10 life-changing things I learned at CES 2019

My face and my poop are wrong, and I'm going to be eaten alive by ants.

Mark Serrels
Mark Serrels is an award-winning Senior Editorial Director focused on all things culture. He covers TV, movies, anime, video games and whatever weird things are happening on the internet. He especially likes to write about the hardships of being a parent in the age of memes, Minecraft and Fortnite. Definitely don't follow him on Twitter.
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1 of 11 Chris Monroe/CNET

CES 2019, you have much to teach me

We're coming to the tail end of CES 2019 and, as a first timer at the show, I had much to learn here.

I wish to share that knowledge -- some of which I wish I could unlearn. It's been a magical journey, with many peaks and troughs. 

Come with me as I explain the 10 things I learned at CES 2019.

2 of 11 CNET

I'm old and I'm gonna fall over and die

I'm already planning for old age. I do a lot of squats, so I'll be less likely to take a tumble in old my age -- and therefore less likely to fall over in my garden and be eaten alive by ants.

CES has taught me different. According to smart device makers here, I will fall over in my garden and, unless I'm wearing some sort of smart belt or smart watch or smart underpants, I absolutely will be eaten alive by ants.


3 of 11 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

I've been brushing my teeth wrong for 34 years

Before I came to CES, I took my kid to the dentist. That dentist gave me an absolute shellacking for the state of my child's teeth. I had taught that poor kid some pretty terrible teeth-brushing skills. No biggie. They're just baby teeth. Let them melt with decay, see if I care. Right?

But yeah, that professional encounter did low-key force me to re-evaluate what I know about brushing teeth. Thank goodness there are smart toothbrushes at CES designed to re-educate me or bypass my ignorance altogether.

4 of 11 Mark Serrels/CNET

The VR movement problem can be fixed with roller skates

Look, we haven't figured it out yet. We have no idea how to move in virtual reality. Might as well strap on some roller skates called "Cyber Shoes," sit on a chair and make a complete buffoon of yourself in public at CES. 

Or how about you stand on a strange disc called a 3dRudder and fight off chronic motion sickness while navigating a 3D space in the most unnatural way possible?

Brilliant. We're solving problems here at CES in the year 2019.

5 of 11 PurrSong

People want a text message when their cats poop

Not all cat people are weird, but let's just say there's a subset of human beings who will buy the Lavviebot. They will buy it, and they will use it to its fullest capability. They will certainly enjoy the convenience of a self-cleaning kitty litter box. 

An app will then ask if they want to opt-in to a service that notifies them when their cat has pooped, and they will tick "yes" to that box.

2019 is an interesting year to be a member of the human race.

6 of 11 Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Smart toilets can evaluate my poop and I'm OK with that

As soon as we started making smart household devices, the countdown was on. I knew this would happen. I knew this would go from the parody pages of The Onion to reality, and I knew it would happen fast. 

I've been mentally preparing for smart toilets for years because it was obvious. So obvious that we would want a smart toilet to dissect our poop. So obvious that the data would be sent to doctors to pore over. I'm cool with it. 

Maybe this Kohler toilet will help me achieve my lifelong goal of a consistent number three on the Bristol Stool Chart.

Don't let your dreams be dreams.

7 of 11 Savvy Smart Mirror

My skin is haggard and dry

Today I was getting professionally made up before going on the CNET stage, and the makeup lady told me I had "nice" skin. I am not being dramatic when I say I have absolutely been waiting my whole life for someone to acknowledge my glowing complexion.

But wait. That warm feeling in my tummy after getting a lovely compliment from the kind makeup lady? It would get obliterated by the smart mirror analyzing my face with cold precision and pushing all the products I need to buy to fix it. 

Look I'm old and haggard and every cell in my body is dying. I GET IT. Just be like the nice makeup lady. Tell me lies. Tell me sweet, sweet lies.

8 of 11 Chris Monroe / CNET

Hupnos is about to save my marriage

I'll be honest, my wife snores. For the last 12 years I've been solving that problem by gently jabbing her in the ribs. At one point, she suggested I wake her up with kisses.

I think I'd rather just, uh ... spend loads of money on a Hupnos smart sleep mask that knows when you are snoring and then fixes you.

Honey, I have a great gift idea for our next anniversary.

9 of 11 Monit

Baby tech is made by people who don’t have babies

I've got two boys. I've changed my fair share of nappies. I've smelt my fair share of nappies. If you can't tell whether your kid has done a poop without using some sort of bizarre smart device, you've got problems. Poopy problems.

Look, there are a few use case scenarios here. Maybe you can't smell? Maybe you're too lazy to do the sneaky poop peak parents do when they suspect their child has squeezed one out on the fly. I dunno. This seems insane. 

I want one.

10 of 11 Angela Lang/CNET

Cars can walk now. Great.

We designed cars because we got sick of walking. Now we're making cars... walk? Meet the Hyundai Elevate.

I mean "walk" is probably a stretch. This is more like the thing cars do in cartoon video games when you push the "jump" button. 

Make this thing street legal. This is some Mad Max: Fury Road shit. MEDIOCRE!

(Actually, this is kind of interesting and focused on helping people during emergency rescues after earthquakes or tsunamis, so I feel a little bad for dissing it. Can you tell?) 

11 of 11 Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

The smart assistant battles will outlast the heat death of the universe

The Earth will turn to ash. The sun will swallow us whole. Our consciousness will become legion, and we will travel across the endless void as star dust. The universe will contract to the size of a pinpoint. And the last being alive, whether it be made of flesh or metal, will die a painful death screaming... "Alexa."

Or "Hey Google."

Not sure which yet.

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