CES 2020: The highlights
We’re all ready for the weekend after our first full week of the year back in the office but before we head out, I wanted to share my highlights from one of our favourite shows of the year: CES 2020.
We’re gutted we couldn’t be there (please someone pay me to take a work trip to Vegas) but we’ve been keeping up online all week. Here goes five of the best, most interesting and downright bizarre unveilings of the show.
Following its gorgeous ‘curve of nature’ display last year which combined over 250 of its curved OLED TVs, LG didn’t want to disappoint in 2020. So, it created the colossal ‘wave’ for 2020 which it used as the entrance to its booth. Made up of 200 55-inch LG OLED digital signage screens and measuring six metres high and 25 metres wide, the exhibit set to provide an immersive experience to attendees who were able to feel what it was like to be deep under the sea or watching the Northern Lights, amongst other natural experiences.
We’ve got a few veggies in the office so give us ALLLL of the plant-based stuff. If you’ve given up meat and really miss the taste of pork, Impossible Foods has got you covered with its launch of plant-based pork at CES, which it says has been designed to both taste and cook like real pork. Say what you want about meat replacements, but Impossible and rival, Beyond Meat, are shaking up the food technology industry in light of increasing climate change.
Probably one of the biggest surprises of the show by general consensus, is Sony’s announcement of its prototype electric car, the Vision-S. The electronics giant has no plans to mass-produce the model, instead the prototype was made to demonstrate its developments in automotive sensors and it seems like they’ve done a decent job of it. “This prototype embodies our contribution to the future of mobility,” Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said of the development.
LG’s ice balls
Because cubes are so last decade?! LG’s press conference saw it announce a Wi-Fi enabled refrigerator that makes perfectly rounded ‘craft’ ice balls in its ice box. Thought of everything haven’t they. If you’re having a party and want to use them, you’ll have to prep a few weeks in advance though – the machine can only produce up to three in 24 hours.
Can’t be bothered fetching the loo roll from across the room? Sat down and realised you’re down to the final square? How easy would life be if you didn’t have to shout your partner or housemate to get you a new one. Charmin’s ‘cute’ Rollbot has got you covered. The self-balancing robot drives itself on two wheels and can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Lovely.
So there you go, CES is over for another year. I imagine there will be a lot of tired people and robots on those planes out of Vegas this weekend. Did you manage to get to CES? Share your favourite moment with me over on Twitter @ljmoore