The annual CES is one of the most important hardware exhibitions of the year and a "big show" in the consumer electronics industry.
However, due to the epidemic, this year's Las Vegas Convention and Exhibition Center failed to welcome a wave of tourists. Most manufacturers released new products directly online, and released a few official renderings to give everyone a feast for their eyes.
The "show field" part is gone, and the opportunity to experience the actual product up close is also lost. Indeed, CES in 2021 has a little sense of existence.
Fortunately, those weird-looking devices with novel and cool features, as well as the most cutting-edge concept products of major companies, have still frequently appeared in the past few days.
Although most of them do not have broad commercial prospects, and may not be able to produce vector products, they are interesting and may provide some interesting ideas.
- Scroll phone
LG has always been an interesting company. Although it is small, it always likes to toss some innovative equipment. For example, in the past two CES, the TV set like a rolling door, and the transparent bedside TV exhibited this year, attracted countless eyes.
Show-screen technology can be considered LG's best trick. In addition to the large screen, LG also officially announced a scroll-type mobile phone this year: LG Rollable.
It can make the screen like a picture scroll, from a mobile phone to a small tablet, or back to the size of a mobile phone, the idea is similar to the current folding screen mobile phone, all to achieve the integration of large and small screens.
▲ The scroll screen phone displayed by OPPO last year
From the morphological point of view, this LG phone is very similar to the scroll phone exhibited by OPPO last year. Both rely on stretching the screen to alleviate the crease problem. The difference is that this time LG does not plan to play with the concept, but plans to introduce it to the market in 2021.
▲ One-key switch display mode
- Bendable and straight display
Another LG device is also related to the screen. It is a bendable or straight display that can be switched with one button. For example, when you are watching a movie, you can enjoy it with a straight screen, and when you play a game, you can switch to a curved surface, which is more in line with the game party’s requirements for an immersive experience.
- Screen stretched from bottom to top
On the screen, TCL is not to be outdone this year. The company exhibited two scroll screens at CES, one of which can be slowly pulled out from bottom to top to further extend the screen area.
Compared with the folding solution, TCL said that this scroll screen can control the thickness of the fuselage within 10mm. The question is whether the internal space of the fuselage will be limited as a result.
- Oversized scroll screen
Another TCL screen is a 17-inch OLED reel screen, which is said to use "inkjet printing" technology, which can further reduce production costs, increase yield, and is also conducive to the popularization of flexible screen equipment in the future.
Let's look at a section of TCL's use scenario designed for scrolling screens: when you open it with your hand, it is a "live spot map". If the cost of this type of screen is low enough, it should be able to replace paper.
▲ ROG's flip laptop
Let us turn our attention to the laptop side. Notebooks are still the most important product line at the CES show. Basically, as long as it is a PC brand you can think of, they have updated their own product lines at CES, and the number is huge.
▲ Lenovo Rescue Series
But in addition to mainstream products, we want to talk about some non-mainstream laptops with different shapes.
- Notebook with ink screen
Let me talk about Lenovo. Its ink-screen laptop has been upgraded to the second generation this year, called ThinkBook Plus Gen 2. The biggest change is the ink screen on the A side, which almost fills the entire front, and the size has reached 12 inches, just like putting a Kindle on your notebook.
According to Lenovo's introduction, this screen can display information and to-do items in the form of a card, and can also open Microsoft Office, open browsers and other common applications. It means that even if you don’t open the notebook, you can still work on this ink screen (but no one would do that.)
- A wireless charging pad that can be used for notebooks
When promoting this laptop, Lenovo also showed an accessory: a wireless charging pad to charge the laptop.
▲ Good idea, but it seems worthless to design a wireless charging board for a notebook
There is not much information about this accessory, but according to Techcrunch, it is actually an electrically conductive charging solution developed by Energysquare.
In short, as long as you put a conductive sticker on the device, and then connect one end of the sticker to the USB charging port of the device, you can get the wireless charging function. In theory, it can also charge any device.
- Concept laptop that can be turned into "Switch"
Another Lenovo product to talk about is a concept phone called Lavie Mini. It was developed by a joint venture between Lenovo and NEC of Japan, and it is a very rare "pocket book" in the market today.
Small size is not its special feature. What's more interesting is that you can also fold the keyboard behind the screen, and then install the handles on the left and right sides to become the same handheld as the Switch.
It also has an independent base, which can provide an additional USB port to connect to the TV to output video.
This concept phone also reminds me of the concept handheld "Concept UFO" launched by CES Alien last year. It also borrows the design concept of Switch, but mainly plays Steam games.
▲ GPD is a manufacturer that likes to make small laptops
Aside from major manufacturers, this type of Windows products under the name "portable handheld" have actually appeared on the market. For example, SMACH Z, which has been developed for many years, and domestic GPD.
However, this market is indeed too niche. In addition, many products are not high in configuration due to size restrictions. The key is that the price is not cheap, so there are not many people who really pay the bill, let alone head-on with real game books.
- Lipstick should also be customized
▲ Unexpectedly, lipstick can also be "modular" design
Although CES is mainly geared towards consumer electronics brands, there are actually many cross-border companies to showcase new ideas. For example, this "personal lipstick customization machine" Rouge Sur Mesure developed by YSL may make many girls greedy.
