It is easy to think of CES as a magical and magical country that has only existed for a few days.

The whole thing is essentially "Brigadoon" with less vocals and over $ 30,000 of massage chairs.

And, with about 180,000 participants, it's about the size of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Now that it has disappeared in the ether for a year, here is a glimpse of what stands out.

The least surprising trend: The rise of machines

Skynet's jokes flew quickly and easily, thanks to robots of all shapes, sizes and goals imaginable. Delivery robots. Robots folding laundry. Boxing robots. Robots playing ping-pong. Robots to help you sleep. Robots to purify your air. Robots who just want to be kissed. Robots to play with your pets. Come to CES 2022: robots to play with your robots.

The biggest battle: Amazon vs. Google Assistant for Amazon

In a trend that could be even worse if the world of "A Quiet Place" came to fruition, these two are waging war for everything and anything to be activated by voice. Depending on the technology available at CES, you will soon be able to talk to your shower, your toilet, your oven, your refrigerator, your pressure cooker, your bike, your lawn mower and your glasses. And think, just a few years ago, that this same behavior would have led you into an institution.

The least intimidating technology: Mui

You can get news and weather updates, send and receive messages and run other smart devices from this home control hub. What is so special about it? It's literally a block of wood with a sliding digital display to activate.

Most terrifying development, non-robotic division: Fly Uber

A company whose business model is based on one of the three things that your mother has always harassed you about – not running with scissors and always wearing clean underwear – prepares customers to take the step of ride in a car with a stranger. flying car with a stranger.

The biggest U-turn: Apple plays well (somehow)

Not only does Apple never attend the convention, but the company often tries to steal its thunder. Nevertheless, the CES 2019 debuted with a large sign on the side of the SpringHill Suites near the Las Vegas Convention Center that touted the privacy features of the iPhone. The virtual presence of Apple has increasingly included surprising ads that consumers could access iTunes via the upcoming TVs from Samsung, Sony, LG and Vizio without the need for Apple TV. The tech giant was not nice enough to show up, but little by little.

The least anticipated beneficiary of the new technology: Bees

You may be mad at a bee or two, but the rapid decline of their world population could be catastrophic. Recipient of the CES Innovation award, BeeLife's self-powered BionLife hive fights climate change in the hive while providing a defense against the largest predator of bees, the Varroa mite. If you save the bees, you save all the plants that they pollinate and you save the world. In addition, more than honey barbecue wings for everyone.

The most confident participants: Visitors on the stand Orig3n

Gene Insight has offered free life tests that allow crowds to place vials containing their DNA in large bins. Has any of these people ever seen "CSI"? You keep these DNA samples with your life until you are slapped with a court order.

The most promising sign that we could avoid the seemingly inevitable subjugation by robot lords: La Crosse Technology

The Wisconsin-based company presented some of its wares over a banner that simply and succinctly stated what they were: analog clocks.

Contact Christopher Lawrence at clawrence@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4567. To follow @life_onthecouch on Twitter.