Las Vegas lights have turned on once again this January for the annual tech fest and its not going to disappoint those interested in the latest releases of audio visual equipment. We've lined up a few of the interesting new releases at CES 2019 from supersized OLED TVs, ultra short throw projectors with 3 lasers, folding screens on the latest TVs and mobile phones and projectors that act as smart shelves for the home, warehouse or retail outlet.
..And Finally, we look a robot suitcase to put those phones and projectors in that weighs itself and auto-follows you
Hisense 4K Smart TriChroma Laser TV 100L7T, Harmon Kardon Speakers
The unique thing about the Hisense is it’s the first projector of its kind that opens up a bunch of possibilities without having to goto an expensive conventional projection system and it offers amazing colours with 3 lasers for each colour source in the RGB range making stunning quality images in a discreet small package at 120”
This really will be a great way to get a really big TV image from a small discreet package. The ultra short throw (UST) means the projector can just sit against the wall without all the issues of wiring and installation you get from normal home cinema projectors.
Whilst its not being released until 2019 Oct/Nov time, and its around £13k, there are more affordable options out there today with ultra short throw, the best alternatives we’ve seen right now is the Benq W1600UST.
LG unveiled the 65R9, a new take on rollable TV’s with a stunning 65” OLED flexible display TV R that can slide in and out of view at the touch of a button.
This TV will make you gasp at both its quality and its (yet to be released) price which is sure to be eye watering.
The modes it offers are Full View, Hidden and Partial view for features such as clock, frame, mood, music and main dashboard.
Prepare to be blown away by the staggering 100W dolby atmos speakers!
LG Home Brew
On a slightly different note, LG also unveiled the LG HomeBrew, which brews stout, wheat beer, pale ale, IPA and pilsner via capsules that contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavourings. All they need now to go with the LG TV and the LG barman is the LG pocorn machine for that perfect home cinema.
Samsung MicroLED Walls
One of our favourite features from last year was the Samsung MicroLED panels which allow you to build your TV in any shape or size you desire - I cant wait !
Folding phone-cum-tablet : But How Good Is it?
The overall verdict of the Royole FlexPai seems to be it’s a typical hybrid device trying to offering the best of both worlds but delivering the worst of both worlds with a poor phone and a poor screen, but it does fold !
Lets see what Samsung folding phone brings but in the meantime check out the video below to find out more.
Bosch introduces projection module that allows virtual touchscreens on any surface
A surprising new entrant to the laser / micro projection world is Bosch who have launched Bosch Sensortech an interactive projection module for the retailer or smart home / internet of things (IoT) applications that allows for a virtual touchscreen on every surface.
The Bosch BML100PI module gives developers the ability to create interactive projection touchscreens on anything from ordinary shelves to appliances, kitchen cabinets, wardrobes and more.
The device generates a laser beam to create a focus-free image on any surface and then scans it line-by-line to detect any gesture or finger movements.
Its likely to be popular with shops with lots of smart shelves or any high street or for those who just want to bring organisation to their home lives as well as for warehouse or even in environmental technology.
Power your house with your legs
Its not often we see good environmental activity in the tech world but here is something from SportsArt that really connects people to energy usage.
They profiled their uber cool Verde treadmill which claims to generate ‘up to 200 Watt hours’ of utility grade electricity just from your own leg power. You can use it to charge your gadgets or even sell the electricity generated back to the national grid.
The OVIS AI-Powered Suitcase: Weighs itself and drives itself - WOW!
ForwardX Robotics showed off their robot suitcase that follows behind you to make your journey easier. Its quite impressive in that its only 4.5kg and many airlines give at least 10kg hold luggage or unlimited on low cost airlines like Easyjet.
The key here though is it weighs itself when you put your stuff in no more scrambling for the scales and then it follows you whilst avoiding people.
The Ovis can travel at speeds of up to 6mph, and can handle multiple surfaces. It follows a tracker (worn on your wrist) and uses computer vision to automatically avoid obstacles.
It has an airline approved removable battery which also makes it easy to charge all your devices from the in-built USB ports in the case as well as offer an anti-lost alarm and location tracker.
Its not the cheapest suitcase at around £630 and will be widely available in Q2 2019.