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memBrain STORM: CES 2019 Review


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CES® is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

Each year, memBrain attends CES® to gather intelligence on hot new consumer electronics products and to identify emerging trends and industry innovators. This special edition of The STORM Report is a compilation of memBrain’s observations from the CES® show floor combined with the most “buzzed about” products that we found in the following key categories:

AI and Robotics
Audio and Video
Digital Imaging
Display Products
Family Tech
Health & Wellness
Smart Home

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memBrain STORM: CES 2019 Review

  1. 1. THE STORM REPORT Special Edition Report: CES® 2019 January 8-11, 2019 1
  2. 2. THE STORM REPORT @ CES 2019 CES® is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Each year, memBrain attends CES® to gather intelligence on hot new products and to identify emerging trends and industries. This special edition of The STORM Report is a compilation of memBrain’s observations from the CES® show floor combined with the most “buzzed about” products according to leading industry publications, including the CES® 2019 Innovation Award winners. For the past several years, memBrain has hosted a curated breakfast panel session featuring an interactive discussion related to the year’s most buzzed about topics at CES. This year, memBrain collaborated with the newly formed Wunderman Thompson to co-present our third annual breakfast event. We welcomed ~200 guests from a wide range of industries with speakers from Intel, WPP, Qualcomm and more answering the question “Are You Future Ready?” 2
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  4. 4. INTRODUCTION CES 2019 was slightly larger than last year, with more than 4,500 exhibitors sprawled across 2.7 million square feet. However, now that the conference is over and we reflect on everything that we experienced and the key trends and breakthroughs, it seems to be the consensus that CES 2019 was not a year for anything particularly “new.” In fact, most of the trends that we identified as “hot” were simply building on announcements made at CES 2017 and/or 2018 - intelligent virtual assistants, 5G, and connected cars. Of course, there were some glimmers of things to come in 2020 - namely, emerging opportunities thanks largely to 5G accessibility, human health and abilities enhanced by technology, and even feel good robot friends to offer us comfort in troubling times. Vehicles were probably the most exciting category at CES 2019, with many attendees and exhibitors noting that Vegas essentially served as a preview for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Still, people love CES more than ever. At 33% positive mentions (according to Buzz Radar), 2019 had the highest ever positive mentions - up a whopping 9% from 2017 and 4% from 2018. Included in this report are some of the hottest trends that we spotted on the show floor and in our conversations with attendees and exhibitors. We have also included an at-a-glance look at some of the most “buzz-worthy” products, and why we believe they are worthy of your radar. 4
  5. 5. HOTTEST TRENDS 5© 2019 memBrain LLC. Not to be copied or disseminated without prior written approval by memBrain LLC.
  6. 6. BECOMING BIONIC SAMSUNG GEMS People talk about technology in terms of what we can do with it. But, what about what it can do for us? How can it expand our physical limits? The future of human ability was another major trend at CES 2019, and perhaps one of the only notable trends that seemed to have grown over the past year. There is a strong belief in the bionics community that future human mobility and developing medical devices will eventually come to a point where the advanced products will be accepted by the end user as part of their body, similar to the way the smart phone is accepted as an extension of our hands, so-to-speak. Just as Samsung is designing robots that provide health and wellness support, the company has also invested in mobility and wearable enhancements for the human body. The company’s GEMS series is essentially an exoskeleton that an enhances human performance. The GEMS-H (fitted to the hips) can boost your walking speed by 20 percent, improve your balance by 19 percent and reduce your energy expenditure by 23 percent, Samsung said. More on this in 2020, but watch this space. 6
  7. 7. BIG SMALL SCREENS LG CURVED OLED SCREEN This was a huge year for TVs at CES with real innovation and leaps forward. 8K screens were everywhere from Samsung, LG (pictured here), Sony, Panasonic, and others, proving that 8K will only continue to grow in 2019. Home theaters will forever be revolutionized by high resolution screens that can be assembled in any size or shape you desire. Of course, Samsung continued to impress with it’s 219-inch “The Wall,” a Micro-LED TV. It is a new type of TV technology that is emissive, like OLED, but unlike OLED it uses only red, green, and blue LED pixels, so not only can it deliver true black levels, but it is incredibly bright and colorful. It’s 4K, not 8K, but at this size, you won’t be bothered. It looks amazing, and the contrast is off the charts. LG may have a rollable OLED TV to release this year, but it risked overshadowing its own flagship with its incredible LG OLED Falls installation at CES 2019 which was likely the most photographed product of the show (pictured here) . LG’s OLED TV R (R for “rolled”) was still an impressive introduction. Imagine your TV emerging from a long rectangular box and when you’re done watching, it rolls right back down, out of sight! This creates exciting new interior design opportunities and also offers a more portable screening solution! 7
