Tour of the Allwinner showroom at China Sourcing Fair 2016, with Damien from the Allwinner Business Development group (industry insiders can contact him at Damien@allwinnertech.com), showing the latest products powered by Allwinner on the market, such as the Phoenix OS based Laptop, Double OS (dual UI of Android) for 2-in-1 market developed in partnership with the Phoenix OS team, the latest Android Marshmallow tablets, including the Aikun Morphus X300 powered by Allwinner. Here also are presented the latest Allwinner powered all-in-one VR devices starting with Allwinner A33 and support for A83T and A64 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53. Allwinner also shows some Smart Home IoT type products powered by Allwinner such as smart vacuum cleaner, smart home robot and smart wifi speaker (Amazon Alexa or Google Home possibly possible), talking about next year's successor of the Allwinner A33 for the tablet market, which they might do on a lower nanometer to lower power consumption and optimize the low-cost Tablet market further. Allwinner shows some of their Phablets released in partnership with qualcomm, where Allwinner is helping to get shipped Qualcomm based LTE tablets on Snapdragon 200 and 400 series working with the design houses and factories in Shenzhen to get them done more. Allwinner has a big position in the auto market with after market smart Android powered smart mirrors, smart car dashboard and Smart car-dvr products which are quite popular in China, adding object recognition, car parking support, lane departure and car distance alerts and more. Allwinner is also in Drones with their camera chip, in E Ink Android based e-readers, smart speakers (with multi-room sync), and web-TV Karaoke tablets popular in the Chinese market.
CEO of Tokyo-based Seven Dreamers, Shin Sakane, introduces the Laundroid laundry bot, capable of folding one T shirt in 3 minutes 40 seconds, with the final version being able to fold 40 clothes at a time and automatically segregate according to cloth type or the family member it belongs to. It uses a mix of image analysis and robotics. The finished product is expected to launch in 2019, incorporating washing and drying in addition to folding.
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Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) have their own booth where they display products of their partner companies. Here we see the Meccano, a DIY kit robot controlled via Bluetooth off a device, BT beacons that are small in size with a battery life of a year (with a refresh every 3 seconds), and Texas Instruments’ 52 series board that allows one to run two protocols at once, amongst other things.
Students from a school in Hong Kong present a robot of their own design which is demonstrated here to play a percussion instrument. The robot won them a first prize at a competition in HK. Another exhibit just next to this demonstrates a robot that pours fluids over from a container.
Yet another student display from students in Hong Kong, this time from the Methodist Church HK Wesley College demonstrate a Pythagorean robot that measures the length of the sides of a triangle set by the user, which can then be measured (using ultrasonic measurement of a kind) and then display the calculated angles of each side of the formed triangle. This project won a first prize in mathematics for the team.
Meccano has displayed their new robots here dubbed Meccano G16, and the Meccanoid G16-KS (Kid-sized). Programming is possible through the app or voice recognition. Programming can be done to sing, talk and dance. The smallest model is expected to retail for US$40, US$140 for the medium size model, and US$400 for the biggest model.
Freelander is a Shenzhen-based company that demonstrates their own electric scooter. Being foldable in design, the X70 scooter is opened up and used briefly. It can last for 25-30km before dying out, and is expected to cost US$260 per piece on a minimum order of 100. The scooter can be specified in various colours. The company also makes a scooter akin to the Airboard from Motor Norway, selling for US$160 with a minimum quantity of 100. It uses aircraft grade materials and weighs 8.2kg.
Before SoftBank announced their intention to acquire ARM, here's the latest SoftBank Pepper Personal Robot with Artificial Intelligence deployed all over Japan, with voice conversations, it can Reads Emotions from people's face. More than 11 thousand Pepper Robots have been deployed in Japan, at the entrance of SoftBank Telecom stores, and in many other stores and malls all over. Previously I interviewed Aldebaran Robotics Founder Bruno Maisonnier before he sold his company to SoftBank
Tacterion is a spin-off from the German aerospace center at the Robotics and Mechatronics Center to develop tacterion, a new kind of tactile sensor. Tacterion offers polymer-based tactile sensors called Artificial Skin for Robotics, MedTech or as a new kind of input device in Human-Machine-Interaction in Smart Clothing. The rubber foil-like Artificial Skin sensor is connected to Tacterion's readout electronic component that translates physical interaction into data which digital systems can process. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53 at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2016 event. Read more at http://tacterion.com
Weccan Toys makes 12000 drone per month. Their mini model costs US$15 and is seen here in orange colour, flying about the booth. The bigger model sells for US$65 and their most popular model sells for US$27. They have their own R&D team in charge of developing new products every year. They also have on display their toy cars.