch screen, the amount of pixels within that size impacts image quality less than a 50 or 100-inch screen. As we purchase bigger TVs, we want better image quality, which means more pixels are needed.

The newest television products, as displayed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), include 4K and 8K resolution displays, but what do those numbers represent? In simplest terms, they represent better picture quality, consisting of more pixels.

The standard for screen resolution is now known as Ultra High Definition (UHD or Ultra HD), but you’ll see TVs often labeled as 4K or 4K Ultra HD. To be exact, a 4K screen is 3840x2160, for an impressive 8,294,400 pixels -- 4 times the resolution of the previous HD 1080p.

There is one big question for us to ask: Where do we get the 4K content to watch on these UHD screens? In order for content to be broadcast in 4K, it would have to be filmed in a high enough resolution, and not all networks are providing this service yet. Some of the streamed content is 4K, but the selection is very limited right now.

#PSPinc #Blog #CES2018 #Technology #Innovation #TV #ConsumerElectronics #UHD #HD #HighDefinition

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CES 2018: The Future of Television Technology

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The most notable item in consumer electronics is the television. The TV is often at the center of our households with many, if not most Americans, owning more than one and watching it in multiple rooms of their homes.

The TV has been around for almost 100 years. It evolved from a tube-based appliance to a thinner and bigger LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen with LED (Light-Emitting Diode) technology. There’s a lot more to the history and evolution of the television, but let’s set our focus on what’s current and upcoming.

Plasma TVs used to be the modern technology, but they’re not as popular anymore with the rise of improved LCD TVs. And plasma TVs aren’t always offered in nice, thin panels like LCD TVs. People often confuse LCD and LED, but LED is simply a new generation of the LCD TV. Instead of using fluorescent tubes, LED TVs use light-emitting diodes to illuminate the screen. LED technology is super efficient, consuming up to 90 percent less energy than other light sources from the past.

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there were new technologies leading the industry with 1) OLED: LED using organic electroluminescent materials, therefore making it possible to make TVs thinner, lighter, and more brilliant in color, and 2) MicroLED: a similar technology with potential for even better color displays.

At CES this year, Samsung unveiled its 146-inch MicroLED screen prototype TV, appropriately nicknamed “The Wall” for its enormity. Hopefully, the future involves this brilliant television technology in smaller displays so the average American household can afford it!
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Let’s Talk Tech: The Consumer Electronics Show

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held earlier this month in Las Vegas. It’s one of the largest, most innovative technology trade shows in the world. Last year’s show welcomed 4,000 exhibiting companies, 184,000 attendees, and 1,200 speakers.

CES a conference where global technology takes center stage, highlighting innovation in all areas of life, from sports to automotive, health and wellness, artificial intelligence, media and entertainment, manufacturing, and more. Just about every part of our daily lives are influenced by technology, and CES is the place where the latest products and offerings are debuted.

As mentioned, thousands of influential speakers and exhibitors were in attendance again this year. Companies like Comcast, YouTube, Intel, Ford Motor Company, Hulu, Time Warner Co., Amazon, Carnival Cruise Line, Spotify, Sleep Number, Samsung, Google, and many, many more were represented. The list is far too great (and impressive) to keep going here. This year, some 900 startups were represented as well. Should be exciting to see what launches this year!

CES started 50 years ago in New York City, and today people come in from all over the world to see what technology is in development or launching soon. Although you may have seen some highlights from CES in the news, this month on the blog I’d like to go more in depth on some of the new technology, and what it will mean for us and our businesses. Stay tuned for some exciting stuff!
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