The DeanBeat: The best of CES 2022 as seen from afar

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Oh, my butt hurts from sitting around so much. It was one of the dangers of CES 2022, which I covered for the second year in a row, from the comfort of my own home.

At CES 2020, I walked over 37.45 miles (over 84,385 steps) to scout for the show’s best ideas and products. At CES 2021, I frequently walked up to about 20 feet to the fridge and 20 more feet to the bathroom and to my home office. And I did it again for CES 2022. For me and for those around me, this is the result of playing it safely when the Omicron variant spreads.

When I saw the ghost town pictures of CES events (like CES unveiled, a very small number of journalists eat free food), I got a little serious FOMO because no one was waiting in line.

There were 2,200 exhibitors this year, 1,900 in 2021 and 4,000 (individual) in 2020. I missed pulling my roller bag all over the place and going to Ubers nightclub in Las Vegas, where I was too tired to enjoy anything. But here are the things that caught my eye.


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BMW's SUV can change its colors on the fly.

Above: BMW’s SUV can change its colors on the fly.

Image Credit: BMW

When I change the color of my BMW from blue to pink I really like to see some jaw dropping. That day has not yet come, but BMW has unveiled a car that can change its color because of the coating of E ink on its exterior.

The E Ink is the same type of tech used in Amazon Kindle ebook readers and can now cover the entire surface of automobiles. Videos from the BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink show that it can instantly change the color of the SUV from black to white or vice versa. With its My Mods interior decoration to illuminate the interior of your car with digital art, this offers a way to customize your car for how you feel at any given time.

White surfaces reflect more sunlight than black. By implication, heating the vehicle and passenger compartment as a result of strong sunlight and high outside temperatures can be reduced by changing the exterior to a lighter color. In cold weather, a dark epidermis will help the vehicle absorb significantly more warmth from the sun.

E-ink technology itself is highly energy efficient. Unlike displays or projectors, electrophoretic technology requires no energy to stabilize the chosen color condition.

It is the stuff of science fiction. I want this coating for my house too.

2) Samsung Energy Harvesting Remote Control

Above: Samsung’s new remote control has multiple ways to collect energy.

Image Credit: Samsung

Last year, Samsung introduced a remote control that could tap solar power for its power. And the new Samsung Energy Harvesting Remote can now power your household items from radio frequencies generated by Wi-Fi routers. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has a lot to do with how it gets its power by connecting to radio waves. The new remote has a solar cell to get energy from the sunlight coming from your lights or windows. But it can also collect RF energy and convert it into electric energy to charge the remote. And so this remote will never need a new battery, and that’s good for the planet.

Above: John Deere owns a self-driving tractor.

Image Credit: John Deere

Self-driving cars aren’t really breaking our roads yet. But farms may be another story. John Deere showed off his self-driving tractor at CES 2022. He retrofitted his 8R tractor with cameras and sensors so that it could pass through fields without a human driver.

The tractor can detect obstacles and stop or otherwise tell the farmer what is happening through the smartphone app. Navigating the field can be a daunting task, but it is not as difficult as running on the roads with other humans. It uses GPS to assist in automatic steering, and it never tires. However, it does not completely displace humans because they need an observer. Drivers have to refuel it from one field to another. And so far he has been focusing on plowing, or preparing the land for planting. A fully autonomous tractor will land on the farms later this year.

You can nail solar tiles to your roof with the production of GAF Energy.

Above: You can nail solar tiles to your roof using GAF Energy product.

Image Credit: GAF Energy

Solar roofing provider GAF Energy launched the Timberline Solar Energy shingle, which integrates into the roofing material so you can nail it to the roof.

One of the big time sinks and costs associated with solar roofing is the need to place solar tiles on a heavy platform attached to the roof, which complicates the installation of a solar roof more than placing it on a traditional roof.

The company said that Timberline Solar is reliable, durable, cost-effective, easy to install and aesthetically pleasing. It’s less than a quarter-inch thick, and you can nail it just like you would a normal roof.

More than five million new roofs are installed on U.S. homes each year. Let’s hope this reduces the cost of installation so that solar roofs are more affordable and easier to return on investment in clean energy.

5) Massage Robotics Model MR-01

Every year at CES, I see dozens of people waiting in lines to be massaged in chairs. But that automatic massage may not give you the kind of relief that humans can. But massage robotics is taking up that challenge with its massage robot table which has two robotic arms.

