CES 2020 – What’s New? Rising Stars of Smart Home Tech
CES 2020 Las Vegas has been running for the past half century – and is considered the most influential technology fair and biggest stage for innovations within the consumer market. This January, the desert city played host to more than 4,500 exhibitors from the 7-10. Over 170,000 visitors turned up to see the latest tech on display.
CES 2020: Smart home innovations + key tech of the future
With 36 product categories, CES 2020 covered all areas which will be shaped by technology in the next year. There was a strong focus on 5G, (the new mobile communications standard) and IoT (Internet of Things). Innovations could be found in the areas of self-driving cars, smart cities and even digital health services. This conference also shows that, once again, key tech such as AI (artificial intelligence) and robotics are
becoming more prominent in our everyday lives. Anyone expecting smart, high-end TVs, advanced household aids and virtual voice assistants among the smart home innovations were certainly not disappointed.
Smart, flexible and high-resolution: A quality home cinema
CES 2020 saw LG bring in eight new 8K televisions. Samsung, however, proved to be more ambitious with their innovative display sizes and AI features. The South Korean company’s new TV flagship was the ultra-flat QLED Q950. In addition to its razor-thin frame, its deep-learning capabilities were particularly interesting – transforming low-resolution content into razor-sharp 8K images (7880 x 4320 pixels).
For their modular, micro LED TV “The Wall”, Samsung is relying on a frameless and flat design made up of several displays, thus adapting to different spatial conditions.
On the other hand, their “Sero” model has a 4K QLED screen that you can switch into a portrait format much like a smartphone – optimally displaying vertical videos from social media (i.e. TikTok, Instagram).
format much like a smartphone – optimally displaying vertical videos from social media (i.e. TikTok, Instagram).
Mobile consumer electronics with invisible and flexible features
Spring 2020 will see Quibi offering entertainment services on mobile phones. The US streaming platform wants to provide short films and episode series which are a maximum of ten minutes long. Video content produced will be specifically designed for displays on mobile devices.
From the US manufacturer Proctor & Gamble, the Charmin RollBot proved to be a rather cute assistant. At the command of an app, it replenishes your toilet paper supply if its running low. Of course, physical companions weren’t the only ones present: voice assistants are becoming more common in different areas of the house.
A little help in the morning at CES 2020
You might laugh, but “Numi 2.0” is a smart toilet that Kohler introduced last year. CES 2020 saw an upgraded, optimized variation with interactive lighting and integrated heating. Equally new and fresh in the Kohler range is a connected shower head. Like Numi, it features Bluetooth
speakers and Alexa integration. All to keep you entertained while you… do your business.
Smart mirrors are watching… your health
A start-up called CareOS wants to ensure the wellbeing of its users with their multifunctional mirror. The Poseidon Smart Mirror is equipped with Bluetooth and WiFi, a media player and a camera for facial recognition. There’s even gesture control and augmented reality functions. For example, youngsters are encouraged to brush their teeth via AR games. In addition to fitness systems like Apple HealthKit or Google Fit, the AI platform from CareOS collects comprehensive vital signs and then visualises them using a reflective UHD multi-touch display.
Smart fitness equipment to optimize your work out
These days, even yoga mats can be smart: YogiFi, from the US start-up Wellnesys comes with integrated pressure sensors that work together with a display and an audio system. Through AI and an app, the mat provides you with haptic feedback in real time – helping to correct bad posture and improve your technique.
Telemedicine: Remote diagnosis made easy
MedWand is a small device which offers a very promising solution for healthcare. Combining several diagnostic tools, it can record vital signs in real-time, thus making it a more precise tool for remote diagnosis in
telemedicine. With the patient linked to the Internet, a doctor can measure oxygen saturation in the blood, listen to their lungs and even scan for skin abnormalities. The user-friendliness and diverse functions also earned MedWand a CES Innovation Award in the "Health & Wellness" category.Household robots, smart home tech, 8K TVs or little bathrooms helpers: one thing CES 2020 tells us is that life within our own four walls is becomnig smarter.
What smart home innovations from CES 2020 would you like in your home? Let us know in the comments!