This past week, The Consumer Electronics Show showcased some of the latest and greatest new tech. that is heading our way in 2023.
This years’ CES shattered expected attendance drawing over 115,000 industry professionals – marking the largest audited global tech event since early 2020. With over 3200 exhibitors, including 1000 start-ups, CES 2023 showcased the next era of innovation from transportation and mobility to digital health, sustainability, Web3, metaverse and beyond.
Put plainly, CES is the most influential tech event in the world – the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where the world’s biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage.
Below, we have compiled a list of the best new products from this years’ show.
Withings U-Scan home urine lab
A breakthrough in-home biomarker analysis platform and one of the company’s most technologically advanced devices to date, U-Scan is a miniaturized health lab that hygienically sits within any toilet bowl to unlock the wealth of health information in daily urine.
Urine is an extraordinary tool to assess and monitor one’s health. It gives an immediate snapshot of the body’s balance and is integral in monitoring and detecting a large variety of health information. Withings U-Scan makes it possible to conduct biomarker assessments from the comfort and privacy of a person’s own bathroom.
In Europe, the U-Scan Nutri Balance app shows an analysis of specific gravity, pH, vitamin C and ketone levels. The combination of these measurements helps people monitor their metabolic intake to optimize their daily hydration and nutrients. The “actionable” part of that is that the system can recommend workouts, offer dietary suggestions and recipes — all to help health-conscious users achieve their goals. The company points out that U.S. functionality of Nutri Balance may vary, depending on FDA clearance.
Acer eKinekt BD 3 bike desk
What can best be described as a desk combined with a stationary bike, this ingenious device is looking to empower sustainable and healthier lifestyles. The eKinekt BD 3 lets users exercise as they work by using kinetic energy from the rider’s pedaling to power the machine and charge devices.
The LCD display and a companion smartphone app provide information to help riders stay on track with their progress during exercise regimes or work periods. Users can seamlessly adjust the bike resistance, seat, and desk height based on desired placement to provide added flexibility and comfort when working or training. The device is equipped with two USB Type-A ports and one USB Type-C port, a bag hook, and a beverage holder for added convenience whether in the office or in the comfort of home.
One hour of constant cycling at 60 RPM on the bike desk can generate 75 watts of self-generated power. The useable energy is then utilized to charge laptops and other devices, so users can get work done and stay active at the same time. The eKinekt’s user-friendly companion app provides real-time information to check riding duration, distance and speed, while indicating the estimated number of calories burned and watts generated when pedaling.
Sony and Honda Afeela
One of the most hotly anticipated launches this year at CES was Sony’s new electric vehicle. Back in March, the company announced a partnership with Honda and this past week rolled out a prototype called the Afeela, which it developed in collaboration with the chipmaker Qualcomm.
The car will have safety and driver assistance systems from Honda along with entertainment and interactive features from Sony. Screens soak the car’s interior, which makes it a massive multimedia entertainment chamber as well as a mode of conveyance. Thanks to Qualcomm’s input, Afeela owners will get to process what will presumably be tremendous amounts of road, navigation, and safety information gleaned from their driving.
Inside, the company is working with Unreal Engine graphics technology from Epic Games, the company that produces Fortnite, to design interfaces for the vehicle. There are also 45 cameras and sensors inside and outside the vehicle, some of which are used to detect the condition of the driver to help ensure alertness and safety.
Sony also claims that when you purchase an Afeela, you will be able to post anything from sports scores to Spider-Man animations on your flickering back lights—or maybe just flash them in an angry color when someone cuts you off. Preorders will begin in 2025 and cars will begin shipping in 2026.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i
A thin-and-light laptop with not one, but two 13.3-inch OLED screens that you can use in a variety of positions. Complete with a kickstand, external keyboard, and a stylus, you can use it as a normal laptop, or you can have two wide screens stacked (such as with a meeting on the top screen and presentation notes below), have two side-by-side vertical screens for maximum productivity, or even lay it flat like a paper notebook, with two pages open in front of you.
In terms of core specs, there are going to be three USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, up to 16 GB of RAM, up to 1 TB PCle SSD Gen4 SSD storage, WiFi 6E and a 5-megapixel webcam for video conferencing. It’s running on just regular Windows 11, not any special version built for dual-screen devices. However, Lenovo has built all these shortcuts to make it easier to use the two screens together.
The YogaBook 9i is currently scheduled to start shipping in April and hit the shelves by June 2023.
Samsung Premier 4K UST projector
This world first ultra-short throw 8K projector can display an image up to 150 inches wide diagonally and promises to take your entertainment experience to a whole other level!
Featuring four times the number of pixels as a standard 4K projector this new model from Samsung will offer oodles of detail, high brightness and contrast due to a laser light source and a number of advancements to ease the set-up process including automatic focus, automatic keystone and automatic leveling to ensure that the projected image is perfectly optimized for its specific placement and screen.
Complete with built-in speakers with Dolby Atmos, Samsung has packed it with the same Tizen OS that you find in the company’s smart TVs, which means it has all the smart features like AirPlay, Alexa, Bixby, G00gle Assistant, Q-Symphony, SmartThings, Samsung Health, Samsung Gaming Hub, Tap View, and more.
Samsung hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet. Generally, products that are announced at CES come out in the spring or summer. Pricewise, this will almost certainly not be cheap.
Movano Evie Ring
The Evie ring mostly emulates the Oura Ring Gen 3 experience, but with a stronger emphasis on menstrual health management for people with uteruses. Paired with an adjustable design and portable battery case that can recharge the ring up to 10 times, Evie seems to offer plenty of practicality right out of the gate.
Evie combines health and wellness metrics to give a full picture of one’s health: resting heart rate, heart rate variability, SpO2, respiration rate, skin temperature variability, period and ovulation tracking, menstrual symptom tracking, activity profile, including steps, active minutes and, calories burned, sleep stages and duration, and mood tracking. This data is delivered through a mobile app which aims to simplify how data is presented, moving away from complex graphs and charts, and turning biometric data into actionable insights that will help women make manageable lifestyle changes and take a more proactive approach to mitigating the risks of chronic disease.
For example, Evie uses medical grade heart rate and SpO2 data to help identify patterns in her sleep quality and trends in her menstrual cycle, so she can understand her body’s natural baseline and over time learn how to feel her best. Because a successful day looks different for every woman, the solution places as much emphasis on recovery as it does activity and encourages women to set goals related to both physical and mental health.
The smart ring is expected to cost under $300 with no added monthly subscription fees and will be available in 2023.
German Bionic Apogee
German Bionic, the robotic exoskeleton start-up behind the Cray X has launched the Apogee, the company’s latest and lightest powered exosuit built for commercial and industrial use.
The German Bionic Apogee is a posture protection wearable solution for professionals that work in environments where they’re required to deal with heavy equipment or loads to help protect their body. The device works by being attached onto the back and thighs where it will go to work helping wearers reduce load weights by as much as 66-pounds. This will help drastically to reduce fatigue when continuously putting pressure on the body, while also prioritizing ergonomics.
The Apogee is based on the brand’s IO architecture to capture, monitor, analyze and report information on the user’s ergonomic data directly back to them. This can be performed through the onboard display or audible alerts to let them know if they are moving in unsafe ways.
Phew! That is a wrap. 2023 is sure shaping up to be a year of innovation. Stay tuned for all the latest and greatest product reviews right here. Make sure you subscribe below and follow @onecutreviews on IG, Twitter, FB and Linkedin.