The annual Consumer Electronics Show is always a bevy of new gadgets, both great and weird. This year is no different. Here are ten of the gadgets and concepts that caught our eyes this year.
Gaming laptops, with high-powered hot-running guts and the giant fans necessary to keep them cool, are always going to be big. , with its 17-inch screen, Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, and room for 64 GB of DDR RAM weighs in at a hefty ten pounds. But with its free-standing kickstand-based design (not unlike that of Microsoft's Surface Pro), the Mothership should prove a bit more portable than your typical clamshell design, and certainly more desk-friendly since its relatively small footprint means less room to clear. This behemoth's price is yet to be released but you can bet it won't be cheap. If you're a traveling gamer, though, it might be worth it.
Karaoke can get a bad rap. Not everyone is into singing in front of a bar full of strangers. Fortunately, can help make it a more personal experience.
Part party speaker, part table, part karaoke machine, the big black box puts your typical Bluetooth speaker to shame. While it's not waterproof, it does have rubber flaps over its most sensitive parts to protect from inevitable spills and a big ol' battery to get it through as many as 13 hours of play, whether or not you decide to plug a microphone in and turn on the karaoke mode.
Pop Sockets, those expandable discs you can stick on the back of your phone to give you a more secure grip, are fantastic. But they come with a flaw: Because they don't collapse down to be completely flat, your phone will wobble a bit if you set it down on the table.
No more! , made in partnership with Otterbox, comes with a little divot that allows your center-mounted Pop Socket to be completely flush with the case when it collapses. The downside is that your phone will be a little thicker, potentially enough to interfere with wireless charging, but that extra girth will also protect your phone in case of a drop. They're coming soon, but just for iPhones to start.
While plenty of tech companies are preoccupied with making cars drive themselves, Hyundai took some time out at this year's CES to imagine how we might redesign vehicles entirely.
The Hyundai Elevate (a concept with no full-scale prototype) imagines a vehicle with independent robotic legs, each one terminating in an independent wheel. This design would theoretically let such a vehicle do things like crouch on a staircase to pick up wheelchair-bound passengers or climb over wreckage after a natural disaster. And while there's no guarantee that this vehicle will ever be made (it probably won't be), Hyundai also can't help but imagine how it might even be useful on Mars.
Between and , 2018 was a bad year for air quality. If fires continue at the rate they've been going in the United States, that situation is unlikely to change.
R-PUR's Nano Mask is an upgrade from your typical disposable filter, with a comfortable, even stylish outer mask that can light up green or red depending on the air quality while a disposable filter on the inside does the dirty work. Currently available in Europe for 170 euros (roughly $200), with replacement filters that cost roughly $90, it's not a cheap proposition, and for now, are a far better cost proposition. But if air quality is going to be an increasingly common problem, we might want to get to work on some smarter masks.
Wireless charging is handy enough on your desk or nightstand, but the Targus Mobile VIP+ backpack shows how it could really shine on the go with a special pocket that's designed to wirelessly charge your phone. Of course, that charger needs a battery of its own, and so the pocket's charging cradle has to be attached to a battery in the bag with an old-fashioned cable. The result, however, is that you'll be able to pick up a quick charge without having to fumble for a cable while your rush to catch your flight or train.
As laptops get smaller and thinner, they also . Dell's Alienware Area-51m laptop bucks the trend. Practically a desktop computer in a laptop's body, the Area-51m sports a desktop-grade GPU and CPU and is designed to be upgradable by the end user, just the way a desktop computer would be. It's no surprise that a gaming laptop is leading this charge, and considering the $2,600 starting price tag, it's a niche product. But repairability is terrific and important, so here's to hoping the trend will trickle down.
Withings has been taking an alternate route through smartwatch mania for years by releasing watches that are smart enough to handle things like fitness tracking without going so far as having an actual screen. This year, Withings is taking that premise a step further with its new Move watch that has ECG capabilities just like the Apple Watch. What it doesn't have? Well, the screen, but also the sky-high price. The new Move retails for a mere $130 compared to the the $400 starting price of the Apple Watch Series 4. And for some of us, the lack of a computer screen is not a downside. It's a bonus.
Lora Dicarlo's Osé pleasure wand made a whole bunch of headlines at this CES when the show's organizers bestowed and then revoked an innovation award after deciding the sex toy for women was somehow "immoral" (despite ). It's a shame, because the Osé is a legitimately innovative piece of tech, relying on microrobotics to emulate the movements and sensations of an actual human partner instead of relying on mere vibration. The subject of eight patents covering its robotics and biomimicry, it's a step forward not just in sex toys but in making technology that feels more human.
Anyone who's plugged a laptop into a desktop monitor knows how terrific it can be to have some extra screen real-estate, but setting up a monitor can be a nightmare of daisy-chained wires and crawling around in search of outlets. At this year's CES, we caught a glimpse of a better possible future with various USB-powered portable screens like the Faytech Lapscreen, and
Through the glory of USB Type-C, which can carry both power and video signals, these squares of screen turn into second monitors with just one connecting wire. There are some downsides for the convenience, like a resolution that's limited to 1920 x 1080. Faytech's 12.5-inch Lapscreen at a price of $200, and LG's 27-inch offering is just a prototype for now.