CES 2019 presented some of the world-changing innovations this year. For those who are unacquainted, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a forum that offers businesses an opportunity to showcase their innovative and futuristic technologies to the audience every year.
CES has been taking place for 50 years, attracting over 4500 leading companies across the world, exhibiting their work in the market, and having attended by about 200 thousand people across the world. But here’s the catch, it exclusively permits technology companies, journalists, and bloggers, to attend the fair.
This year, it showcased a vast number of futuristic technologies, ranging from automobiles, robots, and the Internet of Things and smart devices, to televisions, gaming equipment, healthcare devices, and much more. Below are some of the world-changing innovations witnessed at CES 2019.
CES – World’s Most Challenging Innovations of 2019
Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic
A self-driving car has the capability to switch to different body shapes, depending on the demand. The car presents an urbanistic mobile technology, which is suitable for the use of people, as well as cargo goods, which makes it ideal for individuals, as well as businesses. For now, it is just a concept but succeeded in captivating a large audience at the show.
Bell Nexus Air Taxi
What would be CES without the demonstration of a flying car, right? The hybrid electric air taxi by Bell is enjoying an increase in popularity. The company hopes to start testing it by mid-next year, prior to its actual availability. The key element of the aircraft is its “approachability,” making it ideal for the purpose of flying taxi service, according to Scott Drennan, director of innovation at Bell.
Read more about Air-Taxi – Bell
PowerCast Wireless Charging Grips for Nintendo Switch
The wireless charging grips by PowerCast can charge your Nintendo devices as you play. These are wireless in the true sense, as the grips can automatically connect to the PowerSpot® RF Wireless Transmitter when placed within around two feet and start charging. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) feature of the device enables intelligent wireless charging and supplies power only until it is needed, that is only when the barriers are low, and automatically stops when fully charged. The devices are expected to be available by the next October.
Ossia Spigen Smartphone Case
Ossia Spigen showcased the smartphone case with true wireless charging capability at CES. The companies, Ossia and Spaigen, collaborated to bring the built-in wireless charging-over-a-distance feature into a smartphone case, with no wires or charging pads. When attached to a smartphone, the case enables it to receive signals from Ossia’s wireless power transmitter from a 10-12 feet distance, begin charging. Though the actual release date is not given by the company, the device is expected to be available for shipping sometime in the coming months.
Royole’s Flexible QWERTY keyboard
As the technology takes the next big leap in flexible electronics, the company, Royole, showed off its rollable keyboard at CES. The QWERTY keyboard can be laid down on any flat surface and connected using Bluetooth. It can be rolled up at a push of a button and can fit in your pocket. It is expected to be released sometime in mid-year.
FlexPai Foldable Phone
The company Royole is a step forward when it comes to foldable technology, which was proved with its foldable devices on display at CES. It also treated the CES attendees to the FlexPai, the world’s first commercially available foldable smartphone, which is based on the company’s own flexible AMOLED display technology. The phone was officially launched in China, in the last October and is expected to be introduced to the US market by March 2019.
LG Rollable OLED TV
LG displayed the flexible OLED TV at CES, which is rollable. The OLED screen material can be rolled-up into a compact tube, just like a window shade. According to LG, the TV has been tested to 50,000 roll-ups and downs, which means it will last for over a decade, with turn-ons and offs of up to 10 times a day. The TV will be available for sale by the fall of 2019, and the price is expected to be a higher-end.
Samsung – The Wall
Samsung showcased its 98-inch 8K TV called The Wall, which takes display technology beyond LCD and LED signage. The TV has a microLED display technology that delivers an exceptional viewing experience, with pure black, true colour, and epic clarity. It offers a black base with ultra-low reflection black technology. The company intends to start shipping the product this year.
LG 8K OLED TV
LG is known as one of the best TV brands, and with its latest innovation in TV, it gained huge popularity at CES. LG’s OLED TV comes with an enormous 88-inch screen and 8K resolution. The OLED TV will sport a mind-blowing 33,117,699 pixels altogether.
Winkinson breadbot was the toast of the show, with the company demonstrating a fully-automated bread-making bot. The all-in-one bread-making machine is designed to bake up to ten loaves of bread per hour and can be operated continuously for up to 24 hours at a time. Though it is oversized, the breadbot requires minimal human intervention.
Read more about Wilkinson Baking Company – BreadBot
Samsung has rolled out a trio of robotic companions, which include:
Samsung Bot Care: It specializes in helping in managing daily health routines. It is capable to measure blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and much more. It can also remind you to take your medicine.
Samsung Bot Air: It identifies low air quality with the help of sensors located in different areas of a user’s house and automatically moves in that direction.
Samsung Bot Retail: It helps customers in finding the items they are looking for, in retail stores, by registering their facial expressions and voices. The bots can also be used by restaurants and stores to deliver food and other products, using the robot’s back shelves.
CES witnessed numerous companionship robots, but Kiki is a step ahead. It is a hungry bot that requires virtual food, which has to be fed to her by drawing the food items in an accompanying app. It also recognizes when you are upset and will dance to cheer you up. The camera in her nose helps her in recognizing and remembering people.
INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
Google Assistant Tram Ride
Google showcased its tram ride at CES, which gained the most popularity. The promotional blitz is said to be a part of the company’s next big project, which is related to Assistant, the company’s digital helper software. The slow-moving ride takes you through an absurd journey, with various twists, reaching the software in the end, just like one of those Disney land rides.
Miracle Gro Twelve
The concept of IoT connectivity has been up-staged in this year’s CES, with innovations like Miracle Gro Twelve. It is an indoor growing system that comes with spots for four seeds as well as lights, a water reservoir and a simple tower, which makes it easy to start a garden. The system uses hydroponics to keep your plants healthy while they sprout. It can be used for 12 months of the year, which is where it got its name. The system can communicate with an app via Bluetooth and keep you informed when plants need watering. A retail version of Miracle Gro Twelve is expected to be available by March.
Maximus Answer DualCam Video Doorbell
Maximus showcased Answer DualCam Doorbell. It is the industry’s first dual-camera smart doorbell, which eliminates blind spots and provides increased home security. It is easy to install, has 080p HDR camera and has a front-facing music quality speaker that plays messages and customizable greetings while allowing improved two-way communication with visitors. It is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It is expected to be available by the second quarter of 2019 at major retailer locations and online stores.
Read more about Maximus Dual Cam Video Doorbell
Lenovo Smart Clock
Lenovo brought back the traditional touch of an alarm clock – hitting the snooze button in the morning. Lenovo Smart Clock has a touch sensor that you need to hit to put off the alarm. The smart clock comes with Google Assistant and supports voice and touch controls on an unobtrusive 4-inch IPS screen, which allows performing tasks that are carried out before and after sleep. It will start shipping this spring.
Read more about Lenovo Smart Clock
Monit Smart Diaper Sensor
Good news for moms! You don’t have to do the guesswork or wait until the diaper leaks to analyze the time for a nappy change. Monit’s smart diaper sensor is an ultra-light, wireless, Bluetooth sensor that can easily attach to the diaper, distinguishes between urine and motion, and sends signals to alert the user. Huggies will start selling the product soon.
Matrix PowerWatch 2
Matrix displayed PowerWatch 2, the first smartwatch that never has to be charged. It completely operates on solar power and body-generated heat. It is fully updated with new features, including heart rate monitoring, step counting, GPS location tracking, notifications, and a colour display.
Atari Pong Tables
The classic game of ping pong got an upgraded touch at CES this year, with a trio of tables introduced by Calinfer and Unis Technology, which include:
Atari Pong Coffee Table: The tables are beautifully-designed. The coffee table is meant for sitting and playing games.
Atari Pong Arcade Table: It is designed for arcades and entertainment rooms. These are meant for stand-and-play games.
Atari Pong Cocktail Table: It is a square-shaped design, ideal for bars and entertainment rooms. The height of the stand can be adjusted for both sitting and standing play according to the player’s convenience.
Nubia Red Magic Mars
The competition in gaming phones is on the rise, with major players introducing gadgets after gadgets with improved features. The Red Magic Mars by Nubia caught some attention at CES. The device has two touch buttons on the shoulders, which adds a nice physical component to gameplay. The phone also comes with a massive battery and a liquid-and-air cooling system. It is expected to reach the European and North American markets in a couple of months.
The gaming world just got cooler with the innovation of teslasuit. It is the world’s fully-integrated smart clothing apparel. Its features include haptic feedback, motion capture, climate control, and biometric feedback systems. The haptic system can even be re-programmed to add your own effects. Wearing the suit during a VR game, the gamers can feel realistic experiences, like touching objects in the game. It is expected to be high-priced when launched.
The Y-shaped smart brush has a timer to set your teeth-brushing time to ten seconds. The user has to apply toothpaste, position the Y-Brush in their mouth, and switch it on. The user will have to make a chewing motion for 5 seconds while the device is vibrating and remove it after it turns off. The product is ready to be shipped soon.
Chronolife, a France-based health tech company, designed a machine-washable vest made of cotton. The company claims that the vest can anticipate the likelihood of your next heart attack and potential medical emergencies in patients diagnosed with chronic or congestive heart failure (CHF), with its ability to measure six key physiological stats in real-time, combined with machine learning. The company plans to sell it to healthcare and related industries.
URGOnight is “The World’s First Daytime Sleep Training Device” and claims to train your brain to sleep better. The sleep-savy headband and app combo uses electroencephalogram (EEG) patterns to deliver feedback to teach you how to produce sleep-enhancing brainwaves. However, achieving suitable results may take up to three months of 20-minute weekly sessions.
Withings Move ECG
Withings’ Move ECG is the first ECG watch introduced by the company. This latest fitness watch has the ability to take electrocardiograms on a traditional-looking analogue watch. It is affordably-priced and is expected to be released in the upcoming months.
That’s all, folks! There have been many more notable futuristic and unique innovative technologies witnessed in CES 2019, and it has been a challenge to pick out the best from an ocean full of creativity. However, do let us know what you think by leaving comments in the section below.
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