CES 2020

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world’s gathering place in January at Las Vegas for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. This event owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® has served for 50 years to introduce next-generation innovations to the global marketplace.

Here are some interesting news I saw today on my newsfeeds:

Sony introduced an electrical concept car prototype.

Finnish companies Bittium and Rightware show their talent for Android in cars.

Qt is showing newest HMI (Human-Machine-Interface) for cars (Qt for Android Automotive OS HMI) and Canatu shows touch controls.

Nvidia and Asus show computer monitors with 360 Hz (2.8 ms) refresh rate.

LG’s 8K and 4K OLED TVs at CES 2020

LG Display’s flexible screen first look at CES 2020

Sandisk shows that you can now fit 8 terabytes of storage to your pocket.

Pollen Robotics is selling an open-source platform designed for prototyping and research purposes. Take a look at Pollen Robotics Reachy hands-on at CES 2020


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Build a friendly robot to greet and give away candy to boothgoers.

    The Candy Serving Robot That I Brought to CES

    Build a robot that can greet people and serve candies to them, perfect for parties or convention booths, and I even tested it in CES!

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Best CES 2020 Smart Home Tech: 25 Awesome Gadgets

    Wow…CES 2020 was incredible! I searched high and low for the very coolest stuff at CES and it’s all here in one video.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES: Maailman ensimmäinen haptinen kännykkä

    Haptinen palaute tarkoittaa yksinkertaisesti sitä, että kun sormensa vie kosketusnäytöllä vaikkapa liukusäätimen päälle, säätimen tuntee. Tätä ei ole helppo toteuttaa käytännössä eikä käytännöllisesti

    Messuilla esillä ollut Hap2Phone olikin yksi innovaatiopalkinnoilla palkituista uutuuksista. Yhtiön mukaan sen tekniikka voidaan integroida mihin tahansa näytöllä varustettuun tuotteeseen.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    7 Big Healthcare Innovations Coming Out of CES
    A look at some of the technologies that blew MD+DI editors away at the Consumer Electronics Show.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Speakerless Audio System Saves Space, Increases Design Freedom

    Continental and Sennheiser teamed up to develop a system that creates vibration with a vehicle’s existing surfaces and combines with a 3D audio technology to achieve an immersive sound environment.

    At CES 2020, Continental and electro-acoustics specialist Sennheiser presented an audio system for the vehicle interior that doesn’t require any loudspeakers at all, yet is promising to provide a high-quality 3D sound experience.

    The system fills cars with high-quality sound by combining the audio concepts of the two companies. The partners will integrate Sennheiser’s patented AMBEO 3D audio technology into Continental’s Ac2ated Sound System. The technology company’s concept causes existing surfaces in the vehicle to vibrate, making conventional speakers superfluous.

    By eliminating the need for costly multi-way loudspeakers, which are commonplace in sophisticated audio systems, Ac2ated Sound enables a reduction in weight and installation space of up to 90%.

    Ac2ated Sound employs specially developed actuators to cause certain surfaces inside the vehicle to vibrate.

    Today’s systems typically weigh up to 40 kilograms. With Ac2ated Sound, weight drops significantly due to the use of existing surfaces. Compared with comparable conventional systems on the market, it allows a weight and installation space reduction in the range of 75 to 90%, according to Continental.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up

    Three of NASA’s top officials arrived at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week to give attendees a message: We’re heading back to the Moon in 2024 – and we’ll need help from the commercial sector to do it.

    “Now space is a team sport,” said Andrucyk, deputy associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “We can enable all these missions through collaboration – with industry, with academia, and with international partners.”

    Congress recently approved $22 billion of funding for NASA , which included $600 million for lunar lander work. Eighty-five percent of that amount goes out to the private sector, said DeWit, NASA’s Chief Financial Officer.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2020: A High-Tech Wine Dispenser and More Arrivals to the Smart Home

    It’s not difficult to envision a time in the near future where virtually everything in the home is connected.

    Smart speakers and video doorbells have steadily increased in popularity, and it’s far less strange in 2020 to watch someone ask Alexa or Google to turn off a bedroom light, turn up a song, or turn on a movie.

    And more Smart Home technology is on the way, if the products on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) are any indication. Products that you’d never believe could be called intelligent (looking at you, “smart air freshener”) are drawing a crowd at the convention center.

    “There’s a sense in which connected products will get adopted simply because it becomes the default ante to play the game,” Brad Russell, Research Director from the IoT consulting firm Parks Associates, told a crowd of attendees on Tuesday.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Qualcomm Wades Into Battleground With New Wi-Fi Chip for Cars

    Qualcomm said the integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip can enable data speeds of up to 1 Gb/s throughout the car and should start shipping to customers in 2020.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A closer look at NEON at CES 2020

    Neon and its “artificial human” avatars were the first viral hit of CES. It had everything to get the internet excited: A corporate giant (the company is from Samsung’s STAR Labs), buzzwords (Avatars! Realistic AI assistants!) and confusion. Redditors combed the internet for details and YouTube channel Good Content pulled together a surprisingly comprehensive dossier on a company that’s barely half a year old. Neon then officially announced itself to CES in a press release rich in hyperbole, complicated machine learning jargon and a pretty opaque mission statement. There was also the promise of Neons “reacting and responding in real-time”.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The gear PCWorld uses at CES

    Before shipping out to CES 2020 Gordon and Adam go over some of the gear they use during the biggest trade show of the year including computers, cameras, smartphones, and so much more.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2020 – Smart Home Stuff

    Top 5 smart home tech at CES 2020 (LG, Bosh, Mui and more!)

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The best devices of CES 2020

    From Alienware’s latest PC concept that looks exactly like a nintendo switch to impossible pork, there were a lot of big things in CES tech this year.

    Lenovo ThinkBook Plus hands-on at CES 2020

    It wouldn’t be CES if Lenovo didn’t have a bevy of new laptops to announce, but I can’t say we saw the company’s new ThinkBook Plus coming.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2020 – Computer Vision, Autonomous Car Kit, Motorized Workout, and Water from Air

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Zero Mass Water: Drinking Water Tech at CES 2020

    Who is Zero Mass Water?

    Zero Mass Water is the manufacturer of SOURCE Hydropanels, an advanced technology using only sunlight and air to produce clean, renewable drinking water. Entirely off-grid, SOURCE extracts water vapor from the air to make, mineralize, and deliver safe, great-tasting drinking water to a tap while offsetting the energy and waste of bottled and purified water.


  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2020 Eureka Park – Machine Vision, Smart Diapers, Mosquito Spotters and More

    There’s a lot of innovation going on in the CES Basement.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2020 – Haptic Suit, Holograms, Segway Chair, Artificial People & Flexible Displays

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Top 10 Innovative Gadgets Launched at CES 2020

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cool New Tech at CES 2020 / Part 1

    MORE Cool New Tech at CES 2020 / Part 2

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    OnePlus Disappearing Camera Concept Phone!

    OnePlus showed a disappearing camera concept using electrochromic glass to show and hide the lenses!

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Best Car Tech From CES 2020

    I got a glimpse into the future of mobility with BMW at CES 2020!

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
    A look at tech catering to the needs of the elderly showcased at CES; US citizens over 50 are projected to spend $84B on tech products over the next decade

    How tech is catering to the elderly and caregivers

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Facial recognition technology is one of the big trends at CES 2020. That’s not surprising since facial recognition market is expected to grow from USD 5.07 billion in 2019 to USD 10.19 billion by 2025, according to Mordor Intelligence. The hardware market is segmented into 2D and 3D facial recognition systems with the latter expected to grow the most in the coming decade.


  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Want To Build An Open Source Hardware And Software Robot?
    CES 2020 boasts of at least one open source robot, but what does that really mean?

    The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is full of engineering marvels. Many of these marvels are manifested as advances in robots. For example, consider UBTech highlights are this year’s show. The company’s intelligent humanoid service robot named “Walker” won the Best of CES 2019 and will be back with additional features at the 2020 show.

