Even in a virtual environment, CES 2021 remains the zero point for innovations. For the first time, exhibitors, enthusiasts and the media are opting for virtual press conferences over cramped convention halls and casinos. Sure, it’s an online-only proposition, but with 1,000+ virtual exhibits and 150,000 attendees online, there will still be tons of product announcements and tons of technology to empathize with remotely.
Whether you’re interested in televisions, games, 5G, robotics, electric vehicles, or health and wellness technology, we’ve rounded up some of the best gadgets and gadgets from the online trenches of CES 2021. We will keep updating them over time. So check back often.
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Cadillac eVTOL flying taxi concept
It’s sometimes said that TVs are usually the big story at CES, but we agree. Every year the show delivers some of the coolest, craziest, and most technical cars and vehicles we have ever seen. And with every major automaker getting it out for their piece of the EV future, you have to stand out. One way to do this is with wild concept vehicles like Cadillac’s eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) flying taxi. During its keynote speech, General Motors highlighted the single-seat eVTOL with two rotors as well as other high-end Cadillac electric vehicles, each serving as an example of how the company sees the future of commuting.
bHaptics TactSuit X40 VR vest
The haptic vest bHaptics TactSuit X40 brings us closer and closer to a Ready Player One world in which our entire sense of touch is conveyed via VR visuals and simulated full-body contact. But let’s not go too far into this rabbit hole. Instead, let’s focus on the coolness of this wireless haptic vest, which has 40 points of vibration that work in tandem with the company’s sleeves, face pillows, and hand and foot devices, and lifelike physical feedback from VR and game content (including SteamVR and Oculus Quest).
LG Transparent Smart Bed TV
Imagine waking up in the morning, indulging yourself a little and yawning, then activating a transparent screen at the level of minority reports that rolls up from the bottom of your bed and shows the weather, traffic, news and the day’s news shows social media streams. The so-called Smart Bed TV is another example of LG’s capabilities in the field of rollable displays, which have delighted CES attendees in recent years. This transparent concept also stands out at CES, and the company sees a wide range of uses, including in shopping malls, autonomous vehicles, and other commercial applications.
Razer Project Brooklyn gaming chair
One of the great things about the multitude of CES concept devices and technologies is that several of them come together in different segments to create truly stunning and innovative products. The gaming heavyweight Razer is no stranger to cool concepts, as demonstrated by the Project Brooklyn gaming chair, which combines a rollable OLED display with a cute seat. The poles protrude up from the back of the sleek bucket chair, while a 60-inch display surrounds you for immersive gameplay designed to keep up with VR.
Panasonic Automotive AR HUD
While many automakers are studying head-up displays (HUD) for their cars, and in fact have already added them, Panasonic is hoping they will consider the augmented reality HUD system as an option as well. The Panasonic system enhances the projected image on the windshield with icons and text, while advanced AI and machine learning help drive directions and enable drivers to see pedestrians, objects and obscured lanes. The eye tracking technology follows the driver’s eyes and aligns the AR graphics exactly with what you see in the real world. This makes for a more engaging and informed driving experience.
Razer Project Hazel Smart Mask
Perhaps members of the anti-mask community would have a change of heart after seeing Razer’s futuristic face masks. Razer’s Project Hazel not only filters air very well – it’s suitable as a N95 surgical ventilator – it also has a silicone gasket on the top that eyeglass wearers will appreciate. In true Razer fashion, the see-through concept also features “Razer Voiceamp” technology that hears your voice and then “intelligently reproduces” it through a series of speakers to make you sound less muffled. Sorry, it does not contain Bane-like language manipulation.
Kohler nursing bath
Given that millions of people are stuck indoors, it’s no surprise many people have explored the idea of spicing up their homes with things like renovations, swimming pools, hot tubs, and, yes, fancy bathrooms. We deserve it. And while you might need some deep pockets for Kohler’s Zen Beyond Zen still bath, it might be worth it. The Stillness line ranges from $ 6,200 to $ 16,000 and comes in a variety of sizes. It offers a relaxing experience with colored light, aromatherapy, mist, and a calming infinity edge that drips water into the grated drain below.
