All the coolest gadgets at CES 2019, Day 3 (The 3:59, Ep. 507)
Hello world, welcome to the CNET stage once again.
Coming to you live from CS 2019 in Las Vegas.
We're over in Tech West at the Sands Expo Center and we're gonna run through day three of the world's largest tech show.
We're doing that with a special extended edition of our 3:59 News podcast.
I'm here with Roger Chang and Ben Fox Rubin.
This is near the end.
All right, so let's start off with fresh news from Samsung's unpacked announcement.
Just two hours ago, Samsung sent out the invites for an event next month, and obviously, teased the Galaxy S10, the next flagship phone, but really what I'm more interested in is seeing this foldable phone.
We've been talking about foldable phones for awhile now Samsung have a really obscured look at that phone at the Samsung Developer Conference a few months back.
They dimmed the lights and made it really hard to see.
Here it is, it exists.
Don't look at it, it's right there, there it is.
You can barely see it, it's in the dark, it's in the shadows.
In the shadow.
So how much more are we expecting to see of it at the unpacked events?
So we're not expecting it to launch at the event but I think we're gonna get a clear view, at least with lights on hopefully.
But I think they wanna I keep the focus on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, that line up first.
I know they don't want to cannibalize their sales of their core phone, but they want to offer, I'm guessing they want to offer a little bit of a teaser on this Infinity Flex Display device.
Does Samsung usually make this kind of announcement at CES?
I mean, CES isn't really known as a [UNKNOWN] so this seems a little, I don't know, off kilter to me.
There's been a couple phone, or a little bit more phone news than usual this year.
But, I would say Samsung's had a relatively quiet show, and what better way to steal all the CS attention than to tease the next big phone.
Apple did this a couple years back, several years back.
They had teased an invite for an Apple event the last day of CES and it was for the Verizon iPhone and all of a sudden it just sucked the air out of the show.
Well, we're talking about it so I guess it worked.
I mean, Samsung also had some other news too, right?
They've been talking about all sorts of things from the beginning, so like robots and what not.
They had the four different robots that they were talking about where you could kind of bring them into your house.
There was the healthcare robot and the air purifier robot, but that kinda got me-
Mm-hm, we're seeing it right now.
Here's a picture from their announcement.
That kinda had me thinking about, okay, with Samsung versus all those other guys, who do you guys think actually, quote unquote, won the show?
Who really won the day among all these major tech players?
I guess I'll go first.
I would say I know that Google had a huge presence this show.
Amazon Alexa was everywhere.
I'm going to put in a vote for Apple.
They've kind of had a rough bit of a stretch.
Apple's not even here, but I felt like they stole the show during the media, the biggest day for CES.
Basically, through their partners, right?
Samsung Announcing partnership with their TVs, and iTunes integration with Air Play, and LG and Visio.
They had a number of these companies talk about Apple at the show without Apple being there.
Apple had a really big ad that was on the building.
Not to mention the ad.
That's a bit of a dark horse candidate, what do you think about that?
There's the ad right now, what happens on your iphone stays on your iphone.
And they started the buzz before the show even started.
People were flying in and seeing the ad.
But I don't really agree that they won the show, that's for sure.
Okay, so who do you think won?
It's gotta be Google, I mean, what other company makes a ride for you to go on?
You win automatically-
And, okay, on the tech side of things, they helped, I mean, here's a video of the ride.
It's like A Disney small world experince with a song ad everything and [UNKNOWN]
No one outside CS will be able to get into that ride.
I don't care [CROSSTALK]
You don't, maybe in the future it will go somewhere.
They're not gonna waste that.
That is brilliant engineering But I will say this.
I will say this, aside from the adorableness of it, and how quaint it is, they were also talking about real tech, too.
With being able to translate conversations with their new service.
with a Google assistant.
I mean, having a little tablet on your desk and talking to someone in a different language and getting real time translation, that's useful.