The use of the entire device is very simple: you can choose three tubes of lipstick raw materials, put them in the machine, and then open the App on the mobile phone to mix up your favorite lipstick color, and the machine will generate the corresponding lipstick in the top disc , And the makeup box at the top can be taken down and taken with you.
This is not over yet. If you usually see a celebrity’s lipstick is very beautiful, you can also ask the App to pick the color from the photo, or let it give personalized recommendations based on your outfit today.
The last thing to say is that the YSL device is not a concept phone with a ticketing nature. The official launch date of the product is September 2021. Interested friends can consider adding to the wish list.
- Healthy toilet with built-in excrement sensor
TOTO, known as the apple of the toilet world, how many people spend a big price to buy a toilet lid in order to get their own chrysanthemum, and since then, the toilet experience has become extremely happy.
At this CES, TOTO made persistent efforts and launched a toilet that can detect health status. It has built-in multiple sensors to detect the condition of excrement, and then can provide detailed health advice (such as eating more vegetables, supplementing vitamins, etc.), and can obtain information such as body temperature with the help of the toilet lid in contact with the skin.
- The increasingly dumb housework robot
This year Samsung also brought a brand new robot product, among which "Bot Handy" can automatically recognize the shape or position of an object through a camera, and then perform grabbing or moving operations.
Judging from the scene shown in the video, this robot comes with a robotic arm and also shows a smiling face. It has completed the work of washing dishes, organizing cupboards, organizing clothes, arranging flowers, and even pouring wine. It is completely a competent little housework expert.
Next to it is Samsung's health robot "Bot Care", which mainly provides butler services such as schedule, health management, education and learning, and is more similar to a personal assistant. The point is that the appearance of the two robots is quite cute, and they are also a savior to save lazy cancer.
- Rechargeable mask with RGB light
▲ The N95 mask with UV + charging function storage box is worthy of a concept product
Razer is also a manufacturer that likes to release concept products at CES. This year's N95 mask Project Hazel is very popular. It not only comes with ancestral RGB lights, but also uses replaceable and rechargeable ventilators on the left and right sides, and has built-in speakers and microphones to facilitate communication between you and others wearing the mask.
In addition, it is also a mask made of transparent plastic. If you add its light strip design, it is estimated that passers-by can see your handsome face clearly even in the dark.
- Chair with 60-inch screen
▲ Razer: Any mass production, just cool enough
Another Razer product is an gaming chair, but the special feature is the 60-inch scroll screen behind the chair. It looks very cool, but it is estimated to be difficult to commercialize. In addition, its hand rest part also has a small table for keyboards and mice, which is a very standard otaku artifact.
- Sony drone
The next thing to talk about is Sony, which showcased a new type of drone at CES called "Airpeak."
From the video point of view, this drone uses a quad-rotor design, and is also equipped with two landing gears. A Sony Alpha camera can be hung on the bottom to record videos. The whole is more like a positioning professional high-end film and television shooting device of.
When Sony promoted the drone, it also implanted a car in the video. It’s not something else, it’s the Vision-S that Sony showed last year.
However, this Sony brand car is basically the same as the design that debuted last year. Considering that Sony has not shared more information about the car, it is difficult to see the launch plan in the short term.
- Flying cars getting easier and easier
Speaking of cars, this time General Motors also demonstrated a four-rotor design that supports vertical take-off and landing flying cars at CES. It can fly over the city at a speed of 88 kilometers per hour.
And parked next to it is a self-driving car built by GM, which is very similar to the short-distance shuttle bus that appeared in Silicon Valley before.
- Professional table
Finally, let me talk about a few new products from non-major manufacturers. One is a game table launched by Arcade1up. It has built-in 50 card and chess board games, and they are all presented by a large touch screen, and every click will have vibration feedback. This product is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Is there any built-in Sichuan Mahjong?
- Smart glasses must be like glasses first
Although the popularity of smart glasses has dropped, some companies still insist on iterative technology. Vuzix company demonstrated brand new smart glasses at CES, it hopes to use MicroLED panel to achieve the miniaturization of the display. However, at present, this screen can only project monochrome images, and the area is small, so it will take some time to mature.
- Heal cat tail
The physical electronic pet Petit Qoobo looks similar to cat tail pillows on the market. But this product has a lot of built-in sensors, which can react according to the speed and intensity of your strokes, and can even detect surrounding sounds and shake your tail.
If you don't have a chance to raise a cat, but you want to live a Rua cat life, you may wish to consider starting one. Saying goodbye to cloud sucking is not a dream.
All in all, this year's CES has passed like this. The online format has indeed made the "exhibition" less tasteful. Some people even think that even if the name of CES is not put on, it will not make people feel awkward to let manufacturers get together and release new products at a specific time.
On the other hand, it is still difficult to see truly mature new technologies at CES. This is not the first time that curved screens, unmanned driving, artificial intelligence, etc. have appeared. In the past few years, keywords such as smart glasses and AR/VR that the industry often said appeared less and less at CES. It also lies in immature technology.
In the end, pragmatism is still the most valuable. Traditional notebooks, TVs, smart phones and other products constitute our current digital life; and the concept, from the beginning to the end, can only be our beautiful vision for future technology.
Maybe there is nothing wrong with this, after all, there is no waiting, so how can we expect?
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