Despite the no shows, CES 2022 still ran the gamut of technological innovation, spanning across subsets from transportation to software. With only a little over three days to experience all of these major enhancements in the industry, I couldn't list every single amazing piece of tech at the show - but, I did try. Hopefully, these following innovations are enough to satisfy as a rundown of the most anticipated technologies of CES 2022.
Smart Home/Smart Cities
Winner of the CES 2022 'Best of Innovation' award under the Smart Cities category, VideowindoW takes glare control and shading on glass and reshaped patterns into entertainment, art, and even branded advertisement. While at CES, the company showed up with a large TV screen that basically acted as only a tiny purview into the world of innovation possible with their tech, from turning glass buildings into entire art pieces (much akin to Saks Fifth Avenue's Christmas lights show, only far more advanced), to making mall store windows breathing adverts.
The mui Platform takes the calmness of nature and fuses it with the interconnectivity of smart home technology, wrapping this all into one intricate-looking piece of wood. Behind the company is a specific style that focuses on "calm design" choices, which shows in its CES 2022 Innovation Award-winning product.
Microsystems DFG cameras
Korea-based Microsystems has designed a truly astounding piece of technology via glass manufacturing. Its Drop Free Glass (DFG) utilizes microfluidic technologies to legitimately self-clean surfaces of most everything, from water and dust to fog and frost. Implemented into highly advanced outdoor security cameras, Microsystems intends on promoting DFG-enhanced surveillance for homeowners, smart factories, and potentially even smart cities going into the future.
Korean company TeeLabs takes an interesting approach to VR solutions. On its website, the TeeVR product is explained as "an opportunity for a new spatial experience that connects mind and heart beyond the limitations of time and space." TeeLabs takes highly advanced AI and robotics and blends them to devise incredibly sophisticated 360-degree digital spaces that can be used, for the most part, layout design. Several examples on their site include Nakwon Shopping Street, Discovery's Documentaryplex, and the Daejeon Museum of Art.
Model Solution's XTA
Enhanced full-body haptic feedback motion sensors, as similarly witnessed in Razer's Enki Pro HyperSense, take a more luxurious and metaverse-specific turn via XTA. Utilizing up to two to three levels of movement, the motion player targets a "parallel reality experience" by tackling everything from linking music and movies to even YouTube and streamed videos via its software. The product will debut in June 2022.
Although VR capabilities are only growing more robust as the tech takes new and more interesting forms, there has been little variety in how these headsets look and feel. Enter HaritoraX, a full-body tracking device that utilizes 9-axis IMUs (internal measurement units) to trace the user's ankles, chest, and thighs for a totally freeing and fully-immersed VR experience. At $270 too, this wireless VR product is relatively affordable, especially for those already invested in the space, plus it's compatible with nearly all of the major headsets available, including Rift S, VIVE Pro, Oculus Quest 2, and Windows MR glasses.
Taking the bodily approach of the HaritoraX, bHaptics introduces a bundle of wearable technology that utilizes full-body haptics to make VR experiences several degrees more immersive. The company's TactSuit x40, which won the CES 2021 Innovation Award, is a $500 vest that can be used in tandem with all ranges of varied gaming experiences, such as console, PC, VR, and even mobile. bHaptics likewise has a $300 TactGlove that allows for hand-based motion and gestures to be as a part of the action as one's eyes when steeped in the metaverse.
While smart glasses technology has largely been viewed as incredibly niche, with Google Glass hype slowly but surely fizzling out upon its debut, Vuzix vies to bring the most robust and preformative AR technology to the forefront of the equation. President and CEO Paul Travers, an XR guru, aids in the company's focal point of advancing the technology solely for enterprise realms, streamlining various industries, such as telemedicine, remote training, and operational needs with fluid information at the retina. Vuzix's Shield glasses are only one small aspect behind the company's immense aspirations for redefining how we work and what we can do beyond the physical realm.
RR.AI Autonomous Technology
With a massive green MACK Defense truck (which had a stationary drone dangling over its rear) on display at CES 2022, RR.AI comes in full force to highlight its advancements in 360 degree autonomous technology, called AutoDrive. Since 2003, the company has literally paved the way for robotics solutions in complex operational design domains (ODDs), essentially writing the script on how to better utilize autonomy in commercial transportation. RR.AI touts a total of 80 fully unmanned vehicles in operation, which can be seen via the heavy-duty transit bus, Class 8 trucks, and more.
Taking the EV concept to a whole new level is EdisonFuture and its two solar-infused trucks: the EF1-T and the EF1-V. Where the former is more situated in luxury and family travel, the latter takes a more utility approach. As such, the EF1-T is oftentimes more of the standout figure, boasting an integrated and retractable "armadillo armor" solar panel on the back that helps to charge its battery. The MSRP has yet to be determined, but the vehicle will come in three different types; Premium, Super, and Standard.