  8. 8. THE 5G PROMISE JOHN DEERE 5G AND THE FUTURE OF FARMING Every generation of mobile network so far, including 4G, has been about connecting people. And although 5G will likewise be designed to connect people, it will also be about connecting things. Last year we reported on how 5G network capabilities will allow for faster service, less latency and enable more devices to be connected across the globe. And while most reports place 5G becoming a reality in 2020, CES is the only show where the entire 5G ecosystem can be showcased, and so it was a major point of discussion.. Verizon summarized the benefits of 5G into “Eight Currencies” including speed and throughput, mobility, connected devices and IoT, energy efficiency and service deployment, and latency and reliability. Interestingly, John Deere emerged as a prime candidate for 5G. Deere is leading an “AgTech revolution” and connectivity is an important element of its solution. Today, rural areas are dramatically underserved by 4G LTE. 5G fixes and mobile deployments utilizing Massive MIMO technology should dramatically improve rural connectivity, showing that 5G will have applications to businesses and industries that many haven’t event considered.. 8
  9. 9. DRIVING FORWARD HARLEY-DAVIDSON LIVEWIRE ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE Many people were overheard commenting on how CES has become the best car show in the world. As in years before, CES 2019 demonstrated that the car has become our most powerful and complex smart device, using more data than any other device we own. Connectivity, autonomy, and electrification reigned supreme with varying degrees of realism and feasibility. And while full driving autonomy remains years away, CES 2019 confirmed that 2019 will be the year of in-car connectivity, from integrated entertainment systems to safety solutions (like Qualcomm’s 9150 chipset). Innovative new vehicle types emerged at CES 2019 like Bell’s full-scale prototype of a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) air taxi. Hyundai also debuted their Elevate Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) which serves an emergency EV that can hop five-foot walls and get over the most impassable obstacles with ease, making it possible for first responders to get to people in need easier and faster. It is a "four-legged first responder.” And Harley-Davidson bet big on their first production electric motorcycle (pictured here). Livewire, which does 110 miles on a single charge goes into production this fall and will be available for pre-order for a whopping $29,799 for those seeking the latest from the legendary brand. 9
  10. 10. DIGITAL BFFS KIKI BY ZOETIC AI Robots as personal companions - (or “Digital BFFs”) is another continuing trend from 2018, with SoftBank’s Pepper (featured on the cover of this section) returning once again to CES. As shared in the Robotics & AI section of this report, one of the most exciting products that we spotted was/is Lovot, a new companion robot from Japanese startup Groove X. Groove X's founder, Kaname Hayashi, is known as the "father of Pepper.” Lovot just wants to make people happy and give love. Another companion robot at the show was an adorable pet called KiKi from Zoetic AI, which has more feline features vs. last year’s Aibo (Sony). Of course there were still plenty of service-oriented robots, with AI solving a wide range of needs - from mobility and automation to a robot that will deliver your beer and snacks to your chair for the big game (check out “Fresh Geoffrey,” a robot butler). AI is being embedded into more and more “vessels,” so look for more AI - enhanced user experiences. And with the proliferation of these AI helpers, look for voice to become the norm for interacting and engaging with your devices. 10
  11. 11. GAME ON! ATARI PONG COFFEE TABLE Gaming has never been bigger, and the world’s tech companies are well aware of gamers’ lust for the best hardware. While CES isn’t considered a gaming convention, the convention has been one of the most prominent launchpads for gaming tech for years - and CES 2019 was no exception. This year marked the introduction of a number of impressive gaming laptops. ASUS had perhaps the most exciting gaming laptops, with its ROG (Republic of Gamers) series introducing the ASUS ROG Mothership. Featuring the uber- powerful Intel Core i9 and latest-generation NVIDIA GeForce 20-series INSIDE of the 17.3 inch Full HD screen. Placing these features in the screen, rather than the keyboard, means more air can reach the components - making it highly efficient for gaming. Other notable mentions were the Alienware Area-51m which allows users to swap out the CPU and CPU at any time, along with a desktop-quality processor; Razer’s Razer Blade Advanced which featured powerful features and a stunning look; and the Acer Predator Triton 900, a 2- in-1 featuring 4 distinct modes (laptop, easel, display, and reversed). But it was the Atari Pong Coffee Table, and its newly launched sister products the Atari Pong Arcade Table and Atari Pong Cocktail Table, that won our hearts and imaginations. These gorgeously designed tables succeed in making the classic game cool again, while also reminding us that gaming isn’t always just about high resolution graphics and stories- but it is always about having fun. 11
  12. 12. NOW SERVING APPLE APPLE AT CES 2019 Apple usually skips CES, but made its presence felt at CES through partnerships with companies like Samsung and LG. Apple and Samsung have been bitter rivals for about a decade, yet Samsung was one of the key partnerships announced at CES 2019 for Apple - with Samsung TVs equipped to offer support for iTunes movies and TV shows. Samsung TVs will also support AirPlay 2, Apple’s upgraded Wi-Fi Audio streaming technology. While Samsung is the only TV maker to offer iTunes TV and videos on its sets, other companies will let users stream content from their iPhones, iPads and Macs to their televisions. LG, Vizio and Sony said that Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are coming to their televisions. For LG, its 2019 smart TVs will feature the technology, as will TVs from Sony. So why the change of heart? Apple’s services business has always been a driver for the company and so it isn’t surprising that the company is making certain aspects of its services available on more electronics. With the announcement that the company is launching a new video-streaming service, it would be limiting for the company to diminish the number of possible users for the platform. Perhaps the moral of the story is, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em?” 12
  13. 13. BUZZWORTHY PRODUCTS13© 2019 memBrain LLC. Not to be copied or disseminated without prior written approval by memBrain LLC.
