There are many different reasons why you end up loving CES. One is the location, in the middle of flashy, vibrant Las Vegas.
Another is the energy that you feel in the air – after all, it’s a gathering with hundreds of thousands of people united by the same passion, despite their different backgrounds.
For us, the most important one, the one that made us book tickets and leave our cozy homes after New Year’s is the tech. The crazy, impossible, impressive, overwhelming products that set the course of the industry over the year.
After all was said and done, I sat down to make a list of the gadgets that were more than mere concepts at CES19. These 13 exciting items were confirmed to hit the market this year, so take a mental note of the one(s) you’d love to have ASAP.
LG made sure media and analysts were charmed by their waterfall display at the entrance in Central Hall only to be greeted by a first in the consumer electronics market: a rollable TV. Completely retractable, you have to see the Signature OLED TV R to believe it. Best of all? It’s set to come in the second half of the year.
When you have rollable TVs out and about, can you really be surprised by a foldable phone? I wasn’t, although I did not expect Royole to be the first company to roll one out. Curious and curiouser, we couldn’t help but ask the company about the development process in an exclusive interview you can see here.
Another transformative device that drew our attention was a pair of sunglasses that were turned into mixed reality goggles. Nreal managed to develop the lightest, most fashionable MR device while raising the bar in terms of performance. They’re set to come in the later part of the year.
Yue couldn’t wait to test Teslasuit and I was extremely intrigued by Cybershoes, a startup that made VR-at-home less of a hassle. So we tried on both and can’t say we were disappointed. Thankfully, Teslasuit is already available and the VR shoes are coming to Indiegogo this February.
If I ever decide to get my motorbike license, this is the helmet I’ll save to buy. Sleek, safe(r) thanks to its back camera, and capable of connecting to your smartphone, it deserves its steep price. Look out for it this April!
One does not simply ignore a Razer launch. Especially when it’s a premiere for the gaming company. Raptor 27 is bound to complete many gamers’ collections later this year.
When your boss says “go build us a monster, and see what you can do”, you know you have to bring you’re A-game. That’s what Alienware engineers did with the Area-51m laptop with PC customization level. You can start “making your own” right now, here.
Speaking about laptops, if you can live with a notch but not thick bezels, Asus’ laptop proposal will intrigue you. The ZenBook 13S UX392 came to CES only to prove that where there’s a will, there’s a way. A 97 percent screen-to-body ratio is achievable and you’ll get to see it up close and personal later this year.
This spring, musicians will rejoice. Soundbrenner will push to the market Core, a smartwatch that is also a metronome, tuner and decibel meter. I’m happy to see smartwatches are slowly transcending the “fitness tracker status” they’ve had for years now.
Crystal-clear sound and radio nostalgia will meet the power of AI this summer. VOIZ will come with three variants of their AI radios and something tells me you won’t go back to your old player.
If listening to radio is more of a car pastime, you’re in luck. Alpine is making the next Halo 9 available this year with HD Radio to boot. The iLX-F309 will cost around $1,100.
The last item on my list is a pocket translator (not surprising to those who know my passion for travelling). iFLYTEK proved to do even the most hard translation (from Chinese dialects to English) on the spot, at CES. It got the context and the jokes in a pretty noisy environment which tells me if I go to China this year, I’ll definitely look for it.
There you have it! These are the most impressive 13 gadgets I saw at CES19 – do you have a favorite yet?