What The Tech?

Technology can be mind-blowing, innovative and awe-inspiring. We often have no idea how the tech products and services we use are created. Or how the intrinsic circuits and computing power function.

We just expect them to work, almost like magic… until they don’t. Then what do you do? Well it’s time for the tried and trusted powering off and on, or banging the object on a hard surface (of course that’s the solution.)

The creative minds of the engineers and designers that bring new technology products into existence deserve recognition.


CES is the global stage where next-generation technology innovations are debuted into the marketplace. It is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association. Each year, CES showcases over 4,400 exhibits. The companies range from technology manufactures and developers, to technology suppliers and delivery systems. There are usually over 170,000 attendees at each conference from over 160 countries.

Here are two products introduced at CES that left me saying, “What the tech?!”


Reverse Microwave:

At the moment, Juno is still in prototype stage. This product rapidly chills beverages like wine, beer, soda and coffee in under 1 minute! I am an iced coffee fan. Turning my hot brew into a cold drink in less than 60 seconds sounds amazing.

Where can you buy Juno?

Unfortunately it’s not for sale quite yet. You will have to wait until October 2020 for Juno to be available for public retail.

How does it work?

First, you take the beverage of your choice and place the bottle/container into the Juno vessel. Next, using MATRIX-powered thermoelectric technology, Juno cools your drinks to your deserved chill level. While you wait,tThe LED status bar lets you know when the chilling is complete and your beverage is ready.


Ping-Pong AI Robot:

Omron has created a robot named Forpheus that uses AI to play ping-pong. It is Omron’s future vision of achieving harmony between humans and machines. Forpheus has the ability to play as well as any ping-pong professional, but this AI is also a team player. It will adjust skill level to match its opponent so you can have a fun rally. You will even be encouraged by Forpheus’ coaching messages displayed on the LED screen.

How did they come up with the name Forpheus?

It is a combination of “For” and “ORPHEUS (a bard in Greek mythology as a symbol of human creativity)”, representing Omron’s attitude of bringing out human creativity and possibility.

How does it work?

Forpheus has 5 cameras. 2 that track the ball and 2 that observe the human player. And 1 high-speed camera on the racket to determine the type of spin on the ball. The multi-axis robotic arm acts like a human elbow and wrist.


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Hannah Borland

Hannah Borland

Marketing Manager at Excelar Technologies. MBA Candidate UBC Sauder School of Business. Exploring career opportunities in marketing and brand management in CPG and wellness industries.
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