In January, the world’s biggest tech show CES was held in Las Vegas. As amazing as previous years, this year’s turnout was also impressive. The tech show included a mixture of companies in different sizes from tech giants to startups (to name a few, samsung, Dell, Huawei…) and they were from different sectors, different countries, and different backgrounds. Though the majority of products are unable to be purchased in the market (they are usually prototypes or projects samples), this year is a little bit different. Many products are in the process of becoming real. In this article, I will highlight a few technologies that I am excited about!
Impossible Burger 2.0 – “Top Tech of CES 2019”
Believe it or not, it tastes like real meat! Journalists and tech reporters who got the chance to taste the flavor all rated it highly and commented it as “a triumph of food engineering ” and “a burger that could truly wean people off their meat lust.”
Impossible Foods company, many years ago, released its Impossible Burger 1.0 which was an unsatisfactory attempt since it had a weird aftertaste and could remind people of its fakeness. However, the new version makes leaping progress in terms of it flavor, smell, color, texture, and fulfillment. The meat-like but meatless burger is created with 100% plant ingredients and 0% of animal cells or tissues. It is also more nutritious and healthier than normal hamburger.
Why is it a big deal? It is not only because veggie patty is a more healthier choice but also it is a more environmental friendly and sustainable option. Research shows that increasing meat consumption leads to greater scales of animal agriculture which is the “ No.1 cause of environmental destruction in the world.” Choosing to consume veggie patty without having to compromise flavor, people can gain the fulfillment from both enjoying meat and saving the world.
Even though LG present its mouth-opening rollable OLED TV, it is the vegan, meatless burger that finally wins everyone’s heart and mouth. The company exposed that Impossible Burger will be in the market sometime in February in U.S.; they should be initially served in some high-end restaurants where they have partnership with Impossible Foods. If you want to try the Impossible Burger, stay tune!
LG’s rollable OLED TV
The second amazing product I will give to LG’s rollable TV. It is the best manifestation of technological advancement in product materials.
The special material enable the entire 65-inch screen to roll down and store in a relatively small compact case. Also, it is adjustable in term of how big the screen you want to show above the compact case. To roll up and down, the screen is able to adjust height to accommodate viewers’ different needs.
Besides, the new OLED TV is advancing towards 8K, a huge development from 4K though 4K is clear enough for most people. To be more specific, 4K define the best in clarity, while 8K is the direct manifestation of reality. A tech journalist comments that “ 8K makes everything feel more like you’re looking through a window and not staring at a giant TV screen.”
What are the limitations or problems in releasing this product? First of all, in order to see the distinction between 4K and 8K, it requires an abnormally large screen which should at least above 75 inches. In CES 2019, many companies presented their 8K TV and LG released the biggest among all which is a 88-inch 8K OLED. Another problem will be the size of room; bigger screen requires a longer distance from TV to viewer in order to ensure a pleasant viewing experience. Also, the price will be substantially high since the price will adjust with with size. As Samsung price $10,000 for its latest 82-inch QLED, we can expect LG will probably price it as a piece of art rather than a common electronic.
(This is not a product in CES 2019 but I feel it will be cool to include here!)
You probably still remember Sophia, the first-ever robot citizen of Saudi Arabia. Sophia’s appearance was a breaking news in 2017 since the overall sophistication, brain-power, similar human features, her ability of expressing feelings and humors. She is created by Hanson Robotics, an AI developing and research company located in Hong Kong, China.
After introducing Sophia, Hanson Robotics creates “Little Sophia”, a social humanoid robot designed for kids from 7-13 years old to be their friends and help them learn about STEM subjects and coding. “Little Sophia” is very versatile; she is able to make different human-like facial expression from receiving emotional signal and respond with language or movement accordingly.
The creator says “Little Sophia” can work especially well with girls. Being aware of the gender gap in tech industry and STEM majors, Hanson Robotics creates “Little Sophia” in hoping to teach kids, especially girls, about STEM and coding in a more interesting, interactive, and less-burdened way.
Hanson Robotics is right now accepted order for “Little Sophia” online. It can be shipped to anywhere in the world and the possible delivery date is in December 2019.