Every year, the tech giants who craft all the world's greatest tech, toys, and trinkets come together for the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for short. CES is the forum where tech giants first showed off the iPhone and thousands of other amazing gadgets that make our lives more fun and entertaining. Although the show had to be cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CES 2022 kicked off on January 5 and will run through January 8.
Several notable pieces of technology debuted at the convention, and this list takes a look at the very best. The six items on this list are easily the coolest things unveiled at CES 2022, but they're hardly the only ones. Some cool stuff is on the horizon, and while there were many that turned heads at CES 2022, these are the best of the bunch.
This sponsored list was created with the participation of INDI EV.
The INDI EV Electric Blockchain Car
Electronic vehicles are quickly moving into potentially dominating the market, and one of the hottest EVs to debut a new piece of tech at CES 2022 comes from Independent Electric Vehicle out of Los Angeles.
The vehicle, called the IndiEV, will enable a new type of blockchain, turning each vehicle into a node for the blockchain. So for every IndiEV sold, a new node will grow the chain. IndiEV will thrive in a digital ecosystem, which "contains a portfolio of game engine technology, content development, global publishing, mobile platforms, SIM cards, hardware, and VR products to support creative endeavors."
The potential uses of blockchain technology in the EV market are widespread, ranging from material management and reduced production costs to security and recall management. The model displayed at CES 2022 will be available for online preordering in Q1 of 2022.
Sony PlayStation VR2
Sony surprised its fans with a reveal of its next-generation virtual reality gear designed for the PlayStation 5. The PlayStation VR2 headset features a unique form of vibrating feedback, "eye-tracking, a 110-degree field of view and foveated rendering, a technology that focuses only on where the fovea of the eye is looking to maximize resolution, getting more graphics punch with fewer pixels."
With the headset and new, advanced haptic controllers, Sony offered a glimpse of Horizon: Call of the Mountain, which appears to be a new title exclusively made for the PS5 that comes from the Horizon: Zero Dawn universe. Sony offered up the following specs for its second-gen VR headset and controllers:
- OLED displays, with 2,000-x-2,040-pixel resolution per eye, 90Hz and 120Hz frame rates
- 3D audio
- Built-in microphone and audio-out headset jack
- Four external cameras for tracking
The system is expected to drop sometime in 2022, though no additional information (including a suggested price) was revealed.
Samsung Odyssey Ark
A host of new monitors debuted at CES 2022, but the one that caught most people's eye was Samsung's Odyssey Ark. This standout monitor is a 55-inch curved 4K, and it's the largest curved monitor released to date. It features a 16:9 aspect ratio, and thanks to its unique stand, the monitor can be rotated to be viewed either horizontally or vertically.
The monitor's unique display makes it ideal for gaming, but its use in multitasking cannot be discounted. Various shots of the Samsung Odyssey Ark showed users interacting with it in both orientations. Each view accommodated five or more full-size windows in a beautifully rendered display that's easy on the eyes.
Samsung didn't offer up any indication about how much the unit will cost, any of its internal tech-specs, or when it might be available to consumers. This is definitely a monitor to keep an eye on, as the tech that went into making it may just be the beginning of a new generation of monitors set to storm the market in the coming years.
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AnkerWork B600 Video Bar
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the tech world anything, it's that working from home is big business. After all, how many of us found that we could work from home with little more than a laptop? Tech companies like Anker took notice and designed an innovative new webcam to help bridge the gap between in-person meetings and the pinhole camera at the top of your laptop screen.
The AnkerWork B600 Video Bar recognizes the need for innovation in the home web video market by integrating a light bar and built-in speakers for the unit. It also features a 2K sensor capable of recording up to 30fps, as well as several AI innovative technologies users will probably wonder how they lived without. These include autofocus, adjustable field-of-view, zoom, and much more.
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LG UltraGear 17G90Q
Although it's not unusual for a company like LG to unveil a laptop at CES, in 2022, the company stunned audiences by showcasing its first-ever gaming laptop. The LG UltraGear 17G90Q is the company's first venture into mobile gaming, and it's impressive. The system is a 17-inch laptop with a slim aluminum design. It features RGB backlit keys and a sound system capable of 3D audio.
On top of that, inside sits an Intel 11th-generation Tiger Lake processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Maq-Q graphics card. The display is 1080p with a 300Hz refresh rate; there isn't any word on whether a 4K screen will be available. Regardless, this is a high-performance gaming laptop and a solid entry from LG, which has been making quality computers for decades.
Seo Young-jae, senior vice president and head of the IT business unit of LG Electronics Business Solutions Company, described the laptop with the following announcement:
The LG UltraGear gaming laptop has everything needed to tackle the latest high-spec games, delivering the smooth, responsive gameplay that all gamers want. Our first-ever gaming laptop, the 17G90Q differentiates itself from competing products with its premium hardware, generous, high-quality screen, and a sleek, lightweight design that maximizes convenience and portability.
Samsung 2022 Eco Remote
Typically, you're not going to hear much about a remote control at CES, but that's only because you skipped Samsung's booths. Samsung revealed its Samsung 2022 Eco Remote at CES 2022, and it's not simply an update of the 2021 model. Well, it is, but in more ways than you might imagine. The remote features a solar back panel that keeps it charged via natural and unnatural light.
But the real innovation that makes this remote far cooler than the ones that came before it has to do with Wi-Fi. The system features an integrated radio frequency harvesting technology, which means it can harvest the radio frequency (RF) signals from your home's WiFi network to keep itself charged. Your Wi-Fi router will literally keep your remote charged just by shooting out RF signals throughout your home.
That's an impressive innovation, and has implications for other gear. After all, why use batteries when radio signals spread throughout your house can keep your devices charged at all times? When Samsung revealed its Eco Remote, the company estimated that switching to more green-friendly remotes could save as many as 99 million discarded batteries over seven years.