At the start of the year, more than 180,000 people descended on Las Vegas for the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – one of the biggest and most exciting fixtures in the tech calendar. CES has long been seen as the global stage for next-generation innovations – the ideal place to gauge the pulse of the electronics industry and an all-round tech lover’s paradise.
The show featured 33 product categories and saw over 4,400 companies exhibiting new products and services. Here are our top picks from the event…
Whilst the 2-in-1 models have stolen the limelight during past shows, this year was all about laptops with thin-bezel displays from Asus, Acer and Lenovo. Following years of work, the pioneer of thin-bezel laptops Dell also fixed the unflattering ‘nose-cam’ issues which had previously plagued its XPS 13.
An ‘Indestructible’ Notepad
A Ukrainian start-up brought an ‘indestructible’ notepad to the table. The pad comes with a pencil that never goes blunt and can even be used in water. Whilst we’re not entirely sure when you’d need to use it in water, it will certainly keep your notes safe from any deskside spillages.
Futuristic Sat Navs
Car manufacturers will be lining up to get their hands on the latest technology from UK firm Envisics – a car dashboard that can display information, directions and points of interest as holograms on the windscreen.
Modular and Roll-Up TVs
Samsung showed off its Micro Led TV which delivers true black levels whilst remaining incredibly bright and colourful. What’s more, the screen is made from modular panels, enabling a TV of almost unprecedented size. LG also demonstrated its Signature OLED TV R, which rolls up into a box when not in use.
(Almost) Self-Driving Cars
Ford announced it would be integrating Qualcomm’s ‘vehicle-to-everything’ technology across its fleet of vehicles in 2022. The technology allows cars to automatically communicate with other cars, buildings, roads and traffic signals – helping to avoid collisions, as well as improving fuel efficiency and traffic management. Whilst we are still a long way off from seeing truly ‘self-driving’ cars, this is a definite move in that direction.
Smart Pillows, Sleep Masks and Headbands
Philips stood out with its selection of SmartSleep solutions – including a snoring relief band and smart sensors that can slide into your existing mattress. Special lighting and sound products also help users fall asleep and stay asleep, whilst smart pillows control their temperature.
A Smart Motorcycle Helmet
Singapore-based start-up Whyre introduced the cost-effective Argon Transform, a dual-camera augmented reality solution which works with any current bike helmet. The system pairs with your phone and has built-in GPS – displaying navigational instructions so you don’t have to look at your phone. Other features include a 180-degree rear camera to help eliminate blind spots, music playback and a ‘touring mode’ which lets the front camera automatically shoot pictures while on a scenic ride.
The 10-Second Toothbrush
The Y-Brush is all about efficiency, cleaning half your mouth at a time instead of moving from tooth to tooth like a regular toothbrush. The device resembles a small mouthguard lined with nylon bristles and comes in four different sizes, catering for both children and adults. To use it, you simply have to pop the Y-Brush in your mouth and turn the motor on, making a chewing motion as the bristles vibrate.
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