7 Innovations from CES 2019 That Will Make the World Better

We take a look at some of the standout innovations from CES 2019 that will have a positive impact on our daily lives, and the larger world.
  • It's not easy finding the best gadgets among the 2.76-million square feet of event space of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). There's nothing wrong with entertainment. But what about the products that could have a truly positive impact on consumers' day-to-day lives or even have a larger global impact?

    Great innovation can come in many forms. From wearable medical devices, to educational products, to AI-equipped mobility devices, we took a look at some of the standout, innovative products looking to make the world better.

  • BeeLife CoCoon

    For decades, bees have come under assault from cold and heat swells, Varroa parasitic mites, and pesticides. But bee colony populations are making a comeback, in part thans to new technologies.

    The CoCoon from Beelife helps bees maintain optimum health using an AI embedded system that can heat and cool a hive based on environmental conditions. The CoCoon features a monitoring platform that alerts bee keepers to hive ecosystem changes via GSM/LoRa, allowing them to raise or lower the temperature via a mobile device. The system is entirely self-contained and powered by a top-mounted solar panel.

    (Image source: Beelife)

  • Evoke Energy Cell Hearing Aid

    Evoke is an AI enhanced hearing aid that uses machine-learning technology to provide optimized personalized sound settings to its users. The device's SoundSense AI technology gathers real-time data, adjusts volume, sound settings, and custom settings, to give wearers the sound quality they prefer.

    Rather than batteries, the Evoke is powered by Windex’s Energy Cell, which combines oxygen and methanol to produce enough energy for the hearing aid to last 24-hours before needing a recharge – which is done using a refill docking station with a 20-second refill time.

    (Image credit: Windex)

  • GENNY Atmospheric Water Generator

    With clean water in demand around the globe, Watergen’s GENNY could help ease the problem by creating high-quality drinking water out of thin air. The generator is capable of producing 25 liters per day, and requires no plumbing or infrastructure and only an electrical outlet for power. Water is created using the company’s GENius heat-exchanger, where it undergoes a heating and cooling process until condensation occurs. It then travels through a multistage filtering system to clean out any impurities and then stored in an internal reservoir.

    (Image source: Watergen)

  • Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

    Kano’s Harry Potter Coding Kit garnered a Best of Innovation award in the Computer Accessories category, and for a good reason, the kit allows kids to code their spells and roll through over 70 challenges based on the world of Hogwarts. The wand is loaded with a gyroscope, magnetometer, and accelerometer to track its movement, which is translated into a cursor within the app. Casting spells requires kids to code them beforehand, and Kano breaks them down into simple lessons, making it easy to learn as they go.

    (Image credit: Kano)

  • Samsung Bots

    Samsung debuted three new robots designed to ease the burden of our daily lives, and even provide a level of healthcare. The Bot Care unit is tailored to healthcare, measuring heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, and will even alert you when you need to take medication. The Bot Care’s face display will also allow you to make video calls, inform you of the weather and daily schedule, and play music based on your mood.

    The Samsung Bot Air is true to its namesake, and features sensors positioned around your home to analyze the air quality. Once it identifies an area with low air quality, it moves to that location and filters it until it’s back up to par.

    Finally, the Samsung Bot Retail uses facial recognition and voice identification to help customers find the items they’re need. Customers can also access menus and store details on the robot’s face display to purchase goods.

  • WHILL Personal Electric Vehicles

    WHILL’s Personal Autonomous Drive EVs are designed as a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform for the disabled. Think of them as a self-driving Uber, in wheelchair form. The EVs can be summoned via a mobile app from places such as museums, hospitals, and airports and autonomously shuttle their passengers to their destination. Once at the destination, the chair will then return to a docking station to recharge.

    (Image credit: WHILL)

  • Zumi AI-equipped Robotic Car

    Robolink's Zumi AI-equipped robotic car platform took the CES 2019 Best of Innovation award in the Robotics and Drone category. The company designed the car as a learning tool to educate kids about AI and self-driving vehicles. Zumi uses a combination of machine learning and computer vision to navigate a reconfigurable track from one point to another. It calculates an efficient route from those two points and adjusts its course when it encounters obstacles, including small figures, trees, and buildings, and can even adhere to traffic lights and signage.

    (Image credit: Robolink)

Cabe Atwell is an electrical engineer, machinist, writer and maker. Aside from his writing at Design News , you can find his work at EETimes, EDN, Make Magazine , Hackster, SolidSmack, and dozens of other publications. Beyond writing, he also builds projects, designs tutorials, and writes books. His forthcoming book for aspiring engineers is, “ The Troublemaker's Handbook: A Compendium of Tricks and Hacks Using LEDs, Transistors, and Integrated Circuits.”

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