Every year the world of tech kicks off new announcements at the Consumer Electronics Expo (CES) in Las Vegas. The 2019 edition is upon us.
As is tradition, there are endless TVs, laptops and new innovations on show. Besides the laptops, many devices won't be made available to the general public. They're either prototypes or in some cases impractical (see vapourware).
Here are some of the key laptop announcements for products that will become available:
- New, lighter Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga designs and hardware due in the second half of 2019
- HP Spectre will include vivid AMOLED display option on 15-inch laptop from March
- Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 laptop receives big battery, premium design from March
- New Dell XPS laptop fixes webcam placement; moves it back above the screen
HP Spectre 15-inch with AMOLED display
- Samsung shows off new, modular MicroLED technology in in 75-inch TV & a 219-inch MicroLED TV
- Sony shows off 8K LCD television
- LG unveils 88-inch 8K LED television
- LG TV capable of being rolled-up to be sold in 2019 (likely over $20k in Australia)
- Foldimate machine that automatically folds clothes now works, no word on availability or price (expected to be ~US$1000)
- Folding Android phone, FlexPai, shown for the first time
- LG portable monitor requires only a single USB-C to be powered and display content
- Impossible Burger 2.0 tastes like beef, will be available across U.S. by end of 2019
CES show the difficulty in converting prototypes into mainstream products
The last time I posted about CES, I ridiculed the Hair Coach. It was a US$200 "smart" hairbrush that warned if your hair was damaged or tangling.
Good luck finding one today.
The quick disappearance of the Hair Coach is emblematic of many products and technologies shown off at CES. A device will have a shiny key feature but is otherwise a confusing mess. Leaving you wondering why the tech exists and what purpose it serves.
As Nilay Patel at The Verge points out, tech needs to work and be simple to use if it's to have success.
Instead, what we see at CES is a hazy glimpse of future technology. Some tech will go on to be integrated into more mature products, a rare device will see mass production, but most will be forgotten.