The Slight-Game-Changers; TVE’s Pick From CES 2018

The Slight-Game-Changers; TVE’s Pick From CES 2018

Reading the reviews coming out of this year’s CES event we have noticed a lot of people begrudgingly describing the innovations as merely evolutionary rather than revolutionary; that companies are simply adding to last year’s technologies rather than launching anything ground-breaking and new.

Is this such a bad thing?

Here at The Value Engineers we don’t always aim to re-invent the wheel, and appreciate that close-in innovation and modification can be key to driving change.

So here’s our selection of Best Ofs, exploring the slight-game-changers from CES 2018.

  1. For changing the TV market one-inch at a time: LG’s W7 OLED TV.

A television screen so flat it can hang on the wall by magnets, with a built in a9 chip increasing the level of information the screen can process, and built in Google Assist so that you can now watch high-quality TV, order a pizza and have more space in your living room; evolving your Friday night in, but not too drastically.

  1. For moving the still-young 3D printing market forward: Desktop Metal’s DM Studio & Production Systems

This commercial-focussed 3D metal printer is aimed more at industrial consumers than for home use, and despite costing circa $50k, it could revolutionize the manufacturing industry. By using 3D printing software to create a multitude of metal products it could add a level of efficiency to the industrial manufacturing trade that is becoming more and more necessary as the intricacies of production increase.

  1. For making the kitchen smarter than you: LG 4 Door InstaView & SmartThinQ

If you’re like me and constantly opening the fridge door to check what’s inside, despite knowing exactly how little is in there, then you’re in luck. This smart fridge can show you what’s inside, tell you what you can make with it, use Alexa integration to order new products and find a ‘how to video’, and even tell different drawers in the freezer to set to different temperatures depending on the contents within.

While these changes are not earth shatteringly new, they can nonetheless be key points of differentiation within a busy market space. Innovations don’t have to be big to drive change.


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