Interestingly, few aquatic-based modes of transportation and leisure activity were shown at CES 2022, but one such product that struck my fancy was the Pegasus eFoil board. Based in Korea, ServerM Engineering has long been innovating and enhancing this sleek sea toy for ever-advanced capabilities. Although based on oceanic technology, Pegasus was "born to realize our dreams and desires to fly in the sky," so reads its site. Built on carbon fiber and aircraft-grade aluminum, with the all-too-necessary application of UV protective coating, the Pegasus eFoil is a 40Km/h thrillride for all ocean lovers and tech enthusiasts to enjoy.
Fortmarei's Akxy Pod
One glance at the various automotive and transportational concepts on Fortmarei's site proves alone of its immense innovation and sleek style afforded by the brilliant mind of Ryuhei Ishimaru. The design studio's next forway into automotive technological innovation comes in the form of the Akxy Pod, a seemingly floating tubular and encased seating arrangement that looks more like a hovering living room as opposed to a so-called concept car. Created by Asahi Kasei all the way back in 2019, this transparent pod takes a futuristic design language and meshes it with the concept of nature, the five senses, as well as automotive safety. It's one of the strangest yet still incredibly interesting pieces of future technology we all may well soon become accustomed to within the next decade.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, SkyDrive highlights the burgeoning innovation behind urban air transportation with its SD-03, a one-manned four rotor prototype vehicle that boasts zero-emissions and has even completed various flight tests. But beyond even its flying vehicle, SkyDrive also has its hands in drone technology, pushing a small cargo carrier aptly coined the "SkyLift," which will also fuel how future deliveries and simple drop-offs can be made under 30 kg.
Utilizing immersion as the backbone of its tech concept, Liteboxer takes the user's fitness intentions and favorite workout music to mold a boxing and conditioning experience unlike any other. Even those who aren't as knowledgeable on boxing can still find an apt workout routine behind the device, of which comes in either a $1,245 wall-mounted form or the $1,445 floor stand version. Liteboxer will soon be offering even its own VR experience on the Quest store for those who may not be up for the $1,000 punching bag.
Although on the surface looking no more than your everyday step climbing machine, Clmbr takes the more scientific approach of working the user's entire body, engaging up to 86% of muscles. The company claims its machine can burn more calories than rowing, cycling, and running, all while simply climbing on an ever-versatile piece of $3,000 fitness hardware. It also boasts a total of 11 varied resistance settings, highlighting the magnitude of its many workout regiments.
Hydrow Rowing Machine
Rowing more often than not takes a back seat when it comes to intense workouts and fitness training, but Hydrow's rowing machine opts to do away with this stigma. Built on a sleek design underpinned by a 22" screen at the front, the Hydrow aims to bring the river itself into the consumer's home via intense full-body workouts. The machine uses a sophisticated computer-controlled electromagnetic drag mechanism that pushes the body to the test, amplified by the plentitude of immersive viewing available at the bow.
DreameTech offers a range of different vacuums, from the cordless stick to the roving machine. The company aims to reinvent the way we clean our homes through innovative tech solutions, like simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), monocular machine vision, and multi-cone cyclone separation that fuels its vacuum concepts. The most expensive piece of tech is the T30, a $500 deep cleaning machine that can detect dust and modify its suction for a more thorough operation.
HomeCera's Aero-Daisy Mini Dryer
Among the honorees of the CES 2022 Innovation Awards, the Aero Daisy Clothes Dryer is but a compact drying machine that looks almost like a microwave. Much akin to the Bob Mini Dishwasher, HomeCera's device intends upon freeing space for the home and apartment dwellers while also inviting 15-minute clothes drying capabilities via the product's dual fan heating (DFH) method. Not only does the device save time but also energy by 30% when compared to alternative products.
Bear Robotics' Servi
Don't you hate having to always get up and retrieve your food from the kitchen? Bear Robotics answers this need with Servi, a robotic server that does everything from food running to bussing tables. The company has already partnered with several restaurants for a more machine-led dining experience, including TGI Fridays, Chili's, Denny's, and more. The Servi robot comes in two models, the standard version and a smaller mini version, both of which allow for a ton of customizability with accessories like a drink tray, bus tub, and the rectangular tray.
Formlabs 3D Printers
While not necessarily an everyday home appliance, the Form 3+ 3D printer by Formlabs still works as a sophisticated in-home appliance for the creation and design of the random oddity. These high grade 3D printers run on what's called Low Force Stereolithography (LFS), allowing the machine to print some advanced forms in flawless detail. The 3+ rendition by Formlabs costs $3,500 and uses a 250 mW laser that works as speedily as it does efficiently.
