Of course, he was not a regular Consumer Electronics Fair (CES) – Las Vegas’ annual mecca every January to kick the tires with new technology, as various exhibitors and journalists (including his own) decided to cover the show remotely due to the wave of omicron cases and related travel challenges.
But the 55th CES still managed to impress with several hundred products that debuted last week, both in person (albeit with reduced participation) and virtually, for those not in Sin City (such as Last year’s online-only CES).
CES serves as a glimpse into the near future of consumer electronics trends. It is the program that launched pop culture products such as the CD camcorder and player (1981), DVD (1996), HDTV (1998), DVR (1999), satellite radio (2000), Xbox (2001), Blu- ray Disc (2003) Smart TVs (2005), tablets (2010), driverless cars (2013), and 4K UHD TVs (2014), to name a few.
The following are some announcements from CES 2022 that caught my eye. I’ll focus on gadgets and gear, which I’ll quickly follow up with an article on automotive tech in the future.
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Arcade1Up Infinity Game Table
Arcade 1Up has enjoyed success over the years with its line of retro gaming cabinets, those 3/4-size arcade machines that feature classics like the Galaga and Ms. Pac-Man, as well as counter-top and face-to-face models and virtual pinball tables.
The latest Arcade1Up gaming experience is Infinity game table (starting at $ 699), a touchscreen table that includes classic board games that can be played by up to six people. This includes games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, Candyland, and Trivial Pursuit, among others, using the fingertip on the 24- or 32-inch high-resolution impact-resistant and water-resistant screen. Haptic feedback means that you will feel a slight tactile vibration when, for example, you roll the dice or sink a battleship.
If you want to play at your kitchen table or living room coffee table, the legs of the Infinity game table are removable.
Because it is Wi-Fi enabled, you can play against others around the world or buy new games that can be downloaded from an online store.
Moen Smart Faucet with Motion Control
Moen not new to touchless faucets, but its latest model, Moen Smart Faucet with Motion Controlrecalls an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in which Captain Picard asks the replicator for a hot cup of Earl Gray tea.
Like some other Moen models, this kitchen faucet allows you to move your hand in front of the sensor to start and stop the flow of water; You can also control the temperature by gestures in the air.
If you have an Alexa or Google-enabled smart speaker nearby, you can request a specific temperature and amount of water. Place a saucepan under the tap and ask for two cups of hot water. There is also an application to create presets, such as “coffee pot”, “dog bowl” or “bottle”, with the desired amounts and temperatures. Baking enthusiasts can even request precise measurements.
It will debut this spring, but Moen also chose CES to sport some sleek handleless models, in late 2022.
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The world’s largest OLED TV from LG
The day before the show, LG Electronics pulled the wraps off the world’s largest OLED TV, at 97 inches. In a word, wow.
Yes this 2022 G2 Series TV It’s too big for the wall you’d like to hang it on, the company also introduced an 83-inch model, to complement its existing 55-, 65- and 77-inch televisions in this class.
As you probably know, OLED (pronounced “oh-led”) displays are incredibly thin and light (which makes them easier to mount) because each pixel is its own light source, so no backlighting is required. Along with crisp colors and unprecedented contrast ratios (including super dark blacks), these televisions consume more power than other types of TV panels and enjoy wide viewing angles.
These LG models are smart too, with the latest webOS 22, which features personal profiles and NFC Magic Tap (to mirror a mobile device’s screen to the TV), as well as room-to-room sharing, which can mirror the content of a room. TV to another in the home.
A 2-pound portable projector from Samsung
Samsung, however, introduced the Freestyle, a portable projector that weighs less than 2 pounds, so it can be used to project a movie on the ceiling (thanks to its 180 degree bracket) or project on a wall (or on the side of a tent while camping), up to 100 inches. Samsung says it also has 360-degree sound and far-field voice control.
On a related note, Samsung presented its ecological TV remote control that does not require batteriesas they added a solar panel to charge using the sun (yes say near a window) or regular lights in a family room. By 2022, the South Korean tech giant is adding the capacity of get energy using radio waves from devices in the home, such as a Wi-Fi router.
Speaking of TV Atmosphere – a leading cable alternative offering free TV streaming for businesses – chose CES 2022 to Announces Partnership with TikTok, adding the trendy social platform to its existing list of content partners like America’s Funniest Home Videos, Red Bull, and X Games.
Atmosphere says it has 20 million monthly unique viewers in doctor’s offices and gyms, bars and restaurants, and currently streams 250,000 hours of content a day from owned and operated channels such as Chive tv Y Happy tv.
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Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 Laptop
Innovative new laptops are raising eyebrows at CES.
The only Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 It features an industry-first ultra-wide 17.3-inch main screen with 21:10 aspect ratio, along with an 8-inch secondary screen to the right of the keyboard. For example, you can participate in a Zoom call on the main screen, but take notes with a stylus (included) on the smaller screen.
Or a digital artist can use the 8-inch side screen as a palette and the main screen as a canvas. An accountant or bookkeeper, on the other hand, may choose to transform the 8-inch touchscreen into a giant calculator. The smaller screen can also mirror your smartphone screen.
This multitasking wonder should be available in May 2022, starting at roughly $ 1,399.
Like many of the Lenovo ThinkPad laptops, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 can also include Privacy Guard (reduces visibility at side angles) and Privacy Alert (which alerts you with a shield icon on the screen if the webcam detects a someone looking over his shoulder).
ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold Flexible LED
ASUS also demonstrated versatility with its Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, also a 17.3-inch computer but it is a flexible panel that can be folded in half (when, say, put it away), it opens full screen to use as a tablet with fingertips. fingers or via the Bluetooth keyboard (included) or slightly bent while holding it like a book.
When it ships in 2022, the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED will have a Harman Kardon certified stereo four-speaker sound system with support for Dolby Atmos.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism