Leo did not go to CES this year, and he's glad he didn't because it's filling up with insignificant junky stuff that looks like people desperate to find something interesting. There was a Gameboy Nintendo remade by a Chinese company called "HyperKin." Samsung did not announce the Galaxy S9, but said it'll probably be announced in March. There were some leaks about the S9 that make it sound like it's mostly the same as the S8, but it'll have a new camera that will do dual apertures with a single lens. Samsung did announce a Bluetooth speaker that aims at your ears without headphones. No pricing or availability was announced.
There were a lot of robots, and Sony showed its updated dog robot, but most of that isn't available to buy. There was also a foldable electric bike, a foldable electric wheelchair, augmented reality motorcycle helmet that was an Indiegogo campaign in 2016. It's called the Skully and it had a rearview camera that would display in front of you, 180 degree view on your visor, turn by turn navigation, voice commands, phone calls, music, but never came out. Now a company called Phoenix AR announced it'll be available later this year for $1900. There was a headset that would do an electronic reading of your brain. There were lots of internet connected appliances like dishwashers, ovens, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. Then there's the Kohler bathroom, with capacitive touch faucets that you can talk to and give specific instructions to. You could tell it to give you a cup of water at a certain temperature, have a shower ready for you a certain time, and play your playlist through the shower speakers. It also had a toilet that could warm the floor as well as the seat, plays music, and has Echo integrated. If this is anything like airport bathrooms where the automatic features don't work, it could be very frustrating. Japanese company Toto had a marble covered bathtub that could simulate floating in space with a series of integrated jets that lift your feet off the floor, and the surrounding LED lights to add an interstellar ambience, and it cost $19,000. We saw a Chinese phone maker called Vivo that had a fingerprint reader under the screen, which Apple said it couldn't do.