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Posted By Larry N. Zimmerman, Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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The massive, annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is ongoing as this goes to print and already there have been a variety of interesting announcements this year. Not all products announced at CES actually make it to market but quite a few can be expected by the end of the year.

Dell and Lenovo Folding Tablets – Both laptop giants are betting on dual screen, folding tablets for 2020. Dell’s Ori and Lenovo’s X1 Fold open to a 13.4” OLED screen surface when fully unfolded. The devices look and function like a tablet or offer a virtual keyboard on one half when opened partway like a laptop. Dell’s Duet is twice the size offering up to 26” of screen and a detachable keyboard providing an unprecedented amount of screen space in a such small form factor.

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus – The ThinkBook Plus is a truly unique offering with a paperwhite e-ink display on the outside cover of the 13” laptop. The e-ink screen can display calendar, text, and other notifications or act as a notetaking platform. It consumes little power, looks clean and crisp like paper, and nicely supplements the full HD display inside. The ThinkBook Plus will start at $1,200 this year.

Samsung Sero TV – Samsung has recognized how ubiquitous mobile phones are for video and image recording and sharing and the majority of mobile phone imagery is vertically oriented. The Sero TV accommodates this by rotating from a horizontal to a vertical orientation to make full screen presentation more natural – no large black or blurred frames. It may seem like a simple trick but it allows mobile phone imagery to fully fill a large screen and makes for more compelling display. Anticipated to arrive this year near the $1,000 price point.

Hachi Infinite Touchscreen Projector- The short-throw projector from Hachi can display a bright, crisp image up to 26” on any surface and the image will respond as a touchscreen with 10 points of touch. The portable three-pound device includes an onboard battery, microphone for voice command via Amazon Alexa, and dual 5W speakers. It is Android-powered and Bluetooth-enabled to allow wireless screen casting. Shipping is anticipated in March at around $1,000.

Mophie PowerStation Go – Mophie is well-known and respected for its portable power banks and the PowerStation Go adds a new trick – it can jump start your car. In addition to dual USB-A charge ports, the new model adds a wireless charging pad and an attachment that can jumpstart any car or SUV. The PowerStation Go will retail for $160 and should arrive on shelves in February.

IVEA Time-C Smartwatch – Most smartwatch activity trackers only monitor the user’s stats like heart rate and activity levels. The analogue face, steel band Time-C monitors environmental factors as well. It can measure sun/UV exposure, pollution and particulate levels, humidity, temperature, ambient noise, and ambient lighting. This full-spectrum monitoring station on your wrist will ultimately help wearers be more alert to environmental factors on health and well-being. Pricing starts at $500.

Neutrogena Skin360 – The Skin360 app uses your phone’s front-facing camera to take a 180-selfie and then process and analyze over 100,000 pixels to measure skin health. The algorithm evaluates features like smoothness, wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and dark circles to watch for problem areas and to create a custom skin care maintenance regime (using Neutrogena products, of course). Available now for Android and iOS.

Opte Beauty Wand – Throw away the old-fashioned foundation and concealer because there is a new technology for concealing age spots, sun spots, and pigmentation issues. Sweep the Beauty Wand over your face and it scans the surface of your skin, analyzes spots, and then uses 120 nozzles to spray pigment and moisturizer like an inkjet printer. Demonstrations (in a controlled environment) make it look fast, simple, and effective with no mess. The Beauty Wand should ship this year and starts at $600.

Motion Pillow by TenMinds – Snoring is a problem for the snorer and anyone else within earshot but the Motion Pillow aims to stop it. The memory foam pillow houses multiple air chambers that can inflate and deflate on command. That command comes when microphones in the pillow detect snoring and the pumps activate to shift the snorer’s head on the pillow until silence returns. It aims to provide a gentle nudge to reposition rather than the harsh slap expected from an exhausted bed mate. The newest version will ship this year for $420.

Cosmo Connected Helmet – The Cosmo with glasses provides high-tech safety options for motorcyclists. The glasses offer a full heads-up display of the vehicle’s instrumentation and offer an array of sensors monitoring the environment for potential dangers around the cyclist and signaling on-coming risks. The Bluetooth-connected glasses and helmet cannot execute emergency maneuvers but they can call 911 and emergency contacts for help, providing GPS coordinates if you are down. The helmet and glasses will retail for $300.

Google Assistant Web Page Reader – This enhancement to the Google Assistant will allow users to say, “Hey Google, read this page” and it will read the text of a webpage in a natural-sounding voice. AI is improving such that it will only read relevant text and ignore navigation buttons, ads, and other clutter that infests websites. The Web Page Reader will be a free enhancement to Google Assistant later this year.

Originally published in the February 2020 Journal of the Kansas Bar Association.

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