Neon… The Creepiest (& Coolest) Idea At CES

Neon… The Creepiest (& Coolest) Idea At CES

One of the craziest new trends from CES 2020 comes from a startup called Neon. The Samsung-backed company’s software creates artificial humans. If you’re wondering what that is, you’re not alone. It’s a new concept.

Imagine a photorealistic chat bot, like the ones shown above, that can understand and react to your speech. The avatars, called Neons (yes that is a bit confusing), respond to your voice like Siri, Cortana, or any digital assistant. However, Neon’s software renders images in real-time to make you think you’re talking to a live person. Unfortunately, the press demo was a bit underwhelming and it has many asking if the company has been overhyped.

Neon acknowledges their product is immature at this point, but the company is only a few months old. The technology behind Neon is pretty impressive. It consists of two frameworks called Core R3 and Spectra. Neon has vowed to return to CES 2021 with a much more convincing artificial human. It will be interesting to see how this trend develops. Many see future uses in the banking, acting, and customer service fields.

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