What to expect from CES 2019

CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 year.

This year CES 2019 is held January 8-11 at Las Vegas. So the show starts tomorrow. And some press events by some companies seem to start already today.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world’s business leaders and leading companies.  This year CES showcases more than 4,500 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more.

What to expect at CES?

Here are some of my picks what new to expect:

LG and Samsung are going to introduce 8K image resolution TV products at CES 2019. The attractiveness of 8K products is hampered not only by the high price but also by the fact that content produced with 8K accuracy is not yet widely available. LG is adding artificial intelligence to signal processing on TVs.

The most revolutionary innovations in mobile technology are expected to be 5G and foldable phone displays. Samsung, LG and Royolen expected to say something about the forthcoming fold-phone market CES. 5G technology is to be featured in several speeches, and at the fair twenty companies present 5G products and services.

For the first time last year, Google, which was impressively represented at CES, is expected to have an outperformance last year this year. I expect to see smart phones and IoT products from Google.


Here are links to some articles worth to check out to get the idea what to expect to be released at CES 2018:








  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
    Tencent previews Xiaowei, an AI voice assistant for WeChat that will integrate with Tencent’s own services and apps by third parties such as Meituan or Didi — – WeChat’s assistant can help connect users with mini apps — WeChat mini programs will focus on monetisation with ads

    Tencent Unveils a Siri-Like Digital Assistant for WeChat

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
    Intel’s Nervana, a neural network chip for inference-based workloads, will lack a standard cache hierarchy, and software will directly manage on-chip memory

    Intel details Nervana, a neural network chip for inference-based workloads (Updated)

    At a press event at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Intel announced the Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP-I), an AI chip for inference-based workloads that fits into a GPU-like form factor. It wasn’t an unexpected reveal — Intel announced it was working on a new generation of inference chip way back in 2017 — but its appearance at the press conference today made clear the company’s ambition to capture a large slice of the budding AI chip market.

    NNP-I is built on a 10-nanometer Intel process, and will include Ice Lake cores to handle general operations as well as neural network acceleration, Naveen Rao, corporate vice president and general manager of AI at Intel, said in a tweet.

    Nervana is optimized for image recognition, Intel said onstage.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Man’s $1,998 Camera Fried by Self-Driving Car Laser

    Self-driving cars widely use a technology called lidar (which stands for light detection and ranging) to “see” the world using laser pulses. These lasers are designed to be safe to human eyes, but it seems they may not always be safe for cameras. A man at CES in Las Vegas says that a car-mounted lidar permanently damaged the sensor in his new $1,998 Sony a7R II mirrorless camera.

    Ars Technica reports that Ridecell autonomous vehicle engineer Jit Ray Chowdhury had been photographing a self-driving car that was using a lidar system developed by AEye.

    He was then horrified to find that all his subsequent photos showed clear sensor damage

    Man says CES lidar’s laser was so powerful it wrecked his $1,998 camera
    Power rules ensure lasers are safe for human eyes—but not necessarily for cameras.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    With Spigen’s New Over-the-Air Charging Case, We’re One Step Closer to Truly Wireless Power Being a Reality

    For CES 2019, however, Ossia worked with accessories maker Spigen to develop the first truly wireless charging case for smartphones, and given us a more solid timeline of when the company’s wireless power tech will be available to everyone.

    As long as a user is standing within 10 to 12 feet of an Ossia wireless power transmitter, their phone will be perpetually powered. But that could be dramatically improved as today Ossia also announced a new version of its wireless technology that uses a 5.8GHz signal, instead of the 2.4GHz signal it’s relied on to date. The upgrade will increase both the range and power of its wireless power delivery


  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A Pong table managed to wow CES 2019

    Universal Space’s analog Pong table is a mindblower in a whole unexpected way. The tabletop machine goes more retro than retro by bringing Pong into the real world through the magic of magnets

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Arrow Hosts 5 emerging innovators at CES 2019

    The stars will be aligned under the Arrow + Indiegogo banner at CES 2019 – five select entrepreneurs will showcase their products with Arrow Certified Technology.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:


    BML100PI-moduuli on kooltaan 47 x 43 milliä eli se on luottokorttia pienempi. Se heijastaa halutun kuvion mille tahansa pinnalle vain 2 watin tehonkulutuksella. Pinta voi olla valaistu, pimeä, märkä tai minkä tahansa muotoinen.

    Bosch aikoo tuoda BML100PI-moduulin kaupallisesti tarjolle kesään 2020 mennessä.

