CES is back, and this 2023 edition was another exciting step into a new normal for tech events. It was stimulating to experience much more energy, products and friends than at last year’s CES. Still, it was a challenge to see as many products and technologies as possible, and even more difficult to choose the ones we like the most. But it had to be done, so here are the best of CES from Ubergizmo, in no particular order:
ASKA flying car VTOL with lithium battery
ASKA has developed the ASKA A5, a vehicle that can drive like a car (wings retracted) on roads, take off vertically (VOTL) like a helicopter and fly like a (winged) airplane for distance and efficiency. What’s not to like?
This “flying car” is made of advanced materials such as carbon fiber and fancy metal alloys. Because of this, it’s lightweight and durable enough for potential applications such as “emergency response, military use, as well as on-demand ride-sharing services,” says ASKA.
Bespoke Samsung Flex fridge with Family Hub Plus
For years, Samsung has been pushing the idea of using the fridge as a family and digital hub. It all started with a refrigerator with a roughly integrated tablet. However, the 2023 Family Hub Plus Edition 4-Door Flex Fridge is impeccable 32 inch touch display Integration with a computer many times the original Family Hubs.
Additionally, Samsung’s Family Hub content and app ecosystem is now much more complete, making the concept much more appealing… if you can afford it. After all, many people are not aware of how clean the surface finish of the product is. If you have the opportunity, see the made-to-measure products in a store.
LG Signature M3 Wireless TV
LG is no stranger to big TV innovations and has been leading the OLED TV market for years, even in rollable TVs! This year, the new LG Signature M3 Wireless TV is aimed at customers who value design above all else. As designers sometimes say, “less is more”.
This LG TV could expand the space, not against a wall but in the middle of the room. It could offer a window into another world or become a work of art. LG’s proprietary wireless protocol has been carefully designed to avoid radio interference and display a 4K/120Hz image as if you had a high-speed wired connection. Expect the competition to copy this soon.
Lenovo YogaBook 9i
Being small, light and fast is nothing special in the laptop world anymore. Of course, specialty laptops can be any combination of these three, but that may not make you more productive. The Lenovo YogaBook 9i is the first commercial laptop with a true dual display setup that makes everyone more productive!
Its design is comparable to any other 13.3-inch laptop in terms of weight and size when closed. However, you also need to pick up the external wireless keyboard and foldable stand to complete the package. You don’t need to use either accessory as you can get by with the virtual keyboard. Now let’s hope Lenovo builds 15.6-inch and 18-inch versions!
Acer Predator Helios 18 gaming laptop
Acer’s new Predator Helios 18 gaming laptop offers an extremely large display area in a powerful mobile gaming rig. Its 18-inch display has a resolution of 2560×1600 with refresh rate options from 165 to 250 Hz. A 16-inch version is also available.
Thanks to the 13, you can reach those insane speedsth Gen Intel Core processor options (with up to 32GB RAM) paired with NVIDIA’s newly announced RTX 40 series for mobile devices. Acer also offers up to 2TB of SSD storage with the rare RAID0 option for maximum read speeds.
Alienware x14 and x16 gaming laptops
The Alienware x14 R2 could be the “world’s thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop” according to Dell, Alienware’s parent company. We can believe it because this computer looks extremely thin despite a configuration that goes “up to” the NVIDIA RTX 4060 80W paired with an Intel Core i7 13620H.
If you like the style of the x14 but want a bit more hardware, check out the Alienware x16 as it can be configured with faster hardware (RTX 4080 + Core i9 13900HK). Both laptops offer excellent image quality and could be used by creative professionals.
L’Oreal HAPTA lipstick applicator for people with disabilities
The L’Oreal HAPTA is a “makeup applicator” that helps people with motor disabilities to perform gestures that otherwise require relatively high precision of movement, such as applying lipstick or drawing an eyebrow. Developed in partnership with Verily Life Sciences (an Alphabet/Google company), this device uses stabilization technology that most people would compare to a smartphone gyro stabilizer.
At the moment, lipstick is the first beauty application of this technology, but L’Oreal is open to other use cases. HAPTA is slated to launch sometime in 2023 under the Lancôme brand.
Airgo Pro 3 & Airgo 3 Audio Smart Glasses
Airgo doesn’t pursue your classic smartglass market that claims to put a screen in front of you. Instead, the company aims to deliver spatial audio in a convenient and convenient form factor: open-ear audio.
The idea has been exploited before, and we have some Anker Soundcore (upcoming review) that are good examples of audio goggles. But Airgo delivers spatial audio like no pair of glasses have had before, so it’s clearly commendable. We like this form factor because nothing covers your ear or enters your ear, making it much more comfortable to wear.
TDK Energy Harvesting InWheelSense platform
TDK demonstrated the latest version of Energy Harvesting InWheelSense Modules at CES. Little known to the general public, InWheelSense could become an indispensable sensor for future semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles that benefit from more sensors and data.
This module uses the movement of the car to generate energy that local sensors can use. The amount of energy is not huge by smartphone standards, but it is a multiple of what is normally available to wheel sensors. This allows more accurate data to be collected at a higher rate, giving a car’s computer more information to analyze and react to.
The ThinkPhone is a Motorola smartphone intended to be paired with Lenovo’s ThinkPad line of products. If you remember, Motorola was acquired by Lenovo in 2014. At CES, the ThinkPhone demonstration showed excellent integration with a ThinkPad X1 Carbon, where you can remotely control the phone from the PC, use the phone as a PC webcam (rear + front cameras), share the clipboard between both devices and much more!
The interaction between the phone and the PC is the best we’ve seen, and the ThinkPhone even has a dedicated “TrackPoint red” button on the left to activate some functions. What we saw ran smoothly and was anything we had seen before.
Movano Evie Smart Ring: health wearable for women
Evie’s smart ring may be poised to take a big place in the smart ring market pioneered by brands like Oura. Evie can track many health metrics including resting heart rate, heart rate variability, SpO2, respiration rate, skin temperature variability, steps taken, active minutes, calories burned, sleep stages and duration. However, it can also track “periods, ovulation, and menstrual symptoms,” which is why Movano calls it a product for women. Unlike other rings, Movano is seeking FDA clearance for the device to show users that the products are compliant ISO13485 and cGMP certifications.
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