10 best CES 2019 announcements

At CES 2019, many companies showcase technologies and gadgets that, according to the creators, are capable of

change and improve our life. In this article, we have collected the top 10 technologies, gadgets, computers and smart home elements that we consider to be the best among the announcements of this conference.

Note that hundreds were presented at CESdevices in different categories, and the purpose of this article is not to show them all (which would be almost impossible), but to highlight devices and technologies that can make your life better and are innovative in their field. Not all of the above will fall on store shelves in the near future, but if you are interested in devices with a release in 2019, pay attention to our article “11 new CES 2019 products that you can buy this year.”

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Best TV - LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R

CES 2019 was not the first show where LGdemonstrated a TV that can be rolled up - but for the first time we were shown the final product, not a prototype. The new LG SIGNATURE will go on sale by the end of this year, the price has not yet been announced (and will obviously be astronomical), but this TV looks amazing and looking at it, I want to get to the future faster, where such technologies will become available to the mass consumer.

As for the specs, it's a 65-inch4K OLED panel According to LG, such a TV can be guaranteed to be pulled out and removed 50,000 times, so if you turn it on and off 8 times a day, the device will last you about 17 years. When folded, it can be used as a very expensive speaker - you can connect to a TV via Bluetooth and stream music from your phone through the built-in audio system.

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Best Car Technology - Audi and Disney Holoride

Unmanned vehicles will save usa lot of time, and Audi and Disney offer to spend this time on entertainment instead of an extra portion of work. They showed the concept of an entertainment system for UAV passengers, with which it would be a pleasure to stand in traffic jams.

Holoride will offer you a unique experienceentertainment that adapts to each trip. You can immerse yourself in a VR-game, which will adapt not only to the length of the trip, but also to its route. If the car accelerates, then the spacecraft on which you fly will also accelerate. Accordingly, road turns will also be reflected in the generated game map. And behind this is not only entertainment, but also help with motion sickness: due to the correspondence of turns and changes in speed in the game and in the real world, you will not be rocked.

The creators said that games are not the only thingwhat will be available at Holoride. Later they plan to add new modes - for example, you can drive around Moscow and see with virtual reality glasses how the same streets looked in the 1920s. The platform will be open, and by the end of 2019, an SDK for developers will be released. The commercial launch of Holoride should take place in late 2020 or early 2021.

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Best Wearable Device - Matrix PowerWatch 2

Although technology has evolved in recent yearsvery fast, today's batteries are not much different from those used five or even ten years ago. Nevertheless, the technology of self-charging and the use of alternative sources such as thermoelectricity and solar energy are now able to fully provide a charge to watches, elements of a smart home, and much more. The new Matrix PowerWatch 2, which is powered by the energy of the sun and the heat of the human body, promises fitness features at the Fitbit level. At the same time, the display of this watch is color and constantly active, and the calorie counter, as manufacturers promise, is “the most accurate available on the market”.

In addition to calories and steps, the clock also readsdistance traveled, cadence, sleep time and other indicators. Data can be synced with third-party applications, including Apple Health and Google Fit. Moreover, this is another device on our list that will go on sale before the end of the year. Now you can pre-order the new product at Indiegogo for $ 249, while the price after the release will be $ 499. Pre-order distribution will begin in June.

Best Smart Home Device - KitchenAid Smart Display

Technology development for the “kitchen of the future” so faris going at a slow pace, and the results are mostly either fabulously expensive or simply strange. Among such devices, the KitchenAid Smart Display looks like a pleasant exception. Using the Google Assistant, you can easily manage recipes (fortunately, this voice assistant speaks Russian), and integration with Yummly allows you to “make friends” of the display with other Whirlpool and KitchenAid devices.

Whirlpool claims that the cost of the devicewill range from 200 to 300 dollars, and, to be honest, even the lower price threshold still seems too expensive for this type of device. Smart displays have a chance to become popular only if Whirlpool (or its competitors) can offer a more affordable model. But there is definitely a tendency for this, and perhaps before the end of 2019 we will see a smart display with a price tag of about $ 100. However, it is worth hoping here, perhaps, only on Xiaomi with its many start-ups and extensive experience in producing gadgets for smart homes.

Best laptop - Acer Swift 7

At CES this year, Acer introduced its mostthin laptop. Its basic modification is only a centimeter thick and weighs 890 g. It seems light as a feather when compared to other 14-inch laptops. The display occupies 92% of the panel, which makes this model super-compact. However, this is not a record: for Asus ZenBook S13 (2019) this ratio reaches 97%.

