Hello everybody and welcome to the CNet Live Stage, yet again, here at CEF 2019 and this is the big show, this is the top 10 product Of CES 2019 and we're gonna bring them to you.
I'm Brian Cooley, with Scott Stein, and for the next few minutes we're gonna be showing you the ten products that have impressed CNET editors at what is the largest consumer technology show over the last almost full week.
So you ready to do this?
I don't know [LAUGH].
[LAUGH] And thank you for joining us.
We'll see, we are ready to go.
CES is a state of mind that extends throughout the year.
Don't say that.
Not really over.
Now you're scaring me.
Let's start with the big one.
As you mentioned earlier, Scott, backstage, you gotta start a CES show with TVs.
It's the biggest thing here in so many Forms of the word.
Our favorite pick was the OLEDR with the R standing for Rollable OLED.
And this is like, if you haven't seen this, this is a highly exposed product by this point, but if you haven't seen it, we liked it because it does take the very best picture technology available in the world right now, and combine it with the most innovative way of making a TV go away.
And this is not, this is using bendable, curved display technology.
But not in a way that you would observe when it's fully unfurled.
You don't actually see it rolled up.
No, you see it just to help it tuck away.
So it's a different application, but it just shows the way you could design spaces.
I think that's what fascinates me about it is not so much the cool sci-fi convenience of it.
But this does it mean you design a room differently.
Maybe you have all windows you put a TV there or maybe in the future you can have a hotel room designed differently or a cruise ship or who knows your office is.
And I think that's where it shows.
Bendable, curvable screens are going to change architecture and design.
I like what- it's rolled down state enables, like you're saying.
Sure, I can always have a screen sitting up in my living room.
I got that already, near my wall or on my wall.
I like the fact that it can go away.
And what is there then to have a convertible set of modes in a room while also giving up nothing in terms of size or quality.
I still don't know what happens when you lay out like coffee and snacks on it and then somebody launches the TV to go up.
Woosh and then [INAUDIBLE]
An unfortunate surprise right?
Depends It depends which way the cup tips into the TV or not.
Thank you moment.
Pricing is unknown and it's just supposed to shift by years then that's a pretty big window at the the top of the year, David cathmayer, will be talking with me, in about 20 minutes, we are doing our tv wrap up show, at 1:30 pacific i'm gonna pigeon hole him on a price, he got a prediction, we'll find out what Cath's logic is.
there he is right there.
Here, on the LG all OLED-R.
Okay, Car Tech, you and I are kind of going to go back and forth on this.
I rolled my eyes and you think it's a good roll of the dice.
This is kind of a hybrid thing.
Is this even car tech?
This is a little bit of something else.
Audi's holo ride which is their partnership with Disney.
You think it's a VR experience.
I think it is.
I've looked at a lot of-
Location based VR, the void down the hall and a lot of other things and this is mapping the car's motion
To A Marvel ride, where you're getting in the car and you feel like you're suddenly transported and the movements are timed to everything so that it, it creates the extra visceral feeling and apparently doesn't really make you throw up.
I guess I got stuck on the creative tha tthey offered here.
She is not gonna be happy about that.
Now look at her, that doesn't make any sense.
You're offering a 6 year old's VR experience to a surly teenager.
This is just, I guess the presentation threw me and I also feel it's very limited in terms of the idea that you're always going to have to utilize this, have your content be basically road travelesque Content too because it takes the vehicle's motion and maps that onto the, I guess it's not game play, but it's reality play.
Yes, when it doesn't work, if it even glitches a little bit, you're going to have a really rough ride.
You're going to vomit everywhere.
Yes, so that's a problem and also there is the point of When people ride in cars, especially lone and in an Uber you're not necessarily gonna wanna blindfold yourself.
So there's a concern there as far as who that's designed for.
I don't know if you're going on a hypergalactic trip or you feel like you need to zone out for two hours, right?
It's not immediately.
Usually it's a ten-minute ride, but I think this is exploring.
Again, there's a lot of stuff going on here.
I think it's not just the vehicle entertainment But maybe it's a testbed for, we talked about ARN cars, ways in which you can sort of begin to seamlessly blend the environment through screens and everything else.
