– CES 2024 is taking place in Las Vegas, and the TechCrunch team is covering the event.
– Major announcements have been made by companies such as Nvidia, LG, and Samsung.
– Kodiak Robotics revealed an autonomous semi-truck with redundancy features.
– Fox and Polygon Labs are collaborating on an open source protocol for media companies to protect their IP and verify content authenticity.
– Ultrahuman is launching a smart home tracker called Ultrahuman Home.
– Pivotal has begun sales of its lightweight electric Helix aircraft.
– Sound Drive, a startup backed by will.i.am, offers an immersive music experience while driving.
– Sony highlights its mobility partnerships and content authenticity.
– Kia has introduced a modular lineup of EV vans.
– Samsung has unveiled an improved version of its home robot, Ballie, and showcased its sustainability initiatives.
– Timekettle announced the X1 Interpreter Hub for real-time translation.
– LG has launched a transparent OLED TV.
– Neoplants has developed bio-engineered houseplants that purify the air.
– Samsung has revealed new foldable and rollable displays.
– Nvidia has unveiled the GeForce RTX 40 Super series of desktop graphics cards.
– AMD has released the Ryzen 8000G processors with AI capabilities.
– Bosch has demonstrated eye-tracking technology for driving.
– Various smart kitchen appliances have been introduced.
– Volkswagen plans to add an AI-powered chatbot to its vehicles.
– Apple Vision Pro will be available for sale on February 2.
CES 2024 is here! The TechCrunch team is in Las Vegas this week to take in all of the action and decipher what it means to you. You already know what we’re expecting, so sit back, relax and stay tuned throughout the week as we bring you the products, announcements and startup news that you need to know.
Kicking off the first day are some bigger announcements from companies, including Nvidia, LG and Samsung. Here are all the ways you can watch live.
Kodiak Robotics’ take on autonomous trucking
Autonomous trucking startup Kodiak Robotics revealed a semi-truck that Kirsten reports founder Don Burnette saying “is the linchpin in its plans to launch commercial driverless operations this year.” The company specifically set out to include redundancy in its safety features so that there is a backup in case anything were to fail while on the highway with a driver behind the wheel. Get a breakdown of the mechanical components and safety systems.
Fox, Polygon Labs collaborate to defeat deepfakes
Fox has partnered with Polygon Labs, a developer of scaling networks for Ethereum, to release an open source protocol for media companies to register their articles, photographs and more. Called Verify, Fox and Polygon are pitching the protocol as a means for outlets to protect their IP while letting consumers verify the authenticity of content. Learn more about the protocol.
Ultrahuman unveils ‘home health’ tracker
Indian wearable startup Ultrahuman is getting into the smart home game with the upcoming launch of connected hardware that’s designed to monitor the “health” of your home, as its marketing puts it. The device, which it’s calling the Ultrahuman Home, has a price of $349 and a shipping date slated to start in July. Check out the specs.
Pivotal begins personal aircraft sales
Pivotal, which is backed by Larry Page, has begun U.S. sales of its lightweight electric Helix aircraft, which notably does not require a pilot’s license to be able to fly. That doesn’t mean those paying at least the $190,000 base price will go without mandatory training, a number of rules and regulations still apply. You can get the full breakdown of their launch pricing and specs right here.
Will.i.am’s new startup mixes music as you drive
If you thought that sounded a little ridiculous, contributor Tim Stevens did too — at least until taking part in the startup Sound Drive’s demo at CES that left him feeling surprisingly impressed with the underlying tech. Read his full impressions of what it’s like to experience music “conducted by the road” here.
Sony highlights mobility partnerships, creators and content authenticity
Sony took the final major press conference slot on Monday, with an expected focus around creators, the success of its IP across its gaming, film and streaming studios and a focus on its partnership with Honda to imagine the mobility space as a “creativity space.” The latter of which was demonstrated in part by teasing Fortnite in its Afeela car and driving it on stage with a PlayStation 5 controller. Its “digital birth certificate” also reminded us of the brighter side of NFTs, which Haje Jan Kamps explains in detail here.
Kia’s new modular EV van lineup
Kia’s new EV vans come with a modular twist. In addition to using a modular powertrain, the vehicles will also have modular tops that allow for many different cabin options. But they remained vague on pricing, specs and expected launch dates for this new fleet of commercial EVs. Read more.
Samsung brings back Ballie; renews green initiative
Meet the new and improved Ballie, Samsung Electronic’s home robot, which it previewed today. It’s around the size of a bowling ball with a battery designed to last two to three hours. Ballie sports a spatial lidar sensor to help it navigate rooms and obstacles, as well as 1080p projector with two lenses that allows the robot to project movies and video calls even act as a second PC monitor. Learn more.