When you're a software company showcasing at CES 2022, what's the best way to get your brand noticed? A candy bar. Impartner's interesting approach to their CES booth likewise bleeds into their interesting optimization and management product that works on a ton of varied approaches. Whether it's onboarding or partner allocation, Impartner intends upon making these endeavors and choices far simpler via incredible "channel engagement." The over 10 million partners utilizing its software system is proof alone of their commitment to bringing everlasting experiences to their business consumers.
Data coalition isn't as sexy as flying cars and autonomous tractors, yet Copilot still makes it so through intelligent and incredibly trusted solutions. Copilot assists its consumers with varied degrees of awareness and improvements necessary for their products to thrive. These tools include automated messages for customers that need assistance and are potentially willing to buy into more of your products, as well as a direct overview on how to better your business through optimized feedback.
In this day and age, healthcare is at the forefront of most individual's minds as the pandemic seemingly never ends. With Baracoda, a three-pronged system of unique telehealth comes alive on its platform, utilizing both the Labs and Business Solutions arms of the company to reinvent the wheel of healthtech products. The SaaS platform is used in tandem with smart objects and applications to better user's health habits with advanced data collation, analyzation, and engagement processes.
Cube GPS Tracker
With as many times as I myself have lost my keys and wallet, having Cube on hand would have made life all the better back in the day. The device goes far beyond simply locating lost items, as the user-set geo-fence zone boundaries notifies consumers when the device leaves or even enters a specific area. Cube GPS also comes with location history, device sharing, and a ring feature, so when your friend jokingly says "Call it" when you lose your phone, you literally can. The device is available in varied options, the $24 Cube, $39 Cube Shadow, $29 Cube Pro and Cube GPS, but the latter is the most sophisticated of the bunch.
Highlighted best by their catchy slogan "the future of power," Powercast takes charging to a new, more remote arena. Utilizing advanced radio frequency (RF) technology, the company can DC powered devices from afar. That's right, Powercast does away with fancy mats and chargers, instead vying to make the airwaves themselves the current with high-tech transmitters and receiver chips that can automatically charge multiple devices. Powercast sees itself at the forefront of a burgeoning industry, with the momentum of wireless power reaching $25.9 billion by 2027.
Ever wondered what your dog might be feeling? Ever struggled to understand those barks and howls? Inupathy is the answer. Using a vest-like device on the dog that relays five different colors, Inupathy expertly tells you how and what your dog is feeling. The colors are light green for relaxed, purple for stressed, pink for excited, white for interested, and rainbow for happy. Inupathy syncs with your mobile device via an app to help monitor said feelings and collate them for a comparative experience.
Coined the world's smartest chess board, Square Off is an intelligent and automated game board with loads of potential. Among the spokespersons for the product is chess streamer and grandmaster Anna Rudolf, who explains it as "a smart A.I. board that can coach you and play against you." At its cheapest, the Square Off Pro runs at $225, but the $450 Grand Kingdom Set has an advanced, automated system for the pieces to run on their own, akin to the various chess scenes in Harry Potter.
N.thing decentralizes the farm for a more "sustainable and accessible" agrifood solution. The CUBE farm posits it can be applied anywhere, vying to even reach Mars when applicable. Its CUBE modulule hardware was among the CES 2020 innovation award winners, allowing for a vertical smart farming potential that will increase efficiency while utilizing 90% less water. N.thing has several sites across South Korea and one thus far located in the United Arab Emirates.
John Deere's 8R Autonomous Tractor
John Deere's announcement amid CES 2022's media day came resplendent with history as the company wheeled out Deere's own initial plow. When set alongside an autonomous tractor, the innovation and strides speak volumes as the world no sooner turns toward machines for an ever-enhanced farm workload. The 8R autonomous tractor boasts an advanced anomaly detection system that uses a red, green, blue and depth (RGBD) vision system on top of AI machine learning and various redundant safety systems to afford it complex yet still simple-to-use functionality for farmers. The additional data collation will only advance agriculture concepts into the future, allowing not just farmers to learn from their mistakes, but John Deere itself to reinvent the plow even further.
Yet another CES 2022 Innovation Award Honoree, the PIRA trap by the French agricultural company Cearitis aids farmlands in the protection of pests. It's an autonomous device that looks almost like an outhouse. It uses what's called the SAMO solution to attract bugs and insects to keep them away from plots and ensure healthy agricultural sustainability. To make the product even more satisfying, PIRA is built on mere wood and is remotely controlled by the user, which affords the device a near decade-long lifespan.
Written by Ryan Epps
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