    Bosch Sensortec Interactive Projection Module BML100PI – Outfit recommendation

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2018: Overview of Bosch IoT at CES

    From CES 2018, we explain the breadth and depth of Bosch in the Internet of Things. Connected mobility, connected city, connected industry, connected home and smart sensor technology make Bosch Simply.Connected.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    8K fiber-optic HDMI cables seen at CES 2019

    CEPro’s senior editor Robert Archer notes that at CES 2019, the fiber-optic cabling manufacturer FIBBR is unveiling its new 4-in-1 HDMI cable that is capable of supporting video resolutions as high as 8K.

    In addition to the introduction of the slim-profile, 7mm 4-in-1 8K HDMI cable, at CES 2019 FIBBR is also debuting its Ultra8K model for products that can accept a single input/output. The company says its new 8K-HDR fiber optic HDMI cable can support Ultra High Speed formats with up to 48Gbps of throughput.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Peraso showcases 4K wireless video at CES 2019

    Peraso Technologies Inc., a specialist in the development of mmWave technology and Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) chipsets, is set to showcase multiple wireless video products and demonstrations at CES 2019, including a commercially available wireless docking solution from Millitronic. Additionally, Peraso will be showcasing a 4K video dock utilizing its MA-USB technology to drive simultaneous 4K monitors.

    Peraso says it is the only WiGig vendor in the market that supports the MA-USB protocol, thus allowing its customers to develop high performance, low-latency solutions for the wireless video market.

    “Multi-gigabit data rates, low latency and low interference are critical advantages that make 60 GHz technology an ideal choice for Millitronic,” explains Alex Lin, President and CEO of Millitronic. “Further, our strong relationship with Peraso has enabled Millitronic to be an early vendor of WiGig-based solutions in the wireless networking marketplace.”

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft Azure drives IoT deployments

    The internet of things (IoT) is like a jigsaw puzzle—that is, a jigsaw puzzle with 7.8 billion pieces.

    Developers of IoT systems for major projects like industrial systems, smart buildings and smart cities face significant challenges keeping all the pieces in place, from provisioning, to updating software on specific devices, to managing maintenance notifications.
    For the modern-day developer, cloud-based solutions represent an essential asset for deploying and operating of IoT systems, providing essential tools for securely connecting, monitoring and managing devices. Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of this trend, with the cloud playing an essential role in IoT deployments and digital products.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    International logistics and compliance for the global OEM

    Managing inventory in different countries and international logistics can complicate the supply chain. Globalization has changed the landscape for logistics and compliance, from access to a global market for their products to unlimited manufacturing opportunities. Additionally, growing tariffs, international regulations and customs, can jeopardize launching new products or getting the parts when and where needed.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ambient intelligence requires cloud platforms with flexible AI deployment

    To build truly intelligent ambient environments, organizations are adopting cloud-based platforms that can apply artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms across all kinds of IoT deployments—spanning from the edge to the cloud.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The rise of (societal) resilience tech

    Petersen’s primary thesis is that my generation has been dumped into one of the worst moments for economic and social mobility in recent memory (global financial crisis, etc.), which has led us to massively over-optimize our lives to try to extract any value we can.

    millennials have to simultaneously hold down four gigs and make their Instagrams and LinkedIns look great lest they fail to land their next gig, all while operating under the pressure of horrific levels of student loans.

    That thesis is around wellness and resilience, but not just of the health/physical variety. It also encompasses the reliability of our products, the level of income we receive each week, whether a storm might knock out our power, and how we read the news. Modern life is complicated and also chaotic, jumping from crisis to crisis we can barely understand. The question then becomes whether there are solutions that can absorb some of that complexity and chaos to simplify and satisfy our lives.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Create | Make | Manage: With Arrow at CES 2019

    Arrow will once again have its booth set up at the world’s largest stage for technology innovation — right in the heart of Eureka Park.
    At the booth, visitors will have access to Arrow and partner experts and resources to help them create, make and manage their technology.

    Arrow engineers will be showcasing AI and IoT enabled demos from partners such as NVIDIA, Analog Devices and Silicon Labs. Visitors can chat with engineers to get help on their design challenges.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Engineering autonomy for machines

    Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 will feature at least 19 conference sessions on autonomous machines or robotics.

