January 18, 2023
If you're looking for a glimpse into the future of technology, there's no better place than CES. The consumer electronics extravaganza is the launch pad for what's next in the world of everything from TVs to automotive tech.
After three years of canceled and muted shows, this year's Las Vegas gathering, which was held from Jan. 5-8, offered a return to form — over 115,000 people attended in person (and even more opted to attend virtually). Plus, more than 3,200 companies exhibited products, a nearly 50 percent increase over 2022.
Here are some key trends and head-turning products to emerge, lighting a path for what's to come.
TVs Go Wireless
LG's Signature OLED M3 offers an amazing 97-inch OLED screen but really stands out for its ability to receive video and audio wirelessly. You'll hook up your cable box, game system, etc., to a detached input box, which can be placed as far as 30 feet away. The signals beam wirelessly, meaning the only cord coming from your TV will be the power cable — providing a lot more flexibility on where to place the set.
For now, the wireless feature is only offered on this premium TV, but that could change in the years to come.
Robot Lawn Mower Adds AI Features
Worx's original Landroid, a robot that cuts your grass, found a dedicated customer base, but there was one common complaint: Setting out the guide wire, which the robot used to determine boundaries, was a pain in the neck. Plus, the robot would sometimes chew up that wire, forcing the homeowner to do some repairs.
The new Landroid Vision eliminates that pain point, using an onboard sensor and camera array (along with proprietary AI) to avoid obstacles (such as hoses or garden beds) and identify yard boundaries. It's an incredibly quiet device that gives homeowners a big chunk of time back. The price is comparable to a riding mower, with models starting at $2,399.
Cox Mobile Launches Nationwide
Cox Mobile was officially unveiled during CES, and the service is now available nationwide on a 5G network. Users can also connect at home through Cox internet or on the go, via a network of more than 4 million wifi hotspots. With unlimited talk and text and no term agreements, Cox Mobile features two data plans — a Pay As You Gig option and a Gig Unlimited plan — and through Jan. 31 is offering discounts on Samsung Galaxy phones.
Accessible Products Showcase Tech for Good
Accessibility and inclusivity were a big theme at CES 2023. L'Oreal unveiled a pair of beauty technology prototypes that help people with limited movement or fine motor skills utilize their products. HAPTA is a computerized lipstick applicator, while The Brow Magic is an electronic eyebrow makeup applicator. Both use stabilizing tech to let users apply the makeup with precision.
Sony, meanwhile, showcased Project Leonardo, a controller kit for disabled gamers. Made up of two circular gamepads with swappable buttons, ports for third-party accessories and customizable inputs, it can be paired with a DualSense controller — this lets the player use all three devices as a single unit, giving them the flexibility to adjust controls to their individual needs.
Dual Screens Are Better Than 1
Lenovo's dual screen laptop is something you've likely never even imagined, but once you see it, you'll wonder what took it so long to arrive. With dual OLED displays that can be configured in several ways, the Yoga Book 9i is sleek and practical — and a welcome relief to people who rely on two screens at their desk. The keyboard is detachable and the included stand lets you position the monitors how you want. At $2,100, it's a bit of an investment, but it's one of the most unique (and welcome) advances in portable PCs in a long while.
Victrola Lets You Easily Stream Your Vinyl Collection
Vinyl is back in a big way, and Victrola is one of the old-school names when it comes to turntables. This year, the OG record player company introduced the Stream, a turntable that connects to your home's Sonos speaker system in seconds, letting you wirelessly stream your albums throughout your home. There are two models: the Onyx ($600) and the Carbon ($800).
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