  14. 14. CES® 2019 BUZZWORTHY PRODUCTS 2019 KEY CATEGORIES AI and Robotics Audio and Video Computers Digital Imaging Display Products Family Tech Health & Wellness Smart Home Vehicles VR/AR Wearables 14 The $398 billion dollar U.S. consumer technology industry is attracted to CES® as it is a showcase for more than 4,500 exhibiting companies in 30+ categories. The world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers come to CES® to explore innovation and also to consider the potential for technology to shape our future. Included in this report are the following key categories which we identified as most relevant and noteworthy from CES® 2019:
  15. 15. AI AND ROBOTICS BRAINCO, INC BRAINROBOTICS WHAT IT IS BrainCo, Inc.’s BrainRobotics prosthetic hand is aimed to grant amputees the ability to control their hands and further empower them to live life with control. Using proprietary AI algorithms, BrainCo’s prosthetic hand learns to understand each amputee’s desired gestures, with the system continually adapting and improving as the individual uses it. MSRP: Target is to be under $5,000 WHY IT MATTERS This process creates a more natural experience than has ever been possible and makes the prosthetic an innate extension of the user. 15
  16. 16. AI AND ROBOTICS GROOVE X LOVOT WHAT IT IS LOVOT is an adorable Japanese robot that is designed for one purpose: to give you love. For those concerned with privacy, Lovot can function without being connected to the internet, though software updates, data backup and app linkage will require an internet connection. MSRP: $5,300 (sold in pairs) 
 WHY IT MATTERS Lovot was created to evoke feelings of happiness and positive emotional response through the robot's look, feel, sound, and behavior. It is another example of a product that doesn’t solely rely on functionality, and has a form factor that is friendly and welcoming. 16
  17. 17. AI AND ROBOTICS BELLROBOT MABOT WHAT IT IS Mabot by Bellrobot is a plug-in-play toy building kit that provides children with modular components to create robots with unique functions such as moving, sensing their surroundings, and interacting with the environment. Winner of the CES 2019 Innovation Award for Robotics and Drones Mabots are built with a modular design that is fully compatible with LEGO pieces allowing kids to create and innovate to their heart’s content. MSRP: $199 
 WHY IT MATTERS Perhaps one of the most important toy trends in decades is the motivation of children to be active participants rather than passive observers when they play. 17
  18. 18. AI AND ROBOTICS ROBOLINK ZÜMI ROBOCAR WHAT IT IS The Zümi RoboCar is a fun and accessible learning tool for AI & Robotics enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced users. Users gain skills and deep learning in machine vision, basic robotics, Python, self- driving car decision & ethics, and routing algorithms. MSRP: $139 (on Kickstarter currently) WHY IT MATTERS Zümi's design is small, friendly, adorable, and approachable, and takes the intimidation out of learning robotics. 18
  19. 19. AI AND ROBOTICS SAMSUNG BOT CARE WHAT IT IS Bridging the gap between health & wellness and AI is Samsung’s Bot Care which is designed to be a full- service health monitoring robot. Sensors can detect your breathing as you sleep to tell you how well you rested. If you put a finger on the sensor, it can calculate vitals like your heart rate. The machine can remind you to take your medicine or even detect falls, one of the major causes of death for seniors. WHY IT MATTERS Health care workers can remotely monitor settings and see your vitals, as can your family members. And the data syncs with the Samsung Health app, which you can view on your Galaxy devices. 19
  20. 20. AI AND ROBOTICS UBTECH'S WALKER WHAT IT IS Ubtech's Walker was strolling around CES last year. Back then, though, it was basically an iPad on legs. This year it's a fully humanoid bipedal robot. Not only that, it learned to recognize objects and even love. Well, at least hug. WHY IT MATTERS The Walker is basically the robot butler we've all dreamed of. And at some point in the future, it could deliver you a can of Coke and a tube of Pringles while you kick back and watch Netflix. 20
  21. 21. AUDIO AND VIDEO ALIBABA’S TRANSLATOR WHAT IT IS Developed by Alibaba’s Machine Intelligence Technology Laboratory, this Translator During Video Calls is a system for cross-border communication that could be a real game-changer both for e- commerce as well as business-to-business communication. WHY IT MATTERS The world is shrinking thanks to communications software like this. We anticipate seeing this kind of tool as revolutionary for international business communications and a more connected world. 21
 Cambridge Audio's game changing Alva TT is the first wireless record player to stream incredibly high- resolution audio over Bluetooth through utilizing the aptX HD standard. MSRP: £1,500 WHY IT MATTERS Wireless capability aside, this is a highly specified turntable, and it's designed to appeal to the well- heeled listener who wants a true set-and-forget system. 22
  23. 23. AUDIO AND VIDEO DTS - IMAX ENHANCED WHAT IT IS IMAX and Xperi (the parent company behind DTS) showcased IMAX Enhanced at CES 2019. A 4-fold experience using proprietary post-production techniques to digitally remaster video and audio, IMAX Enhanced promises the ultimate home cinema experience. Three companies are signed on to stream IMAX Enhanced content: Tencent Video (China), FandangoNOW (U.S.), and Rakuten TV (Europe). Privilege 4K will begin streaming IMAX Enhanced content to select Sony BRAVIA TVs later in 2019. WHY IT MATTERS While it isn’t the same as the big screen, seeing the quality of an IMAX movie from the comfort of your living room is worthy of some excitement! 23
