The world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, showcases everything about technology from futuristic to functional, to downright wacky. CES 2019 was no different. It brought us affectionate robots, smart clothing and nappies, flying taxis, foldable smartphones and, uh, luggage with ears that wiggle when you pet it.
HERE’S OUR ANNUAL WEIRD AND WACKY GADGETS OF CES:
Royole FlexPai Foldable Phone
We’ve seen teasers about it for more than a year and, finally, the world’s first foldable smartphone-tablet combo has been unveiled. The Royole FlexPai is a 20cm device with a flexible spine that folds as if you are closing a book. The scratch-resistant screen is made of flexible plastic and bends from zero to 180 degrees, which won’t crack. It has a dual SIM and wireless charging capabilities, a fingerprint sensor, a large battery and two cameras (20Mp telephoto and 16Mp wide angle). The leap in technology is remarkable, but we have to wonder how useful it will be to the average consumer. Available later this year.
Welcome to Wired to the Web. My name is Nafisa Akabor and I’m a technology journalist covering business and consumer tech for the last 13 years. I’m passionate about start-ups, smartphones, mobile payments, travel tech and electric cars. I’m usually unashamedly taking food photos (@nafisaeats on IG).