    Future Present

    If it still seems incredible that we should be standing at the edge of a future filled with autonomous machines doing our bidding and assisting us in jobs too difficult or tedious for consistent outcomes, then let us examine the products available today that make it possible for you to enjoy that Sunday afternoon hamburger.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A proactive component sourcing strategy is critical to a company’s long-term success

    All it takes is one missing component to put the brakes on manufacturing. Whether a company is heading to market with their first electronic device or is a well-established brand with multiple products, not being able to ship on time can hurt the bottom line.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame
    The Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    In 2019, We’ll Have Taxis Without Drivers—or Steering Wheels

    A coming milestone in the automobile world is the widespread rollout of Level 4 autonomy, where the car drives itself without supervision. Waymo, the company spun out of Google’s self-driving car research, said it would start a commercial Level 4 taxi service by late 2018, although that hadn’t happened as of press time. And GM Cruise, in San Francisco, is committed to do the same in 2019, using a Chevrolet Bolt that has neither a steering wheel nor pedals.

    These cars wouldn’t work in all conditions and regions—that’s why they’re on rung 4 and not rung 5 of the autonomy ladder.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Self-driving car drove me from California to New York, claims ex-Uber engineer

    Trip by Anthony Levandowski, controversial engineer involved in Uber-Waymo lawsuit, would be longest without human taking over

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2019 Digital Health Trends: Three ‘Invisible’ Technologies that Monitor the Heart

    When I saw a crowd forming at the entryway of the Sands Hall Convention Center on Wednesday, Day 3 of the Consumer Electronics Show, I started to guess what was causing the attendee traffic jam.

    Robot demo? VR headset? Car simulator? Celebrity sighting?

    Nope. Just…a guy resting on a bed.

    A few feet from the entrance, we all watched a multi-sensor device tracking the man-on-a-mattress. The CES attendee’s respiratory rate displayed – somewhat hypnotically – on a nearby screen.

    The demonstration, from a company called Miku, was one of many digital health applications

    Companies like 3M, Aetna, BlueSmart Technology Corp., Humetrix, InBody, Living in Digital Times, Philips, and SleepScore Labs are using a variety of technologies to monitor everything from your mood to your physical state.

    Many health-monitoring products featured at CES this week have small form factors – the kind you can place in a car seat, wear on your wrist, or not wear at all.

    “We’re trying to make these types of technologies invisible to the consumer,”

    Here are three digital health products that stood out to me for their invisibility. So in a sense, for not standing out much at all.

    1) Miku Baby Monitor

    2) Olea Sensor Networks: OleaVision and Quadcorder™️

    3) Omron Healthcare: HeartGuide

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2019: Taiwan Becoming Tech Gateway To Asia

    There is no shortage of innovation in Southeast Asia, but as Dr. Lewis Chen, Managing Director of Taiwan Tech Arena explains, it takes a unique blend to be truly successful. By focusing intensely on solving real problems, leveraging homegrown engineering and technology expertise, and collaborating globally using Accelerators to overcome cultural challenges, Taiwan is setting itself up to be the technological gateway to Asia.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2019: Taiwan Wins 8 Innovation Awards – Find Out Why

    Taiwan is open for business! At this year’s CES, Taiwan entered 44 startup teams and came away with 8 CES Innovation Awards. Yu-Chin Hsu, Deputy Minister of Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), explains how Taiwan built upon a 30-year foundation in semiconductor hardware to become a hub of innovation and global collaboration in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, cyber security & software, advanced manufacturing, wearable devices, and healthcare.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    All Roads Led to CES for the Latest Vehicle Tech

    Plenty of new automotive innovations, from thermal imaging to a robotic suitcase, were on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, drawing lots of traffic among the attendees.

    15 Factors that May Be Delaying Self-Driving Cars

    From lack of confidence in safety to job loss, Lou Frenzel breaks down the main questions that continue to swirl around, and ultimately hinder, the autonomous vehicle’s commercial progress.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES: Smart cities and the challenge of securing the neighborhood
    In our final report from CES we take a look at smart city initiatives

    This year at CES there was an entire section devoted to smart city initiatives municipalities are rolling out in many cities around the world, or planning to. As we noted in our look at automotive security and IoT security previously, the technologies surrounding transportation are converging; so too are the technologies that make cities work. From automated street lights that change color to alert you of a hazard, to centrally-planned dynamic traffic flows and car-to-car communication, cities will change rapidly. But how they will manage these changes is another story.

    Stage one is the deployment of sensors that passively assess traffic flows, pedestrian traffic and potential hazards. Shortly thereafter, cities will deploy more active measures, such as controlling traffic lights and entire systems based on holistic input from the swarms of sensors.

