All the cool gadgets of CES 2019: Day 2 (The 3:59, Ep. 506)
Hello world, and welcome to C net 359 show, coming to you live from day two of CES 2019 in Las Vegas.
We're stationed here at the Sans expo center area known as tech list.
We're ready to kickoff another day of this massive tech show, and what better way to start our day with the special extended edition of our 359 show.
So I'm here with Roger Chang, and Benfrox Rowen So let's get to a quick overview of the hottest CES news so far.
And to start, I would say Google has been taking everyone here for a ride, literally.
No kidding, yeah.
Probably one of the hottest attractions, we can actually say attractions-
It is an attraction.
At CES is the Ride.
The Google, The Ride, that's what they call it It is a lot like Disney's A Small World.
It's not a roller coaster, which is what we thought it would be.
No, we're showing it right now.
I would say an attraction aficionado would call this a dark ride.
A dark ride.
There you go.
This is a slow moving ride with animatronics and music
And it's all about, like, a day in the life of a dad trying to get, you know, a birthday cake and trying to wrangle his kids.
Exactly, and it really culminates into the dad going out to a French baker who speaks French and, of course, pulls up The Google Interpreter Mode and gets his French translation.
But before that he has to get rerouted.
He has to use Google for all sorts of things to help him get ready.
And to Google's credit, they were very self-aware about this.
They kinda introduced it saying this is part ride, part marketing stuff.
Let's be honest with ourselves.
So it was It's entertaining, funny, and lines for this are huge.
This is probably the biggest track.
You're making a face, Ben, why are you making a face?
How are they gonna one-up this next year?
They had this giant booth last year, where they really made a big splash in 2018 For 2019 they have a ride.
I mean like, this thing is pretty impressive but what are they supposed to do next year?
You do realize how much money Google makes, right?
They've got a lot of smart people probably thinking about next year's [UNKNOWN]
All right, hold on, they've just made anothe billion dollars, so.
You guys know I'm a Disney nut.
And I gotta say, in the little Twittersphere of those of us who are really into rides and stuff, this is
Fascinating because this is the 1964 World's fair concept.
The concept of getting an international audience together to talk about a product that's branded, through a moving vehicle.
That's what Small World started as.
It was sponsored by UNICEF and Pepsi.
Google has done another twist.
It does look a little more like Pixar cuz it's modernized.
Yeah, the aesthetics are very, I can see it.
With the Googley look.
But you have the song, it's really cute, you're teaching something.
In fact, a lot of the Disney nerd fans are like, why isn't this at Epcot?
Because it has that feel like.
I can see it really is about the future right?
What can future technology be?
And here you see they're like French baker he's going through everything in different language.
And all of a sudden use Google the new translation ability and boom you get to order the cake and at the very end you go see grandma.
It's just really cute and there's a song.
There is a song people I don't see.
I know, I know.
Delightful, I can't wait to write this when I was.
Seen amateur get part write it on the video.
I'm like, I have to be there today, so I will find a way.
Maybe they'll find somewhere to put it.
I mean, you're making such a good argument for having it be permanent somewhere.
Just take it, lift it, and put it in [UNKNOWN], there you go.
Yeah, or the middle of Time Square or whatever.
Maybe just stays in the parking lot of the LVCC forever.
I wouldn't mind.
At this point, it's probably going that long for me to get through the line to actually ride this thing, so.
Well I know what I'm doing for the rest of the day, is waiting in that line, so, yeah.
part of it was also related to this news about the translation service, right?
So Google interpreter mode, is the new service that they unveiled here at CES.
It is coming to devices soon, I think it's in early beta mode.
But you can actually see it Caesar's Palace.
At the concierge desk.
They've got an interpret mode right there.
We've been able to test it out.
It works well with common phrases, and maybe I guess some uncommon ones.
But it's, you know, at least for a concierge desk, in terms of asking for Rush hour recommendations or where to go to the bathroom.
Where's the best Elvis impersonastor.
Ike it's actually pretty effective.
This is definitely a step up from the earlier Google Translate service that they offered initially for assistant.
Yeah I think that it continues its promise from Google that it's gonna help yuo aggregate all the world's knowledge.
I remember during one of their presentations they had these Pixel buds.
Which also worked almost like a babel fish or whatever that they would be able to translate different languages.
So I would certainly be-
Except it didn't work that well.
That's the thing is that in trying to get to that promise, maybe they're over promising a little too much.
But this seems to work with 27 different languages.
And obviously Google Translate does a whole lot so it is interesting to see Google continue to push.
To do this kind of thing.
And definitely, you probably could speak to this [UNKNOWN] bot, in the system world, this is one of those potential killer wraps, getting translation services to work well, really get you to think about Google system in a different way.
That's a very, very good point, especially because Google has this strength far more than Amazon does.
