CES 2019: 'I feel my sanity draining away'

BBC Technology 11 Jan 2019 02:55
The LG screen wall is photographed by a smartphone userImage copyright Getty Images

CES - a tech trade show where the exhibit hall spans 2.7 million sq ft (250,000 sq m) - can leave attendees either enthralled or burned out.

With more than 160,000 techies, journalists and businesspeople in attendance, there was plenty of chatter on social media.

For those who spent significant time on the show floor, perhaps Ed Zitron, chief executive at EZPR, summed it up best after he was confronted with a light that promised to visualise his body temperature in colour.

"Come see your mood," a sign beckoned.

He turned to Twitter to get things off his chest and sent out a highly amusing thread. (Note: this link contains some strong language).

Others discovered more arresting escapades.

Many CES visitors caught themselves transfixed as colourful imagery from nature flowed above their heads.

Examples included the Royole Flexpai bending smartphone and LG's roll-up TV sets.

Geoff Blaber at market analysts CCS Insight was inspired by something else: a video system that can insert imagery onto or around a person during a live video feed.

But CES is also home to the flat out weird. Every year, seemingly bizarre products jostle for attention, investment and potential future customers.

Among the strangest this year was a new version of the Foldimate - a device that looks a bit like an office photocopier. It folds t-shirts so you don't have to.

And let us not forget the much-discussed Y-Brush, which aimed to rethink a device that has barely changed in a century: the toothbrush.

The promise of a super-fast dental hygiene blitz was not inspiring for everyone, however.

With gadgetry becoming ever more common in domestic situations, there was a surprising amount of cookery at the trade show.

But BBC Click's Omar Mehtab, seeking hand-made authenticity in Asian cuisine, was left unimpressed by a device that churns out roti flatbreads automatically.

There was plenty of discussion about the news that a sex toy marketed at women was removed from CES - after it won an award.

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