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Curiosities of CES 2020

With more than 4,400 exhibiting companies and 50 years of history, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is an annual spectacle in consumer technologies. The offerings span from 3D Printing to Fitness, Gaming and Biometrics. Many groundbreaking technologies have been announced at CES so the world watches closely which innovations the manufacturers, developers and suppliers come up with. The list includes e.g. the videocassette recorder in 1970, High Definition Television in 1998, Blu-Ray DVD in 2003 and Tablets in 2010 to only give you a glimpse of the innovation density. However, I realized that most of the attention every year goes to televisions, computers and cars. With more than 35 product categories, CES is not only a showplace for futuristic car concepts (take a look at Mercedes-Benz’ take on that) or foldable screen devices. I was looking for the odd, the unusual at CES and here are my picks.

1. Ballie

Even though Samsung hasn’t announced a release date or price yet, this sweet companion robot rolled into my heart. It’s unclear of what the technology is already capable of, but the entertaining pitch video “A Waltz For Ballie” pictures the smart home companion of our dreams.

2. Lexilight

French company Lexilife invented a game changer in the field of dyslexia: Lexilight. Dyslexia occurs in at least one in 10 people which makes it the most common language-based learning disability. Dyslexics have a higher risk to drop out of school and social exclusion. Research suggests that dyslexics have two dominant eyes (in contrast to non-dyslexics which have only one dominant eye) that send two different pieces of information to the brain at the same time. This phenomenon leads to the so-called mirror effect which disturbs reading. With the Lexilight lamp, mirror images disappear which makes it easier to read for dyslexics. According to the company’s website, 90% of tests with dyslexics went successful and showed immediate benefits.

Picture: Lexilight by Lexilife

3. Reliefband

What comes to your mind when you think of wearable technology? Apple Watch or Fitbit? Think again, Reliefband is here and helps us with symptoms almost everyone has to face from time to time: nausea. Based on 20 years of research, the devices prevent and treat symptoms of nausea and vomiting. The technology offers a drug-free therapy without side effects through stimulation of the median nerve. It looks beautiful and techy and can be integrated with Apple Watches.

See how it works:

4. Core

Core is a meditation device with a minimalist, natural design. It helps you find your inner peace through vibrations and biometric feedback. With the belonging app, it’s easy to make meditation to a habit and you can track your progress, e.g. when it comes to heart rate or heart rate variability.

Picture: Core via their website

5. Guardian XO

If you read my tale on super-humans, you already know my excitement for exoskeletons, wearable electromechanical devices that augment physical performance of the wearer.

At CES, Sarcos Robotics partnered up with Delta Air Lines to present the exoskeleton Guardian XO. The rationale behind the cooperation is the hope to make the jobs of airline employees easier. With the Guardian XO, lifting up to 200 lb gets possible … for eight hours … without strain. By that, the potential talent pool could grow in the future since specific strength requirements are no limiting factors any longer.

Demonstration of Guardian XO at CES

I think all of these picks demonstrate how technology can improve people’s life – also beyond pure entertainment purposes and I hope to see more of it in the future.