    There’s another robot system that the technical community might find equally interesting if a bit less flashy. France’s Pollen Robotics is displaying their “Reachy” robot at CES2020. In collaboration with the INCIA Neuroscience Institute in France, the company has developed a 3D-printed robot arm that’s 100% open source. Reachy is billed as an expressive humanoid service robot specializing in interacting with people and manipulating objects. This robot is built with prepackaged AI and modular robotics that should easily accommodate many real-world applications, such as extensions for disabled people (human augmentation), helping out at events (like CES), assisting small businesses and even as a receptionist.

    The company invites developers to join their open source community and participate on Github, although the company explains that Reachy is currently still under development. The open source hardware, software and data won’t be released until the robot is ready, toward the end Q1-2020.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2020 Deconstructed: 10 Lessons
    What I derived from my tour of CES 2020. Dealing with big data, vision vs. lidar, what autonomy really means, and much, much more.

    1. Camera-only AVs can create ‘internal redundancy’
    Forget radars and lidars?

    2. Filter ‘big data’
    Big data is what drives connected devices. No question. But even more important is how to extract quality information out of big data. That’s where everyone struggles.

    3. AI chips on 40nm to be fabricated in Japan
    In the AI race, on one end of the spectrum, companies such as Nvidia have pioneered a large AI model equipped with faster acceleration, lower latency and higher resolution. On the other end of the spectrum, chips are running a tiny machine-learning model, which, however, could suffer a huge hit on accuracy, Henry explained. “The industry is currently stuck.”

    4. Selling into the future
    Clearly, the initial euphoria of consumer IoT devices is over.
    Most consumers think nothing of replacing smartphones or wearable devices in less than a year. In contrast, connected devices for the industrial market are a long game.
    Silicon Labs’ CEO Tyson Tuttle told us that, as IoT continues to look for design wins in the industrial market, the chip supplier’s job is never done at time of sale.

    5. Let big data companies see the forest but not trees
    In the era of big data, if you are interested in the protection of your private data or increasingly concerned about future AI applications, look to Europe for help.
    The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is already setting the tone not just for Europe but for the worldwide market. Global companies engaged in aggregation and data analysis are mindful that their business practices do not violate the GDPR.

    6. AVs with chutzpah
    Mobileye showed at its press briefing a video clip shot while its autonomous vehicle was driving in Jerusalem.

    7. Why are we doing AV?
    CES 2020 effectively ended a hype cycle and unrealistic expectations for the imminent arrival of fully autonomous vehicles. Robo-taxis? Maybe in a few years.
    As for consumer AVs, probably not until 2030, according to Peter Schiefer, Infineon’s division president responsible for automotive.

    8. Can cars tell us their intent?
    Developers running prototype robotaxis are eager to convince consumers that AVs are safe. Intel/Mobileye discussed that its robocar provides a display to show what the AV is seeing. It allows riders to play back a few seconds of video to let them see why the AV did what it did.
    Qualcomm, meanwhile, brought its AV to Las Vegas, giving the media and its clients a chance to ride.

    9. Qualcomm-NXP: Life after the M&A was called off
    It’s been 18 months since Qualcomm’s proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors fell through. Several chip company execs last week remarked at CES how little the unconsummated acquisition deal has affected either company.
    Qualcomm soldiered on to expand its automotive business — without NXP.
    NXP sans Qualcomm, meanwhile, has been beefing up its connectivity portfolio.
    After all, the market for fully autonomous vehicles will remain relatively small. Further, the competition among these powerful AI chips is expected to get even more brutal because everyone wants to use 7nm or 5nm finer process node technology, which isn’t cheap.
    “NXP’s focus will be on the rest of the automotive platform,”

    10. It takes a village…
    Anyone serious about the future of connectivity and shared mobility, with fully autonomous vehicles roaming the streets, must begin planning a brand-new “smart” village.
    Toyota did a complete 180 before a tech audience expecting Toyota’s new AI-driven vehicles. Almost completely absent from Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda’s presentation was any mention of automobiles.
    Instead, Toyoda showed artist’s renderings of a futuristic “Woven City” of 2,000 residents, nestled in the shadow of Mount Fuji.
    Toyota literally leapfrogged the dream of fully autonomous vehicles and transformed it onto AI-driven smart-city concepts.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NXP Launching Auto Network Processor

    XP Semiconductors is coming to the Consumer Electronics Show to launch a new “Automotive Network Processor.”

