Every January, the biggest names in consumer technology descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center for the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
It’s an opportunity for more than 4,500 companies large and small, from manufacturers to developers to suppliers, to showcase the newest and most cutting-edge tech that they’re working on, some of which they’ll release in the year to come and some that is still in the conceptual phases. But one thing is certain: there is never a shortage of fascinating, groundbreaking, and sometimes just plain weird tech to talk about at CES.
This year, the theme seems to be focused on gadgets and home electronics -- foldable TVs, stylish smart home control panels, next-gen VR headsets, new exercise and fitness tracking tech and other improvements to many gadgets that have become staples in our daily lives. There’s also futuristic new tech like Hyundai’s “Elevate” concept car, which has traditional wheels that are attached to the car by mechanical legs allowing the vehicle to navigate challenging terrain, a solar cooker, and even a laundry folding machine called “Foldimate.” And what would a consumer electronics convention be without the weird tech you didn’t even know you needed? For that, there’s a smart diaper sensor that will send you an alert when your little one is dirty, a vending machine that will bake you a fresh loaf of bread from scratch and even a smart toilet from Kohler complete with a bidet, a heated seat that senses your presence and lifts itself when you get near, ambient lighting, music, and of course Amazon Alexa built in, so you never have to be alone while using the restroom again.
With CES 2019 wrapping up on Friday, we’ll check in with a couple of tech reporters who attended the show and got to mess around with some of the new products and technology being showcased.