That is the future world we want to live in.
So I say, Google won.
Okay, I'm going to go with Amazon because if all you need to do is build a bigger booth [LAUGH]
And make a ride on it to win the show, then, okay, way to go, Google, you can with the crown.
But I think it's taken for granted a little bit that Amazon has been at this show for three years running.
They had dozens and dozens of partner announcements.
I'm gonna run through a couple right now, related to the KitchenAid smart oven that works with Alexa.
Lenovo two in one tablet.
Infotainment system with Ford, [UNKNOWN] smart glasses.
I mean, they were all over the show to the point that maybe you didn't even realize.
It's kind of like you're swimming in-
It's just constant background noise.
You're swimming in Alexa [CROSSTALK]
Aamazon, Amazon, Amazon.
Does Amazon need to make a ride?
Well hell, I sure hope they do next year, but I would probably give them the crown for this one.
But Google definitely did a very strong running, I would say.
Well, all right, this is the, I guess we're one day three.
And so I think when you start to wind down toward the end you get to a point where some of the more quirky things start coming out of the woodwork.
Out of yesterday, what were some of your favorite things?
I'll start because I actually have two.
So I was walking through the Las Vegas Convention Center yesterday, and I would use the word awe inspiring to describe the LG the waterfall displays.
There was a persistent crowd there, that were just constantly watching this thing, and absolutely stunned by it.
You see in the video we're showing, this is like Like just blanketing a whole entire hallway.
Yeah, and it doesn't really do it justice.
It is really far more impressive in person.
I saw it and the obnoxious thing is because it's right at the entrance to the convention Center.
There's a constant crowd there.
It's hard to get into the actual hall.
Well, it's like a tunnel you walk through.
Yeah, but it is pretty amazing to see, even though no one's-
They had a canyon last and it was a similar kind of awe experience [UNKNOWN] My god, televisions are so amazing.
But I'll say, that was amazing except it's not something anyone would ever buy.
All right, you had it.
You had to second [UNKNOWN].
Yeah, really, really quickly I would say also there's a $30,000 Lamborghini massage chair.
Yeah, something everyone would buy.
Again with the [INAUDIBLE].
Thinking about the average Joe, I love it.
What about you guys?
A massage chair, my gosh, okay.
Roger, you go.
[INAUDIBLE] The Hynose sleep mask.
Snoring is clearly a problem in our household.
We're constantly tired and the snoring is pretty bad.
This thing is $169, it's a combination Sleep mask with almost a like a snorkel type thing.
You see the video now.
It's got an accelerator.
It actually vibrates the mask to kind of get you to move in different positions
Does that look comfortable to you?
I mean just look at Vanessa She's got it over her nose.
You know how tired I get?
I will slip you anything at this point.
But if you snore it kinda squeezes you.
It does squeeze you.
Do you want to be no-squeezed at night?
I'll get into it if me and my wife sleep in silence.
That's the kind of sacrifice I wanna make.
I'm gonna go with something that isn't necessarily weird or quirky, but actually could change lives.
There's something I checked out yesterday, it is an ultrasound machine that is the first handheld whole body ultrasound scanning device that you just hook up to an iPhone.
For those who don't know because usually-
[LAUGH] We're having video for it now for being able to check it out on the show floor.
For those don't know because you can usually only see my face, I'm pregnant right now so ultrasounds, I know a thing or two about ultrasounds [LAUGH], and
When I checked this out, this was amazing, because normally, these are huge machines.
And what they're trying to do is make it more accessible to anyone to just be able to hook it up to a phone, hook it up to a tablet.
Get a real time call with a doctor, which is what he's doing now, he's scanning his heart.
Is connected with real time with the doctor who's saying go left, go right, the doctors getting the feed.
They're working on software where, let's say you're in a remote area where someone's not trained to do an ultrasound.
The machine can be like bing, bing, bing you got it right.
Now, let's send that file to someone who's an expert.
