CES 2019, held in Las Vegas every January, has finally came and gone leaving us with closer looks at the hottest, and coolest, consumer electronics concepts for the coming year. We may not have androids and replicants roaming the streets like Ridley Scott’s depiction of 2019 in the cult classic Blade Runner, but this year the biggest and brightest tech companies unveiled numerous mind-blowing technological feats that have us in awe.
From foldable phones and rollable televisions, to adorable robots and electric motorcycles, here are our favorite tech gadgets unveiled at CES 2019.
Royole FlexPai’s foldable screen is a sight to be hold. Built in a 7.8 inch Android tablet with a 1920 x 1440 resolution display (in its extended mode), the device can bend into two smaller phones sitting back-to-back to each other. It’s impressive on paper, however, the practically and smoothness of the technology isn’t quite as furbished yet.
According to those who’ve had hands-on experience, the phone reportedly feels like it’s on the verge of breaking when bending and the software glitches when transforming from tablet view to folded displays makes the device unusable. What will surely be updated in second and third iterations of the phone or bought out by larger phone companies, sadly the current Royole FlexPai isn’t worth trading your iPhone in for. However, we’re still excited to see where this technology goes in the future.
Bell Nexus Flying Car
One of the most standout moments from CES this year easily goes to the Bell Nexus air taxi. Designed as a four-passenger flying Uber, the full-scale, black, six rotor vehicle looks like a massive drone from every tech guru’s dream. However, according to Forbes, Bell said at the show that the Nexus on display is a non-flying mock-up, but a real one is reportedly under way at Bell headquarters in Texas.
Bell representatives told Engadget that this 2019 batwing is said to weigh 6,500 pounds, and the craft will have a range of 150 miles and be able to fly that far in an hour. Would you pay extra for this Uber ride?
Harley Davidson LiveWire
Move over Tesla, Harley-Davidson has revealed its highly anticipated all-electric motorcycle, the LiveWire. The electric bike is slated to hit 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds without having to shift a gear. If that doesn’t get you motorheads excited, the LiveWire will also travel up to 110 city miles on a single charge.
Like the Tesla app, LiveWire will be accompanied with H-D Connect, a telematics system providing the rider with pertinent data such as battery charging and service reminders. Harley claims LiveWire will be the first mass-market cellular-connected electric motorcycle.
The LiveWire is expected to hit the streets in August for a hefty price tag of $29,799. Will you be copping?
LG’s Rollable OLED TV R
The future of television is here and it rolls! LG’s innovative concept made our list last year, and now the tech giant is back with the 4K OLED TV R ready to be their 2019 flagship product.
The signature OLED TV R features a rollable display giving home owners infinite possibilities in designing their perfect living space. Leave the screen up while you binge watch the infinite endings of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, or hide the 65-inch screen inside the refined base station to transform it into a more decorative art piece.
The TV also has “Line Mode”, a setting where the display will drop down so that only about one-fourth of the panel allowing users to play music from the built-in 100-watt Dolby Atmos speaker or control home gadget apps subtly.
Pricing for LG’s OLED TV R hasn’t unveiled just yet, but paying for this innovative technology won’t come cheap.
If you’re in the mood for a dog, but don’t want the responsibility of taking it everyday, Groove X’s Lovot is a perfect fit. Lovot is a childlike robot with big, adorable eyes that follow you around begging for a hug. That’s essentially its only pupose. It doesn’t improve your day-to-day efficiency or make anything easier for you. It’s only goal is to make you fall in love with it, and it does that extremely well.
Its goal is simple, but under the hood, Lovot is an impressive piece of technology. The robot is equipped with fifty sensors that respond to touch, three cameras that can recognize up to one thousand people, and it adorably follows you around asking to be loved. What more can you ask for?
Kohler’s Smart Toilet
Koher has invented the toilet we never knew we wanted. This smart toilet can be voice controlled to play music, customize ambient lighting, check the weather, as well ass share news and traffic updates. The product is riddled with more practical toilet features including a heated seat that opens and closes automatically, a deodorizer, UV sanitation wand, and adjustments to water temperature , pressure and spray.
What is easily the perfect smart toilet, however, doesn’t come cheap. The Koher toilet will be available later this year for $7,000. Is this smart toilet worth it?
