It was my first time at the event, which was expected to see over 170,000 attendees. I saw much I wanted to see, and some I wish I could unsee.
Click through for 10 things I learned at the biggest tech convention in the world.
I need idiot-proof luggage
So, funny story. I'm an idiot. My carry-on suitcase got stolen at LAX airport as I was en route to Las Vegas for CES -- because I stupidly left it unattended. (For slightly less than a minute. Not long, but still dumb.)
So you can imagine my surprise when I found Ovis, the suitcase that follows you. It has five AI-equipped cameras which track you. You wear a wristband that vibrates if you get too many steps ahead of the Ovis, which it responds to by following the vibration sounds.
Ovis, you're smarter than me.
Folding screens aren't just for phones
TCL is now in the phone game, wowing with a prototyping 5G folding phone. It would join the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Motorola Razr in the growing class of folding phones.
And then there's the Royole, a company that's putting folding screens on almost anything. Like this $900 smart speaker.
Robots will soon save us from toilet trouble
In the future, robots will deliver toilet paper to your bathroom at the click of a button.
And the future, guys and gals, is now. Charmin's Rollbot is a bear-faced robot that connects to your phone (as with almost everything at CES) and delivers toilet paper to you if you find out too late that you've run out.
It's not clear how the bear-faced robot, which has no arms, hands or thumbs, is able to wrangle a fresh roll out from the cupboard under the stairs and open the locked toilet door to bring the roll right to you, but they're presumably problems for CES 2021 and beyond.
Taking two minutes to brush your teeth is for suckers
Think your toothbrush doesn't need any more tech? Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong.
A lot of technology is designed to make you hate yourself
There's a formula I noticed with a lot of health and lifestyle tech at CES:
Sell user product.
Use product to make user hate themselves.
Partner with another company to sell user a solution to their newfound self hatred.
I saw this from a few startups which shan't be named -- and which are unlikely to find funding -- and also from tech giant LG.
Its ThinQ Fit prototype smart mirror assesses your body type and recommends you clothing, which you can pick to buy in a subsequent window, which fits. Using it gives the impression that not only do you (I) need to lose some weight, but also dress better.
Screw you, LG ThinQ Fit. You're not my father.
Sex tech matters
After a storm of controversy surrounding a rescinded award last year, sex tech is allowed at CES in 2020.
Using it, it made me realise how much more exciting portable gaming is than cloud-based gaming, like Google Stadia. That's because Stadia and xCloud, Microsoft's competing service, feel like they'll probably take a while, maybe years and years, to deliver on their promises.