If you have an at-risk pregnancy, you can't get to the doctor cuz you live far away.
If you're in a place where you can't afford all this stuff, you don't need attachments.
This can do every part of the body, and normally you need specialized equipment.
$2000 right now, FDA cleared For a nurse or doctor to use.
But that's what's so brilliant about the software, having that doctor be able to talk to you.
Working on that software so that if someone's not an expert, they can at least send that file to someone who is.
So for me, this is a big game-changer in technology.
They just started launching it in October.
Wow your favorite thing is pretty impressive.
Yeah, your thing is way more serious than our thing.
I don't get to often see ultrasounds of people's hearts like at CES.
I was like can you take an ultrasound of my baby and they were They were like you know what we're not going to expose you, we're not your doctor for an unnecessary reason.
And I'm like I get it, I get it, you know because it would just be like, you know for a total stunt.
But, never the less, it was, I, I liked what they had to say about it.
We do have another guest up next.
So Ring has a new front door camera.
CNET's Megan Willerton got to check it out, and after we check it out we're gonna talk to Ring CEO.
So check this out.
This is the door view cam, it is Ring's new 109 Ninty nine dollars smart door bell.
Brihng already has a lot of smart door bells but you might notice something a little different about this one, it's mounted to the center of the door so unlike their other products which are designed to replace traditional existing hardwired doorbell on the side of your door, on your door frames or next to your door This one is designed to replace your peephole.
So it doesn't completely replace your peephole.
There's still a spot here where you can look through the back of your door and see who's there physically while you're standing there.
But it also has a built-in camera just like its other models.
So if someone comes up, they press the button.
It's also motion activated.
Someone isn't actually pressing the button but motion is detected then you actually get a push alert on your phone that says someone is at your front door, then you can pull it up and just like rings, other buzzers, you can talk to the person, tell him to go away, tell him to leave the package under your front door mat, anything like that just like the other models, but the idea with this is that it is less Expensive installation.
So it's designed more for apartment dwellers, or anyone who doesn't wanna deal with electrical wiring, or messing up their door frames.
So again, this is Ring's new Door View Cam, it's 199 bucks, and it will be available later this year.
Joining us now is Ring CEO and Founder, Jamie Siminoff.
He's here to talk about the future of Ring and show off the new peephole replacement camera.
Welcome, thanks for coming by.
Thanks for having me.
Alright, so let's check this out.
Here she is.
I think one of the fun things about this is that we didn't go all technology.
It is replacing your peephole.
You know will be able to see and talk to anyone who's at your front door from anywhere.
But we actually kept the peephole in there so you can still look through if you go to the door, you could actually still look through the peephole.
So you could actually still kind of go down-
And do the look through the peephole which again versus putting a screen on it which I think here is one of those things, just slap a screen on anything.
But using the actual people I think it's still easier, so you have the functionality of the tech side, but also marrying it with sort of the old side that worked.
Now if you turn it to the side a little bit, I do have a question.
I am in an apartment Where I do not own anything, and I do not want to destroy my landlord's door, so do I have to drill a little bit of a bigger hole for the peep-hole?
How would I install this?
You don't, we built it to the smallest sort of dimension of what a normal peep-hole or door viewer would be.
So it'll fit any of those.
And then also, it kind of sandwiches on the door so you're not putting any screws in the door, you're not drilling.
So it is absolutely 100% made for rental units where you're going to then put the old thing back when you leave, and you're good to go.
And how does that?
How's the power?
Is it just a battery do you have to plug it in or something?
So it is, this is the inside side and there's a removable battery pack, it's our recharable battery pack.
You just take it out put it back in, lasts four to six months, and so really easy, battery packs inside, so it's kinda easy to charge and deal with.
If it's not charged I can still see through it though?
And if it's not charging you can still see through it, which again is a great thing for tech because sometimes you forgot to charge it regardless of how.
