Here are some of the main highlights of CES 2019 which was in full swing this year, showcasing more than 4,500 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology, hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more.
CES 2019 Highlights: LG unveiled 88-inch OLED with dizzying 8K resolution
What is whopping 88-inch in size and comes with a mind-boggling 8K resolution? The latest OLED screen by LG Display which made its debut at the ongoing CES 2019 in Los Angeles.
At the annual technology show, a lot of interesting tech products are showcased. As its tradition, LG Display took the wraps off its 88-inch 8K OLED display which produces 3.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos Audio, Engadget reported.
In addition to the 88-inch display, the company also showcased a 65-inch 8K OLED display, a variant with 4K OLED with world’s fastest motion picture response time of 3.5ms. It also introduced a 12.3-inch transparent OLED for potential use in the automobile sector, a concept 27-inch Neo Art display, and 27-inch 4K monitor with 0.11-inch thin bezels, and a 13.3-inch 4K screen for laptops.
CES 2019 Highlights: AMD Ryzen 3000 mobile chip series unveiled
AMD on Sunday unveiled Ryzen 3000 mobile chips at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US. Targeted at the mobile devices including Chromebooks, Ryzen 3000 has debuted with as many as six variants.
The high-end Ryzen 3750H chip is based on 12nm process and has 2.3/4.0GHz bass/boost frequency, 10 GPU cores, and up to 1,400MHz GPU frequency. The lowest-end Ryzen 3300U chip is based on 12nm process and has 2.6/2.6GHz bass/boost frequency, 3 GPU cores, and up to 1,200MHz GPU frequency.
AMD claims its new chips deliver up to 10 to 12 hours of battery on notebooks. Ryzen 3000 mobile chips also support 4K HDR resolution as well as the new “Always On” technology. The company says the new chips are good enough for productivity-focused tasks such as media editing and web surfing.
CES 2019 Highlights: Sony unveiled a massive 98-inch 8K TV
If you thought LG’s 88-inch OLED screen was too much, enters Sony. The company showcased monstrous 98-inch and 85-inch LCD TVs at the CES 2019.
The Z9G Master Series LCD TVs deliver 8K resolution. Sony says the TVs come with a unique algorithm specially developed for 8K that detects each object in the picture to deliver exceptional detail and contrast for a realistic picture, Cnet reported.
Even as manufacturers are focusing on crunching more resolution on screens, there is not enough content to play on these dizzying screens. So manufacturers such as Sony tout their video processing powers that take 4K and lower-resolution video and converts it to 8K for the display.
The new TVs boast 4K at 120fps or 8K at 60fps and come with full-spec HDMI 2.1 inputs. Sony is yet to announce the pricing and availability of its 2019 TV lineup.
CES 2019 Highlights: HTC’s new Vive Pro Eye
HTC is pushing its efforts in the virtual reality (VR) headset business. The company introduced its all-new Vivo Pro Eye at the ongoing CES 2019.
The successor to the current Vive Pro, the Vive Pro Eye comes with a built-in eye-tracking mechanism which makes VR headset experience, a little more realistic.
One of the biggest advantages of sewing eye-tracking into VR headset means foveated rendering that adjusts which parts of a virtual scene get priority when processing graphics, Gizmodo reported. By making the headset prioritise graphics based on eye movements, the overall graphics requirements needed to run VR apps is reduced.
The technology also allows for an easier gaming experience. You no longer require additional controllers to navigate. Simply look at an option and the cursor will appear as if the headset knows exactly what you intend to do.
CES 2019 Highlights: Wearable sticker from L’Oreal to measure skin’s hydration level
At the ongoing CES 2019, L’Oreal showcased a new wearable technology that measures the skin hydration level.
My Skin Track pH by La Roche-Posay is a product out of collaboration between L’Oreal and wearable pioneer Professor John Rogers. The skin sticker comes with a wearable sensor and monitors the skin’s hydration levels, Engadget reported.
The device is smaller than a Band Aid. Once you put it on your forearm, the dyes inside the sticker will change colour to tell how acidic or alkaline your epidermis is within 15 minutes. With the companion app, you have to take a picture of the sticker. It then shows the results based on the change in colour of the dyes.
CES 2019 Highlights: Withings BPM Core
Withings BPM Core is the classiest, techiest blood pressure monitor we’ve seen. It can take your pressure, but that’s just one of its skills. It also has a digital stethoscope sensor you press onto the side of your chest, and another you touch with your fingers, so it can take an electrocardiogram. It will be able to detect things like AFib (irregular heartbeat) and valvular heart disease, with medical-grade accuracy (pending FDA approval). It comes out later this spring for $250.—Jeffrey Van Camp
CES 2019 Highlights: Matrix PowerWatch 2
The worst part of wearing a smartwatch is watching it die right in the middle of your Spartan Race. The Matrix PowerWatch 2 fixes that problem with thermometric and solar charging. In other words, this wearable gets its juice from the sun and your own body heat—so you’ll never need to recharge it. It comes with all the usual features: GPS, heart rate tracking, notifications. It’s water resistant too. Can it rival a Garmin or an Apple Watch when it comes to fitness features? Probably not. But it’s much more likely to survive the apocalypse.—Arielle Pardes
CES 2019 Highlights: Butterfly iQ
Butterfly iQ is a handheld ultrasound machine connected to an iPhone that allows you to take your own ultrasound as your doctor analyzes the imagery in real time over a video chat, Cnet reported.
Butterfly iQ costs USD 2,000 and unlike the bulky traditional ultrasound machines, it carries the technology right in itself, in the shape of a wand, requiring no separate attachments to larger machines for scanning different parts of the body.
Although the technology is FDA approved, the mobile ultrasound machine is cleared for medical-professional use only. Additionally, the company behind the device, Butterfly Network, is improving the software to allow for a real-time analysis from anywhere with the doctor.
The company is also building an AI-based software to help guide an untrained person to take a proper ultrasound, so the file can be sent to a professional for analysis