CES 2020 has already given us a hint of what this new year is going to be like. At the four-day annual tech event, some of the coolest technologies were showcased that are about to take 2020 by storm. These technologies at CES 2020 comprise some of the most mesmerizing gadgets and concept arts. While CES 2020 witnessed some cool stuff from show-stealers like Dell and Samsung, there was a significant inclination towards sustainability, thus merging technology with environment protection. Televisions, laptops, and gaming consoles, and hundreds of other gadgets filled CES 2020 with excitement and enthusiasm.
Samsung was one of the key players at CES 2020 as it came out with some of it’s newest innovations, including The Wall, the gigantic 292-inch television. Sony showcased a whole another concept of technology at CES 2020, and it wasn’t PlayStation 5. 5G was the mainframe of the show with every single gadget maker claiming to embed 5G-connectivity support to their respective devices. Besides TVs and phones, wearables, consoles, and laptops took rocked the stage with these best gadgets and technologies we have listed out for you:
Best CES 2020 Technologies, Gadget Launches, and Concepts
1. Alienware UFO Gaming Console Prototype
The king of gaming laptops is trying to enter a new segment of the industry. Alienware has previously put together the finest configurations for gamers on a laptop. Some of those models have gone on to become cults. Now, Alienware is eyeing at developing gaming consoles. Alienware UFO is a little tablet PC, which is connected between controller accessories.
The controller accessories are detachable, thus allowing users to put the tablet aside as a little screen. By docking the tablet with TV, you get a complete Alienware-style experience on a gaming monitor as well. The detachable controller is something Nintendo Switch has tried before. But Alienware’s UFO looks quite larger in comparison.
Plus, it does not have software of its own but is running on Windows. This is just a prototype, and a lot more can change down the production line before it’s released for use. Till then, Alienware is keeping the hardware specs pretty much under the wrap. Nevertheless, it does look cool, but I can live with a comparatively less bulky controller as well.
2. Samsung’s The Wall
This is the craziest CES 2020 technology reveal, and it’s ridiculously expensive. But let’s not delve into the money and discuss what The Wall is. So, The Wall is Samsung’s micro-LED television embedded into a digital canvas. The television comes with an entire canvas supporting it, and it’s 292-inches. So, forget the money and first get the space to put it.
The canvas works like your viewing platform, which is nothing like your traditional devices, and it can also be used as a digital wall-art by applying the best screen-savers on the screen to add ambiance on the wall.
So, your actual wall would not be visible once you add this one in your living area, and since you can’t paint a screen, you can digitally decorate this one with pretty sceneries. It’s multi-thousand dollars device, so obviously you need to be pretty rich to afford it, but if I had that sum, I would have got it for sure.
3. Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR Concept
The multiple sequels to 2010’s hit film Avatar are in production, and the director-producer James Cameron wants them all in the news before they hit theatres. Partnering with luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, a concept car of the future was unveiled at CES 2020, whose design and the color was inspired by the concepts, colors, and graphics featured in Avatar.
The car termed as the perfect blend of “human, machine, and nature,” the car is built using sustainable materials and is claimed to reduce carbon footprints to the minimum in the future. It can be driven sideways as well, thanks to the elliptical-spherical wheels (I don’t know what that shape is).
Plus, there are bionic flaps on the car, which may act as communicators and for sending positioning signals. Since they change movements as per the car’s speed, they can be used to control the dynamics and momentum of the car. This, of course, is a prototype again. It possibly can’t be driven, and it’s not hitting the roads anytime soon; however, the vision behind this is just jaw-dropping.
Dabby was probably one of the most underrated technologies at CES 2020. We watch video content online on different platforms on different devices. You need to open multiple tabs if you’re watching it on the web; have various applications on your smartphone if you’re mobile; switch platforms if watching them on a smart TV, etc. Whatever the medium is, you need to search for content separately on different apps and services.
Dabby is a small streaming device that merges all this content into a single database. The services from whom Dabby borrows content involve pretty much everything which is online, including Netflix and Hulu. The difference is that you’ll find content from both Netflix and Hulu in the same database without the use of apps and switching between them. All you need is a subscription to your favorite video streaming platform.
Thus, anything which is available online can be viewed on this device without going through cluttered databases on different platforms. Plus, you can connect the screen to a TV via HDMI, and there is a co-viewing experience, where you can video call your friends and simulate the device to watch the same movie on Dabby altogether.
5. LG OLED Rollable
Now you can roll a TV. Well, don’t think you can practically roll it and put it in your cupboard. But LG has designed a television that can be rolled back into its holding dock when not in use. Now, LG has previously released a look of such a TV almost a year ago, where your television screen rolls back into its dock. At CES 2020, LG moved a step ahead and previewed a screen that rolls back into a dock hanging on your wall on your ceiling.
Yes. So, your LG TV would roll-down the wall like a curtain in traditional theatres and would hang to it until you finish your time with it. Later, it will roll back into the hanging dock once again.
6. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
Foldable phones and tablets are surely the future now. Despite the fact that the foldable screen technology is a bit faulty, Samsung (Galaxy Fold) and Motorola (Moto Razr) have not refrained from experimenting. And now Lenovo has joined the race.
The ThinkPad X1 fold was previewed as a prototype without an official name earlier, and now, at the CES 2020 technology event, we have a look at the final market version of the piece. It resembles a lot with Surface Neo, the soon to be launched foldable tablet by Microsoft, but without the hinge. The tablet runs on Windows 10 and can be used as a single-screen touch-screen tablet as well.