  24. 24. AUDIO AND VIDEO HERCULES' DJ CONTROL INPULSE 300 WHAT IT IS Hercules' DJ Control Inpulse 300 is the first of its kind, a DJ tool and controller, providing intuitive learning for up and coming DJs & music producers. Features like 16 pads, 8 modes, and large jog wheels make it competitive with pro DJ controllers. MSRP: $199 WHY IT MATTERS The Hercules’ DJ Control Inpulse 300’s features make it easy to learn and master mixing and beat- matching manually. Anticipated to be a game changer for aspiring DJs who can’t afford pro DJ controllers. 24
 iHome’s AQUIO (iBTB2) is a BPA-free, double wall insulated, stainless steel bottle that combines hydration and music. It stands at about 11.5 inches and is slender with a steel ring near the lid. It has a strong, elastic carrying loop that can be easily attached to, say, a river tube with a carabiner. It’s designed in a modular way; the speaker portion takes up the lower third of the bottle and can be unscrewed to work on its own with or without a small rubber and plastic base. MSRP $59.99 WHY IT MATTERS Consolidating the things in our life that are essential - music and water - is a great new innovation for travelers on the go. 25
  26. 26. AUDIO AND VIDEO LG SOUND BAR SL9YG WHAT IT IS The LG Sound Bar SL9YG is an upgrade for in-home audio systems. It is made in collaboration with Meridian Audio to support Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant, so you can use voice activation to control all the speakers at once as well as connect to and control your smart home hub. It has a slim wall- mountable design and superior sound quality. WHY IT MATTERS Offers a sleek, modern design option for those seeking superior sound quality without bulky speakers. 26
  27. 27. AUDIO AND VIDEO SONY WH-1000XM3 HEADPHONES WHAT IT IS Sony's newest addition to their 1000X, the WH-1000XM3 Headphones bring consumers the ultimate listening experience by offering industry leading comfort, upgraded noise cancellation performance, and sound quality. Their noise-cancelling processor blocks out background noise so you can fully enjoy your playlist, and the Smart Listening feature adjusts noise-cancelling levels based on your activity. Quickly charge these Sony headphones in only 10 minutes to provide 30 hours of battery life. MSRP $349.99 WHY IT MATTERS Active noise-cancelling for active lifestyles. 27
  28. 28. AUDIO AND VIDEO QOOBI ONE WHAT IT IS Both a design statement as well as a chance to step into the audiophile world in style, Qoobi ONE uses the greatest analogue technologies based on vacuum tubes that emit bright and emotional sound via Bluetooth to pre-amplify digital music files from any device. It includes LED lights as well. MSRP: $999 (estimated) WHY IT MATTERS Once again connecting aesthetics to the listing experience - the promise is that the sound via the tubes is warm, detailed and “downright emotional.” 28
  29. 29. AUDIO AND VIDEO VIZIO SMARTCAST 3.0 WHAT IT IS The SmartCast 3.0 works with Google Home, Alexa, and Siri. Vizio is one of the first to create a device that can connect with more than one voice assistant. VIZIO SmartCast Home users can now reposition their favorite and most frequented apps on the home screen. WHY IT MATTERS The SmartCast Input on a SmartCast TV or Display is a gateway to new content and content providers as well as built-in applications. 29
  30. 30. COMPUTERS ACER SWIFT 7 WHAT IT IS The thinnest of ultra thin laptops, the Swift 7 achieves a screen-to-body ratio of 92%. The monitor itself is a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080-pixel panel with a 100% sRGB color gamut. Acer claims the Swift 7's processor will enable 10 hours of battery life. And, when paired with the 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, the Acer Swift 7 will deliver "top- notch performance for web browsing" and "productivity with presentations and spreadsheets”. MSRP: $799 WHY IT MATTERS Acer has substantially improved its thinnest and lightest of thin-and-light PCs with an intriguing combination of physical design and component upgrades. 30
  31. 31. COMPUTERS HP SPECTRE 360 WHAT IT IS HP's Spectre x360 convertible now has a sharper look and an AMOLED display, something that's been relatively rare in the laptop world. Its new design is more modern, with sharply cut edges around the case. It'll feature an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and your choice of NVIDIA or AMD graphics. MSRP: $989 WHY IT MATTERS It's a refinement on an already excellent 2-in-1, but we’re mainly excited about finally having AMOLED as a screen option. 31
  32. 32. COMPUTERS LG GRAM 17” ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT LAPTOP WHAT IT IS LG's Gram laptop weighs just 2.9 pounds despite that huge display and features an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. Other key features include: - Windows 10 Home - 17 Inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS Display - 72Wh Lithium Battery (up to 19.5 hours) - 16GB RAM & 512GB SSD - Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface MSRP: $1,699 WHY IT MATTERS One of the key features is the high-capacity battery - with this model operating on one charge for up to 19.5 hours! 32
  33. 33. DIGITAL IMAGING INSTA360 PRO 2 WHAT IT IS The Insta360 Pro 2 is the first VR camera to bring high-quality in-camera stabilization, known as FlowState stabilization. The FarSight 360° long-range monitoring system includes a transmitter and receiver for monitoring your capture from up to one mile away ground-to-ground, or two miles ground- to-air. Wi-Fi preview is available at 30 fps up to 15' without using FarSight. MSRP: $5,000 WHAT IT IS The CrystalView function converts 8K VR footage for viewing on popular 4K VR headsets and standard smartphones or monitors, expanding your potential audience. 33
  34. 34. DIGITAL IMAGING LEICA BLK3D WHAT IT IS The Leica BLK3D provides photographers and everyday people with the ability to capture easily shareable 2D images embedded with accurate 3D spatial data. The device features powerful edge detection which provides consumers a point, click, and tap-to-measure experience. MSRP: $5,000 (estimated) WHY IT MATTERS The industry-first solution for real-time, in-picture 3D measurement, this product allows you to create 2D and 3D CAD models with just a few clicks of the camera. 34
