A CES 2019 Roundup: The Weirdest, Coolest Tech
Last year, we covered the most awesome technology to come out of the largest consumer tech conference around: CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. We thought that when it comes to innovation and sheer coolness, 2018 would be tough to beat.
We were wrong. 2019 was better than ever.
Here’s a look at some of the best tech to come out of this year’s conference:
An “Impossible” Burger
Who would have thought that a hamburger would be the talk of the town at CES. Well, it was—but this is no ordinary burger. In fact, it’s not really a hamburger at all. Impossible Foods presented their Impossible Burger 2.0, a vegan patty that had Digital Trends expert Drew Prindle call it “a triumph of food engineering” while his publication named it the Top Tech Winner of 2019. It contains as much protein and iron as real beef. Meanwhile, Joan E. Solsman, a writer for CNet, said, “I haven’t eaten beef in a decade, and the new fake meat at CES comes close enough to cow to gross me out. That’s a compliment, I think.” Lots of other tech experts included the burger among the best tech to come out of CES. In other words, if you’re a vegetarian or looking to cut back on meat but you still like the taste of meat, then definitely check this popular burger out.
Royole FlexPai Foldable Phone
Presenting “the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone with a flexible display.” This device can be folded so it’s portable like a phone, or unfolded so it’s a little larger like a tablet. It can bend from 0 to 180 degrees, and it folds up to 200,000 times. What’s more, “when folded, one side can stream a movie and the other can provide quick access to other apps,” according to Techeblog. Seems pretty cool to us. The phone is available in China for the equivalent of about $1320. Or you can wait to check out the other foldable phones on the horizon.
GilletteLabs Heated Razor
Want to replicate the comforts of a hot shave at a barber shop in your very own home. Well, GilletteLabs offers just that with The Heated Razor. Within seconds, this completely waterproof razor heats up and distributes heat evenly over your face during your entire shave. With adjustable temperatures up to 122 degrees and a wireless magnetic charging dock, this razor is definitely worth checking out. Gillette first offered the razors through an Indiegogo campaign and appears to be sold out, but the company said they will start working on a commercial version, too. We can’t wait!
Lenovo Smart Clock with the Google Assistant
This 4-inch bedside table alarm clock includes a Google-driven smart display. You can also use it to “track calendar events, ask questions, control various gadgets in your smart home (a perfect fit for the start of the day), and listen to music,” according to a review by Ars Technica. In fact, the Lenovo Smart Clock connects with every smart device in your home, supporting over 10,000 products, so you can automatically turn on your coffee make or check your security camera or, say, a camera in your baby’s room—all from your bed. Wrapped in a full fabric soft-touch cover, this clock blends nicely in any bedroom and includes a USB port so you can charge your phone. Available in the spring ($79.99.)
Kate Spade Scallop 2 Smartwatch
Ladies, this one’s for you: The new Scallop 2 from Kate Spade combines the best in smartwatch tech with the company’s newest, sleekest designs. According to Digital Trends, the “Spade is no slouch.” It “runs the latest version of Google’s Wear OS, has GPS, supports contactless payments through Google Pay, and is water resistant enough for swimming.” You can purchase the watch now via Kate Spade’s website ($295.)