The Consumer Electronics Show was back this week as an in-person event in Las Vegas for 2022 despite the current wave of COVID, which has prompted many large companies to either withdraw from the show or cut their plans. Still, that hasn’t stopped companies from announcing a wide variety of products slated for next year and beyond. New television technologies and home automation are still important this year, as are new existing technologies.
After sifting through headlines and press releases, I’ve compiled a roundup of some of this week’s most intriguing announcements. Feel free to move on to the categories you find most interesting using the table of contents after the break.
LG Display, which makes display technology for LG and other manufacturers, showed up to CES with a series of announcements ahead of the conference start. The announcement that is expected to have the biggest impact is the company’s new OLED EX technology, which LG says it will integrate into its TVs starting in Q2 2022. The LG Display says the technology will allow for slightly thinner bezels. around its televisions and a 30% increase in brightness, an area where many OLED displays lag behind other technologies. While that may not be enough to push OLED TV owners to replace existing TVs, the new models should make these LGs the best yet if its claims come to fruition.
LG (the one that sells TVs to consumers) has also announced improvements to its line of OLED TVs. According to The Verge, LG will respectively introduce larger and smaller sizes in its G and C series OLED TVs. The C2 will inherit the brighter screen technology from the 2021 G2 model, and the G2 will benefit from software improvements and materials that will also improve brightness. LG’s new OLED models are expected to ship in the spring.
LG Display also unveiled concept material to show what other companies can do with its new display technologies. There are clear OLED displays for the home and displays in stores that are designed to blend in with their surroundings when not in use. LG Display also unveiled the Media Chair, a kind of OLED TV cockpit with a curved OLED screen that promises an immersive experience.
For true cutting edge TV technology, be sure to see what Sony is up to. The company has its own OLED and mini-LED offerings, but it also announced the introduction of a QD-OLED TV called A95K, which combines quantum dot technology used in some LED TVs paired with OLED, which promises colors. more vivid. Chris Welch has a great explanation of how Sony’s new technology works on The Verge.
Home and health
The field of home automation devices announced at CES has grown each year to the point of becoming one of the busiest categories. This year is no different, which is undoubtedly fueled at least in part by anticipation of Matter, the standard designed to make home automation products interoperable, scheduled for release after initially being delayed. There were also some interesting devices revealed that go beyond the usual in seeking approval as a medical device from the US FDA.
Eve MotionBlinds and outdoor camera
Eve continues to expand its HomeKit-enabled product line and support for Thread networking. This year, the company added MotionBlinds, a collaboration with Coulisse, and the Eve Outdoor Camera.
MotionBlinds are available now and support Thread. Currently, the blinds are only offered in a roll-up style, but Eve plans to expand to other styles in the future. One of the tricky parts of automated blinds is powering them. Eve opted for a rechargeable battery system which means you won’t have to find a way to hide an unsightly power cord, but it’s not yet clear how often you’ll need to charge the blinds. At around $ 400 / shade, outfitting a room with MotionBlinds can get expensive quickly, but it’s good to see the benefits of low power and easy Thread installation that are found in HomeKit shades.
Eve also announced an outdoor camera that will debut on April 5 for $ 250. The camera includes a motion sensor, projector, microphone, and speaker to allow users to keep an eye on the outside of their home. Rated IP55 for protection from the elements, the camera uses Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video technology to manage storage and video streaming.
Belkin is also adopting the upcoming Matter standard running on Thread with new versions of Wemo Smart Plug, Smart Light Switch, and Smart Dimmer, which the company says will be available later this year. Belkin introduced the new Wemo Smart Video Doorbell, which has a 4MP camera, 178 degree field of view, improved night vision, zoom capabilities and also works with HomeKit Secure Video. The smart doorbell is available to order now in the US and Canada for $ 250.
Schlage smart lock
Apple added the ability to store house keys for smart locks to its Wallet app with iOS 15. At CES, Schlage announced the Encode Plus Smart WiFi deadbolt, which will work with new Apple technology even when the your iPhone’s battery is very low when using with Power Reserve. According to Schlage, the new deadbolt system will cost $ 300 and will be available in late spring.
A large number of home security devices were also announced at CES. Amazon’s Ring line adds a $ 40 device capable of detecting the sound of broken glass within a 25-foot radius. Additionally, Arlo introduced a system that relies on multi-function sensors that connect to a hub and use NFC to allow users to disarm it with a single tap on their phone. Bosch introduced a small security sensor called Spexor that uses air pressure, motion detection, and noise detection to determine if your home has been burgled.
Withings connected scale
I’ve had a Withings scale for several years now, and it’s a solid way to easily track my weight. The scale also checks my heart rate and tells me the weather, but most of the time I lower it once it reports my weight because that’s really all I want to know most of the time. So I’m a little skeptical about Withings’ new scale which records even more data on your body. However, if you’re looking to track more, this scale looks good, claims a full year of battery life between charges, and can report your vascular health, take an ECG, and take other health measurements. overall and your body composition. Withings says its scale will be available in the second half of 2022 for $ 300.
Movano smart ring
The Oura smart ring is set to face competition from Movano, a ring that is smaller than the Oura and is seeking FDA approval as a medical device. The ring, which is due in the second half of 2022 and has yet to be priced, can monitor your heart rate, body temperature, sleep patterns, and more.
Chipolo CARD Spot
Last year at CES, Chipolo introduced the Chipolo ONE, a small drive that fits on a keychain and works with Apple’s Find My Network. This year the company is back with the CARD Spot, a similar product in a card-shaped format that slips into your wallet. Chipolo says the CARD Spot’s battery will last two years and that it has a recycling program to recycle and replace the device with a 50% discount when its battery runs out.
The Chipolo CARD Spot is available for pre-order and will ship in February.
Google will offer further integration
As Mark Gurman reported for Bloomberg, Google says it is working on several new integrations between products running its operating systems. Soon, headphones will have the ability to quickly connect to Android TV devices, and Chromebooks and Android devices will add AirDrop-like sharing. Later this year, device unlocking with Wear OS watches, audio routing, spatial audio, car unlocking and other features will also be added to various devices.
Asus Zenbook 17 fold OLED
There were a lot of computer and chip announcements at CES as usual, but the product that caught my eye more than any other was Asus’ Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, a 17.3 laptop. inches with a screen that folds up. I can’t decide if this is new or something that would actually be useful in practice, but either way, it’s good to see Asus exploring the boundaries between tablets and laptops.
That’s it for this year’s somewhat moderate CES. With few people in the living room, weird and wacky finds were limited, unless you counted nearly every company trying to match their product star with NFT and Metaverse trains. Still, there were a lot of interesting products to follow during 2022, especially in the home automation category. I’m sure you’ll hear more of some of them on MacStories as they become available.