Attending CES on an annual basis does enable one to make comparisons and get a sense of how technology and trends are progressing. Therefore, as well as meetings and discussions around our recent graphics and AI announcements we took the opportunity to take a look around to see some of the latest development at CES 2019.
When it comes to IoT, compared to last year, CES 2019 felt more of a solid show. While in 2018 the ‘connected’ story in the sport and health markets felt barely sketched out, in 2019 actual solid product was on display.
I was particularly taken with the connected medical devices, many of them focusing on health management. The Stanley Black & Decker Pria dispenses pills and works as a connected communications and reminder centre, with advanced risk tracking features. It delivers analytics and reporting back to the caregiver.
The Philips Lifeline is based on a system used in care homes and connects a smartwatch to an app that informs a ‘care circle’ of the wearer’s movement, socialisation and health metrics, as well as acting as an SOS system for falls, etc.
Also interesting at the show was the ‘world’s first smart and safe cycling helmet’ from IndieGoGo crowd funders LIVALL which includes built-in speakers, cool LED warning lights on the back and an SOS call feature that activates if have an accident.
For those who want to get their health kick in the gym, the Jaxjox smart KettlebellConnect lets you change weights from 12 to 42 pounds in under three seconds (not sure if that’s advisable – ed) and measures reps, sets, weight, and rest time.
Of course, CES wouldn’t be CES without those “why?” moments. For me, the greatest of those was Moodo’s ‘Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser’ system which created a kaleidoscope of winter smells – including Christmas trees. I’ve got to say I prefer my scents of trees and baking to come from real trees or cookies.
Meanwhile, Bodyfriend showed a massage chair with Lamborghini design cues (it might appeal to some I suppose).
Square Off’s tagline for its AI chessboard, ‘IT’S ALIVE. LITERALLY!’, might seem a bit much (it’s NOT literally alive), but as a product based on one of the oldest AI use cases it was fun, and the ghost player could certainly beat me.
For me, the neatest, and certainly most worthwhile product was YOLK Electronics Nutrient Solar Cow, which rewards parents with free access to electricity in exchange for sending their children to school. In essence a solar panel connected to an array of milk bottle-shaped batteries, it’s designed to tackle child labour. The system charges the battery while a child is at school, giving them power to take home instead of their own labour.