CES 2019

Through our Eyes

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There is expected to be a 50% increase in the use of robotics for medical and healthcare delivery services by 2019.

IDC’s Worldwide Healthcare IT 2017 Predictions report

40% of robotic startups have been in the consumer sector and will soon augment humans in industries such as health and elder care.


One driver for the growth in the robotics market are falling prices on sensors, CPUs and communications as capabilities continue to increase.

Gaining Robotic Advantage, June 2017, Boston Consulting Group

you've got a friend in me

For those looking for a sidekick but don’t want a living creature in their home, Vector is an always-on robot that ‘lives’ in the home and curiously roams around and interacts with its surroundings, much like an animal companion.

The Alpha Mini robot is an affectionate robot that leverages AI to connect, educate, communicate, entertain and befriend human children.

The motion sensor triggered Big Clapper robot can be programmed via app to clap along to music or on demand and follow you with its eyes. A personal cheering section robot for those who need lots of affirmation.

Luka is a story-telling and reading, artificial intelligence enabled robot that can read books in multiple languages, serving as a reading companion for children.

a little help, please

The Coayu W902 Window Cleaning Robot leverages an air pressure sensor system to keep it attached to the glass as it moves around the window surface.

Chuangze’s Intelligent Healthcare Robot can serve patients by delivering medication information and answer questions about diseases and conditions.

Slamtec’s autonomous robots have been designed to roll around restaurants, bars and malls, taking orders and delivering food and drinks.

The Litter Robot 3 is an automatic self-cleaning litter box that connects to your device to send alerts on maintenance needs.

The new iteration of the Ovis Suitcase can now side-follow, rather than behind-follow, allowing for a more intuitive user experience.

The San Jose airpost boasts 3 of these robots, which are stationed in the facility to help travelers find different points of interest within the airport. The robot runs on a Windows operating system and ‘speaks’ to users in a variety of different languages.

Samsung’s companion robot can check vitals daily, deliver medication reminders, detect falls, lead a workout session and generally serve as a health and wellness partner.


The Intelino Smart Train empowers kids from toddlers up to learn about coding in a fun, gamified way. The color-coded action snaps are used to program actions, while kids can control the Bluetooth train via app.

UBTECH Jimu UnicornBot enables kids to build and code their own robot.

Laika is an autonomous, smart robot that serves to be a companion for pets while owners are away. Owners can interact with their pets via an app and the embedded camera, speakers and microphone in the robot.

Varram’s Pet Fitness Robot is a treat-dispensing, obstacle avoiding pet toy, designed to withstand pouncing felines.

looking forward

As part of Honda’s goal to create technologies for robots to help people, they’ve developed the P.A.T.H. Bot, which detects movement around it and plans its path to stay out of the way of people. Advancement of pathfinding and obstacle avoidance is an important area of innovation for industrial and consumer robotics going forward.

The Robby Robot is an autonomous machine that delivers snacks and chilled drinks. While the robot isn’t extraordinary, their mobile commerce platform business plan is. Robby provides the method for companies to sell and deliver through leased Robby robots and software.


 “72% of Americans with smart home devices want voice control capabilities.”


“Current statistics show that the smart house market will approach 40 billion USD in the US alone by 2020.”


“Companies Will Invest $15 Trillion in IoT Between 2017 and 2025.”



The Savvy smart mirror is made to be installed in hotels to deliver personalized communication, information, and entertainment to hotel guests.

Kohler Konnect products are voice-control enabled and work with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.

Festiie is a wearable smart band for festival attendees to connect with friends when phones won’t work.

HomeLink Connect is a new car to home system that enables users to operate home automation devices from their vehicle’s touchscreen.

Foundmi smart wallets alert users if they’ve dropped their wallets and help track down their location.

Toto’s “Life Anew Next’ smart IoT toilet was designed for public bathrooms, collecting data on water consumption and other data helpful for facility management.

DrinkShift is a craft beer replenishment service combined with a proprietary refrigerator that detects inventory and the fridge user’s drinking pace.

The Wi-Fi enabled Sensor Mirrors by simplehuman are capable of over 50,000 color variations that can be chosen from presets or by using the phone app to capture light settings from the environment around the user, enabling them to recreate them on the mirror.

Cyberfishing’s smart rod sensor and app records casts and catches, saves fishing hotspots and enables anglers to share data.


Resideo, Honeywell’s spin-off smarthome business, took home an Innovation award for their security system, which includes sensors, smoke detectors and touch panels that use Wi-Fi as the primary mode of alarm transmission with cellular communication as a backup. The panel has a snap in card for LTE, but can be upgraded with a 5G card when that cellular technology is ready.