    One of the hotspots (literally) will be city lamp posts, especially if they are connected electrically. This will be the focus of considerable attention, as they are a perfect platform for Wi-Fi, temperature and other ambient condition sensors, and hence, potential hosts for super-high-speed, ubiquitous, wireless connectivity. Want to get a feel for what’s happening across the whole landscape? Fire up a mesh of a bazillion sensors on the lamp posts and start getting a better picture. All this without significant development and acquisition of land.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Newsmakers at CES 2019

    These high-tech innovators seek to transform healthcare or self care.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    7 Innovations from CES 2019 That Will Make the World Better

    We take a look at some of the standout innovations from CES 2019 that will have a positive impact on our daily lives, and the larger world.

    It’s not easy finding the best gadgets among the 2.76-million square feet of event space of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). There’s nothing wrong with entertainment. But what about the products that could have a truly positive impact on consumers’ day-to-day lives or even have a larger global impact?

    Great innovation can come in many forms. From wearable medical devices, to educational products, to AI-equipped mobility devices, we took a look at some of the standout, innovative products looking to make the world better.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Qualcomm Expands Chip Lineup Targeting Car Dashboards

    NXP Semiconductors, the world’s largest maker of automotive chips, has had to change course after Qualcomm’s $44 billion merger bid fell through last year. Qualcomm, the largest supplier of mobile phone chips, is also having to go it alone in the automotive business. The San Diego, California-based company is focusing on the parts of the vehicle that are functioning more and more like smartphones.

    At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company introduced its latest line of chips targeting the car’s central console. The chips can be installed in infotainment systems that allow drivers to download driving direction with voice commands or passengers to reply to messages that pop up on the dashboard display. Qualcomm also wants to give customers the ability to replace traditional gauges with digital instrument clusters.

    NXP Semiconductors, the world’s largest maker of automotive chips, has had to change course after Qualcomm’s $44 billion merger bid fell through last year. Qualcomm, the largest supplier of mobile phone chips, is also having to go it alone in the automotive business. The San Diego, California-based company is focusing on the parts of the vehicle that are functioning more and more like smartphones.

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “Elevate” Walking Car Concept Debuts at CES 2019

    A concept vehicle with “legs” provides a new version of mobility—it can move over objects and terrain that would otherwise be impossible for a conventional vehicle.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
    Hands-on with Nike’s $350 Bluetooth-enabled Adapt BB shoe with automated power-lacing, which will allow basketball players to change shoe tightness via an app

    Nike’s auto-laced future
    Nike’s Adapt BB shoe has utility for pros, but is also a lens into a connected future

    Why does the world need a self-lacing shoe?

    Haven’t you heard of Velcro?

    How will you tie your shoes when the Wi-Fi is down?

    That’s the gist of the instant response I got when I mentioned the new Adapt BB, a shoe from Nike with, yes, powered laces that tighten to a wearer’s foot automatically. The shoe is an evolution of the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, which is itself a commercialization of the Air Mag — a self-lacing vanity project that realized the self-lacing shoes mocked up for Back to the Future II.

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Best CES 2019 Smart Home Tech: 25 Awesome Gadgets

    CES 2019 was amazing! I walked through miles of new tech to put together this ultimate CES smart home round up for you.

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Coolest Tech You Didn’t See At CES 2019!

    The Best CES Ever — CES 2019 [4K]

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Newsmakers at CES 2019

    These high-tech innovators seek to transform healthcare or self care.

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Vizio exec: we’d have to charge a premium on “dumb” TVs to make up for the money we’ll lose by not spying on you

  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Fisker solid-state battery promises 500-mile range, 1-minute charging

    Solid-state batteries represent the holy grail for automakers as they promise a driving range for electric cars comparable to internal combustion models, along with charging times that could match the speed of filling a gas tank.

    first public appearance of Fisker’s EMotion electric sedan due in 2019.

    The high range of solid-state batteries is made possible due to the extra energy density compared to the current lithium-ion batteries. Specifically, Fisker’s design is claimed to have 2.5 times the energy density of current battery technology. But solid-state batteries also enable quicker charging

    Solid-state batteries are already used in some small devices but building them on the scale that automotive production requires isn’t possible yet. The batteries also suffer from low rate capability and poor performance in cold temperatures. However, Fisker’s Vice President of Battery Systems, Fabio Albano, said the company is working to address these issues.

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google and NXP advance artificial intelligence with the Edge TPU

    At CES, the Google AIY team shared how it’s advancing AI at the edge with the new Edge TPU chip, integrated with an NXP i.MX8 processor.

