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CES 2019 Day 4 Takeaways: Innovative Technology Startups At CES

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Coresight Research

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The Coresight Research team is in Las Vegas this week for CES 2019 (formerly, the Consumer Electronics Show). This year’s event features over 4,400 exhibiting companies, including standout startups alongside established companies. Here are some of the more notable startups that we saw on day four:

  • Udelv, a self-driving delivery startup, announced that it was partnering with Walmart to pilot an autonomous grocery delivery service.
  • ForwardX debuted a self-driving suitcase that follows you on its own. The suitcase, called Ovis, is equipped with sensors to identify you – as opposed to someone else passing by – and to avoid obstacles along the way.
  • Gillette partnered with Formlabs – a Boston startup that specializes in 3D printing technology – to personalize and 3D print razor handles.

1. Udelv, a self-driving delivery startup, announced that it would partner with Walmart to pilot an autonomous grocery delivery service. The California-based company also said it would partner with Chinese company Baidu to pilot its autonomous driving open platform, Apollo 3.5. Udelv has been using its fleet of autonomous delivery vehicles to test grocery delivery in various food markets. The company said it has completed 1,2000 deliveries and hopes to deliver up to 100 autonomous vans in 2019.

Custom-made delivery van by Udelv for Walmart to fulfil grocery online orders
Source: Walmart

2. ForwardX debuted a self-driving suitcase called the Ovis that follows you. The suitcase is equipped with sensors to identify you – as opposed to someone else passing by – and to avoid obstacles along the way. The company said the suitcase will be available on Amazon for $800 in the second half of the year.

ForwardX’s Ovis self-driving suitcase
Source: ForwardX

3. Gillette (parent company Procter & Gamble), announced it would partner with Formlabs – a Boston startup that specializes in 3D printing technology – to personalize and 3D print razor handles. Gillette showcased the new pilot concept at CES. Gillette customers can order personalized 3D printed razors and choose from 48 designs, seven colors, priced between $19 and $45. Razor handles will be printed using stereolithography, a type of 3D printing technology provided by Formlabs.

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