Parcel Guard keeps packages safe while the app shows a live feed of the user’s online orders.

R-check is an air quality station that detects formaldehyde, which is a carcinogenic compound sometimes found in furniture and flooring.

Geeni security devices can be voice controlled with Alexa, Google Assistant or Cortana.

Hipcam’s smart cameras have integrated touchscreens that display information and can also be used for video chats with two-way audio.

Stanley’s Smart street lights go well beyond lighting roadways; they’re intelligent devices that use light to sense road conditions, objects in the roadway, and more in order to notify drivers and pedestrians to increase safety.

all about alexa

Amazon dash enables users to order replenishments of items with the click of a button.

Wagz smart feeder is an Alexa-enabled, connected pet food feeding machine that connects to the Wagz smart collar to recommend the right amount of food for Fido based on his activity level.

Alexa-enabled everything.

Moen’s Smart Shower allows users to customize their shower experience using voice (via Alexa), phone or Moen’s controller.

Lumos smartbulbs are Alexa and Google Assistant enabled so users can verbally adjust lighting to their liking.

The BLOOM parasol automation device enables users to control the motor via any Alexa-enabled device.

Juno’s Alexa-enabled intelligent lighting has a JBL speaker built in.

In 2017, Amazon held on to around

of the smart speaker market


By early 2018, Amazon’s global market share dropped


But as of December 2018, Amazon was still leading the market with more sales and a larger platform on which third-party providers can build solutions for its Echo products.

according to estimates from two of the leading market watchers, Strategy Analytics and Canalys, based in Singapore. Amazon itself boasted in a February earnings report that it had sold “tens of millions” of Echo devices in 2017 https://news.strategyanalytics.com/press-release/devices/strategy-analytics-google-closes-gap-amazon-global-smart-speaker-market-q2-201 https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbes-finds/2018/12/27/google-home-vs-amazon-echo-a-comparison/#75e8e85c5cdb

Google’s self-described ‘marketing stunt’ was a ride in which passengers live through a ‘day-in-the-life’ scenario showing just how woven Google’s digital assistive software is becoming in our daily lives.

CES boasted more than 180,000 visitors from 150 countries. according to the 2018 CES audit

 “Growth in (the digital health) market is anticipated to rise at a CAGR of 13.4% between 2017 and 2025, reaching $536.6 billion by the end of 2025.”


“71% of physicians believe personal sensor technology will have an impact on patient care but 68% of doctors think at-home diagnostic testing will improve care and outcomes.”


health & wellness monitoring

Xandar Kardian’s non-contact vital sign monitor features Alexa voice and gesture control.

Withings’ Move ECG is an analog watch that can perform an ECG on demand at any time.

Urgo Night is a non-invasive brain training system that connects an electroencephalogram (EEG) measurement device and personalized brain exercises on an app to help users learn to sleep better.

Clairy’s novel air purifier amplifies the natural properties of plants by directing toxic agents through the roots of the plant, making homes healthier.

The Withings smart blood pressure monitor is a device for use at home that includes a digital stethoscope and ECG that can point to a risk of serious conditions, including atrial fibrillation (AFib) and valvular heart disease (VHD)—conditions that may have no symptoms.

Meersens’ IoT plus app solution allows users to test air and water quality, UVs and pesticides.

Moodo is a smart aromatherapy diffuser that allows users to change the scent in their room from anywhere via the app.

Kohler’s $7000 Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet is Alexa enabled, includes ambient lighting, bluetooth speakers and a heated seat.

The Care OS Artemis is a smart mirror that integrates with the Care OS AR and AI enabled smart health and beauty hub, connecting health, beauty and wellness for each user.

The Miku video monitor requires no wearable devices or wires; its sensors monitor baby’s vital and nursery conditions, then alert users to issues on their smartphones.

The Owlet Band monitors baby’s heart rate, kicks and mom’s contractions.

The Mixfit at-home nutrient delivery appliance is paired with an app and nutrient pod subscription to formulate a supplement drink customized to a person’s unique lifestyle.

The Butterfly ultrasound is a small ultrasound device that connects to a smartphone, where data can be transferred and shared on the Butterfly cloud.

assistive & safety tech

Atoun’s HIMICO prototype assists wearers with walking by measuring the flexion and extension angle of the legs, estimating the user’s walking pattern, then assisting with pulling wires running over the front and back of the hip joints attached to motors at the waist.

Whill’s autonomous wheelchairs can be requested in public places, where they will automatically drive to the user, respond to voice commands, then drive back to the charging station to charge themselves.