  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

    7 Innovations from CES 2019 That Will Make the World Better

    We take a look at some of the standout innovations from CES 2019 that will have a positive impact on our daily lives, and the larger world.

  38. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The craziest Samsung TV ever! CES 2019

    Checking out the new Samsung TVs at CES 2019! What do you think of that 98in Samsung QLED 8K?!


  39. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NI’s Jeff Phillips takes a look at the automotive side of CES and why there’s still a big focus on L1/L2 autonomy alongside visions of full self-driving.

    Automotive Industry Changes at CES

    Perhaps Full Autonomy Is Not the Ultimate Goal

    One of the biggest changes between CES 2018 and CES 2019 was company positions on autonomy. There’s a small-but-prevalent belief that active safety features can decrease accidents and injuries enough to not warrant additional investment in full autonomy. In fact, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report cited impressive traffic improvements linked to vehicles equipped with active safety systems:

    40% reduction in rear-end collisions
    14% reduction in lane-change crashes
    11% reduction in single-vehicle, side-swipe, and head-on crashes

    As these L1/L2 ADAS become more commonplace, we could see this trend continue. Toyota showcased progress toward their Chauffer and Guardian modes—Chauffer, a fully autonomous mode in which the driver can sit back and relax, and Guardian, designed to amplify human control. Their demonstration used an interesting fighter-jet analogy wherein a low-level control system translated the pilot’s stick movements to instruct the plane.

  40. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2019: Are 8K displays and AI realistic for consumers?

    The “8K” (resolution) tagline was apparently everywhere at CES this year

    Given that bit of historical background, you can imagine my even greater skepticism at the more recent “4K” trend, which to this day remains woefully deficient from a compelling-content-availability standpoint. But undeterred, the display technology suppliers and their television and computer monitor partners are further plunging down the path of ever-higher pixel counts and densities. In large part, this ongoing evolution is occurring out of necessity: as a given-size (and -pixel-dense) display becomes a low profit margin commodity, manufacturers need to continually “up-rev” one or both key consumer-attention-grabbing parameters (along with less quantifiable attributes like image quality) in order to remain profitable … assuming they can continue to stimulate sufficient-sized consumer demand in the process.

    The wall-sized displays shown in recent years at CES are, in my opinion, quite ridiculous, at least for the masses

    LG is determinedly plunging onward toward the goal of cost-effective large-screen OLEDs, while at the same time striving to minimize color shifts and other historical OLED shortcoming

    The company’s “rollable” display shown this year neatly showcased the technology’s inherent flexibility while also addressing the question of how to hide a gargantuan display when it’s not in use.

    Artificial intelligence

    I admittedly have no shortage of angst with the current (and unfortunately burgeoning) popularity of usage of the term artificial intelligence (AI). My reason why is neatly summarized in Wikipedia’s definition for “intelligence”:

    Intelligence has been defined in many ways, including: the capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, reasoning, planning, creativity, and problem solving. More generally, it can be described as the ability to perceive or infer information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context.

    I daresay I have yet to come across a supposedly AI-capable piece of equipment that can adaptively extrapolate and thereby exhibit effective problem-solving capabilities in usage scenarios straying even modestly beyond its prior training boundaries.

    That all being said, the ability for a sufficiently trained deep learning (my preferred term for the current technology form, although you’ll find plenty of Medium-published tomes pontificating to the contrary) system to pattern-match images, sound samples, computer viruses, network hacking attempts, and the like is both impressive and effective.

  41. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CES 2019: The state of autonomous vehicles and 5G

    Wireless communications

    Speaking of wireless networks, how’s 5G coming along? Slowly, to put it succinctly, though you might not suspect this from the abundance of hype in evidence at the show from Huawei, Intel, Qualcomm, and others (just wait for Mobile World Congress!). In the U.S., Verizon has done a limited rollout of what it’s calling “5G Home” in four cities, but the qualifiers are critical:
    Non-standards-compliant, and
    Fixed-location (i.e. intended for broadband Internet service to a residence or business), not mobile

    Likely due at least in part to the non-standards-compliant aspect (I’m guessing its hardware partners are now focusing their ongoing development energy on standards-based products), the company has subsequently admitted that it won’t be expanding its “5G Home” footprint any time soon. D-Link showed off a (presumably standards-compliant) 5G router at the show, albeit with nebulous availability and nonexistent pricing.

    And then there’s AT&T, who also doesn’t have much mobile network coverage to tout at the moment


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