Is Kodak the new Polaroid? That’s the question some were asking as the troubled brand returned to the CES expo in Las Vegas last week. It showcased its newest instant-print cameras and mobile photo printers from brand licensee C+A Global, including the Kodak Smile Classic Instant Print Digital Camera and Instant Digital Printer.
“The instant print category aligns perfectly with the Kodak brand,” said Joel Satin, VP of brand licensing at Eastman Kodak Company. “With a rich heritage going back more than a century, consumers continue to look to us to help capture their memories in an easy, accessible way. At CES 2019, we are highlighting products in our portfolio that speak to this strong connection with photography and imaging.”
Kodak supplied the following information on products featured at the show:
Kodak Smile Classic Instant Print Digital Camera
The Kodak Smile Classic Camera combines the contemporary technology of instant digital printing into a vintage camera body with an updated, yet nostalgic look and feel. The camera is equipped with a pop-up viewfinder, an automatic single strobe flash, a MicroSD card slot and a 10-second timer. The 3.51 x 4.25-inch Kodak Zink Sticky-Backed Photo Paper can be printed on instantly from the camera. You can also print pictures from your smartphone by connecting it to the camera via Bluetooth Technology and the free Kodak Instant Print Companion app.
The Kodak Smile Instant Print Digital Camera: Print in an Instant
The 10-megapixel Kodak Smile Camera is a stylish camera that combines the nostalgia of analogue photography with Zink Zero Ink Printing Technology. The camera features an LCD viewfinder display, 10-second timer, automatic flash and a MicroSD card slot.
The Kodak Smile Instant Digital Printer: The One-Click Wonder of Instant Printing
The Kodak Smile Instant Printer offers a quick and easy way to print pictures with its intuitive design. With the free Kodak Instant Print Companion App, compatible with iOS and Android devices, photos can be sent to the printer via Bluetooth Technology connection.
Click here to see how Kodak’s new devices convert
CES: Most useless gadgets
The worst gadgets of CES also deserve their moment of infamy, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.
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.
CES: Language tech means no more “lost in translation”
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
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.