Maybe there's an exploration of that in a way we don't really think about That's what you did, the number one sort of automotive trend and automotive was so big but if I have to pick 1 trend on automotive that was really interesting, it wasn't connectivity, it wasn't autonomy, it was the idea of exploring how we turn the car into a media landscape, this is a The very ambitious one, Intel and Warner Brothers was another one.
What's happening with way raise, head up display using AR and holographic laser projection.
There's more going on here on automotive mediascape.
Than I've ever seen before.>> Yeah.
That's kind of what you're saying.
It is, it's experiments, it's also like a theme park ride.
Who knows, but it's a really-
[UNKNOWN] [LAUGH], Interesting experiment.
It's incredible, all right, let's go.
This is a category we don't always have every year.
But it's best, beauty tech is what we call this, and this is Procter & Gamble's Opte Precision Skincare System.
Now this is a wand of sorts with an optical reader and a little inkjet head, if you want to look at it that way, all rolled into one.
The reader, in real time gets a reading of whatever little skin abnormalities you have we all have them.
And then in real time at the same time it sprays out Micro-droplets of makeup that are mapped exactly of what just scanned for like adapted pinpoint makeup application and it could also I think in the future used for surface medications too.
It could, or even for temporary tattoo type stuff, you could.
If you want to come up with creative designs.
That would be huge.
It'd be huge.
Yeah, you go and sit in the mall and get that done.
Right, find my imperfections on my face and turn them into a tattoo, like make that mole a one-eyed pirate.
Abstract surrealist art.
So I think obviously, Claire was excited by being a magic makeup one that really worked on all skin pigments, we'll see.
I think there's still working on how that works.
But as a quick on a future of cosmetic tech is, [INAUDIBLE] say.
Maybe it means you don't have to worry about spending a long time doing, [INAUDIBLE] you can do that, scan it, touch up for media, or whatever.
We just came out of makeup, the two of us.
Sitting up here on stage, right?
And we just came out of the 19th century.
We love Phyllis.
I want CROSSTALK]
Phyllis a tremendous, I mean look how beautiful we look.
I don't want a magic wand to replace her.
That's Phyllis Bond, ladies and gentlemen.
Yeah, no one replaces her.
We're like a Halloween display without Phyllis, but then->> Yeah.
She makes us beautiful.
But She's dealing with technology that's literally 19th Century techniques.
Of little pots of ground up elements in greasy substrates that you smear on the face.
This is Shakespeare theater stuff.
It totally is.
It reminds me of doing high school drama and stuff.
The grease paint.
And maybe we don't always have Phyllis.
We're lucky to have her here, but you're doing something somewhere else.
And now that we're doing a lot of instant broadcasts on On phones.
So a quick way to do touchup.
[SOUND] Just run it over your face.
And so, yeah, I gotta say I came around to that one.
All right, smart home technology.
We had a lot of smart home here.
By volume, I think smart home was the largest category at the show this year.
And frankly It has been for a couple of years, more products from more makers in terms of individual item level.
And out all of those, the one that our smart home team thought the most interesting was the kitchen aid smart display.
This is a Google Assistant product.
With a screen like app which is the trend.
I'm loving it cuz it's like [UNKNOWN] to Google Assistant product at this point [UNKNOWN] we've all become Google Assistant products at the show.
Let me try it, hey, Scott, what's the weather gonna be?
[LAUGH] It works.
I got a laugh at ya.
I'm still processing.
So the idea here, is it is a KitchenAid branded display within the reference framework of what Google is doing with Lenovo and others to have a Google Assistant with a screen, tablet sized.
It is not a phone, it is not a tablet, it's a voice device.
They say it'll cost 2 to $300 when it does launch.
I guess a little later on this year.
I think they are leaning a little bit hard on their kitchen aid-ness And it also has integration with Yummly recipe database.
Which a few products here this year had.
As opposed to you just kind of randomly Googling by voice, hey Google find me a good recipe for whatever, quiche.
This is going to dial into a Yummly database that has been optimized to be presented well on this screen step-by-step.
When I think even just as much as a year ago, we were wondering what will smart displays really be like, what'll they be used for.
And I think that it's a sign that we've really crossed over to, They are very functional, they are very enticing.
I think for a lot of people they may be more appealing than the tablet.
So years ago you though about like propping an iPad up-
In your kitchen and those days are gone.
And so I think you are at the point where now it's picking which one But I think that they're a really practical tool, if you get one.
