By the time CES opens next week, Samsung will showcase some of the results of its C-Lab Inside creative incubation program, including a virtual keyboard for mobile devices, a digital lycinated highlighter and an electronic scalp analyzer,media reported. Samsung is understood to have set up the C-Lab Inside project in 2012, and it has been revealed that 40 alumni projects have since developed into established start-ups such as Welt, Linkflow, Linkface and Luple.
While Samsung plans to showcase at CES 2020, it will focus on “convenient, healthy lifestyles,” and SelfieType is a device that makes a difference in convenience.
SelfieType is a virtual keyboard, but instead of relying on a projector, it uses the device’s front-facing selfie camera to capture a user’s finger movements and uses an artificial intelligence engine to predict what they’re entering.
The advantage of this approach is that it doesn’t require any additional hardware and can run on any smartphone. But keyboards that don’t have any haptic feedback seem to be notoriously difficult, and SelfieType doesn’t even need to project a virtual keyboard onto a surface, so let’s have reservations about how the effect is.
Hyler is a variant of Homer Simpson’s school of thought used to develop new products, including using existing products and putting a clock or something else in them. In Samsung’s latest case, the existing product is a highlighter, while the clock is a text digitizer. Such a device allows the emphasis on digitizing and transferring analog text to an app on a mobile device, where “search mode” will be used to provide online search results or definitions that emphasize text.
Homer Simpson was also the inspiration for Beacon. Becon is a hand-held “scalp home care” that analyzes various conditions of the scalp, such as follicle density, sensitivity, temperature and humidity, and then uses a suite of machine learning algorithms to advise on the best solution for preventing hair loss. Whether there will be any improvements can be monitored by the app.
For those who spend most of their time indoors while also wanting to raise vitamin D levels, Samsung has created something called SunnySide. This is an indoor light disguised as a window, which can be mounted on a wall like a picture frame and then released with artificial sunlight. Samsung says that while it will replicate the true full spectrum of sunlight, people will not be in danger of getting sunburned.
Another achievement of the C-Lab Inside project that Samsung will exhibit at CES is the Ultra V, a full-day UV monitoring sensor. The device is designed to help users track their UV exposure, vitamin D production and skin condition through a companion smartphone app. The sensor itself detects large-angle incoming ultraviolet rays that can be integrated into a variety of wearable devices.
It remains to be seen whether the results of these projects will eventually be able to continue their success stories.