What are the latest inventions in electronics

Samsung Neon and other inventions we'll hear about

Some inventions sound sensational, but quickly disappear from the public eye. Others are remembered, lead to great innovations - or are just fun. Samsung presented the "Neon" technology at CES 2020. We present 9 further innovative projects here.

Hendo's hoverboard hovers a good two centimeters above the ground.

Photo: Hendo

1. Samsung Neon

An artificial person: Sounds scary at first. But that's exactly what Samsung presented at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The subsidiary Star Labs unveils "Neon", an artificial person as a virtual being that looks and acts humanly. The technology should even have emotions and intelligence. The invention is not about an AI assistant, but about a computer-generated person who is supposed to appear in films or smartphone apps. Think of it like an avatar who can also have conversations or do tasks. For each neon avatar there should be an individual appearance that is based on real people. Samsung envisions that neon avatars can be digital financial advisors or act as healthcare providers in the future. A neon can be subscribed to and can accompany us through everyday life. Star Labs describes the technology as “further development in the areas of behavioral neural networks, evolutionary generative intelligence and computer-generated reality”. In summary, this technology runs under the name "Core R3". The beta should appear in 2020 and is aimed at companies. So far, all the images and videos shown are pure fiction.

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2. The hoverboard

When Michael J. Fox raced through the future with his hoverboard, the floating skateboard, in 1985, everyone probably thought: That's it. That would be a really good invention. 30 years later there are two versions of the hoverboard. One really floats, the other just pretends - but you can easily buy it for that.

Luxury car maker Lexus hired a professional skateboarder last year to showcase its hoverboard in Barcelona. It floats through a set course and even over the water. This is made possible by a magnetic field that maintains a constant distance between the board and the floor. However, the prototype will not become a production model.

Ross McGouran in Barcelona: The professional skater jumps over a car with the hoverboard.

Source: Lexus International

The two-wheeled electric scooters, which function like mini Segways without a handlebar and are only controlled via the body balance, are now less spectacular, but are available in stores instead.

3. Lowline underground park

On an area of ​​5000 square meters under the streets of New York, a real park with benches, trees and meadows is to be created, which will even be supplied with daylight.

Trees and plants underground: an abandoned underground tram station in New York's popular Manhattan district is to be converted into a park. The project is called Lowline.

Source: The Lowline

Above the ground, the initiators are planning rods with bowl-shaped collectors that capture sunlight that is conducted underground via fiber optic cables. The whole thing is planned for a disused station of the former tram.

4. HoloLens data glasses

With the HoloLens, Microsoft could land another coup after a long time. The data glasses differ from competing models in that they do not completely take the user into a virtual world, but rather allow the real world to be seen. But what appears before the eye is actually three-dimensional.

At the end of March 2016, Microsoft plans to start delivering the HoloLens data glasses.

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft envisions the device primarily for leisure applications. For example, while watching a sports broadcast on television, you could at the same time see a real looking player in your own living room up close.

5. Stratford Collective high-rise

You can find it all in a student district: Inexpensive living space, inexpensive cafés and restaurants, meeting places, relaxation areas. But such an idyll is hardly conceivable in a city like London, where you can easily pay the equivalent of 25 euros per square meter in rent. That is why the initiators of the “Stratford Collective” are planning a high-rise building that provides for all of these things.

The Stratford Collective: The British architecture firm PLP is planning a 112-meter tower that will also provide affordable housing for students and young adults. As in a shared apartment, apart from the private rooms, there should be shared kitchens, bathrooms and other living spaces for collective use.

Source: PLP Architecture

There are also small apartments that can be rented out at short notice like hotel rooms, or large apartments that function like shared apartments. The 112-meter-high tower with 30 floors should be ready in 2018 - if the construction is approved and financed.

6. Samsung's Safety Truck

Another Samsung invention. Video technology for trucks should make overtaking safer. A camera records the traffic in front of the truck and the image appears in real time on the back. In this way, even in confusing situations, a driver behind it can see whether or not he can risk overtaking.

Samsung's Safety Truck has a display that allows a view of the traffic in front of the truck.

Source: Samsung

After the presentation in summer 2015, the electronics company further developed the technology. This spring, the system will be extensively tested on a track in Argentina, where accidents occur frequently when overtaking.

7. Drinkable Book

More than 700 million people worldwide have no access to clean water. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this number has fallen significantly over the past few decades, but around ten percent of the world's population is still affected. The invention of US researcher Teri Dankovich, known as the "Drinkable Book", sounds ingeniously simple.

The water filters can be easily removed from the drinkable book: each filter cleans 100 liters of water.

Source: Page Drinking Paper

The drinkable book is, strictly speaking, a collection of paper filters. The leaves are perforated and provided with silver nanoparticles. Easily and very cheaply made, a single book could provide a person with clean water for four years.

8. Wide Path Camper from Denmark

That can really only come from Holland: the caravan that you can hang on your bike. And yet a Dane came up with this vehicle.

The folding caravan has a transport size of 99 × 130 cm. When unfolded, it is 260 cm long. The height inside the caravan is 130 cm.

Source: Wide Path Camper

The sleeping car can even be folded up for the journey. However, if you want to move the trailer, you need strength or an e-bike - with an unladen weight of 45 kilos.

9. Viewing deck for the jumbo jet

WindSpeed ​​has developed a type of elevator for the passenger cabin of ordinary aircraft. He is supposed to lift inmates onto a viewing platform above the hull.

Illustration of the sky deck: passengers should enjoy an incredible panoramic view in the glass observation cabin.

Source: Windspeed

The company only has to convince aircraft manufacturers that the concept works technically and economically ...

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    Sarah Janczura is content manager and responsible editor for ingenieur.de. After an internship with a focus on social media, she worked as an online editor in a digital agency. She writes about technology, research and career topics.

  • Werner Grosch