But I don't know, I think [CROSSTALK] kitchen.
This is where these smart displays have really found their home, is in the kitchen.
Most people have speakers around their house.
But in their kitchen, they have the display, because of the cooking.
[UNKNOWN] first and foremost, it really does help when you wanna do cooking steps and learn techniques.
Now, speaking of that Google Assistant avenue of technology, our best AI product is a category we cooked up for Google Assistant 2019 upgrade, not a new device but two new upgrades that came out from the product.
So there's an interpreter mode, you turn me onto this, this is really interesting.
So you can basically translate [UNKNOWN] 27 different languages On the Fly and we've seen little hints of this with Google before I certainly would translate.
Yeah pixel buds had done some translation.
This is built into Google home speakers and the smart screen so you get text and audio and be able to instantly translate so that like yeah Hitchhiker's Guide dream of or any science fiction film being able to communicate across languages.
Is basically here and has been here but it's gonna be made even more efficient through devices like this.
Visual and oral it looks like.
It gives you both a read out of the translation and also a verbal conversation to translation.
Take this out 10 or 15 years, maybe 20, do we end language learning?
And it's all a machine based feature, not a skill that we learned for years in school.
Do I ever learn French or Chinese again?
You might not.
I mean why would I unless I'm really going to be a student of the language or a literary person but otherwise for functional travel, for business or vacations Why would I?
It's like Autocorrect except in a different way because you can learn new languages.
I also wonder whether they're gonna be speaking languages we know in 10 or 15 years honestly.
If you're at the point with eye tracking and other stuff where you're just looking at things and saying green, light, or mumbling, there's gonna be a lot of shifts in how we do things.
Yeah, cuz eye tracking does all the prefiltering and then Nuance can do the final
Last bit of the execution.
Sure, let's hope we're speaking at least one language.
That's my goal.
[LAUGH] Yes, it would just be gestures and hopefully they're not obscene ones.
And also Google added a feature called Connect, allowing the Google assistant technology to connect to a lot more devices.
I didn't see a whole lot on this.
I'm I'm kinda behind on this.
Did you read much about it?
You know I haven't seen it in person, but I think it's necesarry because-
It's kind of an invisable technology.
There's not a lot to see.
I think it's still it's a pretty weird process when you try to get things set up and you gotta get to the point where this stuff's gonna work better be ready for you.
This for very simple little devices as we're seeing here.
Almost like little tiles or buttons or things like that.
That don't even have a display to Programmed on, to make them very customized.
It's like a hub within a hub, you end up with, you need some way to make smaller stuff work.
And we're still at this point where, I know you're from wearable tech, you have a lot of different apps and conduits, and it's super annoying.
So the more you can leave that landscape, and have the stuff just work
Yes, I think that's what we need for people to actually want to use it and to not make it a project.
Google's in the right position to do that, Google or Amazon, let's face it.
Because they are rapidly, it's not a topic that's in our list today.
But and if I was to have a category called Top
Emerging dominant tech it would be the Google and Amazon duo has really started to pull away from the pack of the other voice technologies, the other three major ones, Siri, Bixby, Cortana.
It really became clear everyone's integrating Amazon and Google, never just one, both of them all the time now and not much else.
Samsung of course is off doing Samsung and Bixby but no one else Not no one, but not many other companies said we're adding Bixby support.
It's coming down from Samsung as opposed to coming up from all the partners who are clambering for it.
You love this one of course, the best emerging technology categories this week is, the Matrix PowerWatch 2.
Right, this is something I saw for CES, I kept thinking about it all through CES.
Despite all the stuff that I looked at.
Stuck in your craw?
It's stuck in my craw and I'm seeing elements of it emerge in other ways at the show.
We have a lot of connected gadgets, you're looking at a watch or a matrix is made, a body heat powered watch in the past, their new watch is solar and thermal to get features like heart rate, GPS, they say this is gonna be reflective color screen Like a Fitbit.
Will it be the best fitness tracker?
You know there's a lot of other competition out there.
But this company is using this as a test bed.
To be clear their a thermal electrics company and their making also a station that's looking to collect ambient heat gradient differentials in the air.
Just pull it out, store it in a substance, store it as heat, release it as a low electrical conduit to power Bluetooth sensors.
