Published January 17, 2019
CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronic Show) was recently held in Las Vegas. Like a kid in a candy shop, the CES is an event that leaves tech gurus drooling. It is often considered the proving ground for innovation and start-ups.
Each year the CES introduces ground-breaking technology and products to attendees. Products that were introduced at past shows and have since made it big include the computer mouse (1968); the VCR (1970); CB radio (1975); and the CD player and camcorder (1981). High definition TV was revealed at CES in 1998, with satellite radio coming on the scene in 2000. The Blue Ray was unveiled at CES in 2003, and tablets were introduced in 2010.
The 2019 CES saw more than 180,000 attendees from 155 countries visiting 4500+ exhibitors that covered more than 2.9 million square feet. With so much to see, it’s hard to get a grip on all the new products that were introduced, but here are a few items that got some recognition from staffers at engadget.com and cnet.com:
-Helite B’Safe Inflatable Safety Vest—The French company produces smart airbags for horseback riding, motorcycle riding and skiing. It even does a similar inflatable safety product for people to protect their hips during unexpected falls. Now it has added an inflatable safety vest for cyclists to its portfolio. The smart vest sensors can detect falls and deploy the airbag in less than a second to improve safety.
-The Rocking Bed—Babies like to be rocked to sleep, so why not adults? The founder of The Rocking Bed developed the concept after enjoying some excellent nights of rest aboard a cruise ship. The frame simply glides back and forth, creating a relaxing, calming motion to sleep by.
-Jaxjox Smart Kettlebell—If you exercise with weights, this kettlebell can eliminate the number of units you have to buy. While in its charging base, the kettlebell can be programmed to weigh between 12 and 42 pounds. The unit can keep track of repetitions and workout time.
-Omron’s HeartGuide Blood Pressure Smartwatch—This unit is worn on your wrist just like a watch, making it easy to check blood pressure regularly. It can perform about 40 checks before needing a charge.
-Daimler’s new Freightliner, Cascadia—Daimler introduced some driver’s assistance features with its new Cascadia line of semi-trucks. The driver’s assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring and more.
-Heated Razor by Gillette—The razor has two heat settings, one at 113° and one at 122° Fahrenheit. The company hints that the warm blades give the luxury of a ‘hot towel wet shave.’
-Impossible Burger 2.0—Though it doesn’t fit the traditional definition of a tech product, the Impossible Burger 2.0 qualified for CES because of the science behind it. According to reviews, this plant-based burger is a close knock-off to real beef.
-Monit Smart Diaper—Designed for the parent who doesn’t like to sniff diapers, this cookie-sized unit attaches to the outside of your baby’s diaper and detects/alerts parents when it’s time for a diaper change. Regardless of the diaper situation, I’m pretty sure an actual cookie will ALWAYS smell better.
These items barely scratch the surface of gadgets and gizmos unveiled at CES 2019. Thousands of other items—including a ping pong playing robot, a pet dryer, even a dog toilet—can be viewed just by searching “Best of CES 2019.” It’s an entertaining search full of imagination, creativity and attempts to convince you why you need the latest and greatest in technology.