For more than 50 years, people looking to transform their businesses through technology have made the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a vital stop in their tech scouting and product planning journeys. We’ve joined these forward thinkers and innovators for decades, seeking what’s next and challenging our minds with the possibilities.
We invite you to take a peek at the show as we saw it. No matter the industry in which you work, if technology plays a part in delivering an experience your customer loves, you’ll find something here to get you thinking.
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Nextmind’s brain sensing technology allows users to interact with their physical world using their mind. Their demo allowed people to be quickly trained to change the color of a light bulb using their minds by having a device collect neurosignals from the user’s visual cortex, then deciphering them with machine learning algorithms, then translating them into lightbulb commands.
As covered in their keynote, Samsung’s vision of the future includes Ballie – an autonomous AI robot.
Virtual assistants are starting to take form, with various companies working on visualization methods for AI assistants.
Because we also attend shows where new technology is featured for use in aircraft, we’ve seen Gentex’s smart products for aircraft before. From Biometrics to sensing technologies, the future is also in the sky. Read our latest reports from Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) and Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX).
While data is now abundant, for example, as mentioned in a panel, Carnival Cruise ships collect around 50 million data points an hour through AI, it’s how that information is used to enhance the experience for passengers that really matters.
Designed for language learning, STEM skills and speech therapy, the Roybi uses facial recognition to detect up to 3 different kids and deliver experiences for each of those profiles.
Bandai Namco’s Tori uses a battery combined with a sensing mat to respond to an iPad for interactive gaming. The innovative solution won awards in four different categories.
President and CEO of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics Division, HS Kim, says we are living in the age of experience, noting that 75% of people value experiences over products. Samsung is working to tailor experiences for how we individually interact with our world. The company is srtiving to create convenience, piece of mind and enjoyment. They are working to create unforgettable moments.
How can your business create unforgettable moments? How can you harness technology like XR and IoT to leave your customers feeling like your brand has enhanced their lives?
VR on one end, MR in the middle, AR on the other end, XR is the umbrella.... 5G enables them all. Exciting times in the land of virtual | augmented | mixed | extended reality were discussed during this CES panel... but what does that all mean?
As the virtual continues to more cohesively interact and supplement reality, lines are starting to blur and things are getting a little... dare we say... confusing? We’re outlined what it all (literally) means, but on a higher level, we see it being just the beginning of what will be in terms of elevating consumer experiences, work training, entertainment, safety and so much more.
VR is immersive multimedia or computer-simulated realities that replicate an environment, simulating a physical presence in places in which the user can interact.
AR is a live, direct or indirect view of the real world, but elements are supplemented by computer-generated sensory input, often including sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
MR merges real and virtual worlds to produce new environments where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. MR is a hybrid of VR and AR.
XR is all of the real-and-virtual environments generated by computer graphics and wearables. It’s an umbrella category that covers all the various forms of computer-altered reality (VR, MR, AR)
Tactsuit, Teslasuit and VRLEO VR gaming suits and gear integrate haptic feedback so the user can feel interactions too.
Delta Airlines introduced yet another reality at CES 2020. Learn more
We checked out Nreal eyewear again (we noticed them last year too).
Smaller than a lot of current options, the glasses are made to plug into an Android phone and is equipped with eye-tracking sensors and 3D-mapping of the user’s view. This enables digital characters and objects to interact with the environment.
Vuzix goggles are designed to give swimming workout stats through AR and are designed to fit over any goggles.
Mojo Vision is an investor darling, securing $108 million in funding for their AR integration into contacts. Their in-development AR contact lenses have14k pixels-per-inch micro-displays to project statistics like health tracking and other data; what Mojo Vision calls ‘invisible computing’.
Tracking eye movement is an important, growing tool for smart vehicles and new UX experiences. Its ability to identify individuals makes it easy to imagine this being leveraged in everything from work to entertainment to travel experiences.
Sometimes it’s the little things. While the tech behind Panasonic’s VR glasses is great, the swappable prescription lenses and lens separation adjustment make the wearer’s experience markedly improved.
Delta Air Lines was the first airline to keynote at CES. They envision a more customized travel experience that leverages technology, according to their CEO, Ed Bastian, who mentioned AR and AI, biometric security, smart incentive programs, and a new Parallel Reality experience. It’s fascinating to see airlines and airline suppliers starting to make CES an important part of their year, much like auto makers and suppliers did over the past decade.
What is Parallel Reality? It's a technology that makes it possible for personalized content to be delivered to individuals; making the environment change and adopt for each unique user.
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Changhong was showing their CHiQ rotating display. Displays that moved to show a typical mobile phone orientation could be found around the show this year. Is this signaling that people are starting to prefer a vertical display for viewing media?
In a press release, Joe Stinziano, Head of Consumer Electronics Business at Samsung Electronics America stated, “8K resolution has the potential to transform our industry. Screens over 75” are the fastest growing segment in the market, and that segment is where 8K resolution matters the most.”