  35. 35. DISPLAY PRODUCTS LG’S CINEBEAM HU85LA WHAT IT IS LG isn't the first company bringing a 4K short-throw projector to CES and it inevitably will not be the last. LG’s HU85LA is a sleekly designed and luxurious home theater laser projector with 4K resolution. MSRP: $3,000 WHY IT MATTERS It projects a stunning picture on practically any flat surface, and its compact design makes it minimally space-invasive. 35
  36. 36. DISPLAY PRODUCTS SAMSUNG’S THE WALL (75" MICROLED TV) WHAT IT IS Samsung gave us a pretty good idea with The Wall, a 75” MicroLED TV which is back and better than ever this year. The individual MicroLEDs that make up each pixel of the totally flat screen are closer to each other, and the small seams we'd previously noticed have disappeared. MSRP: Could cost up to $100,000 
 WHY IT MATTERS It changes the rules of what a 4K TV can look like without compromising on picture quality at all. 36
  37. 37. DISPLAY PRODUCTS SAMSUNG’S 98-INCH Q900 QLED 8K TV WHAT IT IS Samsung's massive 98-inch Q900 QLED 8K TV has Quantum Dots, Bixby AI and a giant pixel count. 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. MSRP: $50,000 WHY IT MATTERS The screen will leverage the power of AI to upscale 4K content (and lower) to pristine 8K resolution using thousands of individual algorithms. 37
  38. 38. DISPLAY PRODUCTS SONY "SUPER LARGE" Z9G 8K TV WHAT IT IS We've seen 8K TVs at CES for years, but this is the first time we've had to take them seriously, and Sony's "super-large" screens were the most impressive. It's not just their 33-million-pixel resolution, either, as its dense full-array LED backlighting system produced some of the best dynamic range we've seen. MSRP: $2,899 WHY IT MATTERS Even if you're skeptical about the necessity of 8K, the future is now, and it's beautiful. 38
  39. 39. FAMILY TECH AIRESONE JUNIOR WHAT IT IS Parents can track children’s health with the AirSone Junior, an adorable kid-friendly device which attaches to a child’s clothing and focuses on tracking heart rate and breathing. MSRP: $172 (Kickstarter) WHY IT MATTERS The AireSone can detect if the child starts wheezing or having an asthma attack, making it ideal with respiratory issues. Plus, it is super cute! 39
  40. 40. FAMILY TECH HARRY POTTER KANO CODING KIT WHAT IT IS The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit is a build-it- yourself wireless wand, and is the first ever Harry Potter STEM product. The wand responds to your movements and can play on a tablet or computer. MSRP: $79.99 WHY IT MATTERS Users can make magic and learn how to code with step-by-step challenges simultaneously. 40
  41. 41. FAMILY TECH OWLET BAND WHAT IT IS The Owlet Band Wearable Technology provides expectant mothers with health related information on their unborn child. The Owlet Band is a soft, thin circle of fabric that wraps around an expectant mother's abdomen and lower back, and it has a small plastic sensor front-and-center. The Owlet Band is designed to fit pregnant women starting at 24 weeks (that's a little over halfway through a standard pregnancy), and it connects to an app that provides all of the actual readings. MSRP: $300 (estimated) WHY IT MATTERS This band alerts parents-to-be if the heartbeat or movement of their baby is irregular or abnormal. 41
  42. 42. FAMILY TECH SPHERO SPECDRUMS WHAT IT IS By using the Sphero Specdrums, people of all ages can use an app to assign different sounds, musical notes, loops, or beats to each color on the pad. By wearing the Bluetooth-enabled rings, you can play music and produce songs from anywhere in a fun, interactive way. MSRP: $64.99 WHY IT MATTERS These products teach users about music composition as well as coding. Look for Sphero (and likely others) to incorporate musical synesthesia into future products. 42
  43. 43. FAMILY TECH WOOBOO WHAT IT IS The cute, furry Woobo is meant to be a real-life version of a child's imaginary friend that can help set tooth-brushing routines, answer complex questions and play educational games. It's part of a new cottage industry of sociable toys, which includes robots like Cozmo and Sony's dog-like Aibo. MSRP: $149.00 WHY IT MATTERS Woobo doesn't glue kids to its screen because it invites them to go find things in the home, help parents cook dinner or play family games like charades. 43
  44. 44. HEALTH & WELLNESS LEEO, INC. PING WHAT IT IS Ping provides the ability for the older generation to stay connected and notified of mutual friends’ and family's Environmental Presence and Activity through this sensor enabled service to ensure safety through independence. Designed with “mutuality” in mind, the Leeo Ping service is basically an app that lets you see the status of a selected group of family and friends. WHY IT MATTERS A next generation Smart Alert, this product is designed to save lives and connect families. 44
  45. 45. SMART HOME LOREX WIRE-FREE HOME SECURITY SYSTEM WHAT IT IS The Lorex Wire-free Smart Home Security System provides hands-free and wireless home security with the connectivity to smart home devices like Alexa and Google Home. Some features include 450ft signal range, 65ft night vision range, and voice control. WHY IT MATTERS Professional grade security camera for home or business use. 45
  46. 46. HEALTH & WELLNESS PHONAK AUDÉO MARVEL WHAT IT IS Phonak Audéo Marvel has introduced to the world a hearing aid that supports stereo audio streaming from Andriod and iOS devices, creating a revolutionary experience for hearing aid wearers. Includes local fitting, loss and damage coverage, and a 45-day risk free trial. MSRP: $1,399 WHY IT MATTERS A first-class hearing aid solution offering a clear, rich sound. 46
  47. 47. HEALTH & WELLNESS STARKEY LIVIO™ AI HEARING AID WHAT IT IS Starkey’s Livio™ iPhone Connected Hearing Aid is not just used for basic hearing capabilities, but also its ability to track brain and body health. In addition to tap control and language translation, the Livio also features a user interface that can detect falls and other advanced environmental occurrence. WHY IT MATTERS This AI powered hearing aid is redefining hearing care. More than a hearing aid, this system points towards the future of hearing aids as an integrated health device, particularly for younger (more tech- savvy) consumers seeking a more holistic solution. 47
