One of the most influential tech conventions in the world, CES or Consumer Electronics Show is an annual convention held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Winchester, Nevada. Held every January, CES is an event that allows various tech companies including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology to showcase their brilliant innovations across various categories like Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Robotics, Space Technology and more.
As it does every year, CES 2022 left us awestruck with some of the most cutting-edge innovations, right from a self-driving car to a media chair, and even a cool robot shelf. Take a look at the best innovations of ’22 showcased at CES.
Cadillac Innerspace Concept
The Cadillac Innerspace Concept is a dramatically luxurious, two-passenger EV that functions on a new autonomous concept. The self-driving vehicle presents itself with a futuristic, spaceship-like design on the outside, and a lavish, technologically-advanced interior. Taking the place of a steering wheel is a massive, panoramic LED screen with AI-driven biometric interfaces that allows passengers to select from Augmented Reality Engagement, Entertainment and Wellness Recovery themes for their drive. Despite the low-positioned seats, entering and exiting the vehicle will be a piece of cake thanks to the glass roof that opens along with the doors.
Mercedes Vision EQXX Concept
Another concept car with a futuristic vision, Mercedes’ Vision EQXX Concept is an all-electric vehicle that can be recharged by the solar panels placed on the roof. These will deliver power to the electric system, which will supply power to the auxiliary units in the VISION EQXX. In addition to reducing the energy demands of the high-volt system, the solar panels also add more range that can produce up to 25 km extra range for long-distance journeys. Sustainable materials like mushroom roots and bamboo fibres are used in the interiors to create a minimalist design that contrasts the extravagant exteriors.
BMW iX Flow
Could you imagine being able to change the colour of your car with one press of a button? BMW translates the unimaginable into its iX Flow concept car that uses E-Ink Technology, the same as the one used for Amazon’s Kindle. On the press of a button, an electric charge is applied to the wrap, upon which the embedded microcapsules draw out different pigments to the surface, allowing the vehicle to take on that colour. Although BMW has only added white, grey and black to the model, the company does plan on creating more pigments that can be added in the future.
While electric cars have become all the fuss, electric bikes aren’t far off. Damon Motorcycles released their first electric motorcycle HyperSport in 2020 and unveiled their second one, HyperFighter at the CES ’22. With a starting price-tag of $19,000, the HyperFighter includes high-tech features like the CoPilot safety suite that scans for potential danger and alerts riders through haptic feedback on the handlebar, a shift-ergonomic system that allows you to transform your riding position with an adjustable handlebar position, and Damon’s HyperDrive system, which uses a custom-made, centrally-located battery paired to the electric motor for saving weight. Along with that, the HyperFighter also features a massive powertrain of 200hp and over 200Nm, allowing it to go from 0-100kph in 3 seconds.
Sony Vision-S 02 SUV Concept
Extending its services to the automobile industry, Sony unveiled its second EV, Vision-S 02 SUV. While the vehicle lacks any noteworthy standout design, it is quite advanced. While there is a steering wheel in the car, Sony states that the vehicle has a high degree of autonomous driving capabilities supported by over 40 sensors. A large panoramic screen with smaller individual screens along the width of the dashboard, 5G connectivity for over-the-air updates, advanced lip-reading technology for accurate voice commands, and in-car cameras to monitor passenger comfort, are some of the amazing features in the Sony Vision-S.
LG Media Chair
LG’s unique concept called the Media Chair is a single-person home movie theatre that comes with a recliner seat and OLED display, both placed inside a semi-circular structure. Fitted with the company’s built-in Cinematic Sound technology, the OLED display vibrates and creates its own sound, without any additional speakers. Apart from this, users will also be able to rotate the display vertically or horizontally by pressing a button on the touchscreen control panel of the right armrest. When the recliner seat is adjusted the display rotates too, creating an optimal viewing experience.
Samsung Odyssey Ark
One of the most impressive looking monitors, Samsung’s Odyssey Ark is the brand’s largest gaming monitor to be ever made, with a curved screen spanning 55-inches. It has a sleek and slender design with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a jaw-dropping 4K resolution. The Odyssey Ark is also said to offer a multi-view mode supporting both horizontal and vertical orientations, so the screen will adapt the display according to the user’s requirements. A wireless dial controller will be available with the monitor that will reportedly manage the monitor’s lighting and the interface.
Anker Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K
Anker is a brand associated with designing some of the most innovative creations that make one’s life easier. Adding to their list of innovations is their Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K, which is the brand’s first laser projector. It is also considered to be one of the ‘world’s most compact 4K laser theatre’, perfect for anyone missing out on movie theatres. While it can up to 150-inch images with its 6,000 Lumen light source, the Cosmos Laser can produce up to 2400 ANSI lumens onto a surface, which is perfect for outdoor viewing. Anker has also incorporated built-in 30-Watt speakers with AiFi, Dolby Audio and EQ support for clear audio in outdoor spaces. The company has announced that the Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K will be available from March 2022 and priced at US$3,000 approximately.
Labrador Robot Shelf
With a slightly lesser crowd at CES this year, several companies took a step back from robotic creations. However, the Robotics startup Labrador Systems proudly showcased its debut with the Labrador Retriever Robot Shelf. It is essentially a shelf-on-wheels, but with a mind of its own. A prototype design, Labrador Retriever is designed to carry out minimal functions around the house like navigation, fetching a few things (if they are as easily accessible), etc. Owners will have to set a limited number of “bus-stops” (spaces around the house like the kitchen, living room, etc.) for the machines, which can be followed verbally or through voice command applications like Alexa.