CES Liveblog: Laptops, Robovacs, and Lab-Grown Breast Milk

WELCOME TO OUR CES 2021 liveblog! The WIRED crew isn't in Las Vegas this year; the show was moved online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But even a global health emergency can't stop the march of consumer technology. There are still plenty of gadgets, apps, electric vehicles, smart-home appliances, brain-training headsets, and Alexa-powered workout gear to tell you about. This liveblog is the place where we'll report all of our findings. We'll have videos, photos, written dispatches, and, of course, more than a few lulz.

Updated Tuesday, January 12: The first day of the first all-digital CES was pretty fun, and Day 2 is just getting started. The whole Gear team will be updating this blog today with more highlights from the show. New updates will load at the top of the page.

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A Heads-Up for Drivers

Panasonic heads-up display for vehicle windshields Photograph: Panasonic

Vehicle heads-up displays (HUDs) have been around for years in select car models, but they typically only splash a minor bit of information onto the windshield in front of the driver—speed, engine RPM, and, maybe, rudimentary arrows for navigation directions—and cover only a small area of the glass.

Today, Panasonic Automotive showed off its 4K-resolution AR HUD, which covers a much larger section of the windshield and mixes two-dimensional information such as vehicle speed, speed limit, and fuel range in the near-field view with three-dimensional overlays of navigation directions in the far-field view, which appear to be cast spatially onto the road ahead. If you’re navigating somewhere, it’ll look like an overlaid 3D blue line is actually painted onto the road surface of the path you’re supposed to take. For those of us who’ve ever heard Siri shout “turn right” and not known which of the two close-together roads she means, 3D navigation sounds like a welcome relief.

Bicyclists are recognized by the AR HUD and tagged with an attention-grabbing yellow bicyclist symbol on the display to make sure you see them. It’ll also highlight lane markers, objects in the road, and collisions ahead. The AR HUD has a 180-degree field of vision that can see 90 meters ahead across three lanes, and it can detect and display new information in under 300 milliseconds.