Who needs buttons when you have screens? Debuting on the Mercedes-Benz EQS electric luxury sedan this year, the MBUX Hyperscreen is a 55.5-inch-wide screen that covers the entire dashboard. It is made up of three haptic OLED touch screens under a continuous piece of Corning Gorilla glass. The driver and front passenger each benefit from a large 12 x 3 inch screen, with an 18 inch screen between them for navigation, HVAC controls, smartphone messaging, and multimedia controls. The passenger screen can play video and the driver screen displays the gauges and all expected information, such as the remaining range of the electric vehicle.
The Mercedes press briefing also showed a UFO graphic that zooms in on the screen to demonstrate the g-force experienced by the car in real time. Why they chose to measure g-force, I don’t know. Automakers are already struggling to make it easier to understand the flow of driver information, and drivers don’t need to know g-forces. Hope it can be turned off.
The MBUX Hyperscreen was created entirely in-house by Mercedes-Benz and requires eight processor cores (processor unknown) and 24 GB of RAM to power it. The technology will carry over to other Mercedes models after its debut on the EQS, assuming buyers really want a fully tactile interface.
Philips takes care of teeth and sleep
Philips usually makes powerful and stylish electric toothbrushes, and like most toothbrush manufacturers in recent times, it has some smart features built into them. Its newest is the Sonicare 9900 Prestige, with automatic sync so you don’t have to open an app every time you brush (something we saw and liked with the Colgate Hum). It also claims to personalize your brushing experience, feeling your technique and adapting in real time. So if you tend to apply too much pressure, it can automatically adjust the intensity.
Philips also has a tele-dentistry service, so you can get your dental problems answered without venturing into the Covid-infested world.
If you care more about your sleep, the company has also launched a sleep apnea symptoms quiz and mask selector at CES. Patients get a photo of their face taken which will determine the best mask to wear, which will hopefully make sleeping in a comic book style mask a bit more comfortable. However, this will need to be done at a participating location, which may not be accessible to everyone.
Cobalt-free batteries are coming
Today at CES, Panasonic touted new batteries containing less than 5% cobalt and pledged to work towards cobalt-free batteries “in the next few years.”
Lithium-ion batteries power almost any gadget you own, but there’s a good chance you won’t know much about what’s inside your battery. Lithium batteries not only contain lithium, they also use cobalt as the cathode material in the battery. Today, more than half of the world’s cobalt supply comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and numerous investigations have revealed that child labor and unsafe working conditions are rampant in the cobalt supply chain.
Panasonic is one of the largest lithium-ion battery producers in the world and supplies the cells for Tesla batteries.
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