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CES: TCL reveals Alcatel’s new ‘full-view’ display

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At CES in Las Vegas this week, TCL Communication, manufacturer of Alcatel and BlackBerry handsets, will debut its new display technologies, as well as the first 2019 Alcatel Series smartphones with TCL-made Alcatel Full View Display. 

TCL says it will unveil the company’s edge-to-edge and dot display technologies, made possible through its sister company CSOT, which also develops display panels for TCL televisions. CSOT is one of the world leaders in LCD panels as well as LTPS, AMOLED and advanced display technologies, such as flexible displays. 

The Hong Kong-based company will also display its full lineup of BlackBerry smartphones, including the BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE.

“At TCL Communication, we continue to push the evolution of our mobile and internet products, and while our Alcatel and BlackBerry devices at CES will show what we can deliver today, it’s what we are debuting in our new display technology that proves what we will deliver in the future,” says Peter Lee, general manager of global sales and marketing at TCL Communication. 

“As one of the leading panel manufacturers in the world, TCL has a legacy of making great display technology accessible to customers around the globe. Last year, we showed that we could bring this technology to our mobile devices with our Alcatel Full View Displays, and with our new display demos at CES this year, we’re showing the kind of TCL technology our customers can expect from our smartphones and other devices in the future.”

TCL manufactures BlackBerry-branded devices under license.
Visitors to CES 2019 can visit TCL at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth #12929. For more information about TCL and BlackBerry devices, www.tclcom.comwww.alcatelmobile.com, and www.blackberrymobile.com.

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CES: Most useless gadgets

The worst gadgets of CES also deserve their moment of infamy, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.

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It’s fairly easy to choose the best new gadgets launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Most lists – and there are many – highlight the LG roll-up TV, the Samsung modular TV, the Royole foldable phone, the impossible burger, and the walking car.

But what about the voice assisted bed, the smart baby dining table, the self-driving suitcase and the robot that does nothing? In their current renditions, they sum up what is not only bad about technology, but how technology for its own sake quickly leads us down the rabbit hole of waste and futility.

The following pick of the worst of CES may well be a thinly veneered attempt at mockery, but it is also intended as a caution against getting caught up in hype and justification of pointless technology.

1. DUX voice-assisted bed

The single most useless product launched at CES this year must surely be a bed with Alexa voice control built in. No, not to control the bed itself, but to manage the smart home features with which Alexa and other smart speakers are associated. Or that any smartphone with Siri or Google Assistant could handle. Swedish luxury bedmaker DUX thinks it’s a good idea to manage smart lights, TV, security and air conditioning through the bed itself. Just don’t say Alexa’s “wake word” in your sleep.

2. Smart Baby Dining Table 

Ironically, the runner-up comes from a brand that also makes smart beds: China’s 37 Degree Smart Home. Self-described as “the world’s first smart furniture brand that is transforming technology into furniture”, it outdid itself with a Smart Baby Dining Table. This isa baby feeding table with a removable dining chair that contains a weight detector and adjustable camera, to make children’s weight and temperature visible to parents via the brand’s app. Score one for hands-off parenting.

Click here to read about smart diapers, self-driving suitcases, laundry folders, and bad robot companions.

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CES: Language tech means no more “lost in translation”

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Talking to strangers in foreign countries just got a lot easier with recent advancements in translation technology. Last week, major companies and small startups alike showed the CES technology expo in Las Vegas how well their translation worked at live translation.

Most existing translation apps, like Bixby and Siri Translate, are still in their infancy with live speech translation, which brings about the need for dedicated solutions like these technologies:

Babel’s AIcorrect pocket translator

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The AIcorrect Translator, developed by Beijing-based Babel Technology, attracted attention as the linguistic king of the show. As an advanced application of AI technology in consumer technology, the pocket translator deals with problems in cross-linguistic communication. 

It supports real-time mutual translation in multiple situations between Chinese/English and 30 other languages, including Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, Russian and Spanish. A significant differentiator is that major languages like English being further divided into accents. The translation quality reaches as high as 96%.

It has a touch screen, where transcription and audio translation are shown at the same time. Lei Guan, CEO of Babel Technology, said: “As a Chinese pathfinder in the field of AI, we designed the device in hoping that hundreds of millions of people can have access to it and carry out cross-linguistic communication all barrier-free.” 

Click here to read about the Pilot, Travis, Pocketalk, Google and Zoi translators.

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