Expanding beyond cute, rolling robots, Samsung showcased its wider initiatives for connected homes. Aside from expected UI and feature updates for its existing SmartThings home automation platform, Samsung showed off a “map view” for users, that creates an interactive home map that even includes animated avatars of residents and pets. Learn more.
Also, Samsung devoted some of its keynote speech to its commitment of sustainability. “We start by incorporating recycled materials into some of our most loved products, such as recycled fishing nets in our Galaxy,” said Inhee Chung, VP of corporate sustainability at Samsung. “Smartphones, recycled plastic in our TVs, and recycled aluminum in our bespoke refrigerators. Recycled plastic accounted for 14% of the total plastic used in our products in 2022. And we’re working towards increasing this amount.” Read more.
X1 Interpreter Hub: A new real-time translator
Timekettle announced the X1 Interpreter Hub, a more robust solution, designed for meetings. Timekettle calls it “the world’s first multi-language simultaneous interpretation system.” The system works out of the box, without having to download a separate app. For in-person meetings, two devices are touched together to initiate conversation translation. The handheld devices house earbuds, similar to past Timekettle products. All told, the X1 is capable of supporting up to 20 people at once in five different languages. Read more.
LG’s transparent television
Televisions aren’t naturally pretty or used as a design feature, but LG Electronics is out to change that perception. Today, consumer technology giant unveiled what it touts is “the world’s first” wireless transparent OLED TV. The LG Signature OLED T combines a transparent 4K OLED screen with LG’s wireless video and audio transmission technology.
Breathe easy with bio-engineered houseplants
French startup Neoplants is showing off its progress with its houseplants that work as air purifiers designed for the home. The bio-engineered plants can, according to the company, replace 20 “regular” houseplants, as measured by how many pollutants the plants can remove from the air.
More from Samsung: bigger, foldier, more rollable displays
Ahead of Samsung Electronics’ press conference later today, we look at some of its product plans that include a “new generation of products that can be folded inward and outward,” along with “monitor-sized” folding and sliding OLEDs. Samsung also unveiled a “Transparent MICRO LED” display for the first time.
Nvidia gets its game on
Today, Nvidia gets into artificial intelligence in a big way with the unveiling of its GeForce RTX, including the GeForce RTX 40 Super series of desktop graphics cards. Much of these are meant for gaming, and Nvidia said 14 titles will get the RTX upgrade treatment, including Horizon Forbidden West, Pax Dei, and Diablo IV. The RTX 4080 Super starts at $999.
More chip updates from AMD
Speaking of chips, AMD debuted its new Ryzen 8000G processors for the desktop, with a big focus on their AI capabilities.
Bosch’s in-car eye-tracking
Bosch is showing off two technologies this week in eye-tracking while driving: One will see that you have tired eyes and ask if you need an espresso when you arrive home. If yes, its connect technology will tell your fancy machine to have one ready. The other is a bit more complicated in that it’s developed to track what you’re looking at as you drive.
We have a collection of small home appliances for the kitchen, from grills to smart microwaves and everything in between, that is sure to get you cooking this year, if you aren’t already.
ChatGPT in Volkswagen
The German automaker plans to add an AI-powered chatbot into all Volkswagen models equipped with its IDA voice assistant. For now, it’s not available in the U.S.
Apple Vision Pro to go on sale February 2
And Apple, in a surprise announcement preempting CES, stole some of the show’s thunder by announcing the Vision Pro will be available in the U.S. The consumer electronics giant confirmed that the Vision Pro will be available in the U.S. starting February 2. Pre-orders for the $3,500 spatial computing device open Friday, January 19.
Some companies made announcements ahead of the big event. Check out what’s already made headlines:
AI Eclipse TLDR:
CES 2024 is underway in Las Vegas, and the TechCrunch team is on-site to cover all the latest technology announcements and developments. The first day of the event featured major announcements from companies like Nvidia, LG, and Samsung. Kodiak Robotics unveiled its autonomous trucking technology, Ultrahuman introduced a “home health” tracker, and Fox collaborated with Polygon Labs to combat deepfakes. Pivotal started selling its lightweight electric aircraft, while will.i.am’s new startup showcased a music-mixing experience for drivers. Sony highlighted its mobility partnerships and content authenticity, while Kia unveiled a modular lineup of electric vans. Samsung showcased its new home robot Ballie, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Timekettle introduced the X1 Interpreter Hub for real-time translation, LG unveiled a transparent OLED TV, and French startup Neoplants showcased bio-engineered houseplants that purify the air. Samsung also revealed plans for foldable and rollable displays. Nvidia announced its GeForce RTX 40 Super series of graphics cards, and AMD debuted its Ryzen 8000G processors with AI capabilities. Bosch showcased eye-tracking technology for driving, and there were various smart cooking appliances and a chatbot integration in Volkswagen models. Finally, Apple announced that its Vision Pro glasses will go on sale on February 2.