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CES: Now for Smart Water

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Zero Mass Water provided the following information for features of the product:

Zero Mass Water’s sensor is the latest addition to the integrated SOURCE sensor suite. The new sensor gauges important traits of the water delivered by SOURCE Hydropanels, including:

Sterilization: SI monitors and ensures optimized water quality, allowing users to see details on their SOURCE smartphone app. SI manages water treatment using ozone, the most effective method for sterilizing water. Ozone’s sterilization attributes are superior to that of the chlorine used in municipal systems, and it leaves no residual chemicals in the water. Ozonation helps keep the water captured by SOURCE perfectly clean and safe to drink over time.

Total dissolved solids (TDS): SI also reports and informs the degree of mineralization of the water. Calcium and magnesium are added to SOURCE water to provide the perfect levels of electrolytes for your hydration – as well as the perfect taste.

Here’s how that adds up: SOURCE Informed automatically monitors your water quality, predicts and optimizes the taste of your water based on mineral levels, and maintains the safety of your stored water supply. Daily reports are sent straight to the SOURCE app on your smartphone, so you always know exactly what you’re drinking with SOURCE.

The Zero Mass Water Mission: Perfect Drinking Water Everywhere

Zero Mass Water’s vision is to perfect water for every person in every place. The company’s first product — the SOURCE Hydropanel — enables the world’s only off-grid water production from nearly every corner of the planet.

Zero Mass Water will begin shipping the Hydropanels with the IS in early 2019. Visitors to CES can see the technology at LVCC booth #CP-5.

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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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