Last Updated: January 30, 2021, 19:30 IST
Chinese smartphone and electronics maker Xiaomi announced its Mi Air Charge wireless charger this week. The Mi Air Charge wireless charger will charge smartphones or accessories over the air, meaning users won't have to connect their smartphones to a wire, nor require placing it on a wireless charging dock in order to charge wirelessly. The Mi Air Charge achieves over the air charging by emitting millimeter waves through beamforming, and a smartphone or a receiving device using a receiving antenna array converts those wave signals into electrical energy using a rectifier circuit. Currently, the Mi Air Charge is capable of delivering only 5W power to a single device over a couple of meters of distance, but Xiaomi claims that its capabilities will increase over time. (Image Credit: Xiaomi)
Since Xiaomi launched this futuristic charging solution, let us take a look at some of the most futuristic gadgets that have been introduced recently. Given that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021 has just wrapped up, we have a lot of cool gadgets that do seem like something straight out of the future. The Ampere Shower Power is definitely one of those devices. Introduced first much before the CES 2021, the Ampere Shower Power is a water-powered Bluetooth speaker from Ampere that attaches to a showe head. The Ampere Shower Power intercepts your water flow to power a hydroelectric generator that charges the battery of its Bluetooth speaker. Pretty cool for those who like to shower with the music on.
Wearable tech and augmented reality company Vuzix recently introduced its latest smart glasses which are by far the most sophesticated-looking smart glasses that we have seen yet (not in person). The latest pair that Vuzix showcased at the CES 2021 does not have a name yet but it comes with a micro-LED display on both sides of the smart glasses. Vuzix has also used its waveguide technology and its display engine optics for mapping the image onto the inside of the glasses. The Vuzix smart AR glasses can project stereoscopic monochrome or colour image onto both lenses of the spectacles and there is a variety of pixel densities and resolutions, depending on the software requirements. Vuzix also said that the device will support Wi-Fi and optional LTE as well as stereo speakers and noise-canceling microphones.
South Korean giant LG has also unveiled a number of new products and concepts at the recently-concluded CES 2021. However, the most attention was caught by the product that got the least amount of screen-time. The LG Rollable smartphone (previously called LG Project B) showed up in two clips during LG's CES 2021 press conference. The LG Rollable has a 'unique resizable screen' that transforms the smartphone into a small tablet. While merely a concept as of now, the LG Rollable comes as the second device under the brand's Explorer Project. LG, in a separate press release, said that the LG Rollable is an “exploratory” look at what the future of smartphones may bring.
Samsung Bot Handy was another interesting gadget that was showcased at CES 2021. Samsung Bot Handy is a robot that wheels around, raises itself up and dow, recognises objects via its camera, assesses their material to determine its force in order to do tasks (for example pour a glass of wine, load a dishwasher, picking up clothes, and more). Think of it as the robot that you have always imagined in your Sci-Fi dreams.