CES 2020 Highlights – Which Innovations Are Going Mainstream?
The Consumer Electronics Show is organized every year in January in Las Vegas, Nevada, by CTA, or Consumer Technology Association. It is a trade show where the companies can showcase some of their most prominent innovations that could shape the market of tomorrow. So, what are some of the highlights from this year’s show?
Streaming On Mobile
There are many streaming services that are now available on all devices and platforms, including HBO Go and Netflix, as well as Disney+. While these services are focused on allowing you to stream movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere, it is clear they are focused more on desktop computers and smart TVs.
There is now a streaming service that is dedicated entirely to those of us who like to watch a few shows on our mobile phones – Quibi. The service is scheduled to be released in April of 2020 and is, reportedly, coming with two billing options for the US residents: $4.99 a month with ads and $7.99 a month if you want to be ad-free. The target audience for this streaming service is the people on the go and constantly moving, those of us who can enjoy video content only during a commute or while waiting in line. All content will be in clips with a maximum length of 10 minutes, but you can download them, as well.
New Features for Google Assistant
As all smart assistants, Google Assistant is getting an upgrade. There will be tons of new features, including the speed dial, reading a page out loud, and running scheduled actions with the compatible devices, the number and types of which are also growing in 2020. You could make your coffee, set the air conditioning to your liking, and even remotely lock or unlock your front door.
First 5G Laptop
Lenovo has beaten everyone to the punch with the unveiling of the world’s first 5G laptop. It is called Lenovo Yoga 5G. Like other Yoga laptops, this one can be folded into a tablet, but that’s beside the point. It has an almost unbelievable battery life of 24h, runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx platform and can connect to the super-fast internet. It is expected to become available for purchase by the end of March 2020 with its projected price at $1,499. Considering the laptop’s specs, this is a steal.
Twitter, one of the most influential social media on the planet, has finally introduced a feature many of its followers yearned for – the ability to control who gets to reply to their tweets. Users will now have the option of granting the privilege to specific persons or people in a group or even deny the option to everyone, simply posting an opinion or an update without fearing backlash from unknown and known accounts. This is an effort to reduce the number of private accounts that exists simply to avoid trolls and other unwanted interactions. Let’s hope it will be used for good.
Flying cars have been the target of many companies, but it is still not an achievable dream. That being said, Hyundai and Uber are teaming up to bring us Uberdai in 2023, an electric flying taxi designed to take people away from traffic jams and right to their destinations. One problem, though – the announced Uberdai looks more like a plane than a car.