CES 2019 Overview – Cool Tech

CES 2019 has just ended and a lot of interesting devices have been announced this year. From TVs to Robots to IoT, there is quite a bit to talk about and see. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of this year’s consumer electronics show.

LG Rollable TV

LG has integrated their flexible OLED technology into a TV that can be rolled up and seamlessly disappear into a piece of furniture. This is one of the coolest TVs I have ever seen and would go great with any minimalistic decor. I still have questions about the durability of a TV with moving parts, but I welcome the decluttering of the living room.

At the cost of $8000, this TV is expensive. However, I can see the price coming down in the next couple of years. If the durability holds up, these might just become the popular household style for TVs.

Asus Zenbook S13: Near Bezeless

Lot of laptops were shown during CES 2019, but the Asus S13 is a special one. At 97% screen, the Asus S13 is the laptop with the smallest bezels I have ever seen. It runs the latest Whiskey lake CPU, comes with an Nvidia MX150 discrete graphics card as well the usual assortment of specifications you can expect from an 2019 ultrabook.

This year’s ultrabooks, whether it be this Asus S13 or other like the recently announced Dell XPS 13, have all been refinements to an already really good laptop. Nothing revolutionary has been announced in the ultrabook space this year at CES. The general trends seem to be laptops with thinner bezels, more performance, lighter, and better battery life.

Asus ROG Mothership

Ever wanted a semi-portable gaming system with a detachable keyboard and kickstand? Well, Asus has got you covered. The Mothership is a surface pro-like gaming device. It comes with a 17.3-inch screen, Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK, Nvidia RTX 2080, up to 64GB of DDR4, Thunderbolt 3, and a detachable RGB keyboard. At 4.7 kg, this monster of a gaming 2 in 1 is certainly a powerhouse and unique device at that.

I personally don’t see how or why I would want a gaming device in this form factor, but it is nice to see Asus experimenting and thinking outside of the box.

Wilkinson Baking Company’s BreadBot

Automation robots were another big showing at CES 2019. One of the most interesting ones was a robot that makes a fresh loaf of bread from start to finish, all you need to do is add flour. This robot makes fresh bread every six minutes and sells them to consumers through a vending machine like interface. Consumers can even look at when a particular loaf of bread was made and what temperature it was baked at.

The Wilkinson Baking Company has not announced which grocery stores they are partnering with to put this in. Don’t be too surprised if you start seeing these at some grocery store.

Now I don’t understand why anyone would not just wait 6 minutes to buy the freshest bread in the rack, which makes me concerned that there will be a lot of already made loaves that get tossed out at the end of the day. Personally, I would rather have it make a fresh loaf every time I ask for one and I’ll just go shop for the rest of my grocery and pick it up after 6 minutes.

Foldimate Laundry Folding Robot

Foldimate

Hate folding laundry and got $1000 lying around? Well, you can now buy a robot to fold (most of) your laundry. It does handle intimates or anything that is too thick. But for the typical shirts and pants, it gets things done. I am not sure if this actually saves anyone time. It is nevertheless exciting to see this type of innovation happening. Perhaps this will be like the next dishwasher, where most households in the US owns one.

Apple TV and Airplay support on all smart TVs

Apple is pushing their iTunes ecosystem strong this year by partnering with TV manufacturers to support Apple TV and Airplay. Sony, Samsung, LG, and TLC have all announced new TVs that support both their existing smart TV OS along with support for Apple TV and Airplay. This means that you will soon see Apple TV and Airplay support on Android TV, Tizen OS, WebOS, and Roku box. This is certainly a different strategy that Apple is employing to increase usage of their ecosystem.

I have also heard reports that Apple is forbidding TV manufactures that integrate Apple TV into their systems from tracking your watching habits and selling them. I so far can’t confirm this, but if its true I am glad to see a company take on the privacy helm.

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