Since yesterday, the Internet is awash with images of one of Apple’s advertisements that have taken the charge to take a dig at all the data privacy issues. Despite placing it exactly opposite to the convention centre, CES 2019 is not shying away to provide a glimpse of all that’s about to become a part of our life in 2019. The first day at CES 2019 was full of meaningful innovations, both at small as well as large scale. Asus was the biggest name, partnering along with NVIDIA and AMD to announce new performance-oriented products, especially in the gaming sector. However, there were several other announcements that can literally change the way technology affects the conventional consumers.
No, don’t expect a flexible bending panel similar to stuff from the movie “Matrix”. Samsung’s take on the next generation of Smart TVs is completely refreshing and will greatly affect even the most non-tech savvy consumers. Called the Micro LED TV, the TV is essentially the practical adaptation of the modular TV. Samsung has managed to bring individual LEDs so close to each other that the distinction between pixels in unnoticeable. The TV can be expanded or shrunk through modular OLED panels. The Inorganic LEDs are claimed to be long lasting than conventional OLED panel and omit most of the latter’s negative points. At 75-inches, the panel can fit in most houses with ease and chunks of it can be removed.
Asus has been pushing the boundaries when it comes to offering narrow bezel display on laptops. With the ZenBook S13, they have gone a step further, Asus claims that S13 features a 13.9 FHD+ display with a screen-to-body ratio of 97 per cent. With bezels measuring just 2.5mm, Asus had to resort to a notch to house the webcam. Unlike smartphones, the notch extends outwards of the display, which makes for an unobtrusive display. Underneath, the S13 features classic ultrabook style specifications such as 8th Gen Intel processors with NVIDIA MX150 graphics, up to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Expect this display style to trickle down to low-end models in the coming months as well.
Samsung has been quite generous with third-party applications this year. Earlier, they announced bringing Apple’s AirPlay 2 and iTunes to Samsung’s Smart TVs. Samsung also announced the support for Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant for their Tizen-powered 2019 TVs. Bixby will still be present on these TVs, but users can now hook up a smart speaker with Google Assistant or Alexa to make the TV perform certain simple voice commands. With Tizen opening up to third-party applications, Samsung could make its smart home appliances more adaptive to other smart ecosystems.
If you have long wanted to own a smart speaker ecosystem but don’t prefer to have 3-4 additional devices taking up valuable space, Simplehuman’s latest Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi Assist is small miroor that doubles up as a smart lamp and a smart speaker. The mirror consists of a speaker powered by Google Assistant, which does all the functions similar to a Google Home speaker. The smart speaker can also control the proprietary light that emulates ambient lighting according to the time of the day.
Having a pet as a millennial is always a worry, especially when you have leave it at home alone while you are away at work. With Petcube 2, the problem can be solved up to a higher extent. The device runs on Alexa and has a webcam to help you snoop on your pet. It will even call you when it detects that your pet is sitting in front of the camera. At times, it can also play along with your pet using its voice and distribute treats to keep them happy. The video snippets of it talking to you can be stored as well, which is a good deal for those who love to share their pet love with the social media.
What else can’t become a smart device in 2019? A piece of wood? Well, Mui’s latest product also ticks that box off. Mui’s interactive wood panel features a minimalist display with Google Assistant integration to present most information that one requires at homes or offices. It doesn’t have a speaker. Instead, it requires the user to tap the screen in order to let the wood take your commands. The wood can do most smart functionalities that smart speaker can do, including controlling lights, adjust temperatures, show a music playlist and so on. It will also connect with smart devices through IFTTT to give you better control over other smart devices.