Exciting Tech Products to look forward in 2019

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!

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Impossible Burger 2.0 – “Top Tech of CES 2019”

 

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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.

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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  

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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.

 

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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.

 

Little Sophia

(This is not a product in CES 2019 but I feel it will be cool to include here!)

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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.

 

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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.

8 thoughts on “Exciting Tech Products to look forward in 2019

  1. My favorite product is the Impossible Burger. Been following it for a while. It’s a simple but effective idea in decreasing people carbon footprint. Definitely bad news for meat companies. Interesting to see how more biotech startups will continue to disrupt our world.

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  2. Coming from a family with multiple vegetarians, I’ve been following Impossible Burger and other meat-replacement foods for years without much enjoyment. Cannot wait to find the product in a restaurant! In addition, I’ve heard of Sophia but hadn’t read about her being applied as a teacher; makes me think of tech/robots that have been applied to teaching children with special needs!
    P.S.– anyone else think Sophia looks exactly like Ava from Ex Machina??

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  3. Hey Jing! Cool post, I especially liked what you had to say about the impossible burger. I first heard about the impossible burger over christmas break when a restaurant I was at had a menu item that was extremely similar, it was ‘their version’ of the impossible burger. After learning about it I immediately thought it was a great idea in terms of helping the environment. As someone who has not been able to give up meat, but is aware of how harmful animal agriculture is to the environment, I hope to see more places offering items like this!

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  4. The impossible burger idea reminds me the movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” released in 2009, exactly ten years ago. The protagonist invented a machine “Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator(FLDSMDFR)” transforming water into food. As more people demand for and look forward to meat-taste-veggie food, I could see the premier of our first food machine within decades!

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  5. Cool post! Definitely fun to look at the newest innovations that we could see coming into our own lives this year. I was impressed by what I read about the Impossible Burger. I really appreciate that it serves a dual purpose; to combat environmental degradation, and to offer a healthier alternative to normal hamburgers. I will be interested to see the scale of its rollout, and if it can grow enough to be widely available in restaurants and/or grocery stores. I wonder if other food companies will start producing more new kinds of meat alternatives, like the Impossible Burger.

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  6. The rollable TV looked super cool from the demo videos I saw. 4k OLED looked amazing and the soundbar it comes out from was a really cool design. I also liked the other mode the TV could be in where it was most of the way down but displayed like a bar that had time, weather, etc. I remember watching a tech reviewer (MKBHD) who mentioned how it would be cool if you could customize aspect ratios which would be really awesome. I’m just glad that it’s a product that will actually come to market this year (even though they’re going to be outrageously expensive).

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  7. Nice post. I think that technology that will be able to be folded will be a future trend to watch out for. Over the past few decades, technology has gotten more compact and we are now in the handheld age. Any smaller (while using the product) will be inconvenient, so foldable technology will allow storage to be easier without sacrificing actual size. The LG TV may be the first major step in that direction.

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  8. Great post! I didn’t know that Hanson Robotics developed a “Little Sophia”! That is so cool! I love how they recognized the potential to teach kids how to code at such a young age. I also love how “Little Sophia” has recognized the gender gap and has the potential to lessen that gap.

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