What’s Happening at CES 2023

These are the innovative prototypes, products, and ideas that clearly signal towards the future

CES 2023 is underway and we are already seeing an exciting number of announcements from manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic. The event will run from January 5 to 8, 2023. There will be exhibitions at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC) and the Venetian Expo, while the home entertainment-focused C Space at the ARIA can be visited from January 5 to 7.

Some of the brands attending include Samsung, Sony, LG, and Hisense. Samsung will be focusing on smart home products, Sony will likely lift the lid on a handful of new 4K and 8K displays, LG will have an array of innovative products, and Hisense will unveil a range of TVs and possibly a soundbar or two.

Intel, AMD and Nvidia will also be present, with Intel and AMD likely to unveil new mobile processors and Nvidia potentially unveiling a new RTX 4070 Ti GPU.

JBL Tour Pro 2 Wireless

Source: Roger Kisby on Wired

At CES 2023, JBL unveiled the Tour Pro 2, which is its first pair of wireless earbuds with a built-in touchscreen. You heard it right. The new JBL earbuds have a 1.45-inch touchscreen integrated into the battery case that’ll allow users to adjust the volume of their music, switch between tracks, and switch between listening modes. You don’t ever have to worry about checking battery levels on your smartphone. It also shows push notifications from your smartphone. The earbuds themselves are high-end and boast active noise-cancellation and support for spatial audio. The device has an IPX5 water resistance rating for use during exercise and a battery life of eight hours with active noise cancellation on, requiring only a 24-hour trip to the charging case. The JBL Tour Pro 2 is expected to be available in the Spring of 2023 for $250.

Sony and Honda Afeela

Source: CNET

At CES 2023, Sony and Honda revealed their first electric vehicle prototype, a four-door sedan, under the brand name Afeela. The vehicle is set to feature Level 3 automated driving capabilities and will be initially manufactured at Honda’s North America factory. In addition, the car will be equipped with 45 cameras and sensors inside and outside the vehicle in order to ensure safety and security. The Afeela car has screens installed in the interior, transforming it into a multimedia entertainment hub. Qualcomm’s technology allows Afeela drivers to process large amounts of data related to road conditions, navigation, and safety while driving. Additionally, the Afeela’s emotive rear lights can be programmed to display various images or flash different colors, including in response to other drivers’ actions. Sony also revealed that the car will feature best-in-class entertainment for customers, and will be integrated with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. The first shipment of Afeela vehicles will go to customers in North America in the spring of 2026 and pre-booking starts in 2025.

Withings U-Scan

Source: Roger Kisby on Wired

At CES 2023, Withings unveiled the Withings U-Scan, a pebble-shaped device to detect biomarkers in urine. The U-Scan is a device that allows users to test various markers in their urine. Each marker requires a separate paid subscription to be measured. The U-Scan will initially be available in two versions: one for general wellness markers and one for monitoring hormone levels in women to track their menstrual cycle. The device will be available for purchase in Europe later this year for £500, in addition to the cost of the monthly subscriptions. It is designed for use at home, as opposed to a fitness tracker that is worn on the wrist.

Samsung 77-inch QD-OLED

At CES 2023, Samsung Display announced that it will be manufacturing 77-inch QD OLED screens designed for TV use in 2023. Samsung launched 55 and 65-inch screen sizes with the debut of the QD OLED technology in 2022. The company also claimed a peak brightness of 2000 nits for its 2023 QD OLED panels, achieved on a 3% HDR window.

LG Signature OLED M3

The LG Signature OLED M3 is a 4K OLED TV that can be connected to various devices wirelessly through an external hub, which can be placed up to 10 meters away from the TV. It is offered in three sizes: 97, 83, and 77 inches. It is equipped with features suitable for gaming, including a 120Hz refresh rate, Wi-Fi 6, and support for G-Sync/FreeSync.

Lenovo Smart Paper

Lenovo’s Smart Paper is a new entrant to the CES 2023 show in the growing market of smart notebooks. It is an e-ink tablet with a long battery life that allows you to take and store notes. The 10.3-inch monochrome display is responsive and clear, and the textured glass provides a writing experience that feels like paper. The package includes both a pen and a folio case, making it ready for use right out of the box.

Motorola ThinkPhone

The Motorola ThinkPhone is a business-focused phone that is both fun and secure. It has the classic ThinkPad design, including a red keyboard nub, and is compatible with the ThinkPad laptop range. The same charger can be used to charge both devices, and the Think 2 Think software allows you to use the phone as a webcam. The ThinkPhone also has a durable design, a large battery, and a 120Hz OLED display, making it a high-end phone as well.

Asus ProArt StudioBook

The Asus ProArt StudioBook 16 3D OLED laptop is an innovative device that features autostereoscopic 3D technology, which allows you to view 3D objects on the screen without needing to wear 3D glasses. This makes it easier for creators to examine their 3D creations from different angles. The laptop also boasts an OLED panel for high-quality, accurate color display, which is important for professional creators. In addition, it is equipped with powerful components such as an RTX 4070 GPU for fast performance.

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