CES 2022 Recap: Best Tech Products
The recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 in Las Vegas was smaller this year and was held both virtually and in-person because of Covid concerns. However, companies still had plenty to show off to audiences, both virtually and in person. Of all the amazing and beautiful gadgets on display at the CES 2022, these are the products that stood out the most within their categories.
Samsung QD-OLED TVs with NFT Support
Samsung announced new QD-OLED TV models that use mini-LED. The new series has a redesigned New Home Screen UI with several organizational improvements and an NFT Store. The 65-inch model also boasts a 144Hz refresh rate for reduced lag while gaming, four HDMI 2.1 inputs, immersive sound, and a Neo Quantum Processor to optimize the image quality of anything you’re watching or playing.
Sony A95K QD-OLED TV
Sony’s new Bravia XR Master Series A95K QD-OLED TV is the first-ever quantum dot OLED TV. It uses a Samsung-made QD-LED panel and comes in 55-inch and 65-inch versions. It promises 200% the color saturation of an LED-LCD screen with better black levels, better viewing angles, and support for 4K/120Hz.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 Monitor
Samsung unveiled the new Odyssey Neo G8 Monitor, its latest curved screen gaming release. This 34-inch monitor is the first monitor with both 4K resolution, a 240Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time, so it’s most likely going to be extremely popular with PC gamers. The Odyssey Neo G8 has a full 3840×2160 resolution, a substantial 1000R curve design, Quantum HDR 2000 with a 2,000nit peak brightness, and a million-to-one static contrast ratio for improved picture quality.
AnkerWork B600 Video Bar
Anker announced the launch of an “all-in-one” device designed to improve communications for employees working from home. The AnkerWork B600 sits on top of the computer display like a traditional webcam, but it combines several communication elements into one device that includes a camera, speaker, microphone, and light. It eliminates the need for several devices, can help you focus in loud environments, and remedy poorly lit spaces.
Samsung Freestyle Projector
Samsung’s neat new Freestyle projector offers the customization capabilities of Samsung’s smart TVs with portability. It has 1080p resolution, 360-degree sound, and a 100-inch picture, and it’s small enough that you can take it anywhere, making the potential use cases seem endless. Whether you want to stream Netflix on your ceiling, take it on a camping trip, or use the Freestyle as a projector for your PC or laptop, it’s all doable.
Labrador’s Assistive Robot
Robot maker Labrador announced the launch of its Retriever robot. CES has historically been known to present different types of robots, including many designed to look and act like people or animals. But Labrador says its Retriever robot was designed to be truly useful in helping people with limited mobility move stuff around their house who need assistance at home.
The system works via touch screen, voice, or mobile app. Like a personal assistant, the robot can respond to certain programmed reminders, like delivering prescribed objects at the right time. The system is self-driving and guides itself through the home using a proprietary navigation system that fuses algorithms from Augmented Reality with robotics to create 3D maps of the home.
Sengled Smart Light Bulb
Lighting products maker Sengled showed off a smart light bulb at CES 2022 that monitors your health without you needing to wear a smartwatch monitor. Sengled’s new smart light bulb uses radar technology to monitor biometric measurements such as heart rate, body temperature, and other vital signs. The Smart Health Monitoring Light uses Frequency-Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar and Sengled’s proprietary AI algorithms to help monitor the health data.
While one bulb is enough to take several health measurements, multiple bulbs used together in a network offer even more functionality. According to Sengled, multiple bulbs connected via a Bluetooth Mesh create a “virtual map” that can detect people’s movements and determine if someone has fallen. The network can then send for help directly or send an alert to allow someone to check on the person.
Asus Foldable Laptop
While several companies have already launched foldable versions of phones, the idea has not yet caught on with laptop computers. Asus released their Zenbook 17 Fold, a 17.3-inch flexible touchscreen laptop with a kickstand on the back so it can stand alone as a monitor or folded up like a foldable phone to create one continuous screen running from the top of the laptop down to a virtual keyboard on the lower half.
If you’d like a physical keyboard, the laptop pairs with the ErgoSense Bluetooth keyboard, which you can place on the bottom section of the screen, making the whole thing almost indistinguishable from a regular laptop. The laptop is about 44 centimeters across, but it folds down to about 32 centimeters, which is great for packing up back and forth to the office.
Chevrolet Silverado EV
When Ford made the F-150 electric, the world’s truck manufacturers took note. Now, more than a year on, the electric Chevy Silverado has arrived. Similar to the GMC Hummer EV, the Silverado EV utilizes a bespoke electric vehicle platform and can go more than 400 miles on a single charge. The new Chevrolet EV has a giant moonroof and a monster infotainment screen on-board, taking the Silverado into the modern age.
John Deere Autonomous Tractor
John Deere’s fully automated tractor technology allows the brand’s most popular row crop 8R 410 tractors from the past three years to operate autonomously. Using six pairs of stereo cameras for 360-degree obstacle detection, positional GPS, and an Nvidia GPU, the autonomous tractor can till fields independently while avoiding obstacles. If anything looks wrong, the tractor can stop and ask the farmer for help. The autonomous tractor will be available to farmers later this year.
BMW iX Flow
The concept of personalization is very popular right now in the auto industry. But while most of the efforts are focused on the interior, BMW is bringing the concept of personalization to the vehicle’s exterior. The German automaker showed off its new color-changing paint technology powered by the same E Ink technology found in the Kindle and Pebble at CES 2022. A BMW iX Flow at CES drove around and easily switched colors from black to white.
The surface coating of the BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink contains many millions of microcapsules, with a diameter equivalent to the thickness of a human hair. These microcapsules contain negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments, which become visible when an electric field is applied. However, don’t expect to see this at your local BMW dealership anytime soon – BMW says this is just an advanced research and design project.
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