    NXP’s S32G is “a single-chip version” of two processors — an automotive microprocessor and an enterprise network processor — combined, said Ray Cornyn, vice president and general manager, Vehicle Dynamics Products. The S32G functions as a gateway processor for connected vehicles, as it offers enterprise-level networking capabilities. It also enables the latest data-intensive ADAS applications while providing vehicles with secure communication capabilities, he explained.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    7 Craziest Tech Products Of CES 2020!

    These are the 7 most interesting products I found at my first day of CES 2020!

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2020 – Haptic Suit, Holograms, Segway Chair, Artificial People & Flexible Displays

    I’m not covering 8k TVs, or the Electric Mustang, or the (non)-flying car. I saw all those things but wanted to show off what was most impressive to me.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Can a $350 headband deliver better sleep?

    Sleep is the next battleground on which the war for wearable health will be waged. Smartwatch and fitness band makers have been dipping their collective toes in the water for a few years now, but there’s only so much that can be done from the wrist.

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Let’s look ahead to what will impact consumer #electronics in 2020 & beyond #deeplearning #5G #privacy #batteries #processors #autonomousvehicles https://buff.ly/2Tqb4tI

    2020: A consumer electronics forecast for the year(s) ahead

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Have we hit peak smartphone?

    There’s reason to believe the market may never return to sustained growth

    Last Halloween, we broke down some “good news” from a Canalys report: the smartphone industry saw one-percent year-over-year growth — not exactly the sort of thing that sparks strong consumer confidence.

    In short, 2019 sucked for smartphones, as did the year before. After what was nearly an ascendant decade, sales petered off globally with few exceptions.

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “Arduino was one of the only prototyping board companies I came across [at CES].”

    In Search of DIY Products at CES 2020

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mojo Vision is putting an augmented reality screen on a contact lens. The demo showed simple green words and numbers hovering over objects in the real world. This would allow you to, for example, use an AR overlay to recall the name of someone who was approaching you.


  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Smart Potato isn’t a real CES 2020 product. But the point its inventor, Nicholas Baldeck, has about smart gadgets is a fair one.

    Somebody Snuck A Potato Into CES 2020 To Make A Scathing Point About Useless Smart Gadgets

    I almost walked right by it. But then I realized the object the young man was holding up, apparently thrilling the small crowd gathered around his tiny CES 2020 booth, was a potato.

    I almost walked right by it. But then I realized the object the young man was holding up, apparently thrilling the small crowd gathered around his tiny CES 2020 booth, was a potato.

    If the smart potato sounds like a big, stupid stunt, that’s because it is. The man behind the idea, Nicholas Baldeck from France, told me he brought his admittedly ridiculous “invention” to CES to make a point about the torrent of smart gadgets at the show, many of which don’t really solve problems at all.

    “This product has way more chance of success than 60% of the startups here,” Baldeck says. “I am skeptical of this idea of ‘connected everything.’ Now it looks like innovation is about putting a chip into any object. I’m not sure the word ‘smart’ makes more sense before the word toothbrush than the word potato.”

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Scott Stein / CNET:
    AR startup Mojo Vision shows off the first prototype of Mojo Lens, its contact lenses that display text, have an eye-controlled interface, and work in the dark — Mojo Vision’s smart contacts put text in my eye and let me see in the dark. They’re aiming for even more than that.

    A single contact lens could give your entire life a head-up display

    Mojo Vision’s smart contacts put text in my eye and let me see in the dark. They’re aiming for even more than that.

    There aren’t many meetings in Las Vegas during CES that still make my jaw drop. The few I can think of mostly involved Oculus. I had no idea what a company I’ve never met with before, called Mojo Vision, was going to show me. I knew they made very, very small displays. I knew the company was pursuing some sort of AR contact lens. They weren’t even officially a part of CES.

    At a suite at the Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas, I approached a table where a single contact lens lay in a case. This lens had some circuitry embedded in it, and at the center, there was a tiny dot. I held the lens in my hand.

    I didn’t actually get to stick this lens in my eye. Mojo wouldn’t allow it yet. Instead, I held up a transparent plastic wand with the lens mounted on it. I held it very, very close to my eye, as I stared at a projected screen in front of me.

