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Products we saw at CES 2020 that did not materialize

From devices for productivity, entertainment and even personal care. Every year, the CES fair delights us – and on many occasions overwhelms us – with technological innovations of the most varied nature.

Futuristic prototypes, but that are destined to become failures or remain as a simple anecdote , and other gadgets that could be transformed into true successes. The event has everything.

With the CES 2021 fair around the corner, we compiled some of the products that we saw in the previous edition but that have not managed to materialize as mass consumer technology. By the way, a reminder to moderate expectations with all ads.


Robot Ballie

More than a smart assistant, Ballie is a companion. This a rolling sphere, reminiscent of the BB-8 robot from the Star Wars saga , allows you to manage multiple household devices, such as turning on the television, activating the washing machine or taking care of the curtains, among other tasks.

Samsung has not given lights of when it could materialize it, so it is not completely ruled out.

Horseshoe Bend

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Two thousand and twenty was not a good year for Intel. However, during CES the chipmaker looked enthusiastic. One of its main novelties was the Horseshoe Bend, a flexible phone that takes the form of a tablet and offers functions of a computer. A true 3-in-1. It is still in the prototype phase, however, some Korean reports indicate that the company would partner with Samsung and Microsoft to market folding laptops based on its design between 2021 and 2022.

Segway S-Pod

Segway S-Pod

In July 2020, Segway self-balancing scooters received their final lunge. After nearly 20 years, the company announced that it would discontinue these two-sided electric vehicles. Six months earlier, the Segway S-Pod, a kind of electric wheelchair, had been introduced. Considering what happened to scooters , they are unlikely to materialize.


Another from Samsung. Neon is an artificial intelligence system that promises to create "virtual humans" using software. They will be able to learn skills and create memories, establish conversations and show emotions, just like a person. Although Samsung has released beta versions and some demos, it has not yet reached mass consumer products. What is clear is that it will not reach the Galaxy S21 .

They were scared … ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 launch suffered multiple delays

The launch of the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 suffered multiple delays. Although we finally saw them arrive, the pandemic and other complications prevented two products presented at CES 2020 from materializing: the Intel DG1 GPU and the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436.

Intel XE DG1 GPU

The DG1 was introduced as Intel's first dedicated graphics card to compete with NVIDIA and AMD. Although it was unveiled alongside its three partners – Acer, ASUS and Dell – in November 2020, they have yet to officially be released. ASUS could incorporate it into the VivoBook TP470, in January 2021; Acer on the Swift 3x, in March 2021, and Dell will debut it on the 2-in-1 Inspiron 17 7000.

Chromebook Flip C436

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 was unveiled as a premium 2-in-1 laptop during CES 2020. It was first expected to launch in February, then March, until it finally arrived in April. And it did not disappoint. The 14-inch laptop is packed in a magnesium-lined chassis, a 10th-gen Intel Core processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.

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