Best of CES 2020 by mobileiGo.com
Techy heaven or CES 2020 happened on Tuesday 7th Jan to Friday 10th Jan of this year. CES (in-case you've been living under under a rock) is the famous Consumer Electronics Show. It's the largest, most attended industry only electronics show in the US every year and is hosted in lovely Las Vegas, Nevada. Almost 180,000 industry people from all over the world attended this year.
And, we, the team here at mobileiGo.com, were lucky enough to attend. Just like last year, we were kindly invited by one of our top suppliers, Reiko Wireless, and boy did we have a good time and discover all the latest trends. In fact, we walked the show for an entire two full days browsing the best and newest in high tech. All from companies like Reiko Wireless, Alienware, Sony, Samsung, Toyota, Mercedes, LG, Amazon, Intel, and even Impossible Foods to name but a small selection. Just keep reading to find out about the most innovative, exciting, and intelligent trends that we got to see.
Artificial intelligence is something of a buzzword right now across many different industries. However, the focus for a lot of the AI developments at CES this year was definitely innovative ways to apply this new technology to our everyday lives.
In fact, one of the most innovative applications of AI is by the electronics firm Bosh, who have developed a system for vehicles that can detect and block out bright sunlight while driving. Something that could both improve the driving experience and also make traveling by car safer for other road users as well.
Another innovation worth a mention is the relativity simple idea of including AI within an electric toothbrush. The aim of this is to pick up on any of those bad brushing habits we so often develop. Such as brushing too hard or even missing some of the vital areas of our mouths.
Of course, the AI will analyze how well you're doing. Then provide you with feedback. Information that can help you improve your individual style of brushing in real-time and should keep your pearly whites as clean and healthy for as long as possible.
Robots were definitely one of the CES 2020 highlights. However, as so often happens at this iconic consumer electronics show, it was perhaps not in the way most people would expect.
In fact, the robot chef that consisted of two articulated arms that spent its time making salads at the Samsung stand was entirely unexpected. Although the name ‘Bot Chef’ was somewhat more predictable.
Then there was the robot cat waiter known as Bella Bot. The one that gets cross if you touch its ears, but winks at you if you stroke its head. Yes, I'll just give you a few moments to take that in! Although you will probably find it pretty cute and the room for four separate trays, it holds useful. Something tells me that we may see a revolution in commercial food waiting service very soon.
Mobile Phones & Accessories
Of course, if there was one area in particular that we at mobileiGo.com were interested in. Yes, that is right; it was mobile phones, electronics, and accessories! Happily, CES did not disappoint in this area!
Probably the most impactful development in this field is the TCL foldable phone rivaling the Razar. Its main advantage is that it costs a great deal less than similar models, making this type of tech accessible for a much wider audience.
Another exciting development in this area is the advent of button-less phones. In fact, buttonless phones will actually start to hit the market in 2020. Such devices use gestures such as tapping, rotating, and even squeezing to control the functions in the place of buttons. This is a development that has the potential to increase the lifespan of all of our mobile tech.
Samsung was also making their presence felt here by launching the impressive top-end Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite models. The key features of which include next gen premium camera features, long battery life, and tools like the S Pen, all for an accessible price for most regular people.
Car and Vehicle Electronics
Many of the most impactful trends of the entire show were in the field of cars and vehicles. In fact, Sony took it upon themselves to reveal their very own prototype car, the Vision S.
Then there was the Lamborghini Huracan that had the all too familiar Amazon Alexa voice assistant built into its interior. A device that will make controlling the environment inside the car much more convenient. With potential applications for making quicker and more efficient interactions outside of the vehicle, too, such as paying for gas.
While we are on the subject of cars and vehicle trends, we cannot possibly ignore the plans for Woven City, in a location close to Mt Fuji in Japan. The reason being that Toyota is aiming to create an urban environment where there are no human-operated vehicles whatsoever.
In fact, that is just part of the revolutionary approach that they are taking for this location. With other ideas, including building fully functional smart homes that will be inhabited by regular people trying them out. Something that could have massive ramifications for the way we will all live in the not too distant future.
The future, however, is already here when it comes to gaming tech with devices like the uber-powerful Black Shark Pro Gaming Phone. An item that will no doubt do a brisk trade with those aspiring to play for eSports teams, but that still need to attend to their regular jobs during the day.
There was also Sony’s piece de resistance the PS5. Although, sadly, many people were disappointed to discover that there were only hints and teasers available, rather than something more substantial. Maybe soon...
Of course, those looking for laptop tech in relation to gaming were most concerned with the much-awaited Asus. With this 14” device being hailed as the fastest gaming laptop of its size ever to be produced! Something that is bound to please serious gamers for whom even the tiniest lag can make the difference between life and death in gameland cyberspace.
Smart Home & Household Tech
Some of the most impressive CES 2020 highlights were in the category of household tech. In fact, apart from the individual innovations mentioned below, tech in the home is undergoing a revolution. One way this is happening is a shift from evident tech to much a more subtly integrated approach with relation to our home surroundings. This phenomenon, known as ambient computing, can be likened to the aesthetic difference between the inside of a spaceship in a hard sci film versus the shiny, bright interior of the home of the future. The latter being something that all but a few of us would no doubt prefer.
TVs, as expected, were big news this year too. With both Samsung and LG bringing exciting developments to the table. In fact, the LG 8K TV is set to be one of the first of many 8K TV versions that will go on sale in 2020. While LG's OLED versions that bend and roll allowing them to be hidden completely when not in use have obvious applications in the home as well. We can’t wait!
Apart from the televisual treats supplied, there was also definitely a focus on app-connected devices as well. With the Amazon Alexa voice assistant enabled shower head being one of the strangest devices on offer. Although we are willing to be proved wrong on this...after all, listening to your tunes in the shower while discovering whether you need to take an umbrella with you that day may actually be a genius use of otherwise wasted time.
Finally, when it comes to household tech, one device that could potentially revolutionize the lives of users is the Motion Pillow. This item is designed to help those that sleep with a partner who snores. The idea is that the pillow picks up on any snoring activity and moves one of the 4 panels to change the position of the sleeper. This then helps to provide them with a better night's rest and stops them from snoring at the same time. And of course this also, saves their bedmate from having to suffer through long nights of grunts and wheezes!
High Tech Foods?
You may think that food trends wouldn't have much of a place at a consumer electronics show. However, you’d be wrong. In fact, after last year's success with the Impossible Burger, a beef-like patty made entirely from lab-grown meat substitute, the same company is back with another offering.
Yes, that is right; you can now get plant-based, lab-grown pork as well. Which has some significant advantages both for our health and the state of the environment. The latter being significantly impacted by all the resources currently needed to raise enough livestock for the meat eating demands of the world.
Of course, the issue on everybody’s lips, literally, is whether this substance tastes and feels anything like the real thing, right? The good news here is that it does, and the texture isn't half bad either. Something that bodes well for Impossible Food's plans to bring out bacon and sausage products in the near future. They also demonstrated that food innovation and the new technology that goes into creating it are most definitely an important, if not a critical trend at CES. It’s one that we can expect to go from strong to stronger over the coming years.
So overall as you can see here and as you'd expect, CES 2020 was another amazing experience and truly one of The events of the year for electronics and technology and even health food. With so many innovations and teasers, we can't wait to see what will be in store for us next year at CES 2021; I'm sure you're eager as well. Tune back in with us as we will bring you more next year and along the way.
What were your favorites this year?