CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect New EVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

By Paul Riegler on 5 January 2020
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The Consumer Electronics Show, which prefers to be known as the CES, will open its doors Sunday, unleashing an avalanche of giant TVs, robots, sex toys from the future, and all kinds of gadgets, many with Alexa built in.

What the CES is not is a platform for some of the world’s largest tech companies including Apple, Amazon, and Google, to launch new products as they tend to prefer their own more intimate events that they can better control.  Apple hasn’t launched a product at the CES since then-CEO John Sculley unveiled the revolutionary but ill-fated Newton personal digital assistant there in 1992, but one of its senior executives will participate on a privacy panel this week.

Another speaker will be Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, who will speak on the future of tech.

Automobile manufacturers will be there in force, perhaps more so this year given that the North American International Auto Show, traditionally held after the CES in Detroit, is rebooting and moving to the much more climate-hospitable month of June. While the CES lacks the cachet of an international auto show and isn’t used for premieres, carmakers use the Las Vegas show to throw the spotlight on electric verhicles, autonomous driving, and new business models.

BMW will tease attendees with the BMW i3 Urban Suite interior concept, which the Munich-based company said has the “relaxed feel of a boutique hotel,” with a large seat with footrest, a screen that flips down from the headliner, and a “personal Sound Zone.”

Ford will show off its highly anticipated mass-market 2021 Mustang Mach-E EV crossover, while General Motors will demo integration of Amazon’s Alexa Auto voice-controlled virtual assistant in a new Cadillac CT5.

Mercedes-Benz will reveal a concept car envisioned as “a completely new form of interaction between human, technology, and nature,” and will show off its EQ EV lineup.  The first, the EQC electric compact crossover, should arrive in the United States next year.

Finally, Nissan will display its Ariya electric crossover, a five-seater it expects to offer in the United States in 2021. The Ariya, Nissan says, will be able to go 300 miles (482 kilometers) on a single charge with a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of under five seconds.

On the smart assistant front, Amazon, Google, and Samsung are expected to announce software updates and new capabilities.  Samsung is expected to demo its Neon visual digital assistant – the company calls it an “artificial human” – but details are scarce. 

Expect a series of privacy panels as the industry tries to recover from the multiple debacles of the past few years.  And the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group behind the CES which stripped an award last year for a high-tech vibrator after calling it “immoral, obscene, indecent, profane, or not in keeping with CTA”s image” and four months later returning the award to the company, seems to have relented on adult products as the CES will offer build-your-own vibrator workshops this year.

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