The ultra-thin and light TV technology has allowed for some beautiful hanging options.
Hisense had a revolutionary screen from which sound flowed directly. The diaphram of a Distributed-Mode Loudspeaker (DML) vibrates in a complex pattern over the entire surface to deliver surprisingly clear audio.
Curved displays led right into the LG booth. This could be an interesting installation in an airport or plane interior.
we noted a few standout displays at CES 2020.
As mentioned above, Living Packets “the box” has an integrated electronic ink display for editable shipping information. It eliminates packaging waste as it’s used over and over again and works for 70% of all e-commerce shipments. Brilliant.
Two different products were featured at the show that were designed to produce water by pulling it from moisture levels in the air.
Otonohm is a battery powered generator designed to replace traditional gas powered generators.
E-ink made a bit of a comeback this year, with Hisense launching the world’s first color electronic ink display mobile phone, digital electronic ink display wallpaper from TCL and a brilliant reusable shipping box that features an electronic ink display that can be changed to where ever your package is going next.
Sharp’s see through display technology could be leveraged in so many interesting applications.
The Poseidon Smart Mirror features a unique user interface.
Beijing Puppy robotics uses a projector to turn any surface into a touch screen, and it’s able to project up to 100 inches.
CES does not disappoint in the variety of innnovations aimed at making health and wellness easier, more fun or more tech-enabled.
Samsung’s GEMS workout exoskeleton pairs with their AR glasses and handset to give you an AR workout instructor to mirror. It’s also designed to help patients recover from strokes.
Icaros VR fitness combines games and instruction with fitness in “interesting” ways.
Smile! Some high tech teeth cleaning solutions were sprinkled around the show. Colgate’s Plaqless Pro features sensors that detect plaque, and use Bluetooth to show missed areas on connected app.
Motion Pillow analyzes head position and breathing patterns throughout the sleep cycle and adjusts itself to prevent snoring via built in airbags.
The Sleep Number Climate 360 smart bed works on both sides of bed independently, using AI to sense movements, then automatically adjusting firmness and comfort. It also uses temperature technology to create microclimates for better sleep that balance your temperature with your natural wake and sleep cycles.
The Oral-B iO smart toothbrush is equipped with sensors that know what quadrant of your mouth you’re brushing and pairs with an AI coaching app that helps you be sure to clean all parts of your mouth.
Y-brush uses vibration to brush teeth in ten seconds by brushing them all at the same time.
P&G Opte is an at-home skincare device that scans your complexion and uses blue light LEDs and serum to immediately correct hyperpigmentation, leaving flawless-looking skin.
Higatrec is an IoT training device that uses computer-controlled motors instead of steel plates and has connected analytics.
The YogaFi mat is equipped with sensors to track position and give real-time audio feedback. It also tracks posture and progress with artificial intelligence.
Alyce health combined AR with AI to detect key points to correct the user’s form while training.
The Fit360 smart wearables have multiple cameras to capture a 360 degree view around you while your hands are completely free.
Asics Metaride has connected smart insoles that gather data to inform runners how to improve their running efficiency.
Smart watches were widespread, and most blended in (and looked exactly like apple watches) some tried to stand out however they could.
Miomove’s connected mapping insoles communicate with an app and give information on how to improve running technique.
AURA watch strap measures fat, muscle and hydration levels.
The MoNoA watch strap accessory measures stress levels via GSR, body temperature and movement measurement.
Ileva Time-C measures pollution, UV, temperature, and more. What’s unique about it is it compiles data across multiple users to give community reports. Our team worked on a smart city solution that aims to do similar.
The Smart Belt now has added fall prevention technology, which analyzes irregularities in walking patterns and anticipates falls that may occur in the future.
Myant Skiin connected underwear features textile computing to continuously monitor biometric data.
The Tali smart helmet connects with the motorcycle to show brake lights and turn signals. It also has Alexa and Siri enabled to take calls, play music, read maps, and can place emergency calls when a fall is detected. Bonus, it also makes you look like daft punk.
Toyota’s CEO announced the company’s new project: their own working town, where people will live, work, and play in a real-life environment where technology is being tested. The new city is 175 acres at the base of Mount Fuji and will give Toyota developers an unprecedented laboratory to test and innovate in the areas of mobility, robotics, connected technology and more. The town of the future is on its way.
Bell unveiled a new, upgraded version of its air taxi. The Nexus 4EX is expected to be more energy efficient and capable, according to Bell, but still has its signature power-lift design.
Hyundai claimed their version of an air taxi would be quieter than a helicopter, an important consideration in urban settings with noise ordinances.
The Mercedes Benz AVTR was developed in partnership with James Cameron’s Avatar film series, and features the craziest ‘bionic flaps’ that are reminiscent of an amphibious creature.
Mercedes' Vision EQS's design focuses on sustainability with a purposeful electric electric design and attention to luxury in every detail.