    A smart contact lens. This is what Mojo Vision is gunning for, and it feels… well, it feels like tech that came from the year 2020.

    “We didn’t want to get overhyped and show something that was just vaporware,” says Steve Sinclair, vice president of product and marketing at Mojo Vision.

    “We’ve been hard at work creating the world’s first true smart contact lens, and by true we mean it really builds in all the capabilities of a solution that you can wear all day, and project augmented reality information to the wearer whenever you need it,” Sinclair said.

    What, exactly, is going on here? Mojo Vision, a company founded in 2017, has been in stealth for years, promising a seemingly impossible set of smart AR contact lenses. After showing off the display tech at CNET last year, this is the first time the company’s smart lenses have been revealed. Mojo Vision is still years away from its goal of a viable consumer-ready, FDA-approved version of its lens. What I’m looking at is the very first prototype demo of the Mojo Lens, a preview of the first of several steps the company wants to make before these are ready.

    These contact lenses won’t just display text; they’ll sense objects, track eye motion, have an eye-controlled interface that will access data like a smartwatch or smartglasses, and… they’ll see in the dark. They’re not just meant to give everyday people James Bond powers in their eyes; they’re really looking to assist people whose vision impairment could use help, like those with macular degeneration.

    The extremely high-density monochrome MicroLED display inside Mojo Vision’s lens feels impossibly small.

    It’s like Google Glass, but actually in my eye. CNET looked at Mojo Vision’s microscopic 14,000ppi MicroLED display last year

    “The Mojo Lens will be able to help people who have low-vision conditions, like macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, which is a type of tunnel vision, night blindness,” Sinclair said.


  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    These smart contact lenses equip your eyes with augmented reality

    So far we have seen smart contact lenses in thriller and sci-fi movies but now it is possible to own a pair of smart, AR-powered contact lenses, thanks to Mojo Vision.
    Mojo Vision, a startup based in Saratoga, California, has designed the first “true smart contact lenses” of the world with the “smallest and densest dynamic display ever made.”

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Robots Reach Out And Touch CES Attendees

    Robot makers put their new offerings on display at CES, showing how these mechanical devices interact with humans, from making pizza to reading emotions.

  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IR-Based Wireless Power Technology for Smart Grid

    Wi-Charge was at the Consumer Electronics Show to demonstrate its AirCord Technology for long-range wireless power transmission.

    Wi-Charge’s patented light-based wireless power supply technology provides a remote power solution for smart home wireless devices, supporting 24/7 operation with increased functionality. PowerPuck (R1) — a compact, long-range wireless charger for smart and IoT devices, built with Wi-Charge’s AirCord technology — is the company’s latest solution. The charger plugs into a wall outlet or screws into a lightbulb socket and powers compatible devices wirelessly from distances up to 30 feet.

    iPropertyManagement estimates that there will soon be over 26 billion IoT devices currently implemented and predicts a three-fold increase by 2025. Suppliers are trying to improve the performance and functionality of IoT devices, but limited battery life slows these efforts.

    Developing a wireless power delivery system requires years of research and study to finalize the best source to use. It is important to initially consider various sources such as magnetic fields, radio-frequency waves, ultrasound, and, of course, light. The parent company has carried out numerous studies and found that light offers the best combination of power, distance, efficiency, and safety

    Power is delivered with millimeter precision using safe, focused, and invisible rays of light. The transmitter uses the standard power supply and can cover about 25 m2, while the various receivers include a small photovoltaic cell (essentially a small solar cell) to convert the light received into abundant usable electricity.

    The R1 is slightly larger than a Nest thermostat and is easy to install in a variety of ways. For example, an Edison screw adapter makes it compatible with numerous light fixtures, and a socket adapter allows the R1 to plug directly into a standard wall outlet (Figure 3). The receivers can be as small as 0.5 × 0.5 inches and are typically embedded in the charged devices themselves. The PowerPuck was shown at CES 2020 and is slated to begin shipping in 2020.

    Wi-Charge solutions power smartphones anywhere in the office. Ceiling-mounted transmitters provide power for all devices safely placed on a table.

    Wi-Charge is showing the IR-based Wireless Power Technology for the future of IoT


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