Inside is a 2-core Core i7-8500Y, up to 16GB LPDDR3 memory and SSD storage up to 512 GB. The novelty can run on battery power for up to 10 hours, which, coupled with its lightness and small size, makes it an excellent laptop for travel. The Swift 7 will go on sale in April starting at $ 1,700.

Best Beauty Product - P&G Opté Precision Wand

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Procter & Gamble brought an unusual one to CES 2019a novelty - the “magic wand” Opté, which allows you to correct unwanted pigmentation on your face. The device scans the skin at 200 frames per second and detects uneven pigmentation, be it freckles, moles or bruises under the eyes. The device analyzes all of this and applies a corrective foundation only where it is needed, with a layer of the right density and the perfect shade for you. The result is skin that looks like it's been manipulated in Photoshop - but in real life.

In addition, in the process of applying cosmeticsthe device also treats the skin with a laser, so over time the face will only get better. Another pleasant bonus is that the tone contains SPF to protect the skin from the negative effects of ultraviolet radiation. At the presentation, it was noted that the tonal agent will be refilled into the device in the form of special cartridges, like a conventional printer, which will be produced in three shades for different skin types. Such a cartridge will need to be changed every 2 months. The release date and cost of the Opté Precision Wand are still unknown.

Best AI Technology - Google Assistant

Google showed at CES 2019 updates to itssmart assistant Google Assistant, which can now be found preinstalled in almost all types of gadgets. Of all the announced, special attention should be paid to the new Interpreter mode and the Connect program.

In Interpreter mode you will be able to usesmart display with Google Assistant as a simultaneous translator from 27 languages. To activate the function, you need to say something like “Ok Google, be my translator from Thai”. The developers note that this mode is not yet perfect, and a person will have to make concessions to technology at first. In particular, the translator will not be able to process the request if two people speak at the same time, and may skip a phrase if it was said too quietly. The feature is currently available on the Google Smart Hub, but will later appear on smart displays from Google partners Lenovo, JBL and LG.

As for the Google Assistant Connect platform,it is a small, cheap chip that any manufacturer can integrate into their devices to add Assistant functionality to them. Thanks to this, you can transfer all the capabilities of a smart display to, say, an e-book with e-ink. It is important to note that the chipset itself does not do any calculations: they take place on the nearest Google device - for example, a Google Home smart speaker - to which they connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Best Game Announcement - Alienware Area 51m

The new Area-51m 17-inch laptop is essentiallyis an Alienware Area-51 gaming PC, but in a portable format. You can add more memory or even upgrade your graphics card or processor, and the laptop itself is already packed with today's top-of-the-line hardware. In the maximum configuration, it is an 8-core i9-9900HK processor, a GeForce RTX 2080 video card, 64 GB of RAM, 3 TB of internal memory and 2.5 Gigabit Wi-Fi. It will go on sale at the end of January at a price of $ 2,000. Of course, this is the price tag for the budget model itself, and the cost of the top modification has not yet been disclosed.

Best Health Gadget - Omron HeartGuide

Until now, no company has managed to createa wearable device capable of measuring blood pressure, as this technology is difficult to transfer to a smartwatch or fitness bracelet. Two years ago, Omron pledged to create such a watch - and it kept its word with HeartGuide in Las Vegas last week.

The tiny HearthGuide pumps are capable ofmeasure your pressure in the same way as conventional blood pressure monitors. The device has also passed FDA (Food and Drug Administration) certification, so the device's readings can be considered accurate enough for medical use.

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Measurement results are saved in the applicationHeartAdvisor, from where they can be easily exported to PDF to show to your doctor. The data can also be synchronized with the Health app on iOS devices, and in the future, the developers want to make HeartAdvisor compatible with similar services from Google, Samsung and other manufacturers. The watch can be pre-ordered for $ 499 and will start shipping on March 29.

Best AR / VR Technology - HTC Vive Pro Eye

Not much has been heard about VR lately, buttechnology is not dead - on the contrary, it is evolving. The main focus of developers is now on eye tracking. More accurate tracking of the user's gaze will help improve not only hands-free control, but also the quality of graphics in games. Vivo's first gaze-tracking goggles, the Vive Pro Eye, will be released this year - and we will undoubtedly see more VR / AR devices with this technology going forward.