Taking over Sin City again for the 21st year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES for short) came rolling into Vegas last month, unashamedly brash and brilliant as ever. Of course, Little Red Rooster was in attendance, hosting three of the very best from UK technology and lifestyle titles. Metro tech editor Lucy Hedges, Stuff editor James Day, and ELLE Deco Country editor Claudia Bailey took the 9,830-mile round trip to do a whistlestop tour of the town’s mammoth convention centre, checking out what was hot in tech this blustery January.
Thanks of course goes to our wonderful client Loewe, which helped sponsor the trip. Thanks also goes to Mous for treating the journalists to a slap-up sushi meal of epic proportions. It’s safe to say it was a rip-roaring success and Team LRR is already planning next year’s venture.
But what of the actual show? As ever, CES was a smorgasbord of the hottest trends in technology and outlandish inventions in equal measure. Without a doubt, however, the term most frequently overheard throughout the convention centre was ‘AI’. Although artificial intelligence is still met with a certain Terminator-esque apprehension by most people, AI is transforming the tech we use. It helps your camera take better photos, your TV perform at a higher standard, and even helps you to drive your car.
‘5G’ was also on the tip of everyone’s tongue. However, that’s where it will stay until any actual product announcements come to fruition. Although the conversation was inevitable at this year’s show, we will have to wait until Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for the good stuff.
As for eye-catching hardware, the LG OLED R rollable TV and FlexPai foldable phone from Royole took centre stage. More flexible than Jane Fonda in Workout, these show-stoppers form a trend towards next-gen tech that can change in form and shape.
Roll on roll-up TVs, and roll on CES 2020.