The most noteworthy technology at CES 2023 we couldn’t ignore

CES 2023 is back in fighting form after a more muted existence over the past two years. The world’s largest tech companies have descended on Las Vegas once again, and they’re bringing some pretty cool goods with them. Among other things, we saw a file Electric boat “Flying”a Huge wireless TV (More on that below) And, yeah, a Pee sensor for your toilet At home (surely more on that below).

This year’s show marks the return of CES in full person. It’s believed to have brought in more than 100,000 people, and more than 2,200 companies have talked about what they expect the next big thing to be. This year — and for the first time since 2020 — CNET editors walked the floors to see the new products and services on display.

We’ve already rounded up a file Must-watch CES highlightsthe The most futuristic technologyAnd The strangest gadgets and gizmos and the Things you will actually be able to buy in 2023. Here is our curated list of the best of CES 2023.

Before we dive into our list of the best of CES 2023, here are the benchmarks we used. We have tried to keep the number of Best Show winners between five and seven. Everything on this list meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • The product includes a concept or idea that has not been seen before.
  • The producer is trying to solve a major consumer problem.
  • A product is a redesign or differentiation of an existing product in a way that sets a new standard in performance or quality.

Finally, to avoid awarding awards to products that may never see the light of day, we gave more weight to those with at least a calendar year release window or schedule, as opposed to products with no planned release date or a more nebulous date.

LG’s 97-inch Wireless OLED TV puts everyone else to shame

LG M3 OLED Wireless TV 97 Inch On Stand.

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the LG M3 Series 97 inch Wireless OLED TV It’s a giant that doesn’t skimp on high-end TV features. This massive beast of a TV combines impressive picture technology with its massive size to be one of the most exciting TVs in recent memory. What really grips it, however, is that it’s completely wireless.

Yes, you no longer have to worry with a bunch of wires behind your entertainment center to make them look like they’re not there. With this TV, they are not.

LG says the 97-inch model should come out in 2023 along with the 83- and 77-inch version. Don’t expect it to be cheap. The wired version of LG’s 97-inch TV costs $25,000, while the 77-inch OLED costs just $2,900. Just to set expectations.

Withings U-Scan will read your urine

A phone screen showing the Withings app next to a toilet sensor

Withings

Have you ever imagined that you can get instant health data at home, just by going to the first place? Soon you will be able to use a Withings U-Scan urination sensor. The device is located at the front of the toilet. When you urinate — and it seems best to sit when you do to get an accurate sample — it collects your urine, analyzes it, and then sends the results to your phone over Wi-Fi.

What kind of results might you ask? or starters, it can monitor your daily ketone and vitamin C levels and test the acidity level in your urine, which can indicate overall kidney health. Use a different cartridge, and women can use it to track their menstrual cycles.

We’ve seen at-home urine test strips require you to get hands-on to get test results, but U-Scan is designed to be a seamless experience. Just do your job and get ahead. The fact that you can take this test every day without even really thinking about it and have the results sent to you right away is what really sets U-Scan apart.

HTC Vive XR Elite is unlike any other VR headset we’ve seen

HTC Vive XR Elite headset, seen from the corner

The XR Elite is a mixed reality VR headset that looks almost, at some angles, like glasses.

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the HTC Vive XR Elite It’s HTC’s latest VR/AR headset, and based on our current time, it might be the best Vive yet when it’s released in lateebruary for $1,099.

Yes, we’ve seen VR headsets before, so what makes this one special? The main reason it is on this list is its size. HTC has shrunk the VR headset down to roughly the size of a regular pair of glasses and less than half the weight of a pair of glasses Quest Pro VR Headset.

If you normally wear glasses, you will not need to wear them while using this. Adjustment dials, or diopters, can change the lens prescription in real time, meaning the user won’t need to wear glasses at all. This is a really useful feature if it works as expected. As someone who wears glasses but has strained in VR the past few years, the combination of the XR Elite’s small and light body and the requirement for no glasses makes VR more appealing to me.

