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How to invest in the trendiest tech of CES 2021
From air taxis to smart glasses, here’s how to back some of the hottest CES tech.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) of 2021 made many a headline — and not just because this was the first time in its history the event was held virtually. As tech companies took the opportunity to trot out the latest in consumer electronics, we caught a glimpse of numerous groundbreaking gadgets, including rollable phones, air taxis and personal robots, to name a few.
1. Sony (SNE)
Sony had several surprises in store for CES 2021. Consumers may be intrigued to see Sony’s primary venture into flying drone territory with its Airpeak drone: a four-rotor drone equipped with a Sony A7S III camera capable of shooting in 4K.
Sony also released its 2021 lineup of Bravia TVs, which include 100-inch LCD and 83-inch OLED displays. The TVs use an Android TV OS and will also be equipped with the Google TV UI and HDMI 2.1 support.
Sony also announced something it dubs a Spatial Reality Display, which took home one of CES 2021’s Best of Innovation (BoI) awards. The display is capable of tracking the position of your eyes as you look at the screen and adjusts the 3D image being projected in real-time to simulate the effects of a holographic display.
You can buy Sony stock on the NYSE under the ticker symbol SNE.
2. General Motors (GM)
Ever heard of air taxis? Think of the animated Hanna-Barbera cartoon, The Jetsons — except in real life. Technically, this one comes from Cadillac, but Cadillac is a subsidiary of General Motors, so if you want to back this gravity-defying mode of transport, you’ll need to buy GM stock.
Cadillac has unveiled its eVTOL air taxi: a four-rotor aircraft that essentially functions as a single-seater personal drone. The eVTOL is powered by a 90-kWh battery and can reach speeds of 56 miles per hour. While no definitive timeline has been released, the buzz alone may help propel GM’s stock into the limelight.
You can buy General Motors stock on the NYSE under the ticker symbol GM.
3. Gentex (GNTX)
And speaking of vehicles, Michigan-based auto parts business Gentex released its new multifunctional rearview mirror. The mirror sports an integrated video screen to help drivers keep tabs on passengers while staying aware of their vehicle’s surroundings.
The mirror effectively eliminates the need for cumbersome dashcams, offering the same functionality within the rearview mirror itself.
You can buy Gentex stock on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol GNTX.
4. Vuzix (VUZI)
Vuzix is helping to usher in the newest generation of smart glasses with MicroLED technology. The company’s freshest set of smart glasses feature dual-display cameras and sensors, wireless smartphone integration, noise-canceling microphones, stereo speakers and gesture-based touch controls.
Best of all, the uLED display engine is so small — about half the size of a penny — that the glasses could pass as designer eyewear.
You can buy Vuzix stock on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol VUZI.
5. Nvidia (NVDA)
Nvidia, one of the leading US-based semiconductor businesses, has a handful of new GPUs ready for market. Chief among them: the RTX 3080, equipped to navigate 4K gaming and high-quality video editing. While the RTX 3080 clocks in at a whopping $1,999, Nvidia has a number of chips on offer, down to its RTX 3060 for $329.
This new series of desktop chips are designed to outperform even Nvidia’s highest quality chips from last season. And that’s saying something.
You can buy Nvidia stock on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol NVDA.
6. IBM (IBM)
Sony wasn’t the only company on this list to take home one of CES 2021’s Best of Innovation (BoI) awards. IBM also snagged an award in the Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation category for the completion of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship, a joint venture with ocean research nonprofit ProMare.
The AI-driven boat is one of the world’s first fully autonomous ships and will set sail on its first major mission from Plymouth, England, for Plymouth, MA, in the spring of 2021. The ship has the ability to operate, navigate and sail without a human crew and has been designed to help scientists collect information about our oceans.
You can buy IBM stock on the NYSE under the ticker symbol IBM.
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