It's a Herculean effort to see everything at CES. It's a big challenge for us to choose our favorite activity among the fantastic (and not so fantastic) things on the floor, but here are our personal favorites from CES 2019.
I sat down with each of our writers and writers at CES, and after our days in press briefings, meetings, and walks in conference rooms with endless feelings, asked them what their favorite CES discovery was in focusing on something that really caught their eye. . Below, with who we are and what we do, you will find what we liked.
Jason Fitzpatrick, publisher of Geek Review: Doppel
You do not really live the SCE unless you meet everyone and their brother (as well as their sister and cousins) with some sort of device that claims to calm you down, soothe you, help you sleep. When I saw the people of Doppel and the information on their booth about how Doppel was a device designed to be worn on the wrist both to calm and give me the energy, let me tell you: I stretched my wrist to try it because I am an easy-going guy who is willing to try something new and not because I did not expect nothing at all out of this experience.
Georgina, who also seemed to be an easy-going person, tethered the Doppel inside my wrist while explaining the whole concept: the tiny weighted interior engine wobbles like a heartbeat with a lub-dub beat and humans react naturally to the rhythm. You can adjust and customize Doppel via an associated mobile application. It turned out that the Doppel that I tried was about as accurate as my heart asked at that time. The effect was amazing.
When I spent my wrist to try it, I had a try "maybe my wife would like that", but a few moments later, I smiled to how much the experience was soothing and enjoyable. Before putting it in place, I had the impression that it would probably not have much effect (and could even be boring) and I now plan to order one – I certainly do not want to make the model demonstration. Of all the devices I've encountered in this category, the Doppel has had the most immediate and impressive effect.
The Doppel is available now for $ 219, directly from the company.
Chris Hoffman, Feature Editor: Luka, Robot for reading picture books
Luka is a little owl-shaped robot that reads picture books to your kids. Literally, he reads the book – you place a picture book in front of Luka and read the title. You turn the page and start reading the words on the open pages. Turn to any page of the book and Luka immediately recognizes the page you are on and starts reading it. You do not have to buy special books for this, it works with the books you already have. Kids can read their own picture books with a little owl robot even when you are busy.
The technology behind this is surprisingly smart. Ling Technology Inc, the company behind Luka, scans tens of thousands of picture books and extracts the text – about 60,000 books are already in their database. When you open a page in an image book, Luka sees the page with his camera, quickly recognizes the page and begins to read the words. This speeds up the process and ensures accuracy because the device does not have to process text on the fly with local hardware.
Luka comes with a built-in speaker and a battery. It even responds to various actions: you can tap the owl robot's head and rub its belly for a cute reaction. Parents can even tell Luka to say things through a smartphone app, so that the owl robot can say, "Let's go to bed!" Or "Brush your teeth, it's important!" It's adorable.
This smart owl was launched last year in China and the company is currently preparing a launch in the United States later in 2019. The technology is ready to operate, but obtaining rights to the books of 39, pictures take a long time. Expect it to cost around $ 99, but several models will be available at multiple price levels.
Cam Summerson, news editor: Cemtrex Smartdesk
I've seen a lot of cool products at CES, but on reflection, I always come back to one or two great products. Of the two, I think Cemtrex's SmartDesk is perhaps my favorite because it offers a senseless combination of great features and integration at an impressive price. (For those who are curious, my other favorite is probably the HP Omen X Emperium 65 BFGD. So good.)
The SmartDesk is a sit / stand desk with a built-in computer and all the built-in hardware you need – plug it in and use it. It has a built-in keyboard and touchpad, as well as three 24-inch 1080p touch-screen monitors. Two configurations are currently available: one with 16GB RAM, a GTX1050 graphics card, a 256GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive; the other has 32 GB of RAM, a GTX1060 hard drive and 2 TB instead of the 1 TB disk of the basic model. Both are equipped with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor.
But it's really only the cogs of the SmartDesk. It also has a built-in wireless charger on the right side of the desktop and a stunning control panel that lets you control the PC without touching it. Cemtrex has created a custom software layer that runs under Windows to track users' movements, allowing you to use simple gestures to perform operations such as zooming, scrolling, and even capturing # 39; screen. This is closest to the content of Minority Report I have ever seen in a consumer product.
There is also a small camera between the left and center screens that points to the desktop and works like a worry-free document scanner. All you have to do is open the software and drop a document on the left side of the desktop: the camera will find the document, scan it and save it. This is a great example of really cool but still amazing practical technology.
Of course, there is always a burning question with this level of technology and integration: what happens if something breaks? Fortunately, the integrated SmartDesk PC is fully accessible to the user and can be upgraded. Otherwise, both models offer a one-year warranty on parts and six months on the labor.
The base model starts at $ 4,499, while the upgraded model will cost you $ 5,299. To learn more about the amazing office, visit Cemtrex website.
Craig Lloyd, Smarthome Writer: Ring Door View Cam
Tenants have always struggled to find compact appliances that they could install in their apartments without the owner panicking …the ring door See Cam is a nice little alternative to the traditional video doorbell of the company.
It's pretty much a digital peephole; To install it, simply remove the existing peephole and screw the door camera in its place, without any permanent modification. Better yet, even if you have a 1080p camera capable of night vision, two-way conversation and running entirely on battery, you should always look through a traditional peephole.
The most interesting feature, however, is the knock detection. You can still use the door view camera as a doorbell and connect it to a ringing chime on the inside, but if someone is typing instead, the door view camera can detect it and you send a notification. This is a feature you will not find on any other video door.
The Door View camera will be available sometime later this year for $ 199.
Michael Crider, PC Hardware Editor: What3Words
CES is usually a hardware demonstration venue, but the most innovative thing I saw in Vegas was a combined service and application. What3Words is a way to give someone one of the exact, immutable, accurate and easy-to-remember locations – an alternative to writing street names, numbers, postal codes or even GPS coordinates.
The idea is simple: the entire planet is cut into a grid of ten – foot squares, each of them being assigned a permanent designation of three simple words. The Las Vegas welcome sign, for example, is "suffre.finds.awards". Locations work in all languages and an algorithm ensures that neither of them is similar in a relatively wide area.
The ideal examples given are outdoor sites with large spaces and few distinctive features: you could say "meet me near the white tent" at a music festival and is not helpful. But change to "join me at grass.billow.angry" and you will have an easily shareable location. The weak point of the service is large indoor areas (such as, for example, the congress halls of the CES) where it has to use default entries instead of an accurate GPS.
Nevertheless, I think What3Words has the potential to be on everyone's phone over the next two to three years, becoming the biggest leap in personal navigation from Google Maps. The company's promising beginnings, its open API approach and growing list of integration partners would certainly seem to suggest it.