CES 2019: Innovation into the Future

CES 2019 (January 8-11), which just wrapped up in Las Vegas, lived up to its motto as the ultimate meeting place for everyone who thrives on the business of consumer tech.

For the last 50 years, CES has been a global stage for different brands from all sectors to debut breakthrough technologies and innovations.

Over 4,500 companies from countless industries provided a first glance at many of the advances that will delineate life in the upcoming year and beyond.

The show proved the often-quoted adage that, in 2019, all companies are technology companies. These new innovations are so diverse in the spectrum that they will provide tools to serve every single industry, revolutionizing technology in the way that televisions, smartphones, and airplanes did in their time.

We’re talking artificial intelligence (AI) to electric/autonomous vehicle technology and everything in between. Here is a look at some of them.

AI Gets Personal

The most common transfer of AI into our personal lives is predominantly controlled by Google and Amazon. Amazon it has sold 100 million Alexa-enabled devices, illustrating that through the company’s Alexa, and Google’s Assistant, voice control is entering increasing aspects of life on its path to making things more comfortable, more straightforward, and safer.

Take your TV for example. CES had some enormous and impressive televisions packed with the latest tech and features. Much has been done to improve their connected technology and picture quality, but their shape has always remained an issue.

LG’s is about to change that with its Signature Series OLED R television that is rollable — it unfolds out of a box at the click of a button. The TV is powered by a 2Gen Alpha a9 processor, runs on WebOS 4.5 with Alexa, and comes with a 65-inch OLED panel. Start saving!

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Self-Driving Tech

Next-generation self-driving car technology is evolving rapidly. At the show, AutoX gave a glimpse of its self-driving vehicles that will deliver groceries to one’s home on time and safely.

The cars are temperature-controlled, feature a portable shop within for users to sample new items, use hi-res sensing technology, and AI-boosted navigation. According to the company, this type of delivery will probably be one of the first large-scale applications of self-driving cars.

Health Tech

There were some groundbreaking developments on the health and safety techno front involving AI. The Nanit was one of the new products on display that drew the crowds. This super intelligent baby monitor brings AI and IoT together to help new parents understand their child’s sleeping patterns over time.

It comes with an inbuilt smart camera and sensor system with 2-way audio that collects data about babies as they sleep giving insights such as whether the child is cold and therefore being disturbed or how long the baby sleeps.

Some welcome news is CareBand — a wearable software device that harnesses proactive tech to help those living with dementia and their caregivers. The wristband discreetly monitors wandering patients in real-time, and the software’s cutting-edge insights and analytics help forecast their behavior.

Helping with Paralysis

To end on a high note, watch out for the truly incredible NeoMano. This wearable, soft robotic hand fits over the thumb, middle and index fingers enabling people with hand paralysis to move their fingers to accomplish daily tasks like brushing their teeth, drinking from a cup, turning a doorknob, and grasping a pen. The device provides dynamic grasp to keep a grip, followed by passive release.

The central theme that manifested itself throughout this massive event was smart-everything connectivity.

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