E-vone connected shoes detect a fall, then automatically alert caregivers.

Cosmo smart bike lights up as a rider decelerates, has turn signals and can reach emergency contacts in an urgent situation.

Oticon’s AI-powered hearing aids learn the wearer’s preferences and typical environments then predicts their preferences in particular scenarios and automatically adjusts settings for an optimized listening experience.

Livio AI hearing aids have integrated sensors and AI, and enable users to not only hear better, but set body and brain health goals and monitor progress.

Leeo Ping users can connect to other friends and family, making a circle of people looking out for each other, receiving notifications if things don’t seem right.

The Welt Belt looks like a regular leather belt, but it tracks health metrics like waist size, steps, how long the wearer spent sitting and more, while enabling personal goal setting.

The Pria is an in-home intelligent health assistant that connects a user with their doctors and loved ones while improving medication adherence.


according to the 2018 CES audit

CES fills an exhibit space of more than 2.7 million net square feet. according to the 2018 CES audit

 “Transportation drives the economy, connecting over 7.6 million business establishments with customers, suppliers, and workers in the U.S. alone.”


“Digital hailing services in mid-2017 had 4.7 million vehicles and 600 million users. Bike sharing schemes have been rolling out across Asia, Europe and the US: customers of these programs will complete 27 million rides this year in the US alone, compared to almost none in 2010.”


connected & autonomous

BYTON has focused on connected mobility with their vehicles, packing multiple modems and fully integrated flat antennas into the car. Onboard programmable SIM cards, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and shared connectivity make it impressively connected.

BYTON has pulled the connected theme into its design with its recognizable connected line designs on every model.

Dassault Systems focused on the year 2030 and how life might be then. 40% of respondants to Dassault’s survey prior to CES 2019 said they expect to use air taxis in 2030. Dassault displayed their autonomous air taxi model.

Hyundai Mobis demonstrated their Communication Lighting for autonomous vehicles with a concept car featuring an "Indicating Lighting Zone" that indicates that an autonomous vehicle is operating in self-driving mode. It also featured technologies to communicate with other vehicles and pedestrians, including LEDs, digital boards, headlamp projection and sound.

Nissan’s IMx Kuro electric concept vehicle is fully autonomous and has zero emissions.

Bell Helicopter returned with their Bell Nexus on-demand air transportion vehicle. The company aims to design a flight control ecosystem that allows individuals to safely and efficiently operate urban air vehicles.

Mitsubishi’s newest edition of its Emirai 4 smart mobility concept car has an autonomous mode and smart, connected features like biometric authentication, haptic feedback, smarthome and mobile payment integration.

Denso’s automated driving and connected technology for future mobility was on display at CES 2019.

Denso Urban Moves was created to make the connected workplace extend to the commute.

Alphabet's Waymo autonomous minivan was on display. Said Waymo’s CEO John Krafcik, “We want to make Waymo the world’s most experienced driver.”

Bosch’s concept shuttle is a silent, autonomous EV that digitally connects passengers, enables payments and connects with its surroundings.


Ford Telematics’ Transportation Mobility Cloud allows Ford’s police vehicles to aid in keeping officers safe with data collection and alerts.

The 78-foot Furrion Adonis Numarine Yacht is a luxury smart craft, featuring an artificial intelligence virtual concierge named Angel.

E/NRIDE tauts themselves as an intelligent movement company, creating sustainable, autonomous transportation systems.

modularity & customization

Japanese startup AEV Mobility showed its interesting 4 wheel drive robotic skateboard chassis that can be outfitted with any number of modular pods for medical, industrial and ridesharing use.

Kia’s Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) system is a futuristic technology that leverages Artificial Intelligence and bio-signal recognition technology to analyze the driver’s emotional state in real-time and personalize the driving experience.

The Urban Arrow electric bike enables riders to transport children or goods with modular cargo attachments.

Segway MiniPro.

Segway’s Ninebot GoKart kit allows MiniPro owners to create a fully functional go-kart with their existing MiniPro.


The Audi E-foil is a surfboard that has an electric jet-propulsion system under the water while the board sits 100 centimeters above the water.

The crowdfunded Riptide Electric Skateboard is a great option for inexpensive urban mobility.

The Cybic E-Legend Bicycle is the first pedal assist electric bicycle with Alexa built in.