See the idea is that your [UNKNOWN] stuff, whether a place, a farm, wherever it is, this whole sensor is collecting data, temperature, smoke detectors.
Do they need a lot of power?
They may need a lot when things are getting more efficient.
Will be self powered.
I just start from Smart Home.
As the [UNKNOWN] brings their power needs dow and this ambient temperature harvesting creates an electrical source that keeps getting more efficient, they meet.
Now we talked about those RF remote charging controllers.
Wireless air charging.
RF is an interesting element, solar is an intersting element.
Vibration, kinetic Thermal gradients companies like that are working across the territories there's a light switch here that uses your I think it's over here that you can touch and it powers enough to complete the circuit.
Yeah just enough.
I think we're gonna see more and more of that and whetehr it shows up in a watch whether it shows up in who knows what.
You just seem to find ways to charge stuff better.
I don't want to deal with all those chargers and I think companies are working on it.
And it doesn't run on cold so there is that.
I think it uses energy that's out there.
Or it usually comes from cold.
We got a couple of mahcines up here on the desk but the first one that we're gonna look is a little sliver of a thing.
The Acer Swift 7.
Now you never know these are two laptops cuz it looks like-
You think it's one with an extra layer.
Two different species.
This is the Swift 7.
Swift 7 is so, I almost feel like I'm gonna cut myself on it.
It's so thin and sharp.
I mean you can kind of get a look at this.
We have a close-up camera but you can get a pretty good idea that this guy is It's like 2, it's 1.9 pounds.
Two knife edges put together on a hinge.
That's got a 7th gen, now an 8th gen until Core I7, 8500y, so it's kinda like the new Macbook Air.
It's that Macbook Air territory.
Look at that, it goes away.
I can actually, I can actually Make it disappear almost.
You almost don't see it.
That's pretty cool.
It starts at $1700 so.
The keyboard was really nice.
Yeah, the keyboard's nice.
The screen bezel is really small.
Just if you're craving
Right, this is the cool super-thin laptop for the show.
This is it.
This is it for the show.
A thin laptop.
If you like a laptop that's the size of a printer.
Now let's go the other way.
Then you've got this flatbed monster.
What are we looking at?
This is the Alienware Area-51m.
Boy is it.
So, this is a desktop in laptop form.
Yeah, this is the one you loved the other day.
The gaming beast.
[LAUGH] I love it as a CS idea.
I wouldn't want one of these in my home.
Unless someone lent it to me, like a friend said, play it for a night.
Do we know the weight, any idea?
Or do I just guess?
I'm not sure, guess.
[LAUGH] I'm gonna guess.
Okay, I have a cat that weighs ten pounds, this is a little bit less.
I'm gonna guess 7.7 pounds Yeah?
Or eight, I mean, it's that heavy.
This is crazy.
It's eight pounds, that was pretty good.
You're a circus attraction, that's amazing.
We should do guess the weight of gadgets.
Open the lid, what's the thing look like when it's opened up?
So this flips up, and inside your replaceable desktop
Components, that's the appeal of this.
Is that you're dealing with desktops-
It's not just desktop power, but it's desktop modularity.
[INAUDIBLE] The desktop PC components and modularity.
Wow, this is basically the smallest desktop you could ever make.
I'm hiding behind it.
The clockable Core A9, 9900 HK, GForce RDX 2080.
It needs one thing though, it's missing one feature.
There we go.
Ships the 3rd week of January, starts at about-
Now it's got every feature it needs.
Okay, there we go.
Cool sticker not included.
That's a complete machine.
There you go.
It lit up when I put the sticker on there.
Look at that.
It's happy, it's happy.
Lots of cooling vents.
But that's our wildest, what is the power of a PC.
There you go.
There it is.
What's the power of a good orthopedic surgeon to fix your shoulder?
You carry it?
It's back to when I had a toddler.
Health deck, which we're exploring right now with our strained joints.
I'm Ron Tartguide.
This was a product of Cage, a full production, not new, totally.
We saw it for two previous CES shows.
But they were on a relentless march to get this thing to market and they were right on schedule.
They said we're going to bring it in at a few hundred dollars, it's 500 dollars list, and we're going to bring it in for CES 2019 and it's going to be FDA cleared, ready to go.
