CES 2020: My favourite tech from the show

Technology is amazing. It’s what connects us, allows us to call friends and family a world apart, keeps us safe, entertained, informed, and everything in between. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held annually in Las Vegas returned this week where we’re being treated to lots of brand new technology – some of it ingenious, some of it practical, and some of it just weird but wonderful.

Here’s our top 10 (in no particular order) of the coolest or best new technology we’re seeing come out of CES this year, which we hope we’ll see in our homes (or hands) in the near future.

  1. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has introduced key upgrades to the Bluetooth technology that will improve and change how we connect Bluetooth speakers or headphones to our mobile phones. The new standard known as ‘LE Audio’ will bring better audio quality, lower battery usage, less audio delay, and will allow you to connect multiple speakers or headphones at the same time.
  2. Imagine a future where you can charge your devices without any wires, power banks, or even wireless chargers. That’s exactly what ‘Guru’ are promising, and is a vision we’re very excited about. We’ll watch closely to see how this technology progresses and if it’s something we see in our homes soon.
  3. A new kitcken gadget called Juno promises to chill beverages, wine or champagne in just a few moments. It combines several technologies together to achieve this, but to you and I – let’s just call it magic.
  4. Samsung, known for reducing the bezels on their smartphones to give us an immersive full-screen experience in the palm of our hands, has now brought the same innovation to their TV’s – creating an almost bezel-less display for the home that is 99% screen.
  5. Speaking of TV’s, LG just announced one that rolls away from view into your ceiling when not in use. Flexible OLED displays are already powering some of our mobile devices – such as the Samsung Galaxy Hold and Huawei Mate X foldables, so it’s great to see larger scale versions. Fingers crossed the prices come down and become affordable for most of us.
  6. Samsung’s Digital Cockpit was unveiled this year, utilising the power of 5G for a seamless connected experience for drivers and passengers. It enables two-way communications between the home, office, and other spaces you visit, while also offering personalised experiences, in-car infotainment, and support from Bixby (Samsung’s digital assistant) to reinforce safe driving.
  7. The Climate360 bed is powered by some incredibly smart tech that automatically cools and warms to give you the best nights sleep. And better yet, each side of the bed can be fine-tuned to each individual. No more mid-night duvet hogging!
  8. Smart this. Smart that. Smart Water Tap. That’s what the ‘U’ by Moen promises and it sounds like heaven if you love to cook or bake at home. You control it by using the smart app, or by giving voice commands to dispense the precise amount of water you need, at the temperature you want.
  9. Combining 5G and Artificial Intelligence, Samsung has unveiled ‘Ballie’, a personal robot that follows you around like BB-8 in Star Wars, and promises to help with household chores, and even act as a fitness assistant.
  10. Impossible Foods just unveiled a plant-based pork substitute – for the many out there who lead a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, and for those looking to consume less meat which will benefit the environment – something that we at O2 feel very strongly about too, having been the first business in the world to achieve Carbon Trusts highest rating in 2016.

CES is the largest electronics trade show in the world and is known for showcasing some of the best new technologies and innovations, and this year the show has not disappointed us. We’re excited to see all the above and more eventually become real products available to the general public, as we look forward to Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month – think of MWC as the mobile version of CES. We can’t wait!