After yesterday's deluge, clear skies returned to Las Vegas on Wednesday as CES rolled into its second day. Power, however, was another issue as a two-hour the Las Vegas convention into darkness. Though the halls were largely evacuated, some attendees still visited exhibitor booths while others took a break in the sun or searched in vain for a place to power their laptop. It seems that a transformer flashover, caused by yesterday's 1 inch of rain, was the cause.
A lack of power isn't the best scenario for a technology show, but CES wasn't about to pack up and go home. Here's what caught our attention on Wednesday. And if you missed the news from the last two days, check out Press Day and CES Day One wrap-ups.
- Aflac (yes, the insurance company) showed
- There's a good reason why people fall into YouTube holes (I mean, I can't be the only one). At a panel discussion, the company's chief product officer Neal Mohan said that for more than 75 percent of time spent on the site, you're lured in by one AI-driven recommendation.
- If you're tired of a sea of black phones, LG has good news for you. The company showed an eye-catching version of its .
- Though it officially happened last night, this drones above the Las Vegas Strip is too cool not to share.
- We Google's posh pavilion that was closed yesterday due to flooding.
- Whirlpool has won Ry Crist's approval. A clever Amazon Dash integration feature lets you order groceries right on the touchscreen. in a gold-tinted "sunset bronze" finish. It may sound gaudy, but it
- Ford said it would Waze into its infotainment system. That means you'll be able to plug in your phone and run the app directly through the screen.
- Texas Instruments may have an answer to being blinded by an oncoming car's headlights. The company technology that could dynamically change the shape of your headlight by turning on or off individual pixels in the beam.
- A Belgian company called Imec music to your mood. that'll gauge your emotions, help improve your memory and match
- Cat cemented its reputation for
- David Carnoy from Beyerdynamic that is so good it can get devoted audiophiles to cut the cord.
- A CNET panel smart home: remotely letting strangers into your house to deliver groceries or perform other tasks. It may appear to be scary, one of the panelists said, but it's no different to leaving a key under you mat for your dog walker.
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