if you thought today’s tech was cool, smartphone photos that rival SLRs, 75 inch 4k TVs, and smart speakers that let you play one of 40 million songs just by asking for it, wait till you get a load of what’s to come next year 2019 will likely see no shortage of great gadgets and gear worth getting excited about
hey everyone welcome to Fyotar Countdowns that looks at the latest in tech trends and sometimes we look to the future as we are today , and in this post we take a peek at what to expect over the coming months including products we’ll likely see debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas to kick off the new year
Samsung’s Galaxy X foldable phone, while a few companies will have foldable phones that essentially turn the device into a big-screen tablet when unfolded, Samsung the world’s number one smartphone maker is expected to debut its so-called galaxy X or Samsung galaxy flex depending on whom you ask at some point early in 2019 whatever you call it, this first foldable galaxy device will support a 4.5 inch display when closed and then folds out to a tablet style 7.3 inch OLED screen, I can see many applications for a device like this, so hopefully it’ll be as innovative as it sounds.
Wi-Charge, right now wireless charging means that you need to place your phone down on a pad in order for it to charge up without needing a cable, but what if you could just have it on your kitchen counter or a night table or maybe at a coffee shop, and it just starts charging up there wirelessly, that’s the idea behind Wi-charge, an Israeli technology that you’ll likely hear more about in the coming months, it charges up devices without needing them to be lying on a charging pad, it uses a transmitter elsewhere in the room using infrared light to transmit power to the battery inside the device, it is said to be safe as well.
Oculus Quest, oculus VRs next heads is officially called Oculus Quest, and it’s slated for a spring 2019 release for about 399, not only is it a standalone VR headset meaning you don’t need to plug it into a PC console, or snap a smartphone into it, but it’s got an impressive display resolution of 1605-1440 ppi and has 64 GB of internal storage to hold downloadable apps, plus it’s got expandable memory, and uses four Ultra wide-angle sensors to assess your movement, on the content side Oculus Quest should ship with more than 50 titles along with virtual reality or VR expect more augmented reality or AR in the coming year as well.
Smell-O-Vision with VR, wait… what? that’s right in case virtual reality isn’t immersive enough for you, by folding in 360 degree vision with head tracking, specialized audio, and haptic feedback vibrations tied to touch, 2019 may be the year you also smell your content on VR, from a company called VAQSO VR, Vaqso enabling users to experience multiple smells during VR experiences. As has been shown off since last year, Vaqso’s scent module mounts multiple plastic cartridges under your eyes and just above your nostrils, using a fan to waft scented oils as they’re triggered by the game you’re playing. The Vaqso VR device can be connected wirelessly through Bluetooth or by a USB, ok the idea does seem ridiculous, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to give it a go.
Smarter Electric Cars, the hit vehicles at the LA Auto Show in late November are Tech marvels, the 2020 Rivian R1T, and R1S concept cars are being billed as the world’s first electric adventure vehicles, which give you upwards of 400 miles range, that’s from San Francisco to Yosemite and back, with its quad motor system for superior control on road and way off-road, wading depth of up to 3 feet and up to 11,000 pounds of tow rating seating for up to 7 people in one of these models, so we’re talking 0 to 60 in 3 seconds with zero emissions and a ton of cool tech features, of course, you can expect to see more innovations in 2019 tied to self-driving or autonomous cars as well.
5G Is Coming, as you may or may not have heard, 5G or 5th Generation cellular wireless technology is expected to be a 100 times faster than the speed of LTE or 4G, look I’ll believe it when I see it!! but still now that the infrastructure is built and carriers are continuing its testing, we’re hearing it is ridiculously fast to the point that people may not need Wi-Fi in their home anymore, the Sprint 5G network for example is still due to go live in the first half of 2019 with nine cities including New York, LA, and Phoenix, as examples, and many smartphone makers are readying their 5G support and products as well.
AI Goes Mainstream, Google’s duplex technology is a crazy smart and realistic AI platform that can call and make restaurant reservations for you, and you can expect Google duplex rolled into devices in 2019 like Google’s own pixel phones, Google home, and maybe the next-gen pixel book ,this controversial technology is meant to make our life easier as we can have AI handle things like reservations and appointments as you heard but that’s just scratching the surface of where this AI tech can go.
Virtual Newscasters, on a related note have you seen China’s newest broadcaster he isn’t real but he sure looks at the development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation, a virtual TV anchor has joined the station Sogou, Chinese news agency powered by AI the new anchor learns from live broadcasting videos, he’s fed news stories by someone but he can tweak his intonation and facial expressions and soon be fed just the facts and he can draft his own report for you truly utilizing artificial intelligence, yes we should all be worried about AI replacing our jobs in some way shape or form, but not quite yet they are however able to work 24/7 and they don’t take a sick day unless there’s a computer virus of course.
LG’s OLED TVs for 2019, LG recently confirmed in a blog post it has developed a new processor for its high-end OLED televisions called the Alpha 9 Gen 2, and this chip is set to power the companies 2019 OLED TVs that will catch a glimpse of at CES in January, according to LG this processor will deliver images that are more true to life than ever and offer improved color sharpness and depth, now this kind of language is to be expected by TV makers every year but apparently the 8/9 Gen 2 chip is capable of delivering this 4-step noise reduction process it’s aimed at eliminating artifacts and other problems in a picture to deliver a cleaner look.
Computational Surfaces, while they may debut in 2019 it might be more of a 2020 thing that’s computational surfaces or surface computing, we’re not talking touchscreen LCD or LED screens here, but rather paper thin transparent OLED panels with touch support, these can be on mirrors walls and windows all connected to Wi-Fi or 5G, and with many computational abilities like delivering 3D graphics, think Minority Report if you will and applications that range from commercial and residential, to retail and industrial, automotive and educational.