The Weird and Wonderful Tech of CES 2019
Here are DIGIT’s top five delightfully bizarre gadget picks from this year’s CES tech trade show.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is one of the world’s biggest technology events, where companies can show off their brand new devices and products. The annual show provides some insight into what will be hot or not in the coming year, but it is also renowned for the bizarre tech devices it has on offer.
From skin printers to walking cars, this year the show has lived up to the expectations. Here are DIGIT’s top five picks for the weirdest inventions unveiled at CES 2019.
Hyundai Elevate Walking Car Concept
Looking like an AT-AT walker from Star Wars, Hyundai’s elevate car can drive at highway speed, supposedly climb a five foot wall and step over a five foot gap. It is primarily designed to support first responders during a natural disaster. David Bryon, design manager of Sundberg-Ferar, described it as the future of vehicular mobility.
However, the company believes this type of technology could be applied in other areas, making it easier for passengers to travel around difficult environments.
A Hyundai spokesperson said there are no immediate plans for Elevate to enter production, stating that it was instead “designed with a view to show future mobility could evolve in the emergency response environment”.
LG’s Self Cleaning Closet
The LG Styler Black Mirror Tinted Glass Door is a free-standing wardrobe with a built-in steamer and hangers that automatically move around to de-wrinkle and freshen up clothes.
LG says its TrueSteam technology “eliminates over 99.9% of the germs and bacteria found in clothing to keep one’s wardrobe hygienically clean. It comes with a front touchscreen display, and has Google Assistant built in.”With a sleek design and highly effective performance, the elegant black LG Styler takes in-home clothing care to the next level,” said Song Dae-Hyun, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. “We are enthusiastic about expanding Styler’s capabilities and appeal to new customers who are unaware that there is more to wardrobe management than washing with water and dry cleaning.”
The Smart Diaper Sensor
Being a new parent is far from easy, but Korean company Monit has come up with a wearable device to help parents with the ceaseless task of nappy changing. The biscuit-sized sensor is attached to the outside of the infant’s nappy and will alert the parents and caregivers if it detects pee or poo – it can also distinguish between the two.
Monit says that the device will help reduce instances of nappy rash and urinary tract infections. The data from the sensor can also be used to track nappy consumption, bowel and bladder patterns and sleep patterns. The monitor was launched in Korea and Japan at the end of 2018. Monit plans to partner with Kimberly Clark to bring the tech to Huggies this April.
Procter and Gamble’s Opte wand is like a magic pen that can detect and correct colour pigmentation and cover up spot blemishes. The wand has a series of tiny jets that spray makeup onto the skin. They only target the area that needs to be treated, resulting in a natural, flawless look that makeup and professional treatments are unable to achieve.
It allows for more precise and natural looking makeup application. Leigh Radford, vice president and general manager of P&G Ventures, said: “By partnering with leading scientists and experts across industries, we have been able to create a first-of-its-kind, digitally-advanced skincare device that is visibly transforming the look of skin.”
The creators of the Y-Brush say that their device will professionally clean your teeth in just ten seconds. The makers say that their product was developed and tested by dentists for three years.
It automatically deep cleans teeth using sonic vibrating technology with nylon bristles. It consists of a handle, a brush, a charging station, a storing pod and a toothpaste applicator.
It is used by placing the brush in the mouth and then the user chews down on the bristles while the device cleans the teeth.