Looking for new desk space? Samsung’s new Space monitor has you covered. The company’s new display can fold completely flat against a wall, freeing up unused space. The convenient 27 or 32-inch monitor clamps to the surface of a desk and can be adjusted to be closer to you or flat on the wall. It’s ideal for any space-saving desk set up.
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PUMA Unveils Game-Changing Fit Intelligence Technology
PUMA today announced its latest footwear technology. Dubbed Fit Intelligence (Fi), it is the successor to AutoDisc, which launched just two years prior.
According to the German sportswear giant Fi “is designed to automate, fine tune, and adjust performance fit for PUMA footwear.”
With Nike building on its auto-lacing technology with the Adapt BB and adidas forging ahead with its accelerated footwear production at its SPEEDFACTORY locations, PUMA looks to bring its own, game-changing technology to market.
The first Fi footwear to launch is a running shoe that employs a micromotor that powers a cable lacing system. Simply gesturing up or down on the forefoot Fi module tightens or loosens the lacing system. Additionally, it comes with a smart sensing capability that adapts to the shape of the foot of each wearer.
Using an app, sneakerheads can monitor, adjust, and fine tune their Fi-equipped footwear.
“We have created a product that speaks to the future of sport which is life in motion. It’s fast and changing all the time,” said Charles Johnson, PUMA’s Global Director of Innovation.
Fi is the latest step in PUMA’s continued attempt to push the boundaries of performance and lifestyle product. In 1968 PUMA debuted the first laceless sports shoe with Velcro™ straps and followed that up in 1991 with the first cable closure, seen on the PUMA Disc.
Check out images and a video of the technology in action above.
The Fi training shoe will be available for consumers in 2020.
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Apple’s Own Version of Netflix Could Launch as Soon as Spring
CEO Tim Cook has been keeping his cards close to his chest regarding Apple’s moves to boost its TV output, but according to a report on The Information, the tech giant is said to be readying content for mid-April ahead of a launch.
In an already saturated streaming market, it’s unclear how Apple intends to differentiate its offering from the services currently on offer, but we do know that it has plans for original content and has poached executives from Sony Pictures to add clout to its offer.
According to The Verge, Apple has already signed deals with Oprah Winfrey to develop new shows, ordered a Hunger Games-style show called See, a thriller series by Glass director M. Night Shyamalan, a series by First Man and La La Land director Damien Chazelle, a Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston-starring drama about a morning show, and a new space drama from Battlestar Galactica/Outlander creator Ronald D. Moore, among others.
The is no information yet about how much the streaming service will cost, and Apple is yet to reveal an official launch date. Expect updates over the coming months.
This New AR App Lets You Virtually Try on Sneakers
Online shopping from the comfort of your own home is no doubt convenient, but there’s always that lingering problem: not being able to try product on when it comes to clothing and footwear. In an attempt to remedy this, Belarus startup Wannaby presents the Wanna Kicks AR app, which allows you to virtually try sneakers on to see what they look like on-foot.
As Wanna Kicks reminds us, photos of sneakers can sometimes be deceiving, so AR helps ensure that what you see is what you get. To take advantage of Wanna Kicks’ AR technology, simply choose a pair of shoes from the 3D models in the app, then aim your smartphone camera at your feet. You can also move your feet to get a look at different angles, and even walk in the shoes.
Still not sold? You can save a picture of the sneakers on-foot and then share it on social media to see what your friends think.
“Our mission is to break online shopping barriers,” Wannaby CEO Sergey Arkhangelskiy told TechCrunch. “We believe that AR try-on can help customers to shop online and will wash away the difference between online and offline shopping. We see two major problems in the shoe market. Online conversions are quite low, and returns are quite high, in comparison to traditional ‘brick-and-mortar’ shopping. The ability to try sneakers with your phone before buying online should shift conversions, engagement and returns.”
“We’ve built Wanna Kicks for Gen Z and millennials who are interested in buying sneakers and eager to know whether they will fit their style or not,” Arkhangelskiy added. “The AR and AI community will love our launch as well — we’ve accomplished a really difficult task in computer vision and rendering.”
Wanna Kicks is currently in the beta stages for iOS. For more on the innovative AR app, follow here.
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