CES 2023 is under way and the tech news and announcements are flying in.
Companies often drop news at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and this year has been no different. Per usual, there have also been some pretty interesting gadgets and innovations highlighted at the major conference. Mashable is on the ground in Vegas reporting on the latest news. We’ve summarized everything that’s gone on thus far and will update as more info comes in.
Android joins Apple in the satellite-based texting future
Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Satellite at CES 2023, which will effectively allow people who buy new Android phones later this year to send two-way text messages using satellites. The idea is that the feature could come in handy for folks who need to communicate but don’t have cell coverage.
Android will auto-transfer music from your car to phone
Google rolled out a new feature at CES 2023 called “uninterrupted listening,” that’ll automatically move your current music or podcast from one device to the next, depending where you are. For users dedicated the Android ecosystem, that means you could, for instance, exit your car and have your music playback automatically transfer to your phone.
Razer made a head cushion that lets you feel your game
The peripheral gaming brand announced it made a head cushion that attaches to your gaming chair and delivers haptic feedback tied to the game you’re playing. There were not yet any details on price or availability.
Tech powerhouse Lenovo dropped a number of products, perhaps weirdest among them was a headset-free metaverse device. Project Chronos, as it’s code-named, would capture a person’s movements down to their facial expressions so they’ll be able to participate in an event occurring in a virtual setting.
The robot designed to care for the elderly
Aeolus Robotics showed off its cute robot named Aeo that’s designed to do tasks like disinfect surfaces, open doors, and carry things. It even takes selfies. Oh…and it can also function as a security guard thanks in part to its 360 degree night-vision camera — a bit less playful.
The Ring Car Cam is finally available for purchase
After a number of delays and false starts, customers are now able to pre-order a Ring Car Cam. Amazon’s popular security company designed a cam with a dual-facing camera, a feature to detect break-ins, and the ability to check in with your car via the Ring app.
Sony announced its first accessible Playstation controller
Sony plans to release a controller that’ll help folks with disabilities game, the company announced at CES 2023. Codenamed Project Leonardo, it’ll be customizable to help address common problems for gamers with limited motor control.
Samsung-owned HARMAN launched two cool driver-safety features at CES 2023. One, called Ready Vision, projects AR images onto your windshield — meaning direction information can actually pop up into your field of view. The other feature, called Ready Care, claims to have used neuroscience and machine learning to come up with a system for detecting if a driver is distracted.
Sure AI and the metaverse might be the buzzy subjects at CES 2023, but the more straightforward tech actually stands out, wrote Mashable’s Matt Binder from Vegas. Sometimes something as simple as a great gaming mouse is worth celebrating.