Some Cool Tech Makes Good on its Promises in January, Some Doesn’t

With registration for CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2020 scheduled to open this month, I thought we’d revisit the CES 2019 show stoppers. Let’s see if products lived up to their hype.

First up, 5G. Not much progress to report around the world. A few implementations here and there with promises of much more coverage in 2020. 5G, lots of hype, and no proof to back it up.

Wiser Systems, Inc. real-time asset tracking system lives up to its hype. NASA chose the company as a top 10 finalist in the Global iTech competition in May. The Global iTech competition highlights technologies benefitting future human-crewed space flights.

Foldable smartphones are inching toward broader release. Lots of talk and patent filings but not widely available. Samsung Galaxy Fold can be pre-ordered. The Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone available through their online store, but will set you back over $2000.

One of the most popular products of CES 2019 was in the news recently, the meatless hamburger. Burger King began selling the Impossible Whopper nationwide last month. The Impossible Foods burger was named “best of the best” at CES 2019.

VR continues to surge forward in business uses. SyncThink’s EYE-SYNC device which utilizes VR received the FDA’s Breakthrough Device Designation in February of this year.

Vive Pro Eye made a splash with its use in the MLB Home Run Derby VR at CES 2019. HTC Vive released its Vive Pro Eye in June to the North American market. Explicitly designed for professionals for use in such business areas as training and consumer feedback.


Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

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