I'm sure Amazon has translation software, but it's not like an app that a lot of people use.
It's not baked into your browser the same way, so I think if Google sees an opportunity to really leverage this, then maybe more people will switch over to Google assistant, but we'll see.
It's part of that future that we all kind of think about, right?
Never having to worry, just stop talking to someone.
It's pretty cool.
And with that and the ride, I would say Google's not the only one with a sweet ride.
I think a lot of future transportation talk was abuzz yesterday.
Have you seen the helicopter?
Get the long promise of flying cars.
They don't look like the flying cars that we were promised.
Weren't flying cars supposed to be just like a car with two booster packs on the side.
I actually did like the Back to the Future DeLorean, it will fly away.
Just like a wing that pops out.
Well this is pretty sweet.
This is pretty amazing though.
And the interesting thing here is Bell Nexus is up for a contract with Uber
I asked one of the potential vendors to provider an air taxi.
That future air taxi concept that Uber was pushing.
So maybe we will ride one of these things through Uber one day.
You think so?
I mean I'm a little just a [UNKNOWN] skeptical-
This is something military.
That this is ever going to happen.
It looks cool.
It looks really futuristic.
I mean if inside, yeah.
If you really you think this is Just going to hit the mass market?
I don't know.
I'm skeptical as well.
But I really really want this to happen, because I hate fighting through traffic.
And anything that can get me out of traffic, I'm down for.
You've just got to fight through flying car traffic.
You can go up or down though.
George Jetson was in traffic all the time.
That's what has to show us.
How about that motorcycle that can drive itself?
Self-driving motorcycles seem so dangerous.
Yeah, that just seems wrong.
It's a concept for BMW.
But see yes, it's full of concepts.
And so if you go to their area in the parking lot, this motorcycle is just driving around on its own.
It's not meant to be something that would be a product.
It's just showing they have the smarts to do it, and to be able to learn With machine learning, and it's kind of take that to another step that a consumer could use.
But, man, like I feel very Terminator 3 right now.
Actually I was getting kind of like Transformers vibes from that for some reason.
There you go.
Yeah That thing's going to like turn out and become your friend?
No, it's going to flip into a robot and kill us all.
Yeah, yeah, it can be our go action coffee [INAUDIBLE]
That thing is going to kill us for sure.
It is a deceptacon, not an odd car.
Again, another example of something that will almost certain will never hit the mass market.
Yeah I don't know, maybe I'm being a little too,
Down on self driving cars.
And there are other times discussed cars here right.
I believe there was a Mercedes Benz concept called [FOREIGN] [CROSSTALK]
Yeah that one was pretty interesting.
It's really futursitic looking and the road show team actually tested ot out on the street.
The idea there is that it's modular.
So you can either, it can be a people mover or it can be like a transporter of staff.
You just kind of swap out different parts.
I think we're pulling up a video of it now.
But yeah, it really looks futuristic.
Yeah, that one looks pretty cool, it's almost like-
And they had to shut down the streets to show this off.
See, that's the thing with self-driving cars, it's still such early technology that
It's still not quite yet ready for market and I don't know, we'll see what ends up happening with this one.
Yeah I mean, it's Mercedes so of course it looks really nice, but yeah.
Again, it's gonna take a while before any one of us is actually gonna try this on our own.
A real world environment right.
Apparently this fits 12 people too, like fairly comfortably so.
Yeah, it looks really cool.
I like the nice little leather coach there, it's a nice touch.
Well also, there's plenty of ways to have fun at CES without having future cars.
There's a lot of workout stuff I've noticed, like boxing related things.
More than one even.
One was like the Box Bot?
I think you saw that, right?
Is this smart boxing training equipment.
You can see it in the screen now.
It's this moving punching bag essentially.
And she looks in way better shape than I am.
I could not do this.
I look tired just looking at this.
Megan got a chance to try it out.
It's smart enough to move.
It can duck.
It can dodge.
It can tell you.
It can scan your stance and it can tell you where you're moving, when you should be moving forward, back.
It's actually really cool.
And actually, I guess, it gives you a pretty decent idea of how to be a better boxer or.
Yeah, look at her go.
[LAUGH] She's awesome.
But, but here's the but, it's $19,000.
And it looks like a pretty massive setup.
That's gotta be only for one gym, professional boxing gym.
This is probably coming to gyms, or someone who is really, really, really rich.
Well, there was also that kind of boxing service that felt like Peloton for boxing too.
So, yeah there's a movement to see how can robotics kinda be incorporated in a work out.
More my speed was another thing you got to check out, the chess board.
Yes, this is definitely more my speed.
I got tired of looking at the boxer.
There was a tennis simulation right behind it, I was like no.
I want to see if I can't do this.
Okay, so this right here is a square off chess board.
