Last week, Team Clyde headed to Las Vegas to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and to hit the craps tables (just kidding, kind of).
CES is one of the largest conferences in the world. With more than 4,400 exhibiting companies and exhibit space of more than 2.9 million net square feet, CES 2019 attracted 307 of the 2018 Fortune Global 500 companies. More than 175,000 industry professionals, including more than 61,000 from outside the U.S., convened in Las Vegas to drive the ever-evolving global technology industry forward.
In between meetings with customers and prospects, we saw some pretty amazing technological innovations. I surveyed the team to get their thoughts on the top five coolest things we saw.
1. The Hyundai/Uber drone
Uber and Hyundai announced a partnership to develop air taxis for a future arial rideshare network. The drone will be 100% electric, and will require five to seven minutes for recharging. It’s designed to take off and land vertically and holds up to four passengers. Don’t get too excited yet though—the flying taxi is slated to be released in 2030.
2. The Avatar/Mercedes concept car
Right around the corner from the Uber/Hyundai drone, Mercedes-Ben unveiled their Vision AVTR, a concept car inspired by the 2009 film Avatar. The rear of the car is covered in 33 scales, which are meant to help passengers communicate with people outside the car.
The Vision AVTR is meant to showcase what the cars of the future may be like. The car, like most cars we saw at CES, is autonomous, and the wheels (which were inspired by the “seeds of the Tree of Souls” from the film) can rotate so that the car can move sideways and diagonally.
Sadly there were no James Cameron sightings (though he did help to design the car).
As someone who thought she was incapable of meditating, I may now be a convert thanks to virtual reality (VR) headsets and Tripp. Tripp is a VR software that helps you find calm, focus, and develop emotional resilience. The company calls it “fitness for your inner self.” On average, Tripp users report a 27% mood lift after each session (which only takes a few minutes to complete). Tripp’s software is available on Oculus Go and Oculus Quest. Namaste.
4. LG’s 8K OLED TV
We saw a fair number of screens at CES, but the 8K OLED displays were definitely the most impressive. From any vantage point, the displays were startlingly crisp and clear. The TV uses artificial intelligence to continuously enhance picture quality. For those eager to get their hands (eyes?) on one, they will be available on LG’s website soon.
5. Keurig’s Drinkworks Home Bar
Drinkworks is like a Keurig coffee maker, but for cocktails. Each pod contains pre-measured ingredients that when mixed with water, create a perfect individual cocktail. The representative we spoke to mentioned that they’re especially useful for people who enjoy throwing dinner parties, and want to be able to offer an array of drink options to their guests. While I was skeptical that the drinks wouldn’t be overly saccharine, I was pleasantly surprised. We tried a delicious Moscow mule and a classic margarita.
All in all, it was a great week catching up with Clyde's customers and meeting new consumer electronics companies. Hope to catch you all at the craps table next year.