The SVCC Tech Showcase Was Filled With Robots and Supercars

Saturday, 22 April 2017 - 1:30AM
Robotics
Gadgets
Saturday, 22 April 2017 - 1:30AM
The SVCC Tech Showcase Was Filled With Robots and Supercars
While the main show floor at Silicon Valley Comic Con in San Jose, California is mostly full of science fiction and superheroes, there's some impressive gadgets on display as well. We got to check out a showcase hosted by Steve Wozniak, the founder of SVCC and also Apple Inc. some years before, to see how people are currently trying to merge the gap between science and science fiction. We started, of course, with the robot:

Pepper the Robot



Second only to the Woz himself, the night's biggest show-stealer was SoftBank Robotics' Pepper the Robot. The machine is designed to be able to accurately perceive emotions, and is currently being marketed as a personal assistant in Japan. Tonight, Pepper mostly just rolled up to people and requested they take a selfie with them - that may sound like a waste of Pepper's talents, but any robot who can perceive emotions would eventually realize that humans enjoy doing really silly things. So before the robots take over, we'll take selfies with them.


Arcade Furniture Table



Geek Chic, a fancy gaming furniture brand who saw their humble beginnings on the reality show Shark Tank, made a pretty sizable presence for themselves at SVCC. And one of their most popular pieces was a prototype for a wooden arcade table (sometimes called a "cocktail cabinet" in keeping with the fancy theme). With a top so varnished that it kept reflecting the light fixtures overhead, it was Pac-Man at his fanciest, and probably the closest you can get to blending an arcade machine with legitimate-looking furniture.


Tricorders



If the word "tricorder" sounds familiar to you, it means you've been watching Star Trek lately. That was the device that Doctor McCoy would always hold in front of injured crewman (although usually it was Kirk), and he'd wait for the machine to finish scanning and say exactly what was wrong. The company Qualcomm recently held a competition to see if anyone could recreate the sci-fi device, or at least come close to it, and this was the winner. It's currently a bunch of separate devices that still need to be combined into one, but anyone with the kit could check heart rates, blood pressure, and much more.


Acura's NSX Supercar



Just outside the building was the Acura NSX 2017 supercar. If "supercar" sounds like an exaggeration, this thing is powerful - Acura boasted about the car's 573 horsepower, it's DOHC twin-turbo V-6 engine, and it's aluminum-intensive space frame. For anyone who's not a car buff, all you need to know is that the car's estimated top speed is around 190 miles per hour, and it claims it can go from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds. They would not let us test it.
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