CES 2019: the latest launches and tech news
The modular TV is here (almost)
The biggest news from CES 2019 so far is undoubtedly Samsung’s 75-inch Micro LED modular TV.
At last year’s CES, Samsung blew us away with its mammoth 146-inch modular TV. This year however, they’ve scaled things down to something a little more consumer friendly – but that doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive.
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It uses Micro LED technology which works in a similar way to OLED, in which the pixels themselves emit light rather than allow light through from a backlit panel. This means the TV itself can be extremely thin while still offering incredible contrast ratios with perfect blacks. It also means TVs can be as thin as 4mm.
But the most striking thing about this TV is that there is no visible bezel around the edge of the screen. That’s because it’s made from lots of square panels that fit seamlessly together. The idea is that you can have a TV of any shape or size anywhere in your home.
It may be a couple of years before we start seeing these types of TVs on the walls of our living rooms and kitchens, but Samsung has certainly made a huge leap towards making modular screens more accessible to everyday consumers.
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Other TV news
TVs always feature big at CES and this year is no different. 8K is expected to be top of the TV agenda for most, and Sony were one of the first to reveal their first mainstream 8K offering.
Both of the 8K TVs that Sony showcased where huge, one at 85 inches and the other at 98. This is probably a little more than most living rooms (and wallets) can handle, but it does tell is that Sony is serious about 8K viewing and they’re sure to be revealing more soon.
JBL true wireless earbuds
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JBL has a reputation for top notch audio quality and at CES this year, they unveiled their range of true wireless earbuds. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘true wireless’, it simply means that there are no wires at all – just a pair of tiny wireless earbuds.
We won’t have to wait long to see these on shelves either, JBL will be launching their Tune 120TWS in early 2019, with three more models coming out later in the year.
It’s the Tune 120TWS that we’re most interested in though - they look super-stylish and are compatible with both Siri and Google Assistant. You’ll get around 4 hours battery life with an extra 12 hours from the charging case.
Other models in the range feature up to 30 hours of playback on a single charge, a waterproof design for swimmers and JBL’s PowerHook, TwistLock and FlexSoft technologies for a secure and comfortable fit.
Snoring relief band from Philips
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Wearable tech is growing at an incredible rate and one of the fastest growing areas is health-monitoring wearables. We expect to see plenty of new innovations from the likes of Fitbit and Garmin over the next few days, but Philips are here with something slightly different.
They’ve developed the SmartSleep Snoring Relief band. Statistics show that almost half of all men snore and about a quarter of women, so if you’re a snoring sufferer, or worse, a sufferer of someone else’s snoring, this could put an end to those sleepless nights.
The band is worn around your chest, it monitors your sleep through the night and can tell whether you’re sleeping on your side or your back. Snoring is generally worse when we sleep on our backs, so if it detects that you’re on your back, it will gently vibrate encouraging you to roll onto your side – much better than an elbow in the ribs!
Smart home security gets even smarter
Video from Ring
So far, a handful of companies have shown off their latest smart security tech, but it’s the Amazon-owned company Ring that’s had the most to say. Ring has unveiled 13 new smart gadgets from smoke sensors to smart lights. But it’s the Ring Door View Cam that really stands out.
The Door View Cam is an update to the previous Ring Doorbell 2. It’s battery powered so no complicated wiring is needed. But the best part, it’s designed to fit over an existing peephole. Just remove the peephole on either side of the door and the Door View Cam can be installed straight over the existing hole – no extra drilling needed.
It’ll still work as a standard peephole, but you’ll also get all the extra smart features like motion alerts that let you know when it sees something out of the ordinary, and Alexa support – just ask your smart assistant to show you the front door to see who’s there.
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