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By James Lint
Faculty Member, School of Business, American Military University
Senior Editor for
 InCyberDefense and Contributor, In Homeland Security

The annual CES 2018 technology show opened in Las Vegas on Tuesday and runs through January 12. Members of the media got a two-day preview of the new products this year before the doors open to industry-only attendees. Below is a sample of some of the new technologies and innovations that will premiere at CES 2018.

Bellus3D Offers Highly Realistic Facial Scanning with Its New 3D Face Scanning Camera

Bellus3D is introducing a new, high-quality camera. The Bellus3D Face Camera Pro is a high-resolution, 3D face-scanning camera that the manufacturer says will have a wide variety of uses in various professional markets. It can be used with Android or Windows operating systems.

The camera, which sells for $499, will expand the use of 3D face scanning for applications such as:

  • Digital makeup simulations
  • Virtual eyeglass design
  • Facial surgery
  • Dental orthodontics modeling
  • Custom-made face masks for scuba
  • Industrial masks
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices

The company also foresees the development of 3D facial scanning kiosks. Consumers will be able to scan their face for virtual try-ons, augmented reality, virtual reality and video game avatars.

Many military personnel are familiar with biometrics from their use in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will be interesting to see how this camera compares to that technology.

BOSS Audio System Has New Alexa Device For Use in Your Vehicle

BOSS Audio Systems will unveil its first Amazon Alexa-enabled aftermarket in-dash receiver for vehicles. The 6.2-inch touchscreen integrates Amazon’s voice service, connecting through Wi-Fi from the driver’s smartphone data connection/hotspot. Drivers will be able to use Alexa in their cars just as they do at home.

EON Shows How to Improve Your Physical Fitness with a Robot

EON, an at-home fitness company, is showcasing EON1, a fitness robot designed for homes, hotels and private gyms. EON1 substitutes for weights and bulky fitness equipment because the robot’s engine reproduces all types of resistance tailored to the individual.

In the company’s press material, EON CEO and Co-founder Leonardo Von Prellwitz says, “We are giving people the chance to do Crossfit, rowing, strength training, Pilates and more, all with one machine.”

Workhorse Group Debuts All-Electric Truck and Folding Aircraft at CES

Workhorse Group Inc. is a technology company for the transportation industry. Workhorse is unveiling the W-15, the first American all-electric pickup truck.

This vehicle has conducted drone package delivery tests for UPS. The W-15 is also a finalist for a pending $6 billion U.S. Postal Service contract.

SureFly is Workhorse’s electric hybrid vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that can fold up and fit in a garage. The SureFly is a short-hop vehicle with a range of 70 miles. With Uber promising flying car transportation in Dallas by 2020, the FAA-certified SureFly might be a candidate for this next wave of electric automotive innovation.

Both of these innovative products can potentially be adopted for military and government use. Think of their use during a battlefield evacuation. Supplies could be delivered without dangerous convoy runs on roads filled with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other roadside bombs.

CES and similar conferences provide an interesting and exciting peek into the technology of the future. CES is a way for cyber defenders to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology and to understand corporate innovation and development.

About the Author

James R. Lint recently retired as the (GG-15) civilian director for intelligence and security, G2, U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. He is an adjunct professor at AMU. James has been involved in cyberespionage events from just after the turn of the century in Korea supporting 1st Signal Brigade to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the first government cyber intelligence analyst. He has 38 years of experience in military intelligence with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, government contracting and civil service.

Additionally, James started the Lint Center for National Security Studies, a nonprofit charity that recently awarded its 49th scholarship for national security students and professionals. James was also elected as the 2015 national vice president for the Military Intelligence Corps Association. He has also served in the Department of Energy’s S&S Security Office after his active military career in the Marine Corps for seven years and 14 years in the Army. His military assignments include South Korea, Germany and Cuba, in addition to numerous CONUS locations. In 2017, he was appointed to the position of Adjutant for The American Legion, China Post 1. James has authored a book published in 2013, “Leadership and Management Lessons Learned,” a book published in 2016 “8 Eyes on Korea, A Travel Perspective of Seoul, Korea,” and a new book in 2017 Secrets to Getting a Federal Government Job.”


Wes O’Donnell is an Army and Air Force veteran and writer covering military and tech topics. As a sought-after professional speaker, Wes has presented at U.S. Air Force Academy, Fortune 500 companies, and TEDx, covering trending topics from data visualization to leadership and veterans’ advocacy. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning short film, “Memorial Day.”

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