Toyota car gives driver an artificial intelligence buddy


Toyota's Concept-i has an artificial intelligence system that knows what you want (Photo: Nate Hassler/Toyota) Toyota introduced a futuristic concept car Wednesday with built-in artificial intelligence that not only can get drivers where they're going, but shows up as a little ball of light that can talk back to them and know their moods. The car, called Concept-i, made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and it comes with a little AI robot-like companion named "Yui." Yui (pronounced you-EE) greets the driver, showing up as a circle of light about the size of a ping pong ball when they open the door. Then, Yui shows up on the dashboard. Yui keep tabs on the driver.

How I stay charged, connected at CES

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Jefferson Graham and his camera walks you through the busy, ultra-crowded booths in the CES Central Hall. The high-tech show is notorious for making it hard to get online and draining batteries. LAS VEGAS--CES teaches hard lessons about preserving a phone, tablet or laptop's battery life and connectivity, starting with this: If you value those things, don't go to CES. Having 175,000-plus people swarm around the city while constantly on e-mail, the Web, navigation apps and social networks will crumple wireless networks and leave batteries in the red. Getting through all this takes advance preparation--the kind that can also help you get through lesser battery and bandwidth challenges.

T-Mobile has One plan to remove excess fees

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Jennifer Jolly reviews the first vacuum shoe designed by the automotive company Denso. A lot of gadgets are announced at CES, but many of them are too impractical or expensive for most consumers. Here are four new products we found that we'd actually consider purchasing. Columnist Jennifer Jolly tries out Alexa on the Ford, peers at TVs held to walls by magnets, and tests a'smart bike'. Products that have chips that allow connectivity to the internet and that learn user's habits grab attention at CES in Las Vegas.

Nvidia aims to spread Google AI through home

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Nvidia Founder, President and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduces the Nvidia Spot, a USD 49.95 microphone and speaker that will let owners use Google Assistant anywhere in a home, as he delivers a keynote address at CES 2017 (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) LAS VEGAS--Nvidia is best known for the high-end computer graphics cards prized by hardcore gamers. If co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang delivers on his bold vision, more people are likely to recognize Nvidia as the powerhouse behind artificial intelligence in your home and in your vehicle. Clad in his trademark black leather jacket, Huang delivered a high energy opening night keynote address Wednesday night at CES, assuming a prestigious speaking slot that for years was reserved for Microsoft's Bill Gates and later his successor Steve Ballmer. Nvidia (NVDA) is already a star on Wall Street. It is coming off a two-year hot streak, with a particularly sizzling 224% gain in 2016 that made it the top performing stock in the S&P 500.

At CES 2017, Alexa, paper-thin TVs were early stars

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Columnist Jennifer Jolly tries out Alexa on the Ford, peers at TVs held to walls by magnets, and tests a'smart bike'. There's the equivalent of some 43-football fields worth of space filled with gadgets at CES 2017. With that many tech toys to explore, they all start to blur together pretty quickly. Here's what I've seen so far that's made an impression. Ford is making it all possible with its SYNC 3 AppLink software, so you can use Alexa's voice commands to ask for directions, get a rundown of the top headlines, add milk to your shopping list, or catch the latest New York Times bestseller via audiobook.