CES 2019 Day 2: Five Cool Things You Need to Know
The Coresight Research team is attending CES 2019 (formerly, the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this week. On day two, we saw even more cool stuff. These are the hottest takeaways from the second day:
- Still waiting for 4K TV? 8K TV is already on the way!
- Soon, your TV will give you advice on what to watch.
- LG has a stunning new OLED TV that rolls up into its enclosure.
- Panasonic showed off groundbreaking electric bicycles and the connectivity in an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
- Samsung launched a robot that monitors your health.
1. Still waiting for 4K TV? Now, 8K TV is coming!
Several major electronics companies (including LG, TCL and Samsung) announced ultra-high definition TVs with 8K resolution (which offer four times the number of pixels of a 4K TV). This resolution is especially suitable for larger screens (55” and larger.) An interesting development, but could be a while before you can enjoy the full 8K experience, given that 4K content is available through only a small number of broadcasters — and requires a high-speed Internet connection of at least 25 Mbps.
2. You ask your TV to assist you in finding programs to watch.
We’re seeing AI slowly but surely make its way into the TV remote. With more streaming services, old-fashioned on-screen TV-guide like listings are becoming obsolete. Soon, viewers will navigate everything by voice — even asking “what should I watch?”
3. LG rolled out a stunning new OLED TV that rolls up into its enclosure.
LG demonstrated the Signature R rollable TV, which uses rollable organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. When not being watched, the TV can roll up about halfway into its rectangular enclosure, leaving a status display, or disappear completely into the enclosure, freeing up space.
4. Panasonic demonstrated groundbreaking electric bicycles and the connectivity in an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Panasonic’s broad technology portfolio enables it to be the leader in airline in-flight entertainment systems, and its capabilities extent to mobile communications. The company demonstrated the communications infrastructure it is providing in an electrically assisted bicycle (made by Van Dessel) and an electric motorcycle (made by Harley-Davidson.) The company is taking preorders and the Harley retails at $29,799.
5. Samsung launched a robot that monitors your health.
Samsung launched an AI companion robot called Bot Care that responds to voice commands and is able to monitor a human’s health, including vital signs (blood pressure, pulse and heart rate), medication intake, sleep cycles – and can even call for help in an emergency. The robot is targeted as a companion for the elderly.