The eye-popping gems of CES2019

From a folding TV to a four-legged car – the convention presented numerous spectacular techs

Photo: LG LG's "Rollable" OLED TV.

The largest technology conference in the world - Consumer Electronics Show CES 2019, kicked off the year with a mouthwatering look at all the juicy cutting edge tech we can expect to follow. Covering over 2.9m square feet, the show presented to over 190, 000 attendees many evolutionary gadgets and technologies with the potential to change the lives of billions of people. With the nearly 1,200 new startups debuting products at the show, CES also became the largest incubator in the world.

Many of the companies showed similar innovations, such as multiple smart-home security cameras and various curious robots. There were also funny but forgettable entries, such as a water bottle with a Bluetooth speaker, and a refrigerator that detects when you are out of beer and orders more. The event, however, showcased a handful of gems, too. EUROPOST presents some of the most innovative technologies, interesting new gadgets from the world's largest hardware makers.

One of the best, jaw-dropping techs showcased during the first day was undoubtedly LG's new rollable OLED TV, which can disappear at a cluck of a button. We already knew that OLED panels were flexible but LG took things to a whole new level. In addition, at the TV's base there is a 100 watt front-firing Dolby Atmos sound bar which also serves as a housing unit for the TV when you’re not watching it. Just by clicking a button the screen slides down behind the speaker and rolls up like a garage door to disappear from sight. LG calls this mode “Zero View,” but the device has also the option to stay in “Line View” which leaves the top of the TV poking out so you can access a narrow horizontal menu to do things like play music, look at photos or select an ambient display such as a fireplace. Meanwhile, the Korean electronics giant also assembled the most spectacular TV showcase at its CES booth. The installation, comprised of over 250 curved LG OLED TVs and dubbed “Massive Curve of Nature” was hands-down the best exposition of the fair.

As we're speaking of mind-blowing installations, we couldn't miss mentioning Google which this year've outdone itself. In its booth the tech giant set up a Disney-inspired interactive mini theme park ride for showgoers, aimed at showing off the Google Assistant’s many capabilities

"By hopping aboard the ride, attendees experience how the Assistant can be helpful in the face of life's twists and turns - at home, in the car, and on-the-go, by following the day in the life of a small family," Google said.

Yet, the spectacular ride is not surprising, because the world's largest tech conference is more important to the search giant than ever as it pushes devices to consumers that compete against the likes of Amazon, Apple and Samsung. And as we know, no matter who makes Smart TVs, cars, pianos, or even toilets with integtrated voice-activated helpers, the virtual aide linked to or packaged inside is likely to be one of two: either Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant.

And now to the fun part - these devices that catched the eye with their equally fun and practical capabilities. For example, did you ever imagined that you can have a craft beer machine at home? Well, luckily LG obliged with the HomeBrew. Like a Nespresso capsule machine for beer snobs, you load it up with your choice of beer – American IPA, English stout, Czech Pilsner, American Pale Ale or Belgian Witbier – then pick up your five litres of amber nectar after a two-week brewing process. A gloriously lazy final touch is that it even cleans itself in preparation for your next batch. Speaking of lazy, Foldimate's machine that folds all your clothes, despite their size or type is another great invention. Unfortunately, the pleasure may cost you up to $1000.

Other techs worth mentioning at least in short is FlexPai flexible, the very first foldable smartphone made by Chinese company Royole; Kohler's Numi smart toilet 2.0, which promises an “immersive experience” on your convenience, featuring a heated seat, built-in speakers and ambient lighting; Harley Davidson's very first electric motorcycle LiveWire; IBM's newest quantum computer, which is 20 kilobytes state of art; or Hyundai's Elevate robotic walking car.

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