It could last five years on the battery, but we'll forget at some point, and so it still works.
So one of the things I'm interested about in this is that Ring is generally known for video doorbells that are external facing
But they're going, they're looking outside.
So were customers asking for this kind of product?
Were people interested in doing something like this for their apartments?
Yeah, so my email's on every box, and I got a lot of feedback from people saying, I moved.
From a house to an apartment and I still want that sense of security, that peace of mind.
Once you start to be able to see and talk to who's at your front door and you're getting motion alerts when someone's at your front door.
When you get used to that, you don't want it to go away regardless of where you are.
And I think even, and this is something we didn't realize early on is even apartment buildings that have a security door and then your doors are the second security door That one is not really that secure, if you're walking into the apartment building and a stranger comes in.
What do you do?
Hold the door open for them, cuz you don't want to be rude.
And so those security doors, there's strangers and random people in those buildings.
And I think that's something we missed early on that people that live in these environments, that door to their apartment is still the Sort of the secure door.
Yeah, I know the easiest way to get into my apartment is just ring the doorbell and just say Amazon.
Doesn't matter who you are.
Just say Amazon, they'll buzz you in.
All right, I'm coming to visit.
So, you had some other announcements at the show too.
I think some lighting related motion sensors.
Why don't we run through that too.
Yeah, so smart lighting.
We've learned that lights turning on and off Can give presence, which our mission is to reduce crime in neighborhoods.
And so we came out with a whole, eight different products in the smart lighting outdoor category.
So now people can build a smart outdoor lighting environment which just didn't exist before.
There's a lot of indoor smart lighting, but no one had built it for outdoor.
And then we added some stuff to our ring alarm like a smoke CO detector, flood free sensor for your pipes, and a panic button.
And how much is that, just going back to the doorbell, I'm really interested.
How much is this thing?
And when's it available?
It'll be available a little bit later this year.
So, going back Talking about your mission related to making neighborhoods safer, what's it been like doing that with Amazon?
You guys were required last year, what was it, in April?
Talk a bit about that partnership, what it's been like to really operate within one of the biggest tech organizations there is in the world, and how maybe that's helped your mission.
Yeah, so we're really fortunate.
Amazon is a very, they are a missionary company.
They allow for a lot of autonomy, they're a company that's actually rooted in invention from sort of Jeff down.
And they've really supported our mission.
And that was one of the key things when we were looking at where do we go, do we go public, or what do we do.
And when Amazon came is They really believed in the mission, they believed in what we were doing and safer neighborhoods, and they have helped invest in that,they've helped with the foundation of Amazon, like the different pieces there.
And they've really enhanced our business and we call our customers neighbors.
They've really allowed us to deliver a better experience to our neighbors.
I'm sure they have an interest in making sure the packages that they deliver have some sort of security for anyone who is having issues with their packages right.
Yeah I mean that's like the but you'd actually be surprised at Amazon and this is really from Jeff and the sort of key team there, how long they think out and that they really did believe that a safer neighborhood is a good thing.
Like, and big business just overall.
And so they really did buy into sort of the bigger thing.
Not the tactical sort of pieces.
For 2019, what else should we expect from you guys?
Give us the whole roadmap.
[LAUGH] Now that we've got you on stage.
Cuz that's what we usually do [LAUGH] Yeah, we did launch 13 different products this week.
So we're just like going to maybe breathe for like the next week or two.
And then we'll launch a lot of others.
I mean what you'll see from Ring, you're gonna see us stay very focused on the neighborhood security, invention around neighborhood security.
We'll be partnering in areas like door locks, where we think that people are doing a great job already We'll be building new things like smart outdoor lighting where it doesn't exist and where we think it can affect the mission.
But we'll stay in that sort of security guide post and I think you'll see lots of great stuff from us this year, but it will stay in that sort of area.
Yeah that sounds great.
Well Jamie thank you appreciate it.
Thanks for coming by and showing it off.