It seems that the January Consumer Electronics Show will bring something special alongside the usual new iterations of smart TVs, smart cars and next-gen phones because Samsung will reveal three secret products from C-Lab at CES2016. The Korean manufacturer has also stated that it will unveil their SUHD TVs capable of becoming IoT hubs for their SmartThings network a couple of days ago.
The Creative Lab program is a small portion of the Samsung company where employees can come up with their own ideas and concepts and bring them to fruition, no matter how weird they may seem at first. A similar move can be seen in the gaming industry, where the game’s development team can sometimes get full freedom in creating weird DLCs and skins for the main game, just how Ubisoft created Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon.
Of course, these concepts will not see the light of day if they are not deemed commercially viable by the main company. So people should not expect products that completely differ from Samsung’s usual range of devices.
The first unveil is a smart belt named WELT. It discreetly goes around your waist, just like a normal belt, but it is packed with various sensors that constantly analyze your waist size, the amount of time spent sitting down, heart rate, eating habits and steps taken. It functions similarly to fitness watches, but in the form of a belt. Even if at first glance it may seem as an unnecessary device for some people, for those that exercise regularly and want to keep track of their body information while going to work, it comes as a rather ingenious piece of technology.
The second product is the TipTalk, a device that will let you talk on your phone without using a headset or just grabbing the phone and holding it to your ear. It sends vibrations through your index finger from your smartwatch, providing a better call quality. Just placing your finger on your ear will allow you to talk through the Samsung Gear S2, for example, without any other additional devices. Plus, you will look like a secret spy agent while doing so.
Last but not least is the Rink, a motion controller specifically designed for mobile VR technology. It will allow Virtual Reality users to simply use their hands in order to control the game, without having to use a normal controller. Samsung claims that this device is also capable of advanced movement readings, being capable of picking up slight hand gestures or small finger movements.
Of course, further details like hardware specifications and price ranges, as well as launch dates, will be announced during the show itself. Nonetheless, all three of these products seem sufficiently interesting, making the public gather small amounts of hype towards their release.
Bearing in mind that Samsung will reveal three secret products from C-Lab at CES2016, the event becomes even more interesting with each and every new piece of information regarding new unveilings from different companies, be they Samsung, LG, Volkswagen or Tesla. The show will take place between the 6th and 9th of January 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.