A handful of well-known exhibitors have decided to skip next year’s CES. Samsung is one of the big brands sticking it out for the show next week, which is typically a nice showcase of the company’s huge range in the electronics market, from TVs to washing machines to the occasional robot.
Samsung’s C-Lab division, on the other hand, has been its CES secret weapon in recent years, displaying some of the innovations developed by the company’s in-house incubator. C-Labs ideas are not always practical, but they are typically intriguing. Employees who are given the opportunity to create pet projects create them.
They are essentially things that a tech behemoth like Samsung has typically avoided. For example, an artificial window and a smart highlighter were included in last year’s class. This year’s batch is divided into three groups: C-Lab Inside, C-Lab Outside, and initiatives that have successfully branched off from Samsung.
Inside — the first of the three levels — there’s an AI-powered smartphone software called Piloto that aims to improve gadget habits, as well as exam service PROBA, Innovision, which detects newborn eye alignment, and ZamStar, a guitar with built-in LED guides for teaching. Outside, which was created in 2018, is a South Korean accelerator that gives assistance to companies. There are nine firms on the list. According to Samsung:
- Petnow is an AI-powered biometric recognition system for pets.
- Digisonic is a mobile audio system that is 3D immersive.
- Bitsensing, an array of imaging radar technology solutions for autonomous driving and smart cities, Verses, an interactive metaverse music software
- SELECTSTAR is a data collecting and labeling tool powered by artificial intelligence.
- RGT Inc. is a company that makes multipurpose modular serving robots.
- MoreDream Inc. is a company that develops input systems for visually impaired people to increase their accessibility and productivity.
- Yellowknife is a platform for customizing automobile displays.
- For older patients, MONIT is a clever diaper care solution.
C-Lab, which was founded in 2012, has worked with 406 firms so far, with Samsung expecting to reach 500 by the end of the year.