It's a great effort to see everything at CES. Choosing a favorite among the fantastic (and not so great) things on the floor is as much of a challenge, but here are our personal favorites from CES 2019.
I sat down with each of our editors and writers at CES after our days in press releases, meetings and walks in the infinite emotional floor ̵
Jason Fitzpatrick, Review Geek Editor: Doppel
You do not really experience CES if you do not drive in everyone and their brother (and their sister and cousins too) with any type of device that claims that you calm down, calms you, helps you sleep. When I saw the Doppel people and the information on their booth about how Doppel was a device intended to be worn on your wrist for both calm and activate you, let me tell you: I just stuck out my wrist to try it because I am an easily accessible kind of guy who is willing to try something new and not because I expected anything at all from the experience.
Georgina, who also seemed to be readily available, grabbed Doppel on the inside of my wrist while explaining the whole concept: the little weighted engine inside fluttering like a heartbeat with a familiar lub-dub stroke and that people just respond naturally to the rhythm. You can set up and customize Doppel via a companion mobile app and it just happened that Doppel I tried was about as fine tuned to my heartbeat as right now you could request. The effect was incredible.
When I got stuck my wrist to try it, I had a "maybe my wife comes this way" touch it, but within minutes I played on how calming and pleasant the experience was. Before I put it on, I probably didn't feel much impact (and maybe even annoying) and now I'm planning to order one. I really don't want to give the demo model back. Of all the devices I came across in this category, Doppel had the most immediate and impressive effect.
Doppel is now available for $ 219 directly from the company.
Chris Hoffman, Editor of Function: Luka, Picture Book Reading Robot
Luka is a small owl-shaped robot that reads picture books for your children. Literally reads that book – you put a picture book in front of Luka and it reads the title. You turn the page and start reading the words on the open pages. Turn to any page in the book and Luka immediately crawls the page you are on and starts reading it. You don't have to buy special books for this – it works with the books you already have. Children can read picture books on their own with a small 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 a picture book, Luka sees the page with its camera, recognizes the page quickly and starts reading the words. It does so quickly and ensures that it is correct because the device does not need to process the text in fly with local hardware.
Luka comes with built-in speaker and battery. It even responds in different ways – you can cope with the owl robot's head and rub the stomach for a sweet reaction. Parents can even tell Luka to say things via a smartphone app, so you can get the cute owl robot to say "Let's go lie down!" Or "Brushing your teeth is important!" It's cute.
This smart owl was launched last year in China, and now the company is working with an American launch later in 2019 technology is ready to go, but getting the right to picture books takes some time. Expect it to cost around $ 99, but several models will be available at multiple price points.
Cam Summerson, news editor: Cemtrex Smartdesk
I've seen many cool products at CES, but after reflection I continue to come back to one or two standout products. Of the two, I think SmartDesk by Cemtrex can be my favorite because it offers a crazy combination of cool features and integration at an impressive price point. (For those curious, my second favorite is probably HP Omen X Emperium 65 BFGD . So good.)
SmartDesk is a sit / desk with a built-in computer and all the integrated hardware you need – plug it in and use it. It has an integrated keyboard and touchpad, as well as three 24-inch 1080p touchscreen screens. There are currently two configurations: one has 16 GB RAM, one GTX1050 graphics card, 256 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD; the other has 32GB of RAM, a GTX1060 and 2TB HDD instead of 1TB found in the base model. Both have the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor.
But it's really just SmartDesks nuts and bolts. It also has a built-in wireless charger on the right side of the desk and a control panel that lets you control your computer without touching it. Cemtrex has built a custom software program that runs within Windows to track user movements, which makes it possible to use simple handholds for things like zooming, scrolling and even screenshots. It is the closest to the minority report that I have ever seen in a consumer product.
There is also a small camera between left and center monitors pointing down at the desk and acting as a no-fuss document scanner. All you have to do is open the software and release a document on the left side of the desktop – the camera finds the document, scans it and saves it. It is a good example of really cool but still incredibly practical technology.
It is of course always a burning issue with this level of technology and integration: What happens if something breaks? Fortunately, SmartDesk's integrated computer is completely user accessible and upgradeable, so there is at least that. Otherwise, both models offer one year warranty on parts and six months on labor.
The base model starts at $ 4,499, while the upgraded model returns $ 5,599. To learn more about how amazing this desktop really is, check out the Cemtrex website .
Craig Lloyd, Smarthome Writer: Ring Door Show Cam
Tenants have always struggled to find smart home appliances that they can install in their apartments without the landlord failing. Ring Door View Cam is a nice little alternative to the company's traditional video doors.
It's pretty much a digital peephole; Installing it only requires removing the existing peephole and screws on the door camera in place – no permanent changes. Better than, while you have a 1080p camera that can do night vision, two-way calls and fully powered on the battery, you still get a traditional peep hole to look through.
However, the coolest feature is to be detected. You can still use the Door View Cam as a doorbell and connect it to a Ring Chime inside, but if someone knocks instead, Door View Cam can detect and send a message.
The Door View Cam will be available sometime later this year for $ 199.
Michael Crider, PC Hardware Writer: What3Words
CES is usually a place to show hardware, but the most innovative thing I saw in Vegas was a combination service and app. What3Words is a way to provide accurate locations that are unchanging, accurate and easy to remember – an alternative to deleting street names, numbers, zip codes, or even GPS coordinates.
The idea is simple: the whole planet is carved in a range of ten feet squares, each of which is given a permanent designation of three simple words. Las Vegas welcome sign, for example, is "suffer.finds.awards." Places work over any language, and an algorithm ensures that no two are similar in any reasonably wide area.
The ideal examples were outdoor venues with large spaces and few features: you might say "meet me at the white tent" at a music festival and be less than helpful. But switch to "meet me on the grass.billow.angry" and you have an easily divisible place. The weak point of the service is large indoor areas, for example, the convention hall in CES where it must be standard for inputs instead of exact GPS.
I still think What3Words has the potential to be on everyone's phone for the next two or three years, becoming the biggest leap forward in personal navigation since Google Maps. The company's promising start-up, open API approaches, and a growing list of integration partners would certainly suggest that it be proposed.