To type, you can use the on-screen touch keypad or can put a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard (which comes with the tab) on half-portion of the tab, and you’ll get a miniature laptop of your own. It also supports Active Pen Stylus for hand-writing and navigating. This one miss may put it way behind Surface Neo when the race for consumer capturing begins.
7. Samsung Chromebook
Samsung’s new ChromeOS-powered Galaxy Chromebook was one of the most elegant and beautiful technologies at CES 2020. This CES 2020, Samsung took people’s attention by the high-resolution displays and giant monitor screens, and it does the same with this one. The cynosure of the piece is the 4K AMOLED touch display, which looks exquisite and astonishing.
Besides its amazing Fiesta Red color, it is powered by an i5 10th-Generation Ice-Lake Processor unveiled by Intel last year. Plus, it has a stylus to help you navigate on that touch-screen. It’s foldable and, therefore, can be used as a tablet, and it’s super-thin sitting at a thickness of 9.9mm.
8. Insta360 ONE R
Travelers and adventure videographers fond of gadgets, here is an all-in-one, portable camera for you. The Insta360 One R has features a traveler would want, and it takes pictures from all kinds of angles. It has got two lenses, front and back, to record both back and front. One R has a reversible screen for selfie-shots. A wide-angle ultra lens capable of 60fps recording-rate makes it more awesome.
Plus, there is an “invisible selfie-stick,” which is basically transparent and, therefore, can’t be seen in the recordings. For running and cycling shots, the Insta360 One R offers flow stabilization, thus giving you the perfect reason to have your adventures viral. And, then there are features of stop-motion sensors, night shots, and star lapse just to add some cherry on the top. Basically, that adds up a lot many features a professional photographer’s camera should have. Need any more reason not to buy it?
9. Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
This CES 2020 technology event, Dell offered a refreshed XPS 13. While the specs remain almost the same as in the older XPS two-in-one, but the design elements have been reconsidered. This one has a 16:10 4K display with very thin bezzles on the top and bottom, thus, offering a more immersive viewing experience. It’s powered by the new i7 10th-Generation processors and 32 gigs of RAM.
The machine is purely made for developers and other professional concerns. It’s thin and is light enough to be a perfect work laptop for your daily office use.
10. Suunto 7 Smartwatch
From Finnish smart wearable manufacturer, Suunto Oy unveiled the Suunto 7 smartwatch at CES 2020 tech event. Powered by Google’s WearOS, the Android wearable operating system, it is purely built for fitness tracking. Besides supporting music controls and apps from Google Play, it supports offline maps and has got in-built heat maps. The manufacturer claims for accurate sports tracking, and the watch has 70+ sport modes.
Since it’s a wearable smartwatch, there has been a great deal of consideration towards its look and appeal. However, the battery is a big concern here. Suunto 7 has a battery backup of two days on standby mode, which is reduced to 12 hours on GPS mode and 8 hours on music streaming.
11. Razer Kishi
Razer Kishi is a mobile and cloud gaming controller. The controller is designed the same as the ones offered alongside ASUS ROG 2. The two ends of the controller detach, and your phone can then be attached to the clamp in between the two ends.
It’s basically meant for offering you a portable PlayStation-like experience on your phone, where you get joystick controls along with the full-screen view of your gameplay. However, you can’t use it by separating the phone from the clamp via Bluetooth or other connectivity types.
12. Vizio Elevate
Vizio Elevate is one of the CES 2020 technology unveiled by Vizio in its soundbar line. Elevate is a rotating speaker that is docked with your television and offers a high-quality audio experience for your home. Elevate is not just the docked speaker but is a complete bag of devices that includes an 8-inch wireless sub-woofer an a couple of satellite speakers as well.
Elevate has 18 drivers embedded that allow it to rotate according to the sound quality of your video or audio being played through the television. It is pointed forward while playing 5.1 audio but is automatically elevated when playing Dolby ATMOS encoded audio. This is to ensure that you listen to quality audio without interference in any room Elevate is installed in.
13. Sony Vision S Concept
The event’s biggest tech surprise came from Sony, who is also about to launch its own PS5 controller. A company is known for electronics shocked everyone by unveiling a car technology at CES 2020. Vision S is a concept car Sony introduced to audiences that runs on sustainable fuel. However, the car actually had mechanical functions like brakes along with a digital dashboard that actually worked, which makes it sort of a prototype instead of a concept.
It has got sensors all-over that warn of impact from all sides on the road. Since it’s Sony, you get music control over your digital dashboard. The neatly designed Vision S is electric, which is much needed given the corporate focus of companies towards environmental sustainability.
Whenever this new-age mobility design comes in the market, it is going to be an expensive deal. So to go sustainable, you need to be rich, like crazy rich.
The Best Innovation Award winner at CES 2020, Hydraloop, is a startup dedicated to building water recycling systems. Hydraloop systems disinfect shower and washing machine water for proper reusability. Hydraloop claims to reduce water consumption by 45% and carbon footprints by 6%.
The startup is focused on environmental development at community levels. However, the cost of a Hydraloop system is estimated at $4000, excluding tax, transportation, and installation, making it a bit expensive for lower and middle economic sections of society.
These were the top highlights of CES 2020, which surprised, amazed, and in a way, inspired people. Innovative designs, new technologies, and visionary concepts made ES 2020 a memorable event. These products may not suit the buyers at first, given their experimental nature, but these are sure to define the future of technology.
What’s Your Take:
Let us know in the comments what was your favorite technology at CES 2020. Do you think these products and concepts can be of real use to the end consumer?