CES 2019 - techUK blog by Paul Hide

So, here we are again. Like a prize fighter, picking themselves up off the floor for another round, CES is back in Vegas, ready to land some big punches in the world of high tech products, solutions and services, that now reach all parts of global commerce.

It’s Sunday, the show floors don’t open until Tuesday and much work is still to be done to prepare the exhibition stands for the forecast 180,000 plus visitors that will descend upon the show over the 4 show days. The UK Pavilion, supported by techUK, is part built,

 

 

before our 16 UK companies, showcasing their latest new offerings, can prepare to meet their customers.

But before the show floors opens, we have the media previews. Monday provides a forum for the global tech giants to share their 2019 strategies and products, but tonight we get to see CES Unveiled, where the small, innovative tech disrupters and start-ups get their opportunity to show and tell alongside some of the big brands in front of over a 1000 visitors from the world’s media.

I’ve given up a night at the roulette tables (probably a very wise decision) to attend this preview and report back on what delights tonight’s showcase served up.

The saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” was proved not so accurate this evening as the most popular tables frequented by the world’s press were those offering up the complimentary food and drink to sustain delegates as they worked there way around a packed hall of exhibitors showcasing a hugely diverse range of products.

 

CES awards a number of ‘Best of Innovation’ awards from the assembled exhibitors

This year’s awards span 28 product categories, covering the most influential and inventive fields in the industry. A “Best of Innovation’ award goes to the top scoring product in each category, 31 winners in all.

Some of my favourites?

Being a keen cyclist I was impressed by a number of cycling safety related ideas, such as LED lights that react to approaching traffic and an airbag vest that inflates in the event of an accident.

 

The Groove X ‘Lovot’ emotionally intelligent robot stood out amongst a number of AI based partner based toys

 

and who couldn’t make use of the Shiftall Drinkshift fridge that will order fresh supplies of beer, analysing your consumption to make sure you never run out (sounds like a challenge doesn’t it).

And, finally, how about an Urban Canopee? A modular vegetation based city shading system, for covering public spaces; low in cost, environmentally friendly and bio-diverse. We can thank the French creative mind for this invention. 

Tune in tomorrow for a summary of the big guns’ press launches.

 

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