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What Caught Our Eye At CES Asia

Intel’s booth, one of the busiest at the show, promoted gaming, virtual reality and the “sensification” of computing through sensors and stereoscopic-vision cameras to drive changes in video gaming, sports, health and wellness products, and virtual reality. Products incorporating such Intel technologies will be available this year in China through partner companies.

Hisense demonstrated its second-generation 100-inch Laser Cast TV, which consists of a short-throw laser projector that projects a 1080p image onto a specially designed flat glass panel. The combination delivers high brightness levels so the image doesn’t wash out in high ambient light conditions. At around $10,000, including flat front speakers and a subwoofer, Laser Cast TV is positioned as a much-lower-priced alternative to 100-inch LCD TVs, the company said.

Yuneec Electric Aviation demonstrated a drone equipped with Intel’s 3D RealSense camera technology, enabling the drone to recognize and follow its owner while flying around or above objects that get in its way. The Typhoon H drone will be available in China at the end of June.

Could footwear margins be better than computer margins? Lenovo’s smart shoe, appearing in the Intel booth, uses Intel’s Curie module, which incorporates a system on a chip (SoC), sensors, and Bluetooth LE technology. Lenovo demonstrated how a person wearing a pair can control the movement of a videogame character by walking in place or gesturing with their feet. The shoes can also be used to control smart lights. An availability date wasn’t announced.

The Cowa Robot carry-on bag from Shanghai startup Cowa uses autonomous-following and obstacle-avoidance technologies to follow owners who have their hands full, said Cowa Robotic co-founder Lucas Liu (pictured). The bag also finds its owner up to 50 meters away if inadvertently left behind. An alarm sounds on the luggage and on the owner’s Cowa wristband if the bag is separated from its owner by more than 50 meters. If separated from its owner by 1.5 meters, the bag automatically locks itself. The GPS-equipped bag can also be tracked by a smartphone app. The Cowa Robot will be available in a month at an initial crowd-funded price of $399. The price goes to about $600 to $700 later in the year.

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