A Robot That Serves Beer?! 7 Gadgets That Blew Our Minds at CES
Another Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone from Las Vegas, blowing minds with the unveiling of new high-tech innovations that leave people with a strange mix of awe and fear: Are we heading toward a “Jetsons” existence or “The Matrix,” or some strange hybrid of both?
While some items — we’re looking at you, robotic pet Kiki — feel a little too futuristic, CES 2019 unveiled a number of incredible products we can get behind.
From improving people’s health to enhancing entertainment experiences, here’s a look at some of our favorite items from CES 2019.
LG Signature OLED TV R
Release Date: Second half of 2019
Arguably the most buzzed-about release from CES 2019 is the LG Signature OLED TV R. This TV is set to change the future of home design and TV-viewing experiences. What made this 65-inch TV the big talker was that the super-thin screen rolls up inside what looks like a coffee table when not on, and unfurls to become an impressive TV with just the press of a button. The quality and color of the screen are also impressive.
Fresh Geoffrey Beer Robot
Release Date: Sometime in 2019
Your Netflix binge nights are about to get even lazier, care of Fresh Geoffrey. Like a snack and beverage twist on the Roomba, Geoffrey is a robot butler who will bring you beer. Yes, really. Like a Roomba, he’ll learn his way around the home after an initial tour, and will respond to app or voice commands. If that’s not impressive enough, Geoffrey can not only pour you a pint of draft beer thanks to a built-in beer keg, but he can rinse the glasses too.
In addition, Geoffrey has two refrigerated slots to chill wine or champagne bottles, as well as several spots for snack dishes and two glasses.
Release Date: July 2019
Not the sexiest reveal at CES, but pretty handy nonetheless. The TestCard is a $4 urinalysis kit that allows users to skip the doctor’s office. Need to test your glucose levels, check for a UTI, or see if you’re pregnant? Just flip out one of the tabs on the TestCard postcard, dip it into urine, then use the TestCard phone app to scan the QR code for results. The app will also let you know if a test is expired or invalid.
The company says TestCards for sexually transmitted diseases and prostate cancer will be released in the near future.
Heatworks Duo Carafe
Release Date: Summer 2019, potentially
Imagine not having to wait for water to boil if you want a cup of hot tea right this second. Well, Heatworks has made it a reality with its Duo carafe. The first of its kind, this portable water jug instantly brings water to your specified temperature as you pour it.
Nordick Track VR Bike
Release Date: Summer 2019
Let’s face it, working out is hard. While we want to get moving and boost those endorphins, finding the motivation to keep moving is never easy. The Nordick Track VR Bike is here to save the day. Combining video games with exercise, this bike takes you on an exciting video game adventure as you pedal off some calories. Strap on the HTC Vive Focus Headset, get on the bike, press play, and get moving. Once you’re transported into the video game world, you push the control handles, as you would in a regular video game, and pedal to move around, adjusting to the changing levels of inclines and resistance.
KitchenAid Smart Display
Release Date: Sometime in 2019
For many home chefs, smart speakers have quickly become a kitchen essential, with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant taking on the role of high-tech sous chef. However, until now, smart speaker manufacturers hadn’t addressed that things can get pretty messy in the kitchen, especially if you’re touching gadgets with wet or dirty hands.
But KitchenAid knows what’s up. Its 10-inch Smart Display touchscreen has all the features you know and love in a smart speaker, with built-in, voice-activated Google assistance, in addition to being dust- and water-resistant (IPX-5). That means you can scroll through recipes with your soiled hands, select YouTube videos, or listen to instructions, all while carelessly splashing batter and broccoli across its sleek surface. Then wash it off under the faucet. Yes, you read that right.
Release Date: Fall 2019
Sleek AF and super functional, the MUI, which looks like a pretty block of wood, has everything you might want in a smart home device. Through simple voice or touch activation, you can check the weather, listen to music, as well as adjust the lights and the thermostat, with information you’re requesting appearing thanks to hidden LED lights. And once you’re done, the Mui transforms back into an unassuming wooden panel.