A glimpse of the future at CES: Celebs, parallel reality, and next-gen toilets at the big tech show

GeekWire’s Taylor Soper tests the latest in high-tech toilets, and virtual reality, at the Charmin booth at CES 2020. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

CES is becoming less of a place where companies unveil game-changing products, and more where they show attention-grabbing ideas.

That’s one of the takeaways from GeekWire’s CES 2020 coverage team, managing editor Taylor Soper and photographer/videographer Kevin Lisota, who just returned from several days at the big technology show in Las Vegas.

On this episode of the GeekWire Podcast, they recap some of the strangest things they saw at CES, but also some of the most interesting and impactful products and trends. Plus, celebrity sightings, cutting-edge food and robot companions.

Listen above, subscribe to GeekWire in your favorite podcast app, and see links to the stories and topics we discussed below.

Amazon and Ring

  • Amazon signals big ambitions for automobiles with expanded presence at CES
  • Amazon devices chief on Sonos accusations: ‘We have tried to be a great partner to them’
  • ‘Alexa, pay for gas’: Amazon unveils voice control feature to buy fuel at Mobil and Exxon stations
  • Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff on ‘productizing’ privacy and staying the course amid controversy
  • Here are all of Google’s voice assistant announcements from CES as it battles Amazon
  • Inside Amazon’s CES media event: Shaq shows up, touts Ring, makes drinks with celeb chef Guy Fieri

Demos and experiences

  • Delta Air Lines debuts crazy ‘parallel reality’ airport experience based on Seattle startup’s technology
  • Hands-on demo with Charmin’s new toilet paper robot and fart smell sensor at CES
  • CES: Smart toothbrushes go from concept to reality as industry giants embrace more tech
  • Video: Pizza-making robot arrives at CES to feed hungry attendees, thanks to Seattle startup
  • We tried Impossible Foods’ new pork, the latest fake meat from the Bill Gates-backed company

Tech trends

  • Privacy is front and center at CES as execs from Apple, Facebook, others debate key tech issues
  • CES: These are the consumer tech trends to watch for 2020 and beyond, according to show organizers

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