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The 51st annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 9 with more than 3,900 exhibitors showcasing 20,000 products across 2.75 million square feet. The event has consistently been a launch pad for many successful tech products from large brands and startups alike. This year's roster of new releases includes smart toilets, an artificial intelligence–powered prosthetic hand, and emotion-sensing robots. “The future of innovation is on display this week at CES, with technology that will empower consumers and change our world for the better,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, in a press release. “Every major industry is represented here at CES 2018, with global brands and a record-number of startups unveiling products that will revolutionize how we live, work and play." [CES]

Developed by nonprofit Climate Central’s sea-level rise group, Surging Seas: Extreme Scenario 2100 is an online tool that overlays projected sea levels in U.S. cities for the year 2100. Based on data provided by the “Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States” report published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in January 2017, this tool also leverages NOAA’s tidal models and laser-based land elevations to spot areas that could fall under the designated high tide line in 2100, according to the nonprofit’s website. [Climate Central]

Panasonic's North American chapter will collaborate with the U.S. Olympic Museum, the City of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Colorado Springs Utilities to design a smart museum facility that utilizes technologies such as "LED streetlights that can detect snow levels, building efficiency technologies, and advanced security technologies to improve public safety," according to a press release by the company. [Panasonic]


ARCHITECT columnist Blaine Brownell, AIA, explores available virtual and augmented reality applications and software to introduce into your workflow this year. [ARCHITECT]

Created by Noa Tokui, CEO of Japanese tech company Qosmo, "Imaginary Soundscape" is a web-based installation that merges Google Street View images with audio aiming to represent the real-life environmental sounds one would hear in specific locations. Users can explore any location in the world with the added benefit of a soundtrack that has been pulled from an open-source library. [Imaginary Soundscape]

The winner of this year's Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition is "Window to the Heart," a 3D-printed installation by Aranda\Lasch and Marcelo Coelho Studio that features the world's largest Fresnel lens. [ARCHITECT]