CES 2019: The Best to Come out of CES This Year
CES 2019 has come and gone. There was no shortage of gadgets and tech to showcase this year. In case you weren’t able to make it this year, I’m going to cover the best to have come out of CES 2019. There was so much to be announced, showcased, and demoed it’s hard to choose the most exciting; so first I’ll cover the tech that will improve everyday life and the more “fun” tech. Afterwards we’ll delve into the tech that will save the world, and make a change in our lives.
First, Intel had some expected and unexpected news. They will be releasing a new line of processors that allow for the integration of artificial intelligence and higher levels of encryption. These new processors will also, allow for its users to use 4k and 8k footage to create content.
What is unexpected is Intel is partnering with Warner Bros. to explore the future of entertainment. Cars are heading towards being completely driverless, so Warner Bros. and Intel are looking at ways to make your commute a new entertainment system. Imagine driving to work and you live in Chicago; the car windows will transform Chicago into Gotham City to create an interactive movie or show to make your commute into a whole new level of adventure.
One of the techs that are generating a lot of buzz isn’t really a tech at all. There’s no processors, plastic casing, or Alexa-capable properties to it, it’s meat! Well, actually it isn’t meat at all, it is by Impossible Foods and they have a goal to create the first-faux meat burger. This is a huge industry with projections to exceed over $5 billion by next year. For the burger, they have used a combination of non-meat components to create a burger that looks, smells, and tastes like its meat counterpart. That isn’t the deal breaker to it, they use an ingredient called heme. Heme is what makes blood red and it’s found in all living things on Earth, including plants. They use heme from plants (to keep it Vegan) and it is the factor the will make the most realistic fake burger that looks, smells, sounds, and taste like a real burger (or so I hear).
Sure, we got the gaming, television, entertainment, automotive, cellular, network, AI, health tech sectors covered but how can we forget the baking tech sector! If you own a bakery or just love bread then pay attention. The Wilkinson Baking Company has created a smart oven for bread. It’s huge but can pump out up to 235 loaves a bread a day. It’s not meant for personal use but has big implications for your local grocery store or bakery.
Robots have been the future for a long time now. They’ve been in the media since Sci-fi has been a genre. Unlike the Sci-fi genre, the robots unveiled at CES 2019 aren’t built for our destruction.
We first have a bot built by Samsung specially made for elder care. The bot can monitor blood pressure, sleep, heart rate, and will even alert authorities if their owner takes a fall. It will upload all these measurements to LG Health or directly to their owner’s doctor too.
Next up, our favorite robot butler: Ubtech’s Walker. Last year at CES 2018 he wasn’t super advanced yet. Now he’s fully mobile, he can recognize objects and even give hugs.
We’ve finally seen the foldable phone. Now, this isn’t super practical yet, it’s not going to fit in your pocket, handbag, or suit jacket, but it’s here. Un-folded it’s a fully functional tablet, folded it’s a smartphone. The technology needs to be refined still, but it’s a fun glimpse into what is to be.
The concept of a smart kitchen isn’t new, but Whirlpool’s Connected Hub Wall Oven (or WCHWO, for short) is the first oven that uses augmented reality. Say goodbye to your overcooked chicken, or your burnt lasagna (Thank God). If you don’t know how to cook then this is going to be your next best friend with step-by-step guides on how to cook various dishes. If you’re a seasoned pro then this oven will tell you where to place your dish to get the most even cook out of it.
Bell Nexus believes the problem of traffic needs to be solved by going three dimensional. They unveiled their prototype of the VTOL air taxi. The air taxi is capable of carrying up to 4 passengers. Nexus has partnered with Uber to make this commercially viable by 2023.
LG’s OLED TV rolls into itself and that’s the main selling point of this product. It’s another tech we’ve seen demoed before but now it’s commercially available. The TV has the same great hardware in it we expect from LG (no compromises on this one), the only difference is you hit a button and the TV disappears into its sound system.
Bot Boxer is a robot boxing coach. Yes, Rocky is now a robot. If you break down all the tech, it’s a punching bag on a stick, but it’s smart. The “stick” has sensors in it that analyze your stance, and position to predict where you’re going to hit next. It’s again not meant for personal use as it has a pretty high price tag ($20,000), but if your local gym goes for it then you’re in for a treat.
JAXJOX has taken the kettlebell and guess what? Made it smart. You can digitally alter the weight of the kettlebell from 12-42 pounds. Like every other smart device, you can track and send the data to your favorite workout app or gadget, like the Fitbit. They plan on adding on-demand classes too in the near future.
Kohler’s is joining the “smart home systems” with a new smart bathroom, and specifically a smart toilet. This isn’t your grandfather’s toilet, Kohler’s has integrated Alexa into it to control everything by your command. Want a heated seat-ask, Alexa, raise the seat-ask Alexa, wants to play music, check the weather and news-ask Alexa, and they have a cleaning bidet feature and it will all integrate into your entire smart bathroom. It will cost you though, at $7,000 this is one expensive toilet.
Move over Elon Musk, Mercedes is joining the smart car business with the new Mercedes CLA class. There’s an “energizing coach” that will monitor your pulse and help to keep you relaxed with this CLA’s mood system. The CLA also has a new gesture-based interface and a new version of MBUX (a voice-centric infotainment system).
This tech is one with implications for humanity. Hyundai Elevate Ultimate Mobility Vehicle is essentially a car for rescue services, but what makes it special? If a natural disaster occurs what is one of the biggest factors in emergency services response time? It’s actually getting to the scene and depending on the level of natural destruction is can be a difference between a lot of lives saved or lost. Hyundai built this prototype to combat this very scenario, this rescue vehicle has legs built in it to allow emergency services to access even the most detailed sites. It can climb over 5-foot walls and spam chasms, also each leg can be locked to allow it to climb, like a reptile, over most debris.