Arnold Schwarzenegger takes to the stage at CES 2023 to unveil BMW’s futuristic colour-changing CAR that uses electronic ink to transition between 32 shades
- The star of the Terminator films appeared during BMW’s keynote in Las Vegas
- BMW revealed its new colour-changing BMW i Vision Dee car during the address
- However, the vehicle is merely a concept and BMW says it will not be put on sale
He played one of the most memorable machines in sci-fi movie history.
Now, the star of the Terminator films, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has appeared on stage to plug BMW’s new AI-inspired car.
The actor and former governor of California took to the stage during the German automobile firm’s keynote address at CES 2023 in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
‘Arnie’ was then joined on stage by BMW CEO Oliver Zipse, who introduced the firm’s new colour-changing car, the BMW i Vision Dee.
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during BMW’s keynote at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday. Arnie was then joined on stage by BMW CEO Oliver Zipse, who unveiled the firm’s new colour-changing car, the BMW i Vision Dee
E-ink is the same technology that was mainly used by e-readers such as Amazon Kindle.
It gets its name because it resembles the text and colour scheme of newspapers and books.
BMW’s new colour-changing car, the i Vision Dee, is fitted with full-colour E-ink technology.
An ‘E-paper’ film is applied to the body of the vehicle to create the colour-changing body.
The electric vehicle sport sedan uses electronic ink to transition between 32 colours, including purple, pink, yellow, white and red.
BMW describes BMW i Vision Dee as the ‘next level of human-machine interaction’.
‘Dee’ stands for ‘digital emotional experience’ and underlines the growing ‘importance of the bond’ between humans and machines.
However, the vehicle is merely a concept and it will not be put on sale, according to the firm.
‘With the i Vision Dee, we are showcasing what is possible when hardware and software merge,’ said BMW CEO Oliver Zipse.
‘In this way, we are able to exploit the full potential of digitalisation to transform the car into an intelligent companion.
‘That is the future for automotive manufacturers and also for BMW – the fusion of the virtual experience and genuine driving.’
Schwarzenegger previously partnered with BMW, appearing as the Greek god Zeus in an ad for the BMW iX aired during the Super Bowl last year.
‘I’m so excited to be part of this whole project and part of BMW and promoting this whole thing,’ he said.
Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared during the German automobile firm’s keynote address at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday
Schwarzenegger appeared as the Greek god Zeus in an ad for the BMW iX aired during the Super Bowl last year
The BMW i Vision Dee concept car is displayed during a preview on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at CES in Las Vegas
The electric vehicle sport sedan uses electronic ink to transition between 32 colours, including purple, pink, yellow, white and red
BMW describes BMW i Vision Dee as ‘next level of human-machine interaction’ and ‘a vision of the distant future’
Sony unveils its own electric car called Afeela at CES 2023
A new electric car created by Sony in partnership with Honda could go on sale as early as 2025, it was announced at CES 2023.
Few details have been released about the new electric vehicle, called the Afeela.
But Sony has said it will be kitted out with artificial intelligence, entertainment systems, virtual reality and augmented reality.
The new car uses E-ink, which is most well-known from the displays used in e-readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle.
The body of the BMW i Vision Dee is divided into ‘microcapsules’ – spherical particles with a diameter equivalent to the thickness of a human hair.
These microcapsules contain colour pigments that, depending on the chosen setting, are stimulated by means of an electrical field.
This causes certain colour pigments to collect at the surface of each microcapsule, giving the car body the desired shade.
When asked about the purpose of a colour-changing car, BMW told MailOnline that it was ‘a vision of the distant future’.
‘At BMW, we are always trying to push the envelope, which also means exploring all aspects of innovative materials,’ a spokesperson said.
At CES last year, BMW unveiled the iX Flow, which uses E-ink to change from black to white.
Now, the firm has expanded this to multi-colour exterior, which is configurable based on the individual’s tastes – although the colour can only be changed when the car is stationary.
BMW i Vision Dee also has a number of other futuristic features that ‘exploit the full potential of digitalisation’.
The new car uses E-ink, which is most well-known from the displays used in e-readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle
The fetching vehicle is merely a concept and so it will not be put on sale, according to the firm
Stella Clark of BMW AG stands next to the BMW i Vision Dee concept car as it displays a fetching purple and green cheqeured pattern
BMW i Vision Dee is pictured at CES 2023 next to a Herbie, the Love Bug 1963 Volkswagen Beetle and a KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) 1982 Pontiac Trans Am from the television series ‘Knight Rider’
Inside, the full-surface windscreen display can be used to ‘merge reality with virtual reality’ by becoming a digital dashboard.
Drivers can control the display and choose how much digital content they want to see using touch sensors on a panel next to the steering wheel.
The display incorporates graphical elements, light and sound effects so the car and the driver ‘can interact in the simplest forms’.
BMW i Vision Dee can also project an image of the driver’s avatar onto the side window, viewable to people outside.
And dimmable windows can also be used to ‘fade out reality’, although this is designed for when the car is not being driven.
Inside, the BMW i Vision Dee has been deliberately pared down with digital features replacing analogue features such as dials and buttons, the firm says.
BMW i Vision Dee can also project an image of the driver’s avatar onto the side window, viewable to people outside
The full-surface windscreen display inside the car can be used to merge reality with virtual reality
As for why it’s created a car that will not go on sale, BMW says it demonstrates ‘the considerable potential of a technology not previously used in the automotive sector’.
CES is often a showground for technology that will never become available or be able to be mass-produced, although other products hit the market in the next few years.
CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 5-8 and features about 3,100 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 100,000 attendees.
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CES 2023: Supermarket gadget can reveal if bananas and avocados have gone off in under a second
Shoppers will no longer have to squeeze their fruit and veg in British supermarkets to guess how ripe it is, thanks to technology being showcased at CES 2023 in Las Vegas.
Three of the UK’s biggest retailers are in talks to install new state-of-the-art scanners that predict the shelf life to within a day.
Customers will be able to simply pick up an item – such as an avocado or mango – and put it under a machine that scans it with an infra-red beam.
In under a second, a screen above will flash up with a score out of a 100 revealing how ripe it is and estimate the number of days until it goes off.
Three of the UK’s biggest retailers are in talks to install new state-of-the-art scanners that predict the shelf life to within a day. Pictured, what the product will look like in shops
Dutch company OneThird say their invention will stop the huge levels of food waste that cost retailers and consumers billions of pounds every year globally.
The ‘ripeness checker’ will be used for soft, exotic, and stone fruit and vegetables, which are particularly prone to spoilage.
Using infra-red, the machine scans the product on a molecular level, for example its water, sugar, and starch content.
Sophisticated AI then compares this to hundreds of thousands of other examples on its database and see how similar items fared.
The accuracy of the machine – which is expected to be able to predict the shelf life of ten fruit and vegetables by the end of the year – depends on what is being tested.
For avocados, a score will appear on the screen from zero to 100 – with those scoring over 70 likely to go off in four to five days for example and those in the mid-range around two to three days.
For strawberries however the machine will be able to narrow its estimate down to a day.
OneThird founder Marco Snikkers told the Daily Mail they were in talks with three major British retailers to install the machines, though he would not reveal exactly who.
But he said all were already using the machines in their supply chains.
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