Samsung Planning to Showcase Control Without Touch Tech at CES 2020

  • The consumer electronics giant will also showcase five projects from C-Lab Inside and four start-ups from C-Lab Outside
  • C-Lab Inside is an in-house idea incubation program that Samsung uses to encourage and nurture innovative ideas from its employees

Samsung Electronics announced that it will be showcasing five projects from its C-Lab Inside program as well as products from four start-ups participating in its C-Lab Outside program at Consumer Electronics Show CES 2020. The C-Lab booth will be located at Eureka Park, Sands Expo, where upcoming start-ups across the globe will be featured from seven to 11 January 2020.

“We will actively support C-Lab to create products that reflect the latest market trends and customer demands and will showcase outstanding projects and startups of C-Lab in various global exhibitions,” said Inkuk Hahn, vice president and head of the Creativity & Innovation Center at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung Vtouch

C-Lab began in 2012

C-Lab Inside is an in-house idea incubation program by Samsung. The company encourages and nurtures innovative ideas from its employees using C-Lab Inside. It had begun in 2012 and this will be the fifth year C-Lab is participating in CES. Since its inception, a total of 40 Samsung C-Lab alumni projects have launched as fully-fledged start-ups, independent from the company.

On the other hand, C-Lab Outside, began in October 2018. “Leveraging the successful experience of C-Lab Inside, C-Lab Outside expands the support to include ideas and innovations from outside the Samsung network. The start-ups selected for the C-Lab Outside program are provided with financial support, business collaboration, and opportunities to participate in global IT exhibitions alongside Samsung,”read Samsung’s official statement.

SelfieType: C-Lab Inside

SelfieType, as per Samsung, is a virtual keyboard using the front-facing selfie camera. A proprietary SelfieType AI engine analyses finger movements coming from the front camera, and converts them into QWERTY keyboard inputs. SelfieType requires no additional hardware and it is highly adaptable to various mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Hyler: C-Lab Inside

Hyler, as informed by Samsung, is a smart highlighter that digitalises analog texts from paper onto mobile devices. By highlighting with Hyler, users can simply collect the information and manage it with the app. When using ‘search mode’ in Hyler, it prompts the user with extensive search results, depending on various search engines or dictionaries linked to Hyler.

Becon: C-Lab Inside

Becon, as Samsung informed, is a scalp home-care service to prevent hair loss with the recommended solution based on scalp analysis. It consists of a hand-held device and a compatible app. The diagnostic device analyses in real time ten conditions of the scalp such as hair follicle density, dead skin, sensitivity, temperature and humidity based on machine learning algorithm. It recommends the most suitable solution according to the result of the analysis to remedy the user’s scalp trouble. It also shows the trend of the scalp’s improvement through the app.

SunnySide: C-Lab Inside

Samsung said that ‘SunnySide’ is a window-shaped lighting device that produces artificial sunlight. It enables the user to enjoy the sunlight that changes by the hour by copying the full spectrum of the actual sunlight. It also helps users synthesize vitamin D from indoors or in places where there isn’t a sufficient amount of sunlight without worrying about skin aging or sunburn. It can be easily installed on the wall like a picture frame.

Ultra V: C-Lab Inside

‘Ultra V’ is a new type of sensor and service that records ultraviolet rays daily. The sensor has a wide incident angle which makes it easy to integrate into wearable devices. With Ultra V, users can monitor and manage their skin condition and Vitamin D production which are influenced by accumulated exposure to solar UV rays.

Vtouch: C-Lab outside

‘Vtouch’, as informed by Samsung, enables users to control devices without physically touching them by tracking the user’s eyes and fingertips with its patented computer vision and deep-learning technologies. It can be applied to various industries such as smart cars, smart homes and digital signage to control different devices. It can also keep displays clean and safe from germs or bacteria.

Samsung Circulus Robo

Circulus robo: C-Lab outside startups

Circulus showcases a humanoid robot, ‘piBo’ for single-person households. Samsung stated that piBo provides guidance services such as simple conversation and news/weather/search information. It interacts with users based on emotional analysis of facial expressions and contents of conversations and gives appropriate responses with sayings, music and dance. Users are able to add new features and content which can be downloaded from its robot application store.

FITT: C-Lab outside startups

FITT is a PHR (Personal Health Record) healthcare data platform based on exercise tests. Samsung said that FITT provides three types of exercise tests; cardiorespiratory, posture and muscle strength. After a test, users receive an optimized and personalized exercise program catered to users’ health status compared to other people of the same age and gender. It also can predict possible diseases that the user may be exposed to such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart attack, cardiovascular disease, etc. and prescribes personalized exercise programs to prevent the risk of getting these diseases.

Smoothy: C-Lab outside startups

Smoothy is a group video chat application that can be accessed by up to eight people at once. What makes Smoothy more special, as per Samsung, is that the video chat starts at silent mode when the call is first connected so that it allows users to answer the call anytime and anywhere. It also provides video calls using Samsung AR Emoji. Once users have their avatars, the AR Emoji can mirror facial expressions and motions in real-time which makes video calls more fun.