Shaping the future of electronics design at CES

What’s next in consumer electronics? Each year, all eyes turn to CES for a glimpse at the hottest trends in tech. This year, we got into the action, too: From January 8-11, we showed CES attendees how our materials help make tomorrow’s trends reality.
At CES 2019, we demonstrated how our materials are helping to make tomorrow’s technology reality.

We believe we were the only materials supplier to exhibit at this year’s show, giving us an opportunity to open the industry’s eyes to what’s possible when materials and consumer technologies converge. Take the Embr Wave, for example. This intelligent bracelet from Embr Labs hacks the way people feel temperature – helping users feel cooler or warmer by 5 degrees within minutes. This innovative wellness wearable features an interface that is injection molded from Makrolon® 2407 polycarbonate. See how the Embr Wave is bringing thermal wellness to the world in this video.

At our booth in Eureka Park, we also demonstrated how our Maezio™ Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites elevate the elegance and beauty of the KerfCase Wireless Charging Pad.

Materials also play an important role in connected designs for electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and ridesharing. For example, the Byton M Byte incorporates electronic features to enhance the rider experience. Hop into this electric vehicle and see for yourself here.

While at CES, our own Joel Matsco also kept an eye on the latest trends in consumer electronics. Here’s a peek at what intrigued him the most.

Advanced features

Joel saw many of the same technologies at this year’s show, such as drones, mobile phones, copiers and printers, and accessories. Yet, he noticed a few new, enhanced features in these products. He also observed a higher sophistication in lens technology for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets. LG made a splash with its rollable OLED TV, while other companies showcased an expected advancement in 4K and 8K display quality in pixel density and color richness.

Next-gen network

This year’s show completed the transition of 5G technology from concept to reality, with devices featuring 5G protocols on display. One of these was a 5G base station, which looks similar to other small cell base stations but allows for more bandwidth in smaller packaging. By the same token, more routers and network equipment were tagged as “5G-ready.” Joel believes that once select cities begin experiencing 5G speed and low lag, there will be more use cases, especially in autonomous driving and AR experiences.

Impact of IoT

The area where Joel saw the biggest growth is in start-up connected devices. From connected irrigation and environmental monitoring systems, to security monitoring devices and wearables for every ailment and wellness trend – this technology made a widespread impact at CES.

Influence of color and design

Light has become a tool in designers’ color palettes, with an increased use in devices. Joel also noticed a more extensive use of paint and metallization of plastic parts than in previous years. Additionally, start-up devices and prototype parts are becoming more refined. Advances in 3D printing and higher access to various rapid prototyping technologies are allowing inventors to show off more aesthetically appealing prototypes that inspire.

Take a peek at the other cutting-edge technologies our experts saw at CES:

After hours, we also supported the Designer Night party on January 10 – mixing and mingling with the CES design community. We look forward to continuing to work with electronics designers to create technologies that push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

For more information, email us: plastics@covestro.com.

Makrolon® is a registered trademark of the Covestro group. Maezio™ is a trademark of the Covestro group.


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