  48. 48. HEALTH & WELLNESS WIDEX EVOKE EC™ WHAT IT IS Widex Energy Cell™ / WIDEX EVOKE EC™ is a battery- free hearing aid, and is the first of its kind. It is also the world's smallest commercial fuel cell. By "refilling" it for a mere 20 seconds in the refill well, you get a full 24 hours of functionality. The refill well works by extracting any remaining methanol and supplying the fuel cell with new methanol. WHY IT MATTERS This is particularly great for hearing-aid users who are unable to take their aid out to charge it up for hours. Users don't need to worry about batteries, chargers or being near an outlet, they can power it up any time anywhere in 20 seconds. 48
  49. 49. HEALTH & WELLNESS WATERGEN GENNY WHAT IT IS Watergen Atmospheric Water Generator (GENNY) is a water generator that draws in air and converts it to purified, safe drinking water. It is also safe to use in high-pollution environments. In fact, it makes the air in those areas better through its sophisticated air- filtration process, actually venting clean air back into the immediate surroundings. Great for home or office use. WHY IT MATTERS Not having access to clean water is a huge humanitarian crisis - and this device can generate up to 25 Liters of water per day and only requires a simple plug-in. It’s a game changer. 49
  50. 50. SMART HOME CAREOS ARTEMIS WHAT IT IS Artemis is the only smart mirror integrated with the patent-pending CareOS platform that connects health, beauty and wellness for a holistic view of each user. More than 50 IoT devices, products and services are integrated into the CareOS platform including major brands such as Coty’s Wella Professionals, Group SEB, Legrand, Roca, and IoT leaders like Snips and Terraillon. 
 WHY IT MATTERS Now, the connected bathroom expands to the hotel, salon or assisted home of the future. 50
  51. 51. SMART HOME CAVALIER AIR SMART HOME SPEAKER WHAT IT IS The Cavalier Air is a Smart Home Speaker System that can connect via Bluetooth or WiFi, and has built- in Alexa Voice Control. It features wireless charging and speakerphone, and has a luxurious, modern design. This is not a portable speaker and is instead meant to sit in your home, someplace like your nightstand. WHY IT MATTERS Electronics designed with the user's lifestyle and use occasion in mind, particularly those matching form with multi-use functionality, are poised for success in a crowded marketplace. 51
  52. 52. SMART HOME HEATWORKS TETRA COUNTERTOP DISHWASHER WHAT IT IS Heatworks just upped the dishwashing game with its Tetra Countertop Dishwasher. It is WIFI connected, uses only one gallon of water and cleans your kitchenwares with its own water and no plumbing required. Tetra conserves up to 80% of water and energy vs. traditional dishwashers. WHY IT MATTERS The majority of dishwashers available on the market right now are not designed for how we actually live. They are too big, take too long and consume significant energy and water. Tetra has been dubbed one of the most game-changing appliances for kitchens small or large and a dream come true for apartment dwellers. 52
  53. 53. SMART HOME KITCHENAID COOK PROCESSOR CONNECT WHAT IT IS KitchenAid's new Cook Processor Connect matches KitchenAid's unrivaled food processor technology with connectivity to step-by-step recipes, meal inspirations, how-tos in the kitchen. WHY IT MATTERS Perfect for lovers of cooking and beginner cooks as well as seasoned chefs looking to draw new inspiration. 53
  54. 54. SMART HOME KOHLER SENSATE KITCHEN FAUCET WHAT IT IS The Sensate Kitchen Faucet with KOHLER Konnect dispenses water in measured amounts through either voice activation or motion-based interaction. It also features an alert system that detects unusual usage. The primary feature is the ability to dispense water on command, even in specific amounts ("Alexa, pour me 8oz of water"). This might seem a little lazy when quenching thirst, but for recipes etc., it's more practical. WHY IT MATTERS The Sensate line will be able to monitor your water usage and includes hands-free controls. 54
  55. 55. SMART HOME SCALYS BV TRUSTBOX IOT SAFETY ROUTER WHAT IT IS With the use of military-grade security, the TrustBox can ease the minds of people in their homes with this high-grade secure router & IoT for safe and trusted communication with their connected devices. TrustBox is a good moveable machine for securing edge hardware or gadgets which might be moved to new areas. WHY IT MATTERS The proliferation of IoT gadgets has led to a safety nightmare that the TrustBox is designed to defeat. This small router/IoT gateway is built for securing IoT gadgets. 55
  56. 56. SMART HOME SNIPS WHAT IT IS Snips is an end-to-end embedded voice AI for connected devices that runs locally and offline. It offers OEMs production-grade natural language and simple voice command solutions without sacrificing brand identity, performance or user data. WHY IT MATTERS Consumers can now build custom voice assistants to their connected products like coffee machines, air conditioning units, and more. Snips runs fully on device so it is private by design, in other words, data is not sent to the cloud. 56
  57. 57. VEHICLES AUDI XR WHAT IT IS Audi's Audio Virtual Reality Experience (also referred to as Audi XR), is in partnership with Disney and Marvel Studios. The idea is to entertain the kids (or the adults) in the backseat while the driver is focused on driving. The entire concept of a car will evolve to be more and more autonomous, becoming larger, wider, taller eventually, something that is meant purely for transport with AI that watches for traffic problems, handles all of the steering, communicates with other cars, and does all of the hard work as we watch a movie and relax. WHY IT MATTERS This partnership ushers in a new age of entertainment leveraging virtual reality while simultaneously taking in- car entertainment to the next level. 57
