Some of the weird and wonderful tech innovations and gadgets revealed so far

This week Euronews Next is at CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, one of the biggest tech events on the calendar.

Here are some of the best innovations that have caught our attention so far.

Cars

BMW presents updates to its mechameleon car

BMW returns to this year’s CES with its latest color-changing concept car.

Following last year’s event where the automaker unveiled the color-changing iX Flow, the iVision Dee is a mid-size sedan that allows the owner to switch between or combine 32 different colors. It will appear on the consumer market from 2025.

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BMW i Vision Dee concept EV that changes color can be seen during pre-show keynote at CES 2023 – AP Photo

VW goes to a barbecue with Tesla

VW’s latest electric model is on the same track as Tesla’s Model 3 or Polestar 2.

Its USP is its claim to offer one of the longest ranges on a single charge in the industry, promising up to 700km.

“When Cars Can Fly”

Well, it happened – a car that can fly air miles. Roughly the size of an SUV, the ASKA A5 is a four-seater electric vehicle that the developers claim can travel the road and up to 400 km in the air on a single charge.

When it enters fly mode, the vehicle’s wings and six roots deploy, allowing the vehicle to take off vertically or perform conventional runway take-offs.

Health

Dr. Robot

The latest metal mate from Aeolus Robotics is specifically designed to handle overloaded healthcare facilities.

In addition to helping care for the sick and elderly, for example by sending an alert if someone is in distress, the robot will also drive around healthcare facilities, disinfecting surfaces and delivering medicine.

Forget about ASMR – all you need is this calming pillow

Japanese company Yukai Engineering says its automatic pillow can help users relax by mimicking their breathing rhythm.

The soft, fluffy pillow gently expands and contracts, vibrating when you hold it on your tummy. The idea is for you to breathe slower and deeper as your breath starts to synchronize with the movement of the pillow.

Euronews

Earable Neuroscience’s FRENZ brainband, presented at PEPCOM’s Digital Experience! CES 2023 pre-event in Las Vegas, USA, January 4, 2022. – Euronews

Brain syndrome

The FRENZ Brain Band by Earable Neuroscience is designed to help you sleep better at night, wake you up at the best time to keep you from feeling groggy, and help you concentrate during the day.

Foldable treadmill

If you need a treadmill but don’t have much space, the WalkingPad offers the solution: a lightweight treadmill that can be folded in half and stored against a wall or under a bed.

The WalkingPad reaches a speed of 12 km/h. It also includes a detachable phone or tablet holder and tracks your workouts in the app.

Piles of skins

Beauty giant Neutrogena has teamed up with British supplement manufacturer Nourished to create small health gummies designed around your personal skincare needs.

Special software evaluates your specific requirements and the finished product is a supplement tailored to your needs.

Game

Samsung 8K TVs

South Korean electronics giant Samsung says its Neo QLED QN900C 8K TV will deliver “incredibly intense” 8K picture quality in a frame so thin viewers will barely notice.

It credits its Quantum Matrix Technology Ultimate with a brightness of 4,000 nits with 14-bit contrast.

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Participant of the Samsung stand at the CES technology show – AP Photo

Android has joined Apple in the satellite future of SMS

Qualcomm has unveiled Snapdragon Satellite, which will effectively allow people who buy new Android phones later this year to send two-way text messages using satellites.

This feature can come in handy for those who need to communicate but don’t have coverage.

Karaoke party at Metaverse

The metaverse is, of course, the key theme of this year’s CES.

One tool that works particularly well is Mutalk, a device that suppresses the user’s voice over their mouth and opens up a wealth of possibilities for partygoers who want to avoid irritating their neighbors with nightly karaoke sessions.

House

Childcare under control

With the number of new devices showcased at this year’s event, the future of childcare is getting brighter.

In addition to baby monitors that watch over babies and toddlers, Canadian startup Gluxkind’s “smart stroller” helps propel strollers uphill and even roll in front of exhausted parents without them having to do any footwork.

Talk to the animals

You may have seen the viral TikToks of dogs using button mats to communicate with their owners.

FluentPet is the latest breakthrough on the market, featuring a hexagon shaped plastic mat with buttons that you can use to train your dog to indicate if he is hungry, wants to go outside or wants to play.

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Ducky demonstrates FluentPet’s communication buttons – AP Photo

Or just buy yourself a robot dog

For 90s kids who remember Teksta, get ready to take it to the next level. Toymaker WowWee’s Dog-E has over a million possible combinations of lights, sounds and personality traits.

Dog-E starts out as a blank canvas and develops his personality as he sets himself up.

The makers say it’s a good option for those who can’t commit to having a real puppy, or perhaps those with allergies.

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