Top 10 strangest and innovative products at CES 2019.

What and when is CES 2019?  

The 2019 International CES began on Tuesday, 8 January and ends on Friday, 11 January. It’s been taking place since 1967 and is staged by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a trade organization that represents over 2,000 consumer tech companies in the U.S. Though it gets a lot of attention from the world’s media, this is not an event where the public can go see the latest tech. Unlike the IFA exhibition in Berlin each August, the CES is open only to the electronics trade, as well as journalists, bloggers and plenty of blaggers.

This is a list of the 10 strangest and innovative products.

1. LG Signature Oled R-W

LG Signature Oled R is a television that can be rolled up. The invention is worthy without shade of doubt of the first place among the most interesting products introduced to the CES 2019. Protagonist of the resigns press of the whole world. This tv can be rolled up on herself thanks to a present roll in the custody in brushed aluminum.

When the television is not used it can comfortably be refolded. The same diving-suit of the tv has a double function, it acts in fact also from reproducing audio to high fidelity. The price has not been communicated yet, but you/he/she should debut within the end of the year.

2. Boeing and Bell’s ‘flying cars’.

Bell Helicopter showed-off a full-scale ‘air taxi’ named Bell Nexus that will – you guessed it – “redefine air travel”.

What are Bell and Boeing doing?

Last week, Boeing successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Called Boeing NeXt, this urban air mobility project saw a 9×8-metre craft complete a controlled vertical takeoff, hover and landing during a flight that also tested the vehicles autonomous functions and ground control systems. Further tests are scheduled, with the electrically propelled vehicle designed to travel 50 miles.

“This is what revolution looks like, and it’s because of autonomy,” said John Langford, president and chief executive officer of Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences. “Certifiable autonomy is going to make quiet, clean and safe urban air mobility possible.”

Meanwhile, the Bell Nexus is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system that features a powered lift concept using six tilting ducted fans. The system also includes ‘pods’ for passengers that can be attached to the propulsion structure.

“As space at the ground level becomes limited, we must solve transportation challenges in the vertical dimension – and that’s where Bell’s on-demand mobility vision takes hold,” said Mitch Snyder, president and CEO of Bell. “The industry has anticipated the reveal of our air taxi for some time.”

Are flying cars for passengers?

Yes, but although this flight of Boeing’s eVTOL aircraft is designed to carry passengers, the Boeing NeXt portfolio also includes an unmanned fully electric cargo air vehicle (CAV). Designed to transport up to 500lb, Boeing’s CAV completed its first indoor flight last year and will transition to outdoor flight testing in 2019.

“Boeing was there when the aviation industry was born and in our second century, we will unlock the potential of the urban air mobility market,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt. “From building air vehicles to airspace integration, we will usher in a future of safe, low-stress mobility in cities and regions around the world.”

3. Hyundai’s ‘walking car’.

Hyundai showed off a new concept vehicle that could make it easier to reach victims of natural disasters: a ‘walking car’, which uses articulated legs to navigate off-road following floods, fires and earthquakes.

The vehicle, named Elevate, combines tech from electric cars and quadruped robots (like Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini). Each of its legs is also equipped with a wheel, enabling it to either drive or walk to its destination – or both.

When the car is in drive mode, the legs are folded up and power to the joints is cut to extend battery life. However, when the going gets tough, it can adopt either a reptilian or mammalian gait, and leap across five-foot gaps. That’s not something you could say of your typical 4×4.

“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete,” said John Suh, vice president and head of Hyundai’s Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences (CRADLE).

3. Foldimate laundry-folder.

Hiding in one of the halls at CES 2019 is the Foldimate laundry-folder, and it may just do what smart washing machines have failed to do so far – make cleaning your clothes fun.

You manually insert items of clothing into the Foldimate by clipping them in, but that’s all you’ll need to do. About five seconds later the machine spits them out at the bottom and makes a bell noise when it’s complete.

4. Sharp’s 8K.

First spotted by Kinotika, on the Sharp stand at the show, the new camera is currently simply known as ‘8K video camera’ – so hopefully between now and its official launch Sharp will come up with a more exciting name for it. 

Like the Blackmagic Pocket 4K Cinema Camera (what is it with the boring names?), Sharp’s new video camera features a Micro Four Thirds sensor and lens mount, so it can enjoy a range of optics from both Panasonic and Olympus, as well as other third-party manufacturers.

While the Blackmagic camera can shoot 4K at up to 60p, Sharp’s new video camera can shoot in 8K at 30p using the H.265 codec. If that’s not already impressive, Sharp is talking about getting that up to 60p, while the camera is also said to feature in-camera stabilization, although at the moment it’s not clear if it’s going to be in-body stabilization or an electronic system.

