The most strange and wonderful technology in the world

    (BMW)

(BMW)

If you want to see what the future looks like, head to Vegas.

Held at the beginning of each year in Las Vegas, the CES tech show is the place to get a glimpse of the biggest products of the coming year. What really gets most people’s gadget glands working is crazier inventions. They may become the future of technology, or they may never see the light of day.

You’ll find a bit of both in this selection of CES 2023 highlights. But which is which? We’re going to break down the announcements into cars, entertainment technology, home innovations and accessibility. Full credit to anyone who accurately predicts all the real breakthroughs from ad-hungry vapourware.

Automotive

    (BMW)

(BMW)

Color changing BMW car

Is an electric car not technologically advanced enough for you? How about one that can change the finish 100 times a day? The BMW i Vision Dee is a concept design with 240 E Ink panels on the body. Each of them can display one of 32 colors, which allows for some pretty crazy designs. BMW will probably never sell a car covered in E Ink screens, but that wasn’t a computer render. It was shown live on the CES stage.

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Sony will make cars

The idea for a Sony car may bring to mind a Tesla copy with a built-in PS5. This is a little different. Honda and Sony have teamed up to create Afeela, a new brand that hopes to start mass-producing cars in 2026. Sony is here to provide sensors, which are plentiful in modern cars, and in-car entertainment. So maybe we’ll get the PS5 experience on the road after all.

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Game

    (LG)

(LG)

Your next TV could be completely wireless

We saw some interesting wireless TVs at CES 2023. The LG M3 is a relatively normal OLED TV if expensive, but it can be connected wirelessly to the LG Zero Connect. This allows you to stream 4K content up to 30 feet across the room, so you can hide gaming consoles and other devices. Beautiful things. The Displace TV goes much further, with slot-in batteries for up to 180 hours of use without a power cord, and the suction cup mount lets you simply press this 20-pound 55-inch TV to the wall.

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HTC Vive Elite

Most normal people who like VR use the Meta Quest 2, but HTC has made a bet on high-end VR at CES 2023 with the Vive XR Elite. It can walk through a full-color, high-definition version of the outside world as seen by the 16-megapixel front-facing cameras. You can use it solo like Quest 2, or hook it up to a gaming PC for a high-end VR experience. At £1,299, however, it’s not an obvious solution for beginners.

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Availability

    (Sony)

(Sony)

Sony PS5 controller available

Gaming is not always easy for people with disabilities due to the complex and often precise movements. Sony came up with a solution for PlayStation gamers. For now, it is known as Project Leonardo. It has a circular body around which there are customizable buttons. The flat bottom allows you to set this pad on a table or mount it on a surface so that the player does not have to hold it. There are no dates or prices yet, but experts with disabilities and charities have been working on the controller for years.

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Stabilizing L’Oreal makeup applicator

Cosmetics have become one of the thematic pillars of online content creators, but makeup tutorials can seem off-limits to those with limited dexterity or a wobbly grip. L’Oréal teamed up with Alphabet’s Verily to create this solution called Hapta. It is actually a lipstick gimbal that keeps it steady even if the person’s hand is shaking.

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Home and work

    (Acer)

(Acer)

Voice absorbing mask

Yes, you’re probably tired of face masks, but this one is completely different. The Skyted mask “absorbs” your voice, so no one around you can eavesdrop on your phone conversations or swear while playing Fortnite online. Its creator suggests that one of these masks is ideal for people on business flights. Not our bag, but the mask can be seen in action on YouTube. It contains some of the same materials used for sound insulation in aircraft.

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A bicycle desk for charging a laptop

Working from home can mean your steps will drop significantly and your energy bills will increase significantly. But this could be a solution, albeit a bit strange. Acer’s eKinect BD 3 is an exercise bike that doubles as a desk. We’ve seen them before, but this one converts mid-meeting workouts into electricity that can be used to charge your phone, laptop – whatever you want – via three USB ports. With an expected price of £999, it may take some time to balance the cost.

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AI baby monitor that knows why your baby is crying

There are four reasons why babies cry. Well, that’s what this “AI” baby monitor and night light, called the Q-Bear, claims to be. It uses software trained by 10,000 baby cries and will know your own baby’s cry when used for days and weeks. What are these four reasons? Evidently hunger, soiled diaper, tiredness, or comforting.

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(live)

Self-propelled trolley

First driverless cars, now driverless carts? This GlüxKind stroller is a lot less of a bad idea than it sounds. The ride-on section may only be used when there is no child in it. And if that’s the case, the inboard motors can help you climb hills with a load of 20 pounds and help you stay in control on slopes.

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A smart toilet that tests your pee

The Vivoo toilet might not be what comes to mind when you use the term “smart toilet”. This is not one of those Japanese wonders with a heated seat and massaging water jets. It is a clip-on urinalysis device that places a test strip in the path of your little stream. It then tests the “four parameters of well-being” and delivers the results to the app within 90 seconds. We may not want to use it everyone it’s time to go to the toilet, but aren’t you a little curious about the magnesium, pH, protein, and sodium levels in your urine, and more to the point, what they might mean for your health?

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AI oven that alerts you when food is burning

Tired of your family saying you burned dinner again? Samsung’s AI-enhanced oven can tell you now, but hopefully before it ruins your meal. The camera watches the food being cooked and the oven software recognizes over 100 types of food and judges when it is overcooked.

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