Consumer Electronics Show 2022 (Jan 5 to Jan 8) just got over in Las Vegas. Since 1967, it has gained foreground as the most influential tech event in the world. A proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators, CES is where the world’s biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage.
The top 10 products at this year’s meet:
1. Pozio Cradle: A charger that ‘blocks’ eavesdropping
Wireless chargers have been around but this one is with a difference. Pozio uses patented technology that works in the background to prevent the always-listening microphones in smart devices from hearing private conversations. Simply place the smartphone in Pozio Cradle to charge the phone and it immediately starts protecting the user’s privacy as well.
2. Samsung Freestyle projector
Samsung calls it “a projector, smart speaker and ambient lighting device all rolled into one lightweight, portable device.” Freestyle has a cradle that can be rotated up to 180 degrees, which means users don’t need a separate screen and can show videos almost anywhere. It has been launched in the US and is likely to come to other markets, including India.
3. Headphones with an air purifier
Ible introduced Airvida E1, a neckband that comes with a built-in air purifier. It claims to have 8 hours of battery life when used as an air purifier and headphones. If one uses it only as an air purifier then it can last up to 30 hours. Ible is known to make wearable air purifiers that can eliminate harmful airborne particles.
4. A bulb that measures heart rate
Sengled is a well-known lighting company in the US and its latest product is a smart health monitoring light. This wi-fi and Bluetooth enabled bulb monitors health using radar technology. Users can track their sleep as well as heart rate, body temperature and other vital signs. The bulb is still under development and is expected to be launched later in 2022.
5. LG Washing Machine: The one that senses how much detergent is needed
The LG FX washing machine can sense load size, fabric type, and level of soiling. On the basis of that, it automatically adds the recommended amount of detergent and adjusts the wash cycle for optimised cleaning. Not just that but it has an infrared sensor that accurately measures the temperature of the clothes during the drying cycle and makes adjustments automatically to ensure even drying
6. Asus Zenbook 17-Fold OLED
Foldable laptops aren’t really new but Asus has made it more practical. A 17-inch laptop primarily but when folded it becomes a 12-inch tablet. It has a powerful speaker system and a powerful processor. Likely to launch later this year and may come to India.
7. Kohler PerfectFill
Kohler used smart bath tech to create PerfectFill, a smart drain, digital/app controller and bath filler. PerfectFill draws a bath to a preferred temperature and desired depth with a simple voice command or through an app. Expected to launch in May with no information about India launch.
8. TCL smart glasses
Again, not a new tech as such but TCL seems to have refined the smart glasses experience. TCL NxtWear Air supports 3D imagery and have dual stereo speakers. There are two micro-OLED displays and two interchangeable front lenses. Expected to launch in the first quarter of 2022 and is unlikely to launch in India.
9. TP-Link Archer AXE200: For better signal
TP-Link’s router can automatically position its antennas in such a way that you get the best signal for your devices. The device is expected to launch later this year.
10. Samsung Eco Remote
Samsung’s remotes could be charged using solar energy. However, this year Samsung has gone one step further. The new Eco Remote can be charged through radio frequency harvesting. What this means is that the remote could be charged through radio waves that are emitted through something like a Wi-Fi router.