It's one of the coolest things I saw at the show.
It basically, I mean, it's fairly simple, right?
We can see the chess pieces moving on their own.
You can play against an AI with 20 levels of difficulty.
Or you can play, more interestingly, you can play remotely against someone.
Who's using an app outside.
They use their app, on their phone, and the chess pieces will move in real life.
Replicate the moves from the app.
And in a show that's so big and so flashy, it's kinda nice to see this kinda quiet thing.
It was tucked in a booth, back here in Tech West, way in back.
I could barely find it, it's so small.
Well, they are coming to the stage later, so I can't wait to check it out.
Yeah, it is also surprising that that, too, is $19,000.
That's closer to 450, 469.
Okay, that's still more than I anticipated, but I would probably use that product.
That sounds pretty cool.
And that set Grandmaster set you just saw there.
The coolest feature, I thought, you hit the reset button and all the pieces move back into place by themselves.
That's pretty cool.
I was like, whoa.
Yeah, it's very Harry Potter-esque.
You see those pieces move.
There are little robotic arms underneath the board.
and magnets that basically pull them all together.
So I was cool.>> Were you playing the computer or someone else when you were doing the demo?
I playing the AI, but between an app or you can actually access players or challenge players on chess.com.>> Mm hmm.>> And then they can play via their browser and it controls the board.
So, yeah, it's, again, one of the coolest things I saw at the show.
Yeah, for sure.
Well, I don't know if you guys have any other cool things you wanna highlight.
For me, I was excited to hear that the Ubtech Walker was back.
Last year, the Walker had no arms.
It was just a robotic body with legs that was kicking soccer balls around and going up and down stairs.
And now, This guy looks like a full-on butler, and he can get you snacks.
I mean, that's all I really want in life.
This is what Honda Asimov is trying to be.
And here UBTech has done it.
And in this demo with Andrew here, they were going around.
He was getting different things for him.
Even doing a few dances because you know
Nice>> if you're going to have a robot that costs as much as a car probably, you might as well have a dance party or two.>> Look at that with Pringles.
That does look a lot like [UNKNOWN] for sure.
That one's by Sony or-
No, that was Honda and they abandoned that project.
And there he goes dancing there.
But with this one, they even are working on their own speech recognition technology.
And they have other robots too which What we were saying, so they have other robots for like when you're going shopping and stuff and being able to interact with consumers and that's like coming to America sometime, and also at airports for customer service, but that actual humanoid one Is good enough to be in someone's home if they need assistance and that's the goal.
And it also will be able to understand your voice commands.
And that is the market right, the home.
How much would one of these things be or did they not talk about that.
Last year, they were like, expect to pay as much as a car, but we're not gonna say and they still aren't saying.
[LAUGH] Depends on what kind of car I guess.
So we are in a stage it's so early for the idea of a companion robot.>> Yeah.>> Something that could actually help someone with living assistance in the house.
We've seen the cute little fuzzy doggies.>> Yelp.>> Well not fuzzy but they're cute.
[LAUGHTER] And we've seen all sorts of little birds that go around.
You know like I want a companion pet.
But this is actually the first one I've seen that could actually be a helper in the house.
Well for me it's, I'm a mobile guy and I know this isn't really a show for phones but the honor of View 20 was one of the highlights that I saw as a, it was out a couple of months ago in China but we got a chance to see it here in the US for the first time.
6.4 inch display.
It has one of those O notch cutouts.
It's not like in the notch in the top.
It's a little O on the side for the selfie cam.
Which Samsung kind of teased at the developer conference a few months ago.
But Honor, which is owned by Huawei.
Actually got out first.
And it's got 48 megapixel 3D camera, which is insane.
Really I jut like the way it looks.
Look at the aesthetics.
It's so shiny!
It's super shiny!
I guess I'm fooled by shiny objects.
[SOUND] But yeah.
I guess I would say the impossible burger 2.0.
Wait, the impossible burger?
Yeah well look.
I haven't tried it yet, but it definitely sounded like it was significantly better and not only that.
Explain to anyone who doesn't know what an impossible burger is.
Okay the impossible burger is like a veggie burger but it is meant to simulate meat as much as possible.
Apparently our own Joanie Salsman tried it out and was grossed out by it, it tasted so much like meat.
I have some video of it here.
For official context, she's vegetarian, so she basically said that it felt so real that it grossed her out.
Well it bleeds, right?
It has a little of it, or so they say, it has a little bit of that juiciness.
And I've had 1.0, the original one, and it didn't It didn't taste like beef to me.
I had it earlier this week and I was not impressed.
You're like, no this is not a hamburger.
But everyone seems to rave about this new one.
Well at the CS we always do a burger run, I think we're gonna have to add this to our taste test.
Yeah, unless it's White Castle, I'm not eating at White Castle, sorry.