CES 2023 has been unveiled tons of cool tech stuffincluding many you can get now, like a A citizen smartwatch that can measure fatigue and a smart kitchen mixer can tell when your dough is ready. But some of the most fantastic products at CES are futuristic inventions that won’t be available for years.
The convention is full of great ideas for prototypes, designs and exciting future products. Some cost exorbitant amounts, while others never make it to market. It’s just part of the mystique.
A real flying car, tablets that shrink and bend, cars that double as your friend and electric skates are just some of the ground-breaking creations on display: the most futuristic technology is here at CES 2023. See for more information The biggest highlights of CES 2023 and the weirdest products we found at this year’s convention.
The Aska A5 debuts as the first functional flying car
Flying cars have been synonymous with the future since The Jetsons hit TVs in 1962, but more than 60 years later, we’re still waiting for one to fly. We took an even bigger step at CES 2023 with the Aska A5 the first fully functional flying car prototype — debuted Thursday.
You might call the Aska a wheeled plane or a hydrofoil, but technically it’s an electric vertical takeoff and takeoff, or eVTOL, aircraft. The vehicle can carry four passengers and its foldable wings expand to open vertically and fly for a range of 250 miles.
While the Aska A5 officially took off at CES this year, you won’t be able to fly it anytime soon. Next Future Mobility plans to launch the car in 2026. Initial orders require a $5,000 deposit, refundable after one year.
The Candela C-8 Hydrofoil brings high-speed electric travel to the water
Based on the concepts it developed in the limited-edition prototype C-7 electric boat, Swedish tech manufacturer Candela is almost ready to bring its technology to the masses, or at least to anyone who can afford the expected $390,000 price tag. The new C-8 Hydrofoil flies over the water and features a completely redesigned propulsion system that works underwater and makes for a quiet ride that is almost silent.
Candela’s new electric boat can travel at a speed of 50 knots (about 57.5 miles per hour) and travel about 50 miles before needing to recharge the battery, which takes just 2 hours. The C-8 adds an enclosed cabin and increases the number of passengers to eight.
CNET’s Bridget Carey says the C-8 “feels like you’re floating on a magic carpet ride on water.” The boat will be launched later this year for real customers. Learn more about the revolutionary technology on board with this video tutorial.
Samsung screens that fold, slide, tilt and roll
Screens for mobile phones and tablets have been static rectangles for a long time. CES 2023 shows that innovations from manufacturers like Samsung Display could change all that, with screens that collapse, expand and stretch to offer multiple viewing and storage options.
For foldable devices, Samsung made the biggest splash at this year’s CES with its product Flex Hybrid tablet concept it folds like a notebook computer and has a screen that can be adjusted from 10.5 to 12.4 inches. The company also showed off the Flex S device, which folds up multiple times to switch between phone size and tablet size.
These foldable devices are just “concepts” and not products in development yet, so there’s no telling what the final versions will look like. Since Samsung Display is a supplier for other manufacturers, the final products may come from a different supplier than Samsung. However, CNET’s Eli Blumenthal explains why and how This year’s inventions could be a turning point for foldable devices.
Are parents ready for a self-driving stroller?
Canadian company GlüxKind is working on it with its bank Ella stroller, an autonomous device that can continue to move on its own. The stroller is not designed to move independently with a baby inside — the automatic movement is for when your baby no longer wants to ride, walks, or is carried by you.
This “smart” stroller doesn’t just move itself. Its dual-motor drive system makes it easy to push up hills or off-road, and smart braking will keep it from going downhill.
A built-in white noise machine can help your little one fall asleep, and Ella can gently rock your little one back and forth when you pause to rest somewhere.
However, all these great features don’t come cheap. Ella is expected to sell for $3,300. Although the company is accepting pre-orders, there is no planned release date.
BMW i Vision Dee wants to be your friend
If the Aska A5 blurs the line between airplane and car, BMW concept and Vision Dee wants to hold the line between car and companion.
The German car giant’s i Vision Dee model imagines a future where your car looks better. E Ink panels let you program emotional, human-like faces into the car’s grille, and sophisticated AI technology can talk to you less like a servant and more like a friend.
This E Ink goes beyond the grid. The entire car is made up of E Ink panels, 240 of them to be exact, that allow you to change color and create patterns in seconds.
The BMW i Vision Dee is just a concept for now, but some of its features will make it to actual BMW cars. For example, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said the AI-powered HUB technology the company put into the i Vision Dee will come to real cars in 2025.
TCL’s RayNeo X2 AR glasses can translate conversations in real time
Chinese tech company TCL is best known for its TVs, but it’s also branching out into virtual and augmented reality devices. Its RayNeo X2 AR glasses are available for demo at CES 2023, and CNET’s Scott Stein was able to use them. translate a conversation with a Chinese speaker in real time.
The frames on the RayNeo X2 AR glasses are slightly larger than regular eyeglass frames, but eliminate the need to wear another pair of glasses under prescription supplements, and the expected introduction of Qualcomm’s AR1 chipset should further reduce the size.
The RayNeo X2 AR glasses will be available to the developer community at the end of the first quarter of 2023, with a commercial launch later in the year.
Dell’s Concept Nyx Controller personalizes gaming
Although Valve tried to reinvent the game controller years ago, we haven’t seen much innovation in the game controller since everyone settled on the standard functional Xbox design.
Developed by hardware subsidiary Alienware, the Concept Nyx Controller prototype is based on Dell’s Concept Nyx home gaming server that it introduced last year. The fingerprint sensor at the top recognizes individual players, automatically loads their preferences and can even launch their favorite games.
Two customizable scroll wheels on the bottom of the controller let you easily select weapons or other menu items, and touch sensors below the left and right shoulder buttons offer scrolling controls. Toggle buttons on the back of the controller allow you to quickly switch between the two complete sets of commands on the front.
The Nyx Controller is still a prototype in development and has no expected release date yet.
Atmos Gear adds electricity to inline skates
Electric bikes are taking off, so why not electric skates? Thanks to French company Atmos Gear, you won’t have to take off your skates to conquer steep hills any time soon. Its motorized skate frame is designed for any roller skate and will allow you to travel at speeds of about 15 mph.
The skates are equipped with a remote control and are designed to give you a range of about 12 miles. You can also use the skates manually even while the motor battery is charging.
Atmos Gear is currently accepting pre-orders for the product for €500 ($530, £440, AU$775). The company said it would begin production of the electric skates after receiving 200 pre-orders – it has currently received 150 orders.
Loovic promises silent directions for navigation anywhere
One of the more unusual prototypes on display at CES 2023 is a wearable necklace from a Japanese startup called Loovic. The device hangs around your neck when not in use, sort of like studio headphones, and provides audio and tactile directions to help you navigate without looking at your phone.
The device was inspired by Loovic CEO Toru Tamanka’s son, who suffers from a cognitive disability that makes following directions difficult. It will work for anyone who wants to navigate with their head held high. The Loovic neckband provides directions via speakers, as well as tactile feedback on the neck and shoulders. The device is still a prototype, with no planned release.
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