The Good, the Pricy, and the Weird from CES 2019
For more than half a century, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has presented new products and technologies that can change the world (or at least do something cool). The most recent CES took place in Las Vegas this past January and once again had records in attendance and exhibitors. While you may have missed the show, you don’t have to miss out on some of the highlights showcased in Las Vegas.
We don’t have the space to go over everything, so I picked out the most appealing products and narrowed out my personal best in show for a few select groups: health, TVs, home automation, and weird products.
Health – Y-Brush
For anyone who has kids, we know what a challenge it is to get them to brush their teeth. This amazing product needs only 10 seconds to properly clean your teeth. The Y-Brush resembles a small sports mouthguard and is lined with nylon bristles positioned at 45-degree angles. Add toothpaste, put the Y-Brush in your mouth, and turn on the motor–it’s that simple. As the brushes vibrate, you make a chewing motion for five seconds, remove the Y-Brush, flip it, and repeat. That’s good for the kids and great for me.
TVs – LG OLED65R9 Rollable TV
Have you ever seen a rollable TV before? Rollable refers to the fact that the TV panel can retract and roll up within its large, Dolby Atmos speaker-toting stand. The pros of this cool TV are its innovative design, a strong picture performance, and an attractive remote. The con is quite obvious–it’s going to be very expensive. Me, personally, I have always been a Samsung TV guy. This product certainly got my attention and I will look at LG before my next TV purchase.
Home Automation – Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet
Yes, you read that correctly–a toilet. Maybe you want to hear your favorite playlist while in the shower or you need to know what your day’s schedule looks like while you’re getting dressed. Kohler has just the product for you–the Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet, which features Amazon Alexa integration and powerful speakers. Personalized cleansing functions and interactive lighting that can adjust to different scenarios round out additional features. This commodity is quite pricey–$7,000 for the white finish or $8,000 for the black model–but singing toilets aren’t cheap.
Weird products – Monit Smart Diaper
Once again, those who have kids know the great smells babies can produce in their diapers. When your nose just doesn’t cut it, the Monit Smart Diaper is a Bluetooth sensor that attaches to the outside of your baby’s diaper. When your baby pees or poops, Monit sends you an alert. Thinking back to when my kids were babies, I didn’t ever need a device like this, but I’m sure people will buy this product.
CES is a bucket list-item for many tech junkies like myself. Next year, I’ll be able to attend the event and fulfill a dream while sharing even more of what the world has to offer, whether it’s a game-changing gadget or an even smart toilet.
Image provided by CES 2019 website