CES 2023 brought back CES in a pretty fitting form. It was kind of like yesterday – 2020 and before. We’ve seen an $800,000 flying car, a crazy giant wireless TV (more below), and yes, a pee sensor for your toilet at home (definitely more below).
This year’s show marks the return of CES in person. The world’s largest consumer show is expected to attract more than 100,000 people and more than 2,200 companies to talk about what they think is the next big thing. This year — and for the first time in three years — CNET editors walked the floors to see new products and services at the show.
Before we dive into the best of CES 2023 list, here are the criteria we used to determine the final candidate. We tried to keep the number of award winners between five and seven.
Here’s how we determined our top CES awards. Everyone on this list meets at least one of the criteria listed below.
- The product includes a concept or idea that has never been seen before
- The product tries to solve a basic consumer problem
- A product is a redesign or a different take on an existing product in a way that sets a new bar in performance or quality
Finally, to avoid awarding products that may never see the light of day, products with at least a calendar year release window or timeline were weighted against those with no planned release date or more nebulous ones.
LG M3 Series 97-inch wireless OLED TV
The LG M3 Series 97-inch wireless OLED TV it’s a behemoth that doesn’t skimp on normal high-end TV features. This behemoth of a television is one of the most exciting TVs in recent memory, combining its massive size with fantastic picture technology. However, what really makes it stand out is that it is completely wireless.
Yes, no more messing around with a bunch of wires behind your entertainment center to make it look like they aren’t there. Not them with this TV.
LG says the 97-inch will follow in 2023, along with the 83- and 77-inch versions. But don’t expect it to be cheap. The wired version of LG’s 97-inch TV is $25,000, while the 77-inch OLED is just $2,900. Just to set expectations.
Have you ever imagined that you can get information about health at home by dialing a number? You will soon be able to Withings U-Scan (urine) sensor. The device sits in front of your toilet. When you pee — and it’s probably best to sit down to get a proper sample — it collects the urine, analyzes it, and sends the results to your phone via Wi-Fi.
What kind of results, you may ask? For starters, it can track daily ketones and vitamin C levels and check urine pH, which can indicate overall kidney health. Use a different cartridge and women can use it to track their menstrual cycles.
We’ve seen at-home urine test strips that require you to be on hand to get test results, but the U-Scan is designed for a seamless experience. Just do your job and move on. The fact that you can take this test every day without even thinking about it and have the results sent to you instantly is what really sets U-Scan apart.
HTC Vive XR Elite
The HTC Vive XR Elite It’s the latest version of HTC’s VR/AR headset, and based on our time, it could be the best Vive ever when it goes on sale in late February for $1,099.
Yes, we’ve seen VR headsets before, but what makes this one special? The main reason it’s on this list is its size. HTC has shrunk its VR headset down to almost the size of normal glasses and less than half the weight of glasses. Quest Pro VR headset.
If you normally wear glasses, you won’t need to wear them while using this. Adjustment dials, or diopters, can change the lens prescription in real-time, meaning the user doesn’t need to wear glasses at all. If it works as expected, it’s a really useful feature. As someone who wears glasses but has been suffering from VR for the past few years, the combination of the XR Elite’s small, lightweight chassis and glasses-free requirement makes VR a more attractive prospect for me.
I’m not rushing to buy a VR headset, but the technology here looks exceptional, so let’s hope it catches on.
BMW and Vision Dee
yes, BMW and Vision Dee it’s a concept car, so my first reaction was to take every feature here for granted, but BMW has confirmed that the most interesting and useful feature, the head-up display, will come to production cars in 2025.
Instead of a traditional dashboard display, Dee uses the entire windshield as a HUD. It’s an AR display that uses the full width of the windshield and incorporates five levels of immersion. Level 1 gives you the basics – speedometer, some navigation data, etc. Levels 2 through 4 increase the information on the screen and eventually overlay the navigation information on the road.
Level 5 can display a completely virtual environment and is not intended for driving. Rather, it’s not meant for when you’re driving, and instead it’s meant for when the car is driving you. It’s one of the best in action, so check out BMW i Vision Dee’s video to see it in action.
The concept car’s chassis also has an E Ink coating that can change color to your liking, and during BWM’s press conference the presenters showed that it can carry on a conversation with you, a la KITT, but BMW admitted this. used a backstage actress to show what she wants to do in the future. Again, only HUD was confirmed to be coming to cars in the future, so it was the most useful thing to look out for.
Samsung S95C 77-inch QD-OLED TV
The Samsung S95C is the company’s first 77-inch TV using QD-OLED technology. It improves on last year’s model with better anti-glare technology and brighter images. Color in particular impressed our TV expert David Katzmaier the most; however, the screen color is slightly grayer than the LG, which tends to wash out the image a bit.
Still, the main reason it’s on this list, in addition to its superior quality, is its potential to give LG a run for its money in the high-end 77-inch TV market, which could ultimately drive down prices. Great news for those looking to buy a big, awesome high-end TV sometime in the future.
Schneider Smart Home system
Schneider’s Smart Home System It’s not something I’m thinking of owning until I move to a new, bigger house in 2020. Let’s just say I grow at least a few gray hairs when a new bill comes around. The system will allow users to save. We make money by scheduling certain outlets to draw power by managing switches, switches and outlets to prevent power vampires like TVs and chargers from drawing power when we don’t need it.
For EV users, it can schedule your car to charge, schedule a time to charge only when prices are at their lowest, or only use solar panels if possible.
As home electricity rates rise – where I live, they certainly have – and with more devices in our homes requiring more charging, it’s nice to have this kind of granular control without having to unplug multiple items every time you leave or go. on vacation, it’s a really nice tool.
Dolby Atmos sound in the car in Maybach
Dolby Atmos is a sound technology – surround sound 2.0 – that tries to fully immerse you in whatever you’re listening to. Atmos has been available in theaters and home theaters for a while, but Mercedes-Maybach is one of the best. the first cars to use.
So how good is it? The experience is hard to explain, but I’ll let CNET editor Bridget Carey do her best. He says: “The music felt like it was floating in the space around me – I couldn’t tell where the speakers were – creating a surreal sound. When I was listening to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, it was like Freddie Mercury was just floating in front of me.”
Watch the video to get a better idea of what Bridget experienced in her $185,000 Maybach. For those without that kind of cash, Dolby says we could see Atmos used in more affordable cars. The team is working on adapting the technology to a traditional six-speaker setup, but there’s no word yet on exactly when.
CES 2023 is back with some potentially useful technology. Some new, some improvements, but at least try to solve a known consumer problem. There was almost more to list. These are the only real differentiators. For everything else, be sure to check out the rest of CNET’s CES coverage.