Robot penguins and retracting TVs at Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show Americas

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) got underway in Las Vegas on Monday, providing a glimpse into the future of consumer technology.

Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC and Nvidia are among the big players in attendance, many with new announcements and products to show off.

Major trends include smart home devices, AI, autonomous and connected cars, and virtual reality. The latest in TV technology was also on display, as LG demonstrated a consumer version of its ‘roll-up’ OLED TV R, which retracts into a base when not in use.

Smart doorbells were also featured by several companies, including Amazon-owned Ring’s Door View Cam. The technology will connect users’ smartphones to their doorbell with a camera, and will notify them when people arrive. In some cases, they can also remotely control opening the door.

Alongside the major announcements were a number of more unusual offerings, including a machine that folds your laundry after you feed it into an opening, a robot penguin that patrols your home, and a smart plank of wood with integrated LED displays.

CES is organised by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a standards and trade organisation representing more than 2,200 tech companies across the USA.