I’m not about to rush out and buy a VR headset, but the technology here looks phenomenal, so let’s hope it catches on.

The BMW i Vision Dee has a must-see display

BMW i Vision Dee Concept

The minimalist design of the i Vision Dee concept is a blank canvas for digital expression

BMW

yes BMW i Vision Dee It’s a concept car, so my first reaction was to take every feature here with a grain of salt, but BMW has confirmed that its coolest and most useful feature, the head-up display, will hit production cars in 2025.

Instead of a traditional dashboard screen, the Dee instead uses an all-windshield HUD. It’s an AR display that uses the full width of the front glass and includes five levels of immersion. Level 1 gives you the basics – a speedometer, some navigation info, etc. Levels 2 through 4 increase the information on the screen and eventually overlay the navigation information on the road.

Level 5 can display a completely virtual environment and is not intended for driving. Or rather, it is not meant for when you are driving, and is instead intended for when you are being driven. This is one of the best on-the-go methods, so check out the BMW i Vision Dee video to see it in action.

The test car also has an E Ink coating on its bodywork that can change color at your own whim. During BMW’s press conference, the presenters made it look like it could have a conversation with you, like your very own KITT, but BMW admitted that it used an actress behind the scenes to show what want to do in the future. Again, HUD has only been confirmed on future cars, so it was the most useful thing to focus on.

The Samsung S95C 77-inch QD-OLED TV gives LG some competition

Samsung S95C QD-OLED phone with green pattern on screen.

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the Samsung S95C It is the company’s first 77-inch TV that uses QD-OLED technology. It improves over the previous year’s model with better anti-glare technology and brighter images. Color in particular seemed to impress our TV expert, David Katzmaier, the most; However, the screen color is slightly darker than LG’s, which tends to wash out the image somewhat.

However, the main reason it’s on this list, besides its high quality, is because it can give LG a run for its money in the high-end 77-inch TV market, which could eventually drive down prices across the board. Good news for those of us looking to buy a great, big high-end TV sometime in the future.

Schneider smart home system will increase your energy savings

Electric vehicle charging and the Schneider Home app

Schneider Electric

Schneider smart home system Not something I considered owning until I moved into a new, larger house in 2020. Let’s just say, I at least grow a few gray hairs when a new bill comes. The system will allow users to save money by scheduling when certain outlets will draw power by controlling breakers, switches, and outlets to prevent energy vampires like TVs and chargers from drawing power when we don’t need it.

For EV users, it can schedule when to charge your car, timing it to charge only when rates are low or if charging can only be done with solar panels.

With electricity rates rising in the home—where I definitely live—and with more devices requiring more charging in our homes, having this kind of granular control, without having to unplug a bunch of things every time you leave the house or go on vacation, is A welcome treat indeed.

The completely surreal in-car Maybach Dolby Atmos sound

Mercedes car shown with Dolby sign in the background

The Mercedes-Dolby partnership remains strong.

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Dolby Atmos is an audio technology – think surround sound 2.0 – that tries to completely immerse you in everything you listen to. Atmos has been around for a while in cinemas and home theaters, but the luxury Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is one of the The first cars you use.

So how good is that? The experience is hard to explain, but I’ll let CNET Editor Bridget Carey do her best. She says, “The music felt like it was floating in the space around me—I couldn’t make out where the speakers were; it made a surreal sound. Listening to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, it was as ifreddie Mercury was floating in front of me.”

Watch the video to get a better idea of ​​Bridget’s experience in the $185,000 Maybach. or those of us who don’t have that kind of cash, Dolby says we could see Atmos being used in more affordable cars. The team is working on adapting the technology to a traditional six-speaker setup, but the exact time hasn’t been talked about yet.

CES 2023 is back with some potentially useful tech. Some new improvements, but at least trying to solve a known consumer problem. There was just too much that could have been on the list. These are only true appearances. Be sure to check out the rest of CNET CES coverage for everything else.


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