With more than 4,000 companies at the 2018 CES, it’s difficult to share only a handful of memorable products, but here are some columnist Marc Saltzman would really like to get his hands on when they debut.
LAS VEGAS—What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas — at least hopefully not for a bunch of the products showcased here last week.
Some of the technology that debuts at CES, the annual consumer electronics show, turns out to be “vaporware,” that is, it will never make a commercial debut for one reason or another. But the following ten products should have a chance vying for space in your home or driveway.
Virtual reality hasn’t taken off as fast as many predicted, but perhaps it’s because of the annoying cables coming out of the back. Or with some models, you need to shove your phone inside the headset. Instead, Lenovo’s Mirage Solo is the first “self-contained” VR headset. It doesn’t need a phone, PC, or video game console. Based on Google’s Daydream platform, you’ll download games over Wi-Fi to the local 64GB of internal storage (or snap in a microSD card), or you can sideload games using USB. It ships with a remote and will be priced under $400 when it debuts by the summer.
A store on wheels?
Toyota chose CES to unveil e-Palette, a concept for the future of autonomous (“self-driving”) vehicles. Perhaps one day in the not-too-distant future, your vehicle will not only drive you around from point A to point B, but deliver you food on-demand, and even serve as a mobile storefront that brings products to you instead of the other way around. Toyota is teaming up with Uber, Pizza Hut and Amazon, to start, but the first live demonstration of Toyota e-Palette won’t be until the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.