2019 moved fast and was full of chaos. Every year, the world’s consumer electronics trade fair CES was held in Las Vegas. With the participation of many technology companies and the latest modern technologies.Our Goal? To find the most innovative products announced at CES 2018.
VR goes fully stand-alone and mobile.Facebook’s had a terrible 2018, and it’s getting to the point where it’s hard to recommend any product made by the company. . Oculus’ first stand-alone VR headset is basic, but surprisingly affordable and functional. Shrinking down virtual worlds into a compact, wireless phone-free design is an indicator of where VR will go next, starting with fuller-motion rigs such as the Oculus Quest early next year.
Self-flying drones are getting scary good.To look at demo videos of the Skydio R1 drone in action, you’d think you were watching a professionally filmed aerial chase sequence. But this drone flies itself, and can follow people from behind, ducking through forests and around bends. It can even be controlled via Apple Watch. Instantly available autonomous mini-vehicles are here, and as computer vision and navigation technology improves, this is just the beginning of where things will go for drones and robotics.
3.Apple Watch ECG
Wearables gaining FDA clearance.There aren’t many smartwatches and fitness devices that qualify as FDA-cleared health tech, but that’s going to change fast. The Apple Watch Series 4 broke ground by putting an FDA cleared ECG in the watch, making it effectively an over-the-counter health device. Will blood pressure monitors and medical-grade sleep studies come next for smartwatches in 2019?
4.Magic Leap One
The next step for AR headsets.Magic Leap’s wildly hyped augmented-reality technology finally emerged in a real product in 2018, and it amounts to more of a step-up improvement over Microsoft Hololens than anything massively new. But the company’s focus on artists and creative experiences over enterprise has resulted in a more playful set of ideas from developers so far, from alien gardening to hauntingly real holographic assistants. As augmented reality expands beyond phones and into mass-market glasses and goggles someday, and as immersive entertainment and theater continues to explore the real world, Magic Leap’s first steps forward could end up being a milestone, especially as Microsoft readies a next-gen Hololens and Apple’s rumored developments in an AR headset continue to loom.
5.In-screen fingerprint readers:
Soon to be everywhere.Samsung’s Galaxy S10 phone could include ultrasonic fingerprint reader tech made by Qualcomm, and it’s just one of several in-screen fingerprint readers that emerged this year. Full-screen displays without buttons or back-mounted fingerprint scanners are likely to become the norm, and could change how phones look and act in 2019, while Apple and others simultaneously pursue face-unlocking biometrics. Maybe they’ll make their way into dashboards and wearables too.
With the holidays of gift-giving behind us, it’s time to reflect on the impressive year we’ve had. In short (and like every other year), 2018 brought innovation to all new levels with incredible technology. Of course, a new idea doesn’t necessarily mean success. Innovation isn’t just about a new technology or design. It’s about the implementation of the technology and contribution it makes to our society. Here’s our roundup of the most innovative products we’ve featured over the past year.