The 10 Coolest New Products at CES 2019

MakeUseOf | 1/14/2019 | Joel Lee
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While we went to CES last year, this was the first year MakeUseOf covered CES in a serious capacity. We went and walked the show floors at all of the venues over all four days of the event, and we saw a lot of cool stuff—and a lot of not-so-impressive rubbish.

Rundown - Findings - Stand - Headband - Concentration

Here’s a rundown of our coolest findings, including an invisible laptop stand, a headband that measures concentration levels, and a wall-sized TV that can shrink on-demand depending on what you’re watching.

An invisible floating shape in mid-air that you can press, manipulate, and interact with? Sounds cool, right?

Ultrahaptics - CES - Years - Time - Company

That’s what Ultrahaptics brought to CES 2019. Yes, they’ve been at CES for a few years now, but each time the company’s tech takes a giant leap forward. This year, it had advanced sufficiently to allow users to control the entire center console of a car. That includes the fans, music, GPS, and temperature.

The number of supported gestures has also increased significantly. Last year, only broad hand gestures were recognized and little else. This year, Ultrahaptics can also recognize pinches, swipes, mic drops, and more.

Haptics - Technology - Number - Implementations - Reading

But it’s the underlying haptics technology that excites us the most. The number of implementations are near-endless. Keep reading to learn how it’s also being used in the VR world.

Contributed by Dan Price.

Startups - Products - Staple - CES - IndieGoGo

Startups and crowdfunded products are a staple at CES, with IndieGoGo having a particularly prominent presence. I was lucky to receive one of these products to try out.

The MOFT is an invisible laptop stand, currently available on Kickstarter for USD 14. It holds up to 18 pounds and fits anything from a tablet to a 15.6” laptop. You can prop up your laptop at either a 15° or 25°...
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