CES 2023 is under way and the tech news and announcements are flying in.
Companies often drop news at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and this year has been no different. Per usual, there have also been some pretty interesting gadgets and innovations highlighted at the major conference. Mashable is on the ground in Vegas reporting on the latest news. We’ve summarized everything that’s gone on thus far and will update as more info comes in.
Android joins Apple in the satellite-based texting future
Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Satellite at CES 2023, which will effectively allow people who buy new Android phones later this year to send two-way text messages using satellites. The idea is that the feature could come in handy for folks who need to communicate but don’t have cell coverage.
Android will auto-transfer music from your car to phone
Google rolled out a new feature at CES 2023 called “uninterrupted listening,” that’ll automatically move your current music or podcast from one device to the next, depending where you are. For users dedicated the Android ecosystem, that means you could, for instance, exit your car and have your music playback automatically transfer to your phone.
Razer made a head cushion that lets you feel your game
The peripheral gaming brand announced it made a head cushion that attaches to your gaming chair and delivers haptic feedback tied to the game you’re playing. There were not yet any details on price or availability.
Android Auto gets a facelift
The in-car Android experience got a major redesign, Google announced at CES 2023. Among the changes: moving the Map view closer to the driver, a quick-launcher for frequently used apps, and a progress bar for podcasts and songs.
BMW unveils a color-changing car
Sony announces its EV car “Afeela”
Sony announced at CES 2023 that it is teaming up with Honda to make an electric car it has dubbed Afeela. It’ll have a number of cool features like a display built into the front bumper. It’s scheduled to ship in 2026.
Lenovo shows off a headset-free metaverse
Tech powerhouse Lenovo dropped a number of products, perhaps weirdest among them was a headset-free metaverse device. Project Chronos, as it’s code-named, would capture a person’s movements down to their facial expressions so they’ll be able to participate in an event occurring in a virtual setting.
The robot designed to care for the elderly
Aeolus Robotics showed off its cute robot named Aeo that’s designed to do tasks like disinfect surfaces, open doors, and carry things. It even takes selfies. Oh…and it can also function as a security guard thanks in part to its 360 degree night-vision camera — a bit less playful.
The Ring Car Cam is finally available for purchase
After a number of delays and false starts, customers are now able to pre-order a Ring Car Cam. Amazon’s popular security company designed a cam with a dual-facing camera, a feature to detect break-ins, and the ability to check in with your car via the Ring app.
The headband that’ll help you sleep
The Frenz brainband connects to your phone and uses AI to curate audio and soothing sounds designed specifically to help your sleep. It’ll learn, via your heart rate and other data, what helps you relax and perform better over time.
Sony announced its first accessible Playstation controller
Sony plans to release a controller that’ll help folks with disabilities game, the company announced at CES 2023. Codenamed Project Leonardo, it’ll be customizable to help address common problems for gamers with limited motor control.
Samsung previews TV mode for people with limited vision
At CES 2023, Samsung previewed a mode called Relumino Mode that’ll help folks with limited or low vision. Relumino Mode highlights outlines, sharpens contrast, and enhances colors to make things easier to see onscreen.
Sony previews the film version of Gran Turismo
Sony showed off a trailer for Gran Turismo, the video-game-based film starring David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, and Darren Barnet.
TCL shows off new AR glasses
TCL unveiled its new augmented reality glasses at CES 2023. Mashable’s Christianna Silva called the glasses — which can display GPS navigation and auto-translation, along with phone call and message notifications — “big, blocky, and very cool.”
Volkswagen covered its new EV in QR codes
Yes, you read that right. Apparently the codes will act as a customizable digital display for the car scheduled to come out in 2026.
Panasonic’s cup-holder-sized air purifier for your vehicle
At CES 2023, Panasonic dropped it X Portable Air Purifier, which is a travel-mug-sized device that’ll combat odor and air pollutants. It works to fight food smells, pet dander, and inhibits viruses and mold.
LG debuts an aesthetic fridge
LG showed off more features of its MoodUp fridge at CES 2023, including the ability for panels to change colors or go transparent with a simple knock.
LG shows off its wireless, portless TV
Imagine your TV flush against the wall, or on a stand, with no wires in sight. That’s the future LG is imagining with its 93-inch LG M3 television it showed off at CES 2023. The catch: The wires and ports are tucked away in a wireless receiver box.
Roku jumps into TV making
Roku announced at CES 2023 that it’ll start making its own TVs, ranging from 24 inches to 75 inches, all priced under $999. While Roku has licensed its OS to TV manufacturers like TCL for years, it’ll now make its own affordable TVs running the popular Roku software.
HARMAN is turning your car into Iron Man’s suit
Samsung-owned HARMAN launched two cool driver-safety features at CES 2023. One, called Ready Vision, projects AR images onto your windshield — meaning direction information can actually pop up into your field of view. The other feature, called Ready Care, claims to have used neuroscience and machine learning to come up with a system for detecting if a driver is distracted.
Garmin debuts an always-on, LTE-connected dash camera
Garmin showed off the new Dash Cam Live at CES 2023, which can give you a live view of your car’s exterior at any moment. It also features theft alerts.
Basic tech might be best
Sure AI and the metaverse might be the buzzy subjects at CES 2023, but the more straightforward tech actually stands out, wrote Mashable’s Matt Binder from Vegas. Sometimes something as simple as a great gaming mouse is worth celebrating.
The device that tells you why your baby is crying
Taiwanese company Q-bear showed off its AI-powered device at CES 2023 that promises to analyze and determine why a baby is crying. The company’s small device can apparently determine if your baby is crying for any of these four reasons: Hunger, a diaper needing to be changed, sleepiness, and need for comfort.
The gadget that analyzes your pee. Really.
Finally the age-old problem is solved: an at-home urine lab is finally a reality. Withings, a health tech company, announced at CES 2023 a gadget you can put in your toilet bowl, which will continuously analyze your pee.
LG debuts new super slim laptops
LG showed off a number of new, slim laptops, most notably the LG Gram 2-in-1 hybrid laptop/tablet. It comes in 16-inch and 14-inch models and weighs just 2.7 pounds.
Neutrogena wants to 3-D print your skin supplements
Neutrogena launched a cool, new bit of beauty tech at CES 2023. Using Neutrogena’s Skin360 App, people can get a customized skincare supplement “stack” — sort of like a tiny little vitamin sandwich — which can now be 3-D printed by Nourished, a company that produces “super nutrient” gummies.
Samsung launched a live-streaming oven
For the always online chef, Samsung launched an oven that can live-stream the interior of your oven. The Bespoke AI Wall Oven can take pictures or stream your food as it cooks via an internal camera.