Perceptive Automata collaborated with Honda to demonstrate how their advanced behavioral science-based artificial intelligence can enable better self-driving vehicle experience to detect and assess the intent and awareness of pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

Mobileye has proposed a common safety standard for autonomous vehicles, which they call Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS). RSS is a mathematical model to ensure that the autonomous vehicles of the future will consistently make safe decisions.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility aims to make cars and their people partners- not to eliminate the driver altogether. One of their goals is to build a sustainable ecosystem enabling cars to interact with people, other cars and road infrastructure.

Bell’s Autonomous Pod Transport boasts a fully automous mission execution, including landing in GPS challenged environments.

Honda’s autonomous work vehicle is adapatable to many different environments.

Qualcomm’s Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) platform will serve as the foundation for vehicles to communicate with each other and everything around them. The platform promises to enable smarter transportation by providing 360º non-line-of-sight awareness and a higher level of predictability for enhanced road safety and autonomous driving.

Magna’s flexible vehicle interior concepts aim to address the fact that autonomy is demanding seating become more dynamic.

NVIDIA Drive Autopilot integrates multiple breakthrough AI technologies that will enable supervised self-driving vehicles to go into production by 2020. The integration of the NVIDIA Xavier system-on-a-chip processor and the latest NVIDIA DRIVE Software to process many deep neural networks enables full self-driving autopilot capabilities, including highway merge, lane change, lane splits and personal mapping.

Tom Tom, in partnership with Denso, displayed their autonomous driving system which perceives objects around it and plans driving paths.

Koito’s Sensor-Lighting Solution has integrated sensor technologies for autonomous driving applications.

 “The global LiDAR market size was valued at USD 359.1 million in 2016 and is expected to sustain its growth during the forecast period (through 2024).”


“One of the key drivers for this market will be the rapid developments in autonomous vehicle technology.”



Velodyne’s various LiDAR sensors enable safety, security, advanced mapping and driver assist for autonomous vehicles.

Ouster’s Multi-Beam flash LiDAR was developed for autonomous vehicles, robotics, and drones.

Robosense displayed their solid-state automotive grade LiDAR for mass production autos, boasting detection distance to 200 meters, upgraded optical system and signal processing technology to support level 5 driverless automated driving.

The Twitter hashtag #CES2018 and @CES mentions reached 1 million. according to the 2018 CES audit

 “It is estimated that the lithium-ion battery market will reach 77 billion U.S. dollars by 2024, with the consumer electronics market taking up the majority of this growth.”


“56% of advanced internet users expect smart battery technology to change how we power everything from phones to cars.”



The Cota ecosystem is IR-based power at a distance, without cables or charging pads, and without the need for line of sight.

Furrion’s energy ecosystems store power in off-grid situations, at the campsite, and in the RV or yacht with lightweight, lithium cell technology.

One61 backpacks not only have a USB charging station to charge devices on the go, they also light up.


Victrola beautifully merges mid-century modern design with today’s modern tech, like bluetooth connectivity.

The games we played, the food we ate, the music we listened to – they all make us feel something.


Classic retro game with a modern twist: 3D game board and the option to play against an AI opponent.

The Polycade console looks retro, but owners can load their own games into the built-in gaming PC.

Polaroid’s Bluetooth speakers are compatible with iOS and Android devices, but look like old-school radios.

 “Augmented Reality is expected to have 1 billion users by 2020. Right now, more than 543 start-ups are listed under this category on AngelList.”


According to a survey of startup founders, technology company executives, investors and consultants, 41% think user experience is the biggest obstacle to mass adoption of VR.


AR, VR and mixed reality

Sense Arena is a VR-based training platform for hockey players to use at home, in the gym, or at a training center..

AHEAD is a 3D AR Heads Up Display (HUD) that displays relevant information in the driver’s view, directing his/her attention to the viewpoint where needed.

DisplayLink XR enables AR and VR users to go "cable-less" via their wireless display connections, allowing them to move about freely.

The Mocapsuit sensor suit for motion capture has up to 56 custom calibrated sensors built in for accurate motion capture.

Brio’s prototype Mixed Reality headset combines a helmet, sensors and VR headset for use in large construction situations to help workers see where different structures should go.

AstroReality’s augmented reality solution is made up of AR-enhanced planets with AI capabilities enabling users to explore the planets by opening the app and pointing the camera at the planet model, where they’ll get an immersive look at the planet in great detail.

Nreal’s mixed reality glasses allows the wearer to watch videos and content while still seeing the outside world. An image is displayed on both lenses at a resolution of 1080p and 52º field of view.

according to the 2018 CES audit CES hosted more than 1,000 startups at the Eureka Park Marketplace.
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Contributors: Gil Cavada, George Guffey, Erik Moses, Nicole Byer, Jake Vail, John Hannon

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