Future Tech Revealed: What’s New at CES 2023?
A quick peek around your home office will uncover a range of gadgets and tech purchases made over the last few years.
When we were all stuck at home, you may have invested in new Apple AirPods, upgraded your TV or finally set up your desk with a second monitor to avoid hunching over and squinting at your tiny laptop screen.
Perhaps you even put a TV in your home office to watch the footy or stream the NFL on Kayo while “working from home”.
Finding out about the latest and greatest tech to improve your lives usually revolves around annual events that highlight new products and services scheduled for future release.
One event that rolls around each January is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, USA. The exhibition allows global innovators to gather, introduce and demonstrate the latest technological breakthrough.
The most recent CES had over 3,200 exhibitors from 173 countries, giving attendees a peak into the future of our home office, living rooms and kitchens, pushing design limits and expanding how we can integrate technology into our lives.
New gadgets debut at CES each year. And it’s no wonder many companies continue to develop and innovate new gadgets, with estimates showing 14.2% global smart home household penetration in 2022. And it’s expected by 2027 to more than double to 28.8%.
Let’s look at what was introduced at this year’s CES and a few of my favourite innovations you may want to check out:
Loona – Intelligent Petbot
Ever considered having a pet but are not keen on cleaning up the mess? Or perhaps pets are prohibited where you live. Well, then, let me introduce you to Loona, an intelligent petbot. This cute, tiny motorised pseudo-pet is collecting funding through a Kickstarter campaign.
Loona will warmly greet you when you come home from work like a real pet. Loona follows you around the house, sneezing, scratching, and much more. And while Loona can investigate suspicious objects imitating a real pet, it can, unlike most pets, beatbox, pose for pictures, and dance.
Ring Car Cam
Another consumer internet-of-things (IoT) device on show at CES and already available on Amazon is Ring Car Cam, which takes the popular doorbell cam concept on the road with you.
This small internet-connected video cam has dual-facing cameras allowing you to take photos from inside the car and on the road. Ring Car Cam also includes two-way talk to connect with your family or roommates at home. In addition, Ring Car Cam offers motion detection and will send you real-time motion alerts.
AtmosGear Electronic Skates
If you’re up for a challenge, then strap on a pair of electric inline roller skates with speeds of 25 km/h. Shipping from May 2023, AtmosGear is a skate with a motorised frame that you can attach to existing roller boots and charges within an hour for use.
Tilt Five Augmented Reality Glasses
Finally, you may soon be able to use augmented reality (AR) outside a video game. Tilt Five introduced an AR glasses system at CES that connects to a computer device. They claim you can use AR glasses with board and video games.
Ready to bring some holographic life to your tabletop play? The system includes glasses and a board game. The glasses look somewhat like heavy-duty safety glasses, bringing AR interaction into the real world.
Jabra Enhance™ Plus
Designed to help those with hearing loss, Jabra Enhance Plus offers an earbud/hearing aid combo with a 3-in-1 experience. You can use them to listen to music, make phone calls, and enhance hearing.
Its small and discrete design makes Jabra Enhance Plus simple and offers state-of-the-art technology for superior audio clarity.
Hasbro Selfie Series Figures
What do the Hulk, Luke Skywalker and G.I Joe have in common? You can morph into any of them or a dozen other action figures with Hasbro’s new Selfie Series. You can use your smartphone’s camera to upload a photo and choose from figures based on several movie franchises, including Ghostbusters, Power Ranges, G.I Joe, Marvel and Star Wars. Then, with Hasbro’s app, you can customise your digital figure before paying and waiting for it to arrive.
Twinkly Squares are like the Lite-Bright toy, all grown up with squares that allow you to add panels of coloured and automated lights to any wall. They are a fabulous addition to your home office or add a pop of colour to any space. And because they are IoT gadgets, you can program and control them. With Twinkly Squares, you can create digital artwork synced to music.
Xebec Tri-Screen 2
Have you considered purchasing a second monitor as you wish you had more screen space on your laptop? Or you don’t like the uneven feel of using a dual monitor higher than your laptop screen. Then Xebec’s new Tri-Screen 2 could be the solution.
Tri-Screen 2 lets you expand your laptop screen on both sides. It conveniently sits behind the screen and expands the space left and right.
Before introducing new smart tech, check your security.
While the excitement of new gadgets to make your life easier at home is appealing, taking time to check and inspect your home network is vital to avoid potential security risks. Contact us today to learn more about reviewing your home network’s security.
About the author
Yener is the founder and Managing Director of Intuitive IT. Prior to running his own business Yener worked for a number of corporate organisations where he gained invaluable experience and skills, as well as an understanding of how IT can complement and improve business outcomes.