  58. 58. VEHICLES BELL NEXUS AIR TAXI WHAT IT IS Bell Helicopter and Uber have teamed up to create the next innovation in air transport, the Bell Nexus urban air taxi. The Bell Nexus will be ideal for ride- sharing, and will be fully equipped with WiFi, video calling, AI, and wireless charging. Set to launch in 2023, Bell has been the first to publicly exhibit a full- scale model, after several other partners (Karen’s Butterfly, Embraer’s DreamMaker, and a bat-wing design from Pipistrel) put forward images at Uber’s Elevate Summit last year. WHY IT MATTERS Uber Air, a part of the Uber Elevate program, is aiming to reduce individual car ownership and change the way people travel in urban areas. 58
  59. 59. VEHICLES BMW X7 WHAT IT IS For CES 2019, BMW set up a track with a huge hill, ramps, and other ways to simulate what it would be like to drive the $73,900 SUV in an off-road situation, showcasing the company’s superior focus on the user experience and interface. The off-roading interface for the X7 featured an AI bot in the car that is constantly analyzing the road in front of you, looking for the gradient of the road and any impediments. MSRP: $73,900 WHY IT MATTERS A strong potentially autonomous solution, the vehicle may someday have the ability to steer out of troubling situations. Also, if a BMW X7 is connected to other X7 vehicles, the data on vehicle tilt could transmit to other drivers, giving new meaning to “Connected Car.” 59
  60. 60. VEHICLES BYTON M-BYTE CONCEPT CAR WHAT IT IS A Tesla competitor, Byton M-Byte has a massive 49" display (a screen as big as 7 iPads), face recognition, biometric metering, gesture control, and more. Its first car, simply known as the Byton Concept for now, is a crossover SUV which sits low and wide with large 22-inch wheels, giving it a powerful stance even without the usual height of a sports utility vehicle. The firm says the car will be available towards the end of 2019 for an "entry-level premium" price tag. WHY IT MATTERS Founded by executives from Tesla, BMW, and Nissan, Byton secured $500M in funding to bring their electronic vehicles to market and has several Chinese investors including Tencent Holdings. 60
  61. 61. VEHICLES DAIMLER AG CASCADIA CLASS 8 TRUCK WHAT IT IS An electric semi-truck, the new Cascadia Class 8 is the first large semi-truck to have Level 2 driver's assistance features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. It offers the features you've come to expect in passenger cars. The semi also has right- side blind-spot radar and automatic braking (when it detects a pedestrian). WHY IT MATTERS
 All of this is not only for the driver's safety, but also to protect people biking and walking around these 80,000-pound delivery vehicles. 61
  62. 62. VEHICLES HYUNDAI ELEVATE UMV WHAT IT IS Hyundai’s Elevate Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) is an emergency EV that can hop five-foot walls and get over the most impassable obstacles with ease, making it possible for first responders to get to people in need easier and faster. It is a "four-legged first responder". WHY IT MATTERS The Elevate can be deployed in a variety of emergency situations, from earthquakes and hurricanes to avalanches and tsunamis, simply by swapping the cabin out from the underlying vehicle 62
  63. 63. VEHICLES INNOVIZONE LIDAR LASER DETECTION SYSTEM WHAT IT IS Innoviz Technologies is a leading provider of cutting- edge LiDAR remote sensing solutions to enable the mass commercialization of Autonomous Vehicles. Its features include a large field of view and high-resolution 3D video, a detection range of up to 250 meters, and environmental resistance. WHY IT MATTERS The InnovizOne LiDAR laser detection system combined with its Computer Vision Software enables drivers to obtain real-time and actionable driving information with inexpensive 3D vision software. It is a comprehensive mass market solution. 63
 Mercedes’ autonomous concept vehicle features interchangeable modules that can haul people or cargo. Mercedes noted that this vehicle is simply a study in electric, autonomous transportation solutions and that it has no plans to bring the Urbanetic to market. WHY IT MATTERS The idea of using interchangeable modules on an autonomous platform is an intriguing way to get maximum efficiency out of one vehicle. 64
  65. 65. VEHICLES MERCEDES-BENZ 4-DOOR CLA COUPE WHAT IT IS The 4-door CLA Coupe has a new version of MBUX (Mercedes' voice-centric infotainment system), a gesture-based interface and a new "energizing coach" that monitors the driver’s pulse and aims to relax them via the car's mood feature. A complex gesture control function has also been added. As a hand nears the touchscreen, the system brings up a list of preferred functions. WHY IT MATTERS The CLA Coupe has been an important part of Mercedes’ line-up helping it get more customers into its brand -the appealing design and lower price-point attracts younger buyers than the usual Mercedes customer. 65
  66. 66. VEHICLES SCOSCHE BTFREQ WHAT IT IS The Scosche BTFreq is a multi-use charger with Alexa voice activation capability. It is also compatible with Bluetooth and enables hands-free calling as well as music streaming. Features the ability to charge two devices at once. Users can also connect the BTFREQ to their car via Bluetooth or Aux-in cable, which grants access to Amazon Alexa. WHY IT MATTERS With the BTFREQ and Amazon Alexa, users can have Alexa play music, get the news, check the weather, and much more. BTFREQ is constantly getting smarter as it gets new capabilities delivered automatically. BTFREQ can be paired to a smartphone to work with Apple's Siri or Google Voice as well. 66
  67. 67. VEHICLES TOPOSENS TS ALPHA WHAT IT IS The Toposens TS ALPHA is the first of its kind in that it is a sensor that maps your surroundings using 3D ultrasound. WHY IT MATTERS It is power-efficient, weather-resistant, incredibly compact, and versatile for vehicular and home use. 67
