CES 2020

Samsung announces Ballie, a personal robot that helps you manage your smart home

Samsung announces Ballie, a personal robot that helps you manage your smart home

While many of us expect Samsung to get up on stage and announce phones, tablets, or even TVs, the company threw us something of a curve ball tonight. During a presentation at CES 2020, Samsung announced a new robot companion named Ballie. Ballie almost looks like a real-world BB-8 from the Star Wars sequel trilogy, as it rolls along the floor and helps you with your day-to-day tasks.

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CookingPal Julia smart cooking system will almost do everything for you

CookingPal Julia smart cooking system will almost do everything for you

Smart devices are invading the kitchen. It started with a tablet that would let you follow step-by-step cooking videos and then reached refrigerators that could see what they store inside. Now CookingPal is taking kitchen intelligence to the next level with Julia, an intelligent autonomous cooking system that will not only suggest meals for you but will almost do all the cooking too. Presuming you have all the ingredients ready, of course.

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Wemo and Phyn offer even more smarts for your home

Wemo and Phyn offer even more smarts for your home

Everything around us is getting smarter, from the phones in our pockets to even the plugs we put on our walls. They can be a bit overwhelming at times and yet also miss out on opportunities to make more efficient use of limited natural resources inside the house. That's where new products from Wemo and Phyn, both members of the larger Belkin International, come in to make smart homes and people even smarter.

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Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods work with Linksys mesh wi-fi devices to track the people living in a home. This system tracks breathing, tracks sleep, and detects falls. The Wellness Pods are one of two parts of the latest round of devices in this home monitoring system from Linksys. The Linksys Vehicle Presence Detection system allows the user to detect motion and/or breathing when the vehicle is turned off, aiming mostly at accidentally forgotten children or pets left in unattended cars.

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Linksys 5G modems and WiFi 6 mesh internet devices revealed for 2020

Linksys 5G modems and WiFi 6 mesh internet devices revealed for 2020

This week Linksys brought their first set of 5G devices to the public at CES 2020. This range of devices is aimed at release for "Spring 2020" and more will be revealed throughout the year. Linksys revealed one 5G mobile hotspot, one 5G modem, one 5G mesh gateway, and one 5G outdoor router. Linksys also showed off a couple of Wi-fi 6 (or WiFi 6 if you prefer) devices, one WiFi 6 mesh router and one Velop WiFi 6 mesh internet system. 5G and WiFi 6 are popping up in a big way here at CES 2020 - look at the full set!

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New Belkin Chargers power through CES 2020

New Belkin Chargers power through CES 2020

It may have just announced its first diversion into a new market with the Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker + Wireless Charger but Belkin hasn't forgotten about its core product line. In fact, it is flooding the CES 2020 showroom floor with chargers and power banks, figuratively, of course. Riding the wave of recent trends, almost all of Belkin's new 2020 chargers are of the wireless variety and the one that doesn't at least sport a USB-C connection to accommodate most of the latest smartphones, tablets, and even laptops.

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NIU smart e-mopeds are coming to the US, sold directly to consumers

NIU smart e-mopeds are coming to the US, sold directly to consumers

Thanks to high-profile companies like Tesla (and its equally high-profile CEO), electric vehicles have captured the attention of mainstream media. Although most of the EVs presented take the form of cars and trucks, those aren't the only kind of vehicles in the market. Electric bikes and mopeds don't always get the spotlight but NIU will try to change that by offering its smart electric mopeds to the US market, selling directly to consumers this time.

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Belkin Soundform Elite combines a Hi-Fi speaker with a wireless charger

Belkin Soundform Elite combines a Hi-Fi speaker with a wireless charger

Accessory maker Belkin is probably best known for its chargers, cables, and power banks but now it is dipping its toes into a brand new market. It partnered with audio brand Devialet to develop a new audio accessory that doesn't simply connect to a speaker but is a speaker in its own right. And something more up Belkin's alley, the Soundform Elite Hi-Fi smart speaker also doubles as a wireless charger to boot.

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PlayStation 5 logo unveiled at CES 2020, nothing more

PlayStation 5 logo unveiled at CES 2020, nothing more

While Sony does have a lot to say at CES 2020, it is almost comically mum about its upcoming console. It might be reserving its big splash for a more opportune, gaming-centric event but it doesn't seem to have figured out how to hype it over a prolonged period of time. It did have one thing to say about the PlayStation 5, though, and that pretty much boils down to its official logo. It's better than nothing but, all things considering, its silence might be a bit worrying.

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Sony Vision-S is a surprise car showcase of automotive tech

Sony Vision-S is a surprise car showcase of automotive tech

Sony has built a concept car, the Sony Vision-S, to demonstrate the way its sensors and other technology can be turned to automotive applications and prove once and for all the CES really is turning into a car show. A surprise unveil at Sony's press conference at CES 2020, the Vision-S is a rolling test-bench for the company's efforts in safety, electrification, and entertainment.

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Bluetooth LE Audio official – and the uses will surprise you

Bluetooth LE Audio official – and the uses will surprise you

As we enter into 2020, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is announcing a new specification for audio over Bluetooth. Just as we have devices that can leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), we’ll soon see audio devices that use Bluetooth LE Audio. It sounds like it’ll be some time yet before we hear more about Bluetooth LE Audio, but at CES this year, the Bluetooth SIG is outlining a couple of potential applications for the spec.

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Impossible Foods debuts its plant-based pork alternative at CES

Impossible Foods debuts its plant-based pork alternative at CES

Impossible Foods, the company best known for its realistic 'burger' product, has debuted its plant-based pork alternative at CES 2020. The 'meat' was announced this evening alongside an offer for attendees to sample the product. As expected, the 'pork' is intended to be used as a substitute for actual pork meat in dishes that call for it.

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