Brink Bionics Impulse Neuro-Controller
What if you could save 80 milliseconds less time than it takes your brain to instruct your mouse finger to click / shoot an enemy in an Overwatch game, for example? This is an example Canadian startup Brink Bionics is using to describe the benefits of its Impulse Neuro-Controller, a glove-like gaming peripheral that debuted at CES 2021. It doesn’t sound like much, sure, but with the glove’s ability to recognize it, clicking your mouse before your finger even moves can be of great benefit in the world of esports.
Samsung’s micro LED TVs are coming home
You may remember Samsung’s amazing micro-LED technology from years past as “The Wall,” a massive, modular system of LED panels that can be assembled as desired for commercial use. This year, the Korean tech giant is bringing home its micro LED panels in 110, 99, and 88-inch iterations, pre-assembled and simple enough to hang up. As Caleb Denison, Senior Editor of Digital Trends, points out here, it is a groundbreaking technology that is characterized by intense brightness, perfect black levels and all the functions you would expect from Samsung. ‘Nuff said.
LG teases its rollable smartphone
There aren’t traditionally many smartphones at CES, but given the global pandemic, all bets seem to be closed – Samsung will even unveil the Galaxy S21 on the last day of the conference. And while LG revealed details of its latest LG smartphones during its virtual presentation on Monday, it was a quick glimpse of the company’s rumored rollable smartphone at the beginning and end that caught everyone’s attention. In the video, the device switched smoothly from a smartphone to a tablet and vice versa in a matter of seconds – supposedly later that year. It was like a Marvel final credit scene.
Nobi Smart lamp
Health and wellness technology that protects seniors is rapidly becoming an important industry as our population ages. The Nobi Smart lamp is one such piece of medically focused technology. The Nobi is a stylish looking ceiling lamp that can be networked throughout the house. It uses motion sensors and AI to provide various functions, including motion detection, which can trigger lights to turn on automatically to reduce disorientation and light the path. It also has smart fall detection that allows caregivers to be notified when a problem arises.
ColdSnap quick freezer
Every year at CES there is at least one “Keurig of…” device, and this year is no different. The ColdSnap quick freezer promises to conjure up everything from soft ice cream and frozen yogurt to smoothies and frozen cocktails. It’s in fact the Keurig for soft ice cream, which uses pods to make delicious frozen treats to order in less than 120 seconds.
Petpuls AI powered dog collar
If Gary Larson’s far side comic is to be believed, a dog’s bark is just the one that says “hey!” basically everything. Not so according to Petpuls, an AI-controlled smart collar introduced at CES 2021 that uses speech recognition to decipher up to five different emotions (happy, fearful, angry, sad and relaxed). The Petpuls is touted as a Fitbit for your dog and works with a smartphone app. It also tracks your dog’s activity and sleep so you can make sure your best friend is happy and healthy.
Samsung JetBot 90 AI +
Every year Samsung moves the needle a little with its robotic technology at CES, and this year is no different. The robot vacuum game gets pretty tight thanks to the JetBot 90 AI +. Efficiency is the idea here as the JetBot uses AI and Lidar to scan the room for even the smallest of obstructions so it can identify them so it can control clearly and get the job done faster. In conjunction with the Samsung SmarThings app, you can set cleaning timers and restricted zones with the on-board camera and even see your pets (and your spouse?) From the perspective of a bot. Check out what else Samsung has to cook at this year’s show.
Lenovo ThinkReality AR glasses
If you tried to find equipment like a standing desk, office chair, or second monitor when the quarantine began, forget about them. And now that the market has adjusted to us being at home, it is an understatement to say that the work-from-home segment is booming. Tech solutions like the Lenovo ThinkReality A3 smart glasses are still pretty untested in nature, but with the promise of projecting up to five virtual desktops with augmented reality, this could mean a fairly simple setup for the home office, regardless of whether you have a physical monitor or not. The ThinkReality glasses fit like sunglasses and work with Motorola smartphones and PCs via USB-C.