  68. 68. VEHICLES VALEO XTRAVUE WHAT IT IS XtraVue utilizes a vehicles built-in camera tech to essentially see through whatever is being towed behind it. Valeo’s XtraVue collects surrounding images to build a complete picture of what the space behind the vehicle looks like without anything being towed behind it. It makes rear cargo invisible, making reversing and driving with towed cargo easier and much safer. WHY IT MATTERS
 The 2018 version relied on video feeds from other connected vehicles and roadside infrastructure, which means any production version of this system would need a pretty well fleshed out environment. This latest version only requires the hardware installed on the vehicle and its trailer. 68
  69. 69. VR/AR AUDI HOLORIDE WHAT IT IS Holoride technology turns your everyday commute into a location-based theme park complete with haptic feedback delivered by the car itself. In partnership with Disney, Audi debuted Holoride, a prototype interactive entertainment system that utilizes VR technology to turn the backseat of any vehicle into an ever-changing immersive experience. WHY IT MATTERS Holoride will eventually release as an open platform in the hopes of encouraging developers to introduce their own elastic content: not just in Audi vehicles, but other major brands as well. This is a new and unexpected application for VR technology. 69
  70. 70. VR/AR CYBERSHOES WHAT IT IS After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Cybershoes launched the world’s first Virtual Reality shoe - a VR accessory that is worn on your feet and allows you to literally walk and run through virtual reality. The Cybershoes connect over Bluetooth to a small box that plugs into your computer; on it is a dial to calibrate the shoes to your step-length. The peripheral is natively integrated with SteamVR and should work with games that enable mobility. WHY IT MATTERS VR has had and continues to have a locomotion problem: move the player too unnaturally, and they might get queasy. Cybershoes are an ingenious solution to the problem - and slide on your feet like a ski boot. 70
  71. 71. VR/AR TESLASUIT WHAT IT IS The Teslasuit is the stuff of science fiction, but it’s real. The Teslasuit has an advanced haptic feedback system. In addition, the suit has climate control and biometric features as well as a full-motion capture suite. WHY IT MATTERS Although the suit will likely be cost prohibitive at first, it will have strong appeal for both developers and consumers, taking gaming to the next level. 71
  72. 72. VR/AR HTC VIVE COSMOS HEADSET WHAT IT IS The Vive Cosmos is HTC’s bid at a relatively mainstream VR headset featuring striking graphics, lifelike sound, and immersive experiences with a focus on comfort and easy of use. The Cosmos doesn’t require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controllers. Developer kits are anticipated in early 2019 with a launch likely at the end of the year. A price has not yet been announced. WHY IT MATTERS The Vive Cosmos fills a niche between the set-up intensive and more costly Vive and the entry-level Vive Focus. HTC noted that it will also have the capability to be powered by more than a traditional gaming PC, which many have speculated could include a smartphone. 72
  73. 73. VR/AR NORDICTRACK VR BIKE WHAT IT IS The NordicTrack VR Bike is a stationary bike that includes a sterile yoke as well as standard controller input buttons, a directional pad with triggers, and a svelte new look to top it all off. It also comes packed with a Vive Focus as well as a selection of special workouts to get users excited about working out. It supports Bluetooth audio, connects to the iFit fitness platform, and has varying levels of resistance when biking. MSRP: $2,000 WHY IT MATTERS A smart, practical solution for making workouts more fun. 73
  74. 74. WEARABLES DOPPEL WHAT IT IS Worn on the inside of the wrist, the Doppel pulses in rhythms intended to simulate a heartbeat. It works by creating a silent vibration on the inside of your wrist which feels just like the ‘lub-dub’ of a heartbeat. The wearer can adjust the speed depending on whether he or she wants to calm down or get energized. Doppel has been tested and shown to both reduce stress and increase focus. MSRP: $209 WHY IT MATTERS Unlike the Apple Watch, this will pair with Android as well as iOS phones. It is cheaper than the Apple Watch as well. 74
  75. 75. WEARABLES KATE SPADE SCALLOP 2 SMARTWATCH WHAT IT IS The Kate Spade Scallop 2 Smartwatch is specifically designed for women (or for small wrists). New features include: -GPS -Heart rate monitoring -NFC chip for Google Pay duties -WearOS latest tech, with Google Assistant access -3ATM water resistance rating (works for swimming) WHY IT MATTERS This design is unlike any other smartwatch available. It has been upgraded from the original Scallop by new features and technology added by Fossil, its parent company. 75
  76. 76. WEARABLES MOBVOI TICWATCH E2 & S2 WHAT IT IS Mobvoi’s TicWatch E2 & S2 are fitness trackers that offer some unique features, including waterproofing up to 50 meters for some swimming tracking. They both have the same specs inside (featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset), and they're both available in a black polycarbonate finish. Both come with built-in GPS, an optical heart rate sensor and water resistance. MSRP: E2 - approx $159.99 S2 - approx $199.99 WHY IT MATTERS
 Good, affordable smart watch/fitness companions with some useful features. 76
  77. 77. WEARABLES WITHINGS MOVE ECG SMARTWATCH WHAT IT IS The Withings Move ECG Smartwatch comes with an integrated electrocardiogram monitor for spotting an irregular heartbeat. WHY IT MATTERS The ECG monitor takes a reading, and during the measurement, your ECG signal appears instantly in the Health Mate app. Then, the app alerts you if you need to consult your specialist and your ECG records can be easily sent to your doctor. This is especially helpful for people with AFib. 77
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