5. Technics SL-1200 / SL-1210 MK7.

The return of a much-loved line, the Technics SL-1200 MK7 (AKA the SL-1210 MK7 in the UK and Europe) looks to deliver what earlier models managed, but at a more palatable price point of $1200 / £899. This works out at around AU$1600, although Australian prices are yet to be confirmed.

A favorite among DJs, the design retains the S-shaped aluminum tone arm of earlier builds and an aluminum die-cast chassis. According to our friends at What Hi-Fi, that’s likely one of the cost cutting areas, with the deck using a “special material consisting of ABS mixed with glass fibre” rather than the aluminum and BMC of Technics earlier high-end models.

Not that the ABS/glass fibre mix should turn you off, with a new core-less direct drive inside designed to prevent fluctuations in rotation speed and a new Reverse Play feature for those looking to mess around with 78rpm.

6. AMD 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation.

At its CES 2019 keynote, AMD debuted an unnamed octa-core, 16-thread part based on the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 architecture. The new CPU seems to be made specifically to go head-to-head with Intel’s flagship Core i9-9900K.

On stage, AMD benchmarked its secretive processor with Cinebench and it achieved a score of 2023 – by our own benchmarks the Intel Core i9-9900K and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X scored 1,873 and 1,798 points, respectively. Basically, you’re looking at a 12% increase in performance with this AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processor.

What’s even more amazing is it seems AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation is even more power efficient than Intel Coffee Lake Refresh. During its Cinebench demo, AMD also displayed the maximum power draw of the Intel system running at 179.9-watts while the new Ryzen system maxed out at 133.4-watts – which makes it about 30% more power efficient.

7. Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060.

Nvidia didn’t announce any specific specifications for its new mid-range GPU, but it promised that it would be more powerful than even an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. Additionally, Team Green showed off how the RTX 2060 was capable of playing Battlefield V at Ultra settings and RTX On at well above 60 fps thanks to DLSS also being enabled.

Nvidia also announced a new pair of game bundles with its latest graphics cards. Users interested in buying an RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 will be able to redeem a code to receive a digital copy of either Anthem or Battlefield V. Meanwhile, those who purchase a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 will get digital codes for both titles with their purchase.

8. McAfee and Google Assistant.

At CES 2019, McAfee announced the launch of new Secure Home Platform voice commands for Google Assistant, which will enable you to keep track of your whole network without fiddling with software and app interfaces.

Secure Home Platform will come built into routers and gateways, and will let you perform security checks using spoken commands. For example, you could ask your Google Home speaker how many devices are currently connected, or ask your Sonos One to scan the network for weaknesses. 

“From connected toasters to smart TVs consumers are enjoying the conveniences associated with the IoT devices as they enhance their everyday lives, but so are cybercriminals,” said Shailaja Shankar, McAfee’s general manager for mobile and ISP business units.

“For that reason, consumers must evolve their approach to cybersecurity to keep pace with today’s rapidly-changing environment. In an increasingly connected home, managing security must be simple. The McAfee Secure Home Platform Actions for the Google Assistant empowers consumers with an easy way to manage their home’s network security using their voice.”

9. Samsung’s 98-inch Q900 QLED 8K.

As if 85-inches of 8K TV wasn’t enough, at CES 2019 Samsung has already outdone itself mere months after revealing its debut 8K OLED. It revealed a brand-new 8K Q900 QLED set, measuring in at a massive 98-inches.

Sales of Samsung’s screens over 75 inches have more than doubled over the last year in the US, and Samsung looks set to double down on super-sized screens to go with the next-generation of super-sized TV resolutions.

The Samsung 98-inch Q900 QLED will once again take advantage of Quantum Dot screen tech, as well as making use of Direct Array Mobile Dimming, ensuring the contrast of a the screen is as rich as it can be for each scene. Yoon Lee, Senior Vice President Samsung Electronics America, said it will deliver “incredible color and contrast that others can’t compete with.”

Future-proofed

Ready to support HDMI 2.1, the forthcoming HDMI standard that can deliver adaptive framerates and advanced audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, the screen will also leverage the power of AI to upscale 4K content (and lower) to pristine 8K resolution. It uses thousands of individual algorithms to achieve this.

In addition addition, Samsung’s Bixby AI voice controller, working alongside other services such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, will be able to control all manner of menu and TV guide options on screen, including jumping intelligently to whichever show you’ve been bingeing from Amazon Prime Video.

Select sets from the new Q900 range will go up for pre-order today in the United States. While pricing has yet to be shared, those looking to buy into the latest Samsung has to offer won’t have long to wait.

10. BMW Motorrad R1200 GS.

BMW Motorrad R1200 GS is the first example of motorcycle to completely autonomous guide and it has been disclosed by the Bavarian producer in Nevada. The motorcycle in phase of demonstration has in fact initiated to trace trajectories in complete autonomy on the asphalt turning on alone itself, climbing marches, parking itself and extinguishing itself without the human intervention.

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