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CES 2022: BMW unveils color-changing car, John Deere rolls out driverless tractor, chips stand out

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Yahoo Finance's Dan Howley details several of the tech standouts coming from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022, including BMW's color-changing car, John Deere's driverless tractor, and chip unveils from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel.

Video Transcript

- Well, CES 2022 gets ready to wrap up-- that would be Consumer Electronics Show-- tomorrow in Las Vegas. We're going to highlight some of the most standout tech reveals that have emerged from this year's mostly virtual event. And for more on that, we're bringing in Yahoo Finance's tech editor Dan Howley, who has been tracking all of that for us this week. And Howley, there was some pretty cool stuff to see come out, including what caught a lot of our eyes, a color-changing car.

- Yeah so one of the-- the bigger, kind of, I guess, displays at CES-- despite the fact that it's largely virtual this year-- was this new BMW color-changing car. And one of the interesting aspects of it is that, you know, as you could see, it's black, it's white, it's Michael Jackson's song, but the big thing here is that it's not using any kind of crazy wild technology. This is the same thing that you find in a Kindle. It basically uses E Ink displays to change the color back and forth from black and white. You can get black, white, and gray and that's pretty much it.

And you know, it's likely not going to be something that you'll be able to buy on your next BMW, but it is something that could be used, they say, to help with regulating temperature for cars. So if it's white, it can reflect light. If it's black, it can pull in light.

And that can help heat or cool the vehicle depending on where it is in the country. So really interesting, kind of, use of E Ink there, but again it is E Ink. It's the same thing in a-- in a Kindle.

The other thing that we want to talk about, uh, as far as autonomy goes-- and usually when we use that, we talk about cars-- but this has to do with a John Deere tractor. John Deere, believe it or not, has been showing up to CES for a few years now. And every time I get one of their emails in my inbox, I'm like, well, this is a tractor company, what are they doing here? But this year, they're debuting their fully autonomous-capable tractor.

Now, it's not a tractor in and of itself that's fully autonomous, it's actually an add on. Two different boxes that are equipped to existing John Deere tractors that can then allow it to basically do the job that someone on a farm would have to do in the tractor on its own. It does that with an NVIDIA GPU powering it and then it can just drive around tilling the field or whatnot.

I am not a farmer. I've grown up in the suburbs and live in the city. So I have no idea what tractors do, but it seems like it's pretty cool to be able to do that.

And then outside of that, we just had a slew of chip announcements from various companies. And those include the likes of NVIDIA, AMD, uh, and Intel. And let's start off with Intel. Basically, one of the things that they announced was their new 12th generation mobile chips. And when they did that, they said that they're using a new architecture.

Now, they do use the same style architecture as the desktop chips. Basically, what that means is there's a power core and an efficiency core. That, uh, when the power core is on, you're playing games, you're making content things of that nature. When the efficiency core comes on, that means you're basically browsing the web and doing things that don't require too much power to save on battery life.

And then outside of that, we had AMD. They came out with their own, kind of, mobile chip. It's another version of the Ryzen 6000 line. This is basically their laptop version of the chip saying that it's their most powerful and more efficient than last year's.

Both companies are basically going head to head to see who can be the laptop champion. Obviously, AMD is ahead as far as the nanometer size. That's, kind of, how many, uh, transistors they can pack into a chip, though that really doesn't tell you everything about a processor as far as how capable it is. But it is a good indicator. So AMD and Intel there.

Also, just want to point out Intel fired a shot across Apple's bow there when they compared their new chip to Apple's M1 chips, basically saying that they're better. And then finally, we had NVIDIA They showed off what they call their BFGPU Basically, it's their 3090 Ti graphics card. It's just a behemoth of a card. And I want to get my hands on it, but I don't have, you know, the $1,000 plus that I would need or whatever it's going to cost.

In addition to that, they showed up with a bunch of new technologies for autonomous driving and announcements about who's using their autonomous technology. So overall really interesting stuff out of the car sector for these companies, as well as from the chip sector, and then I guess the farming sector.

- Yeah, all of them really and enjoying the show. And I know you did as well like a kid in a candy store watching all the gadgets come out of it. Dan Howley, appreciate the update there.