CES has been long known as the best and biggest technology show in North America if not, the world. Held in the vast heart of Las Vegas, Nevada, over the past decade CES has seen an exponential increase in audience, companies and innovation. From small consumable chips to flying taxi’s there is a place for anything and everything at the CES show floor.
2018 left us geek’s with a host of new and even controversial consumer technology advancements. The notch, the self driving taxi, the juul pod, the air pods, the moving rear wing to name a few.
LG Signature OLED TV R
The R in LG Signature’s OLED TV R stands for rollable — as in this 65-inch TV furls up into its aluminum base when not in use. The bendy TV was first teased at CES 2018, but this year you can actually buy it. With gorgeous color and deep blacks, a display that’s just 3mm thick, and of course the rollable design, LG’s TV is easily one of the coolest things at CES.
Not many smartphones pull up to CES (they’re saving new models for Mobile World Congress), so there’s an opportunity for the less-known brand to come through. Huawei-owned sub-brand Honor has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. At CES, its View20 was easily the best phone to ogle thanks to its “hole punch” display that eschews the notch, powerful Kirin 980 chip, triple camera setup, and striking rear design that reflects and refracts light in flashy ways.
Lexar 1TB 633x SDXC UHS-I card
1TB…terabyte of storage in a stamp-sized SD card. Do we even need to say more? While an SD card isn’t quite as tiny as a microSD card with a whopping amount of storage, it’s still a stupid amount of storage to hold all your digital files. Priced at $500, Lexar’s 1TB SD card isn’t cheap. But if you shoot a lot of 4K video or maybe plan to shoot even higher 8K resolution video in the future, this little card is a worthwhile investment.
Nissan Leaf e+
the 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ was unveiled at CES, which offers more range than its predecessor, now with up to 226 miles on a single charge (up from 150 miles), thanks to a new 62-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery (up from 40 kWh in the current-generation base Leaf). The new electric car also delivers more power with 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, up from 147 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. on the base model. No pricing announced just yet, but it will be available by the spring.
BMW Autonomous Motorcycle
A strange sight took place outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center earlier in the week: a motorcycle riding itself around a parking lot. While BMW isn’t planning on developing this for the public, it was meant to showcase advanced rider-assistance systems that fuse its advanced gyroscope (to determine its angle of lean) with safety features like adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, and collision avoidance. This technology can also be used to help teach and train new riders.