It uses 6-axis collaborative robotic arms and Cloud Artificial Intelligence. You can talk to her in English or Mandarin Chinese and tell her where to massage. He uses machine learning to recommend a massage routine for you or you can personalize it.

You may not trust a robot to be humble enough, but it can be more comfortable than a stranger touching your body, the company said. Massage Robotics says it’s safe, and it won’t even engage in sexual misconduct without you, the company said. You can create a personal massage and share it with friends. It costs just $ 310,000.

6) Sony PlayStation VR2 headset

Sony's PlayStation VR 2 headset.

Above: Sony’s PlayStation VR 2 headset.

Image Credit: Sony

Sony unveiled its second generation PlayStation VR virtual reality headset. It’s going to be a shot for the VR Games market, thanks to Facebook’s Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) and the need for people to escape the epidemic.

Sony’s new device will use an OLED display with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye. It has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a 110-degree field of view. It will have i-tracking technology. This means that when you look up, the camera will detect your eye movements and something will happen in the game. It uses a hand controller with haptic feedback. Its price or date is not yet known.

Visuals will be better with 4K resolution and favored rendering, which saves on computing by sharp rendering on things you can see. Sony has found an interesting game to come: Horizon: Call of the Mountains.

7) Sony Vision-S02 electric vehicle

I always wondered what the car would look like if Sony designed it. Hoping to be ahead of other dreamy things like Apple cars, Sony unveiled its Vision-S concept for electric cars.

Sony did not say much about it, except that it uses the same EV / Cloud platform as its Vision-S01 prototype. This car is an SUV that looks more like four doors. It is a seven-seater vehicle with a large entertainment screen in various modes. And Sony can pack all the electronics it needs in this car, which may be the reason.

I’d like to get one with a PlayStation 5 in it, preferably on the back seat. Sony has not said when it will come or the price.

8) Samsung Freestyle Projector

Freestyle projector

Above: Freestyle projector

Image Credit: Samsung

Samsung showed a freestyle projector that casts anything you want on the walls or on the table below the light fixtures.

A two-pound device can project a 100-inch image onto a wall, and you can send content via a Samsung Galaxy phone by tapping it. You can also personalize the wall with a fake window. And you can manage content with your voice.

It’s like a video projector, smart speaker and lighting system in a single device. It can rotate so you can easily cast images on any surface. You can put things on the wall to suit your mood.

Above: DeepOptics 32ºN Reading Sunglasses

Image Credit: Dipoptics

I still can’t get my hands on Mojo Vision’s augmented reality contact lenses. But my traditional glasses can definitely change that. And Deep Optics comes with touch-sensitive LCD sunglasses that you can electronically adjust to suit your eyes.

32ºN Sunglasses lets you switch to reading distant glasses from seeing distant objects. You just swipe your finger to switch modes. You can use it as a normal UV-blocking sunglasses. But when you want to see something forward, you can slide the finger with the touch-sensitive hand of the glasses. You can program in your own prescription.

These glasses do not make you lose weight, as they weigh less than 50 grams. One charge you should get all day. If the battery runs out, it returns to distance mode. It will have a retail price of $ 449 and will be out later this year.

10) Kohler stillness bath

Kohler Stillness Bath is based on the Japanese Forest Bath.

Above: Kohler Stillness Bath is based on the Japanese Forest Bath.

Image Credit: Kohler

This one was on my list last year, and it’s actually shipping this year.

It is a square tub that dazzles you with a combination of light, fog and aromatherapy. It is based on the practice of Japanese forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, I got a lot of such experience in Sony’s Ghost of Sushima video game, but I can use the experience like a spa in my home in real life.

When water overflows, it spreads out into a wooden pit on the outside.

Kohler has products that I think are for the lazy, but the company sees things like its automatic bath filler as giving people time back in their days. I can imagine getting some relief from the world by bathing like this at the end of the day.

It is priced at $ 8,000 and will be available in the first quarter of 2022.

11) Noveto N1 headphones without headphones

Above: Noveto N1 invisible headphones

Image Credit: Noveto

Noveto appeared with some invisible headphones. I haven’t tried this yet, but from a distance it looks like a soundbar. You can connect it to your computer or smartphone via Bluetooth. Then it just does an audio beam in your ear. It emits ultrasound into your ear and turns into an audible pocket in your ear.

No one but you can hear what the soundbar is emitting. That way, you can make calls without wearing a headset, and no one will be able to hear you through the speakerphone. It has no value yet and is expected to ship later this year.


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