Feb 4, 2020

CES 2020 Highlights

As always, the Consumer Electronics Showcase showcased hundreds of amazing ideas and innovations this year. We’ve pored over the highlights and below are some themes and trends we found especially interesting.

Food & Beverage

Eco-friendly food alternatives, meat in particular, are on the trend menu. Impossible Foods introduced its Impossible Pork. With 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions coming from livestock, the benefit of meat substitutes can reduce environmental impact and meet the needs of a growing global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. With the recent devastation to China’s pig population, and a 40% loss due to swine fever by the end of 2019, Asia will likely become a target market for Impossible Foods. Pork is widely consumed across the region, where 4.4 billion of the world's 7.8 billion people live.

Urban Development & Cities of the Future

Automaker Toyota introduced its prototype living lab, The Woven City. Toyota purchased a 175-acre plot at the base of Mount Fuji that formerly held a defunct manufacturing plant, and plans to transform it as a city of the future.

This “living laboratory” will include full-time residents and researchers who will test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility and smart homes, in a real-world environment.

The city is meant to be sustainable, powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell technology and rooftop-mounted photovoltaic panels. The city name is derived from Toyota’s historical beginnings as a weaving and textile company, which they’ve carried forward into weaving multiple technologies, platforms and sustainable transportation together across a singular living space. The city will weave three parallel lanes of transportation together as well: autonomous vehicles, personal mobility vehicles and pedestrian green spaces. The hope is that with a successful prototype, others will replicate the idea.

Health & Wellness

The trend of the quantified self and self-tracking continues to grow with the further introduction of health sensors in consumer products, and apps to read and analyze the results.

  • Withings ScanWatch can more deeply monitor and analyze your sleep and detect sleep apnea. It includes an electrocardiogram, photoplethysmography for optical heart rate and SpO2 for blood oxygen levels.
  • Valencell Ear Buds measure not only your hearing rate, but also blood pressure, for those who need to closely manage stress and detect hypertension.
  • Oral-B iO through a connected toothbrush provides real-time data and analysis of the user’s brushing with pressure-sensor technology.

Data-driven health-are and putting that in the users’ hands continues to move forward.


Smart-auto and high-tech interior experiences continue to dominate this vertical.

  • The Sony Vision-S. The biggest surprise was a car rolled out by Sony, the Vision-S concept car. Although Sony is not getting into car manufacturing, it served as a showcase for their work in automotive sensors. The concept car had 33 sensors in total, as well as widescreen digital displays and 360 audio.
  • Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR, “a completely new interaction between human, machine and nature.” Features include a battery run on organic cell chemistry, scale-like roof flaps, and axle design to allow sideways movement.