Hyundai’s Smart Mobility Solution for future cities includes their urban air taxi, Hub and Purpose Built Vehicle, which can be serve various functions while on the move, like mobile health care or entertainment.
Brunswick’s concept helm featured an enhanced consumer interface that includes gesture and voice recognition.
The Manta5 Hydrofoil electric bike is for use on the water.
Sony surprised with a its Vision-S concept electric vehicle of their own that demonstrated their in-dash and safety technologies.
Segway had a broad range of multi-modal mobility solutions on display. We wonder if there will eventually be a holistic solution to mobility, from short distance travel to long-haul.
Cowboy’s E-Bike is made for the urban rider, with automatic electric motor assist and connected Bluetooth braking helmet.
The Lightyear One features next generation solar panels for continuous charging, answering one of the biggest concerns with EVs - range anxiety- claiming 450 mile+ ranges.
This interior system concept can sense when you're cold, scan the quality of the air around you, and uses AI to sense moods via heartbeat. Biometrics are an important part of future-looking transportation advances.
Bodyfriend’s Lamborghini Massage Chair looks like it would make travel a lot more comfortable.
The Velodyne Velabit costs less than $100 per sensor and has a really small form factor.
Hyundai, Hexagon’s and Valeo showed a new technology capable of pinpointing a vehicle’s exact location while on the road.
vehicles sans drivers were as prevalent as last year, and LiDAR was everywhere.
Cepton’s Helius product is a combination of LiDAR technology, edge computing and advanced LiDAR perception software to deliver real-time object detection, tracking, classification and velocity.
Moox is an interior space model for autonomous cars by Toyota Boshoku. It has a fully flexible seat arrangement and an array of necessary functions for level 5 autonomous cars.
Luxury automakers seem to choose to find ways for the technology to blend in to existing design elements.
Xenomatix showed its seamless integration of LiDAR in a car grille.
Honda’s concept addresses “the cultural transition to autonomous vehicles” by allowing drivers to choose between taking full control or allowing the car to drive itself.
Koito’s smart streetlights link to vehicles in a smart city setting.
Amazon’s Alexa could of course be found all over the floors of CES, with integration into smart home and consumer products in just about every category. We’d argue the most interesting topic in the Amazon ecosphere is their transportation focus. The partnership between Blackberry and Amazon to work together on a software platform for connected vehicles will merge AWS’s IoT capabilities with Blackberry’s secure QNX real-time OS. There’s a lot to keep an eye on here, folks.
Nissan demonstrated autonomous driving technology within a golf ball to avoid obstacles.
Nissan demonstrated autonomous driving technology within a golf ball to avoid obstacles.
Kohler adds AI where you’d least expect it with smart showers and toilets that can play music and be activated by voice through Alexa and Siri.
flexible, large and AI controlled LEDs could be seen far and wide at this year’s CES expo.
These twinkly LED Christmas lights can be controlled by AI assistants or customized by smart phones.
A notable theme was very large 4k and 8k LED TVs.
Flexible LEDs were seen in multiple places with a variety of demonstrated uses.
Skyworth designed smart devices to also serve as pieces of art.
A few companies unveiled Wi-Fi 6 routers, TP Link’s won the CES award and also showed everything that Wif-F 6 will enable in smarthomes
The SpotOn Virtual Fence is a collar that lets users “draw” a virtual geo-fence on a map with its connected app.
LifeSmart’s HomeKit-compatible Cololight LEDs can be patterned in any way without wires and controlled via AI voice speakers to deliver whatever ambient light you desire.
After detecting the cat has left the box, this smart litter box automatically cleans up after it.
The Babybrezza is a Wi-Fi enabled infant formula machine that takes the questions and time out of making a bottle. The trend toward reducing waste by pouring the whole container into a device rather than individual pods is a notable one.
Keurig’s Drinkworks mixed drink machine makes crafting a nightcap as simple as making morning coffee.
The DUO Carafe heats water to boiling instantly while pouring it through the device.
YesCo Chopbox connected cutting board has built-in knife sharpeners and scale with LED display.
Picobrew enables anyone to brew beer at home right on the counter.
Tigout MyPastry Chef utilizes “K-Cup” type pods filled with pastry ingredients to bake each treat individually.
SmartyPans is the world’s first smart pan that uses food weight and temperature sensing to know when food is perfectly cooked. It also enables sharing of recipes and nutrition tracking via Bluetooth.
Quite a line formed to try Impossible Pork and Sausage.
Hyundai’s standing-room only press conference was buzzing with excitement, and with good reason. The company announced its progress toward what they call ‘democratization of flight’ with its concept vehicle S-A1 urban air mobility concept, which will carry up to 4 passengers with a pilot. They also announced their collaboration with Uber Elevate, endeavoring taking Uber’s tech into the sky with a potential Uber Air launch in 2023.
How can your business prepare for different types of future travel and mobility?