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CES Wrap-Up; Ring Spy; Reality Check; SpaceX Starship; Fun with Exoskeletons
 

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January 11 · Issue #133 · View online
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CES Wrap-Up; Ring Spy; Reality Check; SpaceX Starship; Fun with Exoskeletons

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CES Part III. The monster consumer electronics show in Las Vegas wraps up today, but I hightailed it out of there a little early after seeing all I could see, which was a lot.
Car talk. The show was filled to the brim with car announcements and technology. 5G is going to transform how are cars drive and communicate (with us and each other) and future cockpits and dashboards may look more like the console of the Starship Enterprise.
A New Vision for the Future of Driving – The Upgrade – Medium
Bot talk. There are more cool and important robots at CES than I’ve seen in some time. Samsung notably jumped into the robot waters with both feet, unveiling a collection of home and retail helper bots. However, nothing excited me like their exoskeleton GEMS, especially because they let me try the hip version on and take it for a walk – or did it take me for a walk?
I Wore Samsung’s Amazing Exoskeleton!
Frank talk. CES 2019 wins points for the sheer volume of gadgetry. However, when I try to come up with the defining product or one or two new inventions that we’ll be talking about months from now, ones that if you missed seeing them, you had a distinct feeling of FOMO, I’m stumped. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every minute of my time walking the floors, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that this is an off year for the venerable electronics show.
There’s Nothing New at CES 2019 – The Upgrade – Medium
Rocket man. If humans are ever going to make to Mars, we need a really big, really powerful rocket ship, which is what Elon Musk’s SpaceX is building. Formerly known as BFR, the Starship has the size and power to, well, make it to distant planets and beyond. A little while back Musk shared a 3D render of the ship that made it look like something straight out of a 1950’s sci-fi magazine. More recently, he revealed a smaller, suborbital version that they’ll use for tests. Judging by the human standing underneath it, it’s still pretty darn big.
Elon Musk says SpaceX has assembled Starship test rocket with shiny, retro look
Can’t unring this bell. Has Amazon been spying on its customers? A new report from the Intercept says that Ring, the video camera company Amazon bought last year, gave “highly privileged access” to camera feeds from customer devices to Ring engineers and execs. Supposedly it was for the purpose of annotating some videos. Ring sort of responded and promised that it holds its employees to "a high ethical standard.” I suspect this won’t be the last we hear of this.
Nest competitor Ring reportedly gave employees full access to customers’ live camera feeds
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