The first mainstream, ready to go, blood pressure machine, completely contained inside of a watch, and it uses current technology.
It uses a sphygmometer.
Type of architecture.
So it pressurizes, cuts off a vein and then measures your systolic and diastolic, your very highest and very lowest blood pressure, just like a clinic.
It has no sacrifices and yet it's tiny.
And that's amazing.
That's what I like to see in real health tech, is not some new fangled stuff, but let's make the stuff that we've already got That is clinically accepted by clinicians and payers to be more transparent and present all of the time in our lives.
Well and blood pressure tech, blood pressure is a huge concern for a lot of people.
I deal with blood pressure problems and No one's conquered it in wearables, except till now.
But through other sensors it may take a very long time.
Other companies have indicated it may take.
Do you kinda use light refraction in things?
Right, it might show up in ear buds.
It might show up in attempting to do that.
But to get FDA clearance is a whole other step.
And a lot of these companies are still pursuing trials.
You're not going anywhere unless you're cleared.
You're not gonna [UNKNOWN] and you're not gonna get payment.
So when Apple did that, and now this is the big game, is FDA clearance.
To become real health tech problems.
Apple, problems [LAUGH], products.
Yeah, and maybe problems.
In the health section.
Who can tell the two apart?
[LAUGH] They're products looking for problems and finding them.
We see a lot of ECG as well, Apple introduced that, Withings has got it, but blood pressure is, I think, a really big next step.
All right, our last one, I think, right?
Bless our hearts, this is it.
Scott loves it, I like it.
I love the idea of it.
And we have different Ways of taking it apart, it is our best AR and VR tech, HTC's Vibe Pro Eye.
Not the Cosmos, we thought that was, but this is the more pro level, industrial level headset.
It is a tethered headset, that wasn't the breakthrough.
What was the breakthrough?
So the breakthrough here has existed, eye tracking Has been shown and has been around, you could incorporate it in headsets before.
This is the first product, a mainstream product that's been rolling out with eye tracking built-in [UNKNOWN] tracking.
So this uses your eye motion for pro purposes, this is enterprise purposes.
This is used for getting heat maps of what you're looking at, analytics, Toby has already an analytic engine that's used
For a while to look at what you're looking at help to improve.
There's also a functional thing for graphics called foveated rendering.
When you are looking at a certain thing, that means that the graphics can be optimized just to that,
Just to the center.
And not to the edges, which can massively improve grahpics power.
Yeah, don't waste graphics power or 5G bandwidth.
Or exactly sort of future 5G things or it can help mobile devices eventually run better.
Graphics on Lower Power Attack.
So that's everyone's going to be incorporating eye-tracking lots of companies and AR and it could improve interfaces.
Somebody's got to step forward with it.
They will not be the last one.
They won't be the last they won't be the last one this year.
[CROSSTALK] There'll be a ton more.
Very hot technology toolbox right here.
Never mind that it's in AR, or VR.
The fact is that there's two really core technologies.
And I think [UNKNOWN] also powers a couple other technologies.
That I've seen out there that are for to see how people read.
And detect if they have unresolved concussion or other neurological issues.
Cuz you can tell.
It's amazing how people's eyes.
Jump around words differently, even as they read the same passage.
They have all these different terms for it.
Some of us jump ahead and go back.
Some of us jump back and go ahead.
Some of us skip words and then go back and fill in.
And none of us know it.
But if you monitor that with eye tracking, you can tell a lot about how someone's.
Either how they learn.
What injuries they didn't take care of at the time neurologically.
All kinds of interesting stuff.
I think those are also.
A lot of them use [UNKNOWN] sensors.
Viva is another product of Cosmos which is a mysterious kind of, mysterious [UNKNOWN] thing.
We don't know what that is and they didn't talk much about it.
So TBD, Oculus Quest is a great consumer viewer product.
I mean you shouldn't have tried it.
That's Leader in the market right now, right?
That's amazing but it wasn't officially at the show.
But this is the future of how new applications can be designed.
It's not fully there yet.
A whole bunch of security questions obviously and mind manipulation questions when you can read eyes.
But there is a wave coming with that and I think it's fascinating.
And gaze detection is an enormous area to be honest for media companies and marketers.
So whether you like it or not that's coming also.
Okay, folks, that's it.
Wow, what a bunch of great stuff.
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