/CES 2020 Preview

CES 2020 Preview

CES, of course, is the world’s biggest consumer event. It’s always organized in January, in Las Vegas – primarily because of the huge number of available hotel rooms – and acts as a showcase for that year’s newest technology. Unlike IFA 2020 in Berlin, it isn’t open to the public, but it still attracts 182,000 people, including 69,000 exhibitors and 4,000 journalists.

Expected Themes

CES 2020 is expected to rehash a lot of the same themes as its 2019 edition, which includes 5G, artificial intelligence data analytics, privacy solutions and smart device connectivity – including voice assistance. Also expect 8K to be featured quite heavily now that 4K has become quite common in average households, but there’s more exciting things to write about as well.

IoT-connected kitchen appliances will likely take center-stage. We’ll probably see fridges and pantries that not only monitor stored groceries, but also balance diets, plan meals and identify dietary problems. If you thought the prepacked meal ingredients of Hello Fresh were innovative, think again.

Entrepreneurs will probably be drawn to Planty Cube, a modular indoor farming appliance by Korean startup N.thing, which managed to raise $2.2 million to get the tech out there. Autonomous farming is (hopefully) becoming a big thing during the upcoming years, so this will definitely be one to watch.

There’s a lot of health monitoring coming our way as well, from smart baby monitors with computer vision and AI technology to a wearable belt that tracks movement and lets you know when you’re in danger of falling down before you recognize the signs yourself. Fingers crossed.

At Krypto Geeks, we’re looking forward to wearable AR, such as Human Capable’s Norm Glasses. AR glasses have come a long way since the bulky first models and are becoming almost indistinguishable from regular frames, but voice-activate heads-up displays (HUDs) that allow users to listen to music, make phone calls, send text messages and much more. Very cool.

The reality of Star Trek’s and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s personal translators also slowly seem to be drawing closer, at least if Langogo’s translator is anything to go by. The device is capable of translating speech from more than 100 languages and uses an embedded eSIM. Just so we can understand each other better. Nice.

The Usual

Many of the major companies will be unveiling their newest audio solutions, graphic cards, laptops, processors, speakers and television screens.

Acer has already revealed it’s won a CES 2020 Innovation Award for its updated Swift 5, Dell is expected to feature updates to its acclaimed XPS laptops, Hisense, Sony (which, according to persistent rumors, might be teasing the PlayStation 5), TCL and Samsung (which we think might premiere its new QLED TVs with zero bezel) will probably demonstrate their 8K TV range, Intel doesn’t seem to have its Comet Lake chips ready yet and will probably focus on its 10th Gen technology with 10nm Ice Lake processors based on the Sunny Cove architecture, Lenova might launch the folding-screen laptop it showed off last year, LG will need to cover a huge range of household appliances, updated OLED TVs, laptops and soundbars, Nvidia is poised to bring more of the same (but better), OnePlus is focusing on its highly-expected Concept One, Panasonic may announce another television screen with integrated Dolby Atmos speakers, Qualcomm will showcase its latest 865 platform and Royole may bring the follow-up to the FlexPai foldable phone.

Yawn.

It’s all pretty standard fare as far as common tech is concerned, but we are fully expecting many of the innovations to be worth their price tag, even though the ‘waw’ factor may be missing for all but the most spec-minded geeks.

The Unusual

Of course, there’s the really weird stuff as well.

Take the Waydoo Flyer, for example: a ‘flying surfboard’ that’s uses a hand-held controller to steer and toggle between 5 different speeds, with a 45 kilometers per hour maximum, or the Redison Senstroke drum pads, which allow you to come up with a smartphone-enabled drum kit by attaching sensors to your drumsticks. Problem is: is any drum complete without a hi-hat and a pair of cool double-bass pedals to churn out those great metal riffs? Of course it isn’t.

Caremitou is an ‘e-health house for cats’ that not only weighs your four-legged egotistical asshole, but also pumps up its ego by recording how many times it visited the litter box and taking urine samples while at it. It already won a CES Innovation Award this year.

Another gadget that won an Innovation Award this year, is the BassMe wearable subwoofer. It sits on the chest to send sweet bass pulses straight to the body and it’s backwards-compatible to most headsets, home cinema, game consoles, smartphones, tablets and VR gaming accessories.

Finally, what about Naolu Brain’s brain signal monitoring? The helmet seems to have a multitude of uses, ranging from providing sleep quality reports to brain and mental health screening, and providing real-time biometrics evaluation so film and gaming companies can accommodate for the audience’s emotions, film editing, actor selection and game planning. We’re definitely gonna have a shot at trying out this one, folks!

So… What About Cryptocurrencies?

This year at CES, exhibitors will be showcasing how they’re incorporating blockchain into business solutions to ensure greater security in the Digital Money Maketplace. With conference subjects like ‘Privacy, Ethics, $$$: A New Complex Frontier’, ‘Fireside Chat: Wall Street Meets Crypto Alley’ and ‘Untold Stories of the Crypto Revolution’, cryptocurrency will be well-served at the con.

More about CES in the next issue of KryptoGeeks!

Dirk Vandereyken

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