In December 2012, Samsung kicked off an in-house incubation programme called C-Lab (Creative Lab). The programme enables the company’s employees to form teams and work on a project they may find interesting while incubating startups as well. Since then, Samsung has been regularly showcasing its C-Lab projects, mainly at CES (Consumer Electronics Show). At CES 2020, Samsung plans to reveal five new projects from C-Lab Innside and four startups from C-Lab Outside with one of these projects allowing smartphone users to type on their devices with a virtual keyboard!
SelfieType is a part of Samsung’s C-Lab Inside projects. The system uses a smartphone’s front-facing camera and an AI engine to analyze the user’s finger movements. These are then converted into QWERTY keyboard inputs.
Samsung has indicated that SelfieType will not require any additional hardware and can be designed to work on a large number of smartphones, tablets, and even laptops.
Apart from SelfieType, Samsung also plans to show off a bunch of other products. These include a smart highlighter called Hyler that can use used to digitise text from paper directly to mobile devices. Users will be able to manage all the information they convert to digital using a companion app.
Samsung says it will also reveal a new project called ‘Becon’ that can perform scalp analysis on users’ hair. The idea is to minimize hair loss amongst users. The device comes with a companion app which can help detect several conditions of the scalp that may result in hair loss.
Another product that Samsung plans to show off at CES 2020 is ‘SunnySide’. It seems like a lighting device that promises to produce artificial sunlight. It could be useful in areas where you hardly get any sun. Samsung claims SunnySide can help users synthesize vitamin D without causing ageing or sunburn.
Lastly, Samsung will also reveal a new sensor that can monitor ultraviolet rays. The sensor can be embedded right inside wearables, allowing users to monitor UV levels to manage their overall exposure to harmful UV rays when they’re outside in the sun.