LAS VEGAS – CES 2022 lacked its usual crowds and some of its headlines, but the gadget show that returned to this city after the pandemic forced it to go online only last year retained a certain exuberant oddity.
You can count on the tech industry to provide more possibilities than the market necessarily demands. And you can expect a lot of them to surface at the Arlington, VA-based facility. Consumer Technology Association, even if they never go to any store.
These were some of the weirdest curiosities of CES 2022:
Ghost exhibitions. The big sellers who plans abandoned to exhibit in person for fear of aggressively propagated omicron variant still had paid exhibition space. This has led to minimalist workarounds like LG’s “Life’s Good Lounge,” a plywood expanse adorned with QR codes that attendees can scan for more product information than they can see or see. to touch.
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The John Deere Autonomous Tractor. Deere showed a tractor accessorized with front and rear stereo cameras for allow it to operate autonomously. Deere has a somewhat simpler problem to solve than car dealers who still struggle with autonomous driving technology: Farm vehicles move more slowly and will not be honked if they have to stop in a field to find their way around. But Deere will initially only take care of plowing with no one on board, not the more complex labor of seeding or harvesting.
Samsung’s Freestyle projector. This compact $ 899 cylinder (older technicians may find it reminiscent of Apple’s original stand-alone iSight webcam) projects high-definition video onto nearby walls, using on-board software to ensure the image appears correctly rectangular instead of appearing skewed at an off-axis angle. But an adapter also allows you to plug it into a standard lamp outlet so that you can project the television on the ceiling.
The Ameca robot. This conversational humanoid creation of Engineering arts greeted visitors to a UK startup exhibition area with compliments such as ‘I love your hat’. : “We robots don’t feel, but if I could I would say I’m happy.”
Sony Vision-S Cars. At CES, this Japanese electronics company announced that it was exploring plans to make and sell the electric sedan concept it showcased here in 2020 as well as the hatchback crossover it showcased here. Given Sony’s TV roots, it’s no surprise that the Dashboard is a series of screens; given the reality of the electric car market, it is surprising that Sony does not yet offer range estimates.
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Moen’s gesture and voice activated faucet. After pulling out an Alexa-controlled faucet last year (no, really), Moen went on to show a $ 675 and over Smart faucet with motion control which detects your gestures (for example, shake left for hot water, right for cold). And for those who really want to do state-of-the-art dishes, the company has demonstrated a prototype model without a handle.
The Dream Chaser space plane. A reusable winged spacecraft that looks like a baby space shuttle may not be considered mainstream tech, but Sierra Space Co. brought a mockup of the vehicle that will soon be bringing cargo to and from the International Space Station at CES anyway. He also invited participants to take virtual reality tours of the Orbital Reef Space Station this plans to build with Blue Origin; after walking for miles through the CES exhibits, I had to wonder how much less pain my feet could be in zero gravity.
Bodyfriend massage chair. Giant massage chairs made parts of CES look like exits from Pixar’s “Wall-E” for years, but this Seoul based vendor began to diversify into healthcare. I tested one with a built-in ECG function that checked my heart rate, then gave me a shoulder-to-toe massage, often working multiple parts between them in a way that no two-handed masseuse could handle. . Fortunately, this ECG found “no abnormalities” – but at CES, the normality is overrated.