CES 2019 Liveblog Day 4: Thursday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas Express News
You’ve made it to the fourth and final day of our CES 2019 liveblog. By now we’ve toured most of the expo halls, seen most of the demos, and touched most of the gadgets. But there’s still more show! Follow along to see reports from Thursday at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the newest updates appearing at the top. For more coverage, try the liveblogs from Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, and the photo galleries from Tuesday and Wednesday.
Switch It Up
There’s nothing particularly life changing about this Nintendo Switch Joy-Con charger by HyperX, except that it’s built a lot sturdier and more thoughtfully than many Switch accessories. If you’ve loaded up on Joy-Cons to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it’s worth a look.—Jeffrey Van Camp
Everywhere you look at CES, there are drones (OK, well, maybe just in the drone section). What we’re now lacking are the pilots skilled enough to fly them, since most require around 100 hours a month to be proficient with a two-handed controller. And if you haven’t logged a bunch of hours on an Xbox, the standard consumer drone controller can feel alien. The Fluidity FT Aviator drone controller is the world’s first one-handed drone controller, and was developed by former astronaut and doctor Scott Parazynski. There’s not much room for error when you’re repairing space shuttles in zero gravity, so Parazynski drew on his experience in orbit and made the FT Aviator extremely intuitive. It also has camera functions, so you don’t have to use an app, and has a lighted display to help you find and guide your drone home when it’s a half-mile away.—Adrienne So
We saw the Navatics Mito earlier this week, and I finally got a chance to try it today. It’s hard to test stabilization features in a quiet tank, but it is very easy to operate, and the Navatics team says that it can go against currents that are flowing up to two knots in speed (that’s around 2.3 mph for the landlubbers). It can travel around 13 mph, with a battery life of around four hours. If you’re a diver, marine biologist, or avid fisherman, you can pre-order it now for shipping in March.—Adrienne So
Gadget-makers at CES 2019 have presented a raft of technology you, a proud mother, can use to track your child from conception, straight through to their teens. For the early end of the process, wearables like the Ava bracelet and the Tempdrop (shown above) both monitor variables like body temperature and heart rate variability ratio to predict a woman’s most fertile days. You can read more about all this technology for tracking fertility and raising a family in Adrienne So’s survey of the trend.
A Cuter Commuter
Segways are so over. I saw the Yamaha spokesperson standing on the TriTown, screamed, ran over, and oddly enough, he let me get on it. The personal light electric vehicle looks something like a tiny BMX bike, with a rear-hub electric motor and a max speed of 15 miles per hour. The dual front-wheel system makes it feel stable, even when it’s standing still. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be on sale any time soon; Yamaha is still doing test marketing this year.—Adrienne So
It may look like a boring phone charging brick, but the Fonebud W is actually an extremely useful phone charging brick if you’re a world traveler. It’s a global Wi-Fi hotspot that works in 90 countries without needing a new SIM card in any of them. You can buy data plans in every country through the device’s app, and they usually charge by the gigabyte. And, of course, it holds a 10,000mAh charge, so it can top up your phone a few times over, either with USB or the built in wireless charger.—Jeffrey Van Camp
Best of Show
We’ve been here all week and we fly home tomorrow, so today is the day we’re ready to pick our selections for WIRED’s Best of CES awards. We’ve selected 10 products from 10 categories, ranging from smart home to televisions to transportation. Sometimes it’s hard to see through all the hype and make-believe here at CES, but if you squint just right, you can see the future.
Bring the Heat
Boiling water for tea or coffee is a multi-minute task that many of us do several times a day, and Heatworks claims it has a solution. It’s showing off a prototype (currently nonworking) of the Duo, a battery-powered water carafe that instantly heats water as it pours through the spout. It uses the company’s Ohmic Array tech to heat water much quicker, and without a traditional heating element. Heatworks claims it will take about 20 to 30 seconds to pour an 8-ounce glass of water, and you can set the temperature to whatever you want, within a degree. It doesn’t have a precise release date, but the company claims it will cost between $100 to $150.—Jeffrey Van Camp
Do You Hear Voices?
HyperX make some of the best gaming headsets around, but its new Cloud Orbit S may be my new favorite. They come with head tracking tech. During a round of Call of Duty, I could hear voices and sounds move from left to right if I turned my head around, giving me better spacial orientation to the screen. The Orbit S are hi-res certified and come with 100mm Audeze Mobius planar magnetic drivers, which also gave them a liveliness not shared by a ton of headsets. Other perks include an extra long USB cord (PC and PS4 supported) and earcups that twist to rest comfortably your shoulders. It will come to store shelves in the United States later this year for $330.—Jeffrey Van Camp