With the dust firmly settled on this year's CES we thought we'd take a look back at the show to see what stood out in terms of overall trends, with AI, security, connected cars, VR, AR and drones all making their mark. Did this year's show have the X-Factor? Well, to be honest it was probably more'The Voice'. The big shout, so to speak turned out to be Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, which seems to have broken out of its Echo cage and made its way into a wide variety of devices, from a number of third-party speakers, to'smart' fridge's and autonomous cleaning robots . However, while Alexa is the current poster child for smart AI, it has clearly has a long way to go to becoming truly smart.
The Mystic is designed to give the ultimate aerial video and photography experience, creating breathtaking imagery without the need to learn complicated film techniques. The Mystic automatically detects objects and avoids obstacles using the cutting-edge motion intelligence similarly found in the self-driving car. With gesture interaction, you can take stunning aerial selfies, using poses to control the drone. The Mystic recognizes each pose as a specific command and will follow your instructions, moving forward and backward, side to side, and taking photos. The Mystic is the first drone to support up to 6 different gestures, all of which can be customized to your personal preference.
It's fun to buy a drone from a store, but perhaps more satisfying to build one from scratch. Intel in December will start shipping a fully loaded drone kit to let you do just that, with all the parts including the rotors, software, 3D camera and flight controller. Intel's Aero Ready to Fly Drone kit will go on sale on the company's website. An Intel spokeperson couldn't immediately provide a price. But it won't be cheap -- likely more than $600.
Police say a British Airways flight from Geneva hit an object believed to be a drone while on approach to London's Heathrow Airport. The airline says the plane landed safely Sunday afternoon and has been cleared for its next flight. The Airbus A320 was carrying 132 passengers and five crew members. No arrests have been made and police are investigating the incident. Aviation authorities have expressed concern about the risk posed by the increasing number of drones.