The Best and Worst at CES 2019

These are some of the most notable items on show at CES this year.

CES, or Consumer Electronics Show, is an event during January where companies and other people show off their new technological inventions, from television monitors where the sound comes from the screen to a chunk of wood with google assistant in it, there are a lot of new things to talk about.

GET, or Global Energy Transmission has a drone that in theory can fly forever if you are near a charging area. The drone can fly around for a bit, then you can have it hover near one of the company’s charging areas to wirelessly charge the drone’s battery rapidly. People in the future should try to use technology like this to make free phone chargers and wireless charging stations for electric cars, so people don’t “ice” them (parking your gas car in front of the electric car charger so people with electric cars can’t charge them).

Lovot is probably the most irrelevant item in my opinion. It’s a robot that looks like a penguin that rolls around demanding hugs. This is the opposite of what robots are supposed to do. It does have cameras and sensors all over its body to feel the environment and stuff. For a robot that doesn’t seem to help with anything, it’s not worth the outrageous $5000 they sell if for.

FLIR Systems created the FLIR DM285. It’s an “18 function digital multimeter” according to the CES website, and can measure extreme temperatures up to four hundred degrees Celsius or seven hundred fifty-two degrees Fahrenheit. It also has a wireless connection.

Caudlryn Coffee is a portable travel mug that allows you to grind coffee in the travel mug. It can keep a liquid temperature for ten hours and has a screen that can shift the temperature of the liquid inside.

The Bread Bot is the most useful in my opinion. It is a machine made for stores that bakes the bread in its own oven, then puts the bread on a vending machine-like display where people can buy it. It also measures the dimensions and weight of the bread, as well as how old it is, which you can view from the machine.

The term “Smart Wood” might sound interesting at first, but it turns out that smart wood is actually a Google Assistant built into a plank of wood. It displays the messages and volume of the sound on the wood via lights in the wood. It can also check the weather. That’s pretty much all it can do, but you can also turn it off to make it look like an ordinary chunk of wood. It might be useful for a prank or two, but for the most part, you’re better off with a Google Home or an Amazon Echo. The wood plank takes up more space.

The LG OLED is a very thin TV screen with OLED lights that can be rolled down (similar to the projector screens, except it doesn’t fold). This isn’t even the most impressive feature. The sound comes from the screen, meaning that the source of the sound on the screen (such as a character speaking) is where the sound comes from. This all from a TV screen that is only a few millimeters thick. It is also very wide.

One blockchain company called SecuX is presenting a physical wallet for digital money, or cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. This cryptocurrency wallet has protection from hacking and the ability to manage cryptocurrencies the owner has. The only problem I can see with this device is losing it, and then someone can manage your money if they find it, but I assume it has a password or a deactivation system.

Bell has a flying car on show. An actual flying car is here at CES as a prototype for an actual transport vehicle, that will apparently be available to call as an Uber in the “mid-2020’s” according to Scott Drennan at Bell. The company says they want it to be a vehicle you and your family would feel safe in. If this does become available, then you could skip the highway traffic all together instead of waiting in the Uber car for ten minutes in the traffic.

The Bell flying car wasn’t even the only exotic vehicle at CES 2019. Hyundai presents the Elevate, a car with four legs that can bend, with wheels for “feet”. They only presented the concept design and not the full prototype, so nobody except the company themselves knows how this will operate. Its purposes are to be able to let first responders respond to disasters faster. By elevating the car on its legs, they can get over most debris and water, or other hazards that normal cars can’t get over. Come to think of it, the flying car would also be a great first responder vehicle.

Those were some of the most interesting and notable items from CES. I recommend checking out their Youtube channel or actually going to the show next year. It is hosted every January and keeps pushing boundaries. There were others I didn’t talk about, such as a house robot prototype and a bunch of other artificial intelligence related things, from robots to early self-driving cars. Maybe next year the first purely self-driving car could come out.