Full Frame: Technology for Social Change

Full Frame

The Consumer Electronics Show is the largest consumer tech showcase in the world. How are the innovations here revolutionizing the way we live?

Walking the showroom 

From health and wellness to drone soccer, innovations in tech were in full display. Follow Mike Walter as he learns about everything from micro implants to robotic arms used for massage.


Autonomous cars helping society

 63% of American adults say they would NOT want to ride in a driverless car, according to a 2021 survey by the Pew Research Center, but self-driving cars could make transportation safer, more convenient, and better for the environment, according to Edwin Olson. 

Olson is co-founder and CEO of May Mobility, a company that is deploying autonomous vehicle solutions in the U.S and just launched its first fully driverless service in December 2023 in Sun City, Arizona. Olson explains, “If you are solving a real problem that the user has, then they want the solution. That’s really been our recipe for driving adoption. Make sure that we’re going where riders need us and where we can really help solve problems.”

A vision into the future of the Doctor/patient relationship

Dr. Ami Bhatt is the chief innovation officer for the American College of Cardiology. She is also the director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease program, working on state-of-the-art interventions. She started working on virtual health care over a decade ago.

“In 2013, I started doing telemedicine. I ran a clinic every Wednesday for the subsequent ten years, and my patients from far away would just love to connect with me online, in addition to the times I need to see them in person. And so that’s really what drove me to start thinking about health care at a distance, providing care in the communities where people live. And I think that’s the essence of telemedicine and digital health,” she said. Dr. Bhatt talks to Mike Walter about future of virtual health care, and she sees that it will likely be artificial intelligence working alongside human physicians. “Health care is not accepting AI and digital health because there’s some external force. It’s an internal force. Our ability to care for patients is much better than what we were achieving in the old school way. “

Living experiences 

In Las Vegas, immersive experiences ignite each one of the audience’s senses, including their sense of play. Follow Mike Walter as he talks to Callum Pearson about his work at Illuminarium Experiences and their current exhibit- a journey into space.

“It’s cathartic. It really is. One of my good friends actually works for NASA. I brought him in here a few weeks ago and he was actually in tears…he was so impressed with the work that they do that we were able to bring to the public. So what’s really fulfilling for me is remembering, at the end of the day, my job, is to give people goosebumps. I mean, how cool is that?”, Pearson said.

AI robots and new ways of learning

Mike Walter speaks to Elnaz Sarraf, founder of the AI robot company Roybi. Roybi teaches kids as young as three years old different languages and STEM skills. “I wanted to have a much bigger impact on children’s lives. That’s where the idea started, to use technology to give back to the community and children to build something that kids can actually use based on their learning abilities and skills rather than one size fits all.”


Sarraf stated that according to a University of Texas study, “Kids that use our robot for about three months, their screen time dropped by 46%. The interaction went from only 20 minutes a day to 3 hours a day and continuously talked to the robot. Their learning increased by 84%.”

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