Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the chance for some of the biggest technology companies in the world to show what they’ve been working on. Whether it’s concepts, prototypes or products set for release, CES has something for every tech-head. In this article, I’ve gathered up some of the most exciting technology to come out of CES 2022.
BMW’s iX Flow colour changing car
Usually, to change a car’s colour, you take it to get a fresh coat of paint, but what if you could do this at the touch of a button? This is what BMW brought to the table at CES 2022.
Using the same technology as E-Readers, the iX Flow has a special E Ink wrap that allows for this adjustability. For the moment, the only colours are black, white and grey, which can go from front to back, side to side, in stripes, in blotches and so on.
This technology can benefit customers in a number of ways, the first being customization. Just like your outfit, the colour of your car can now act as an expression of your mood.
The other very interesting benefit which is more functional is the car’s ability to reflect sunlight differently. In the summer, making the car white will reflect more sunlight and cool the car down. In the winter, making it black will do the opposite.
Samsung eco remote
Samsung has unveiled the latest version of its Eco remote which not only charges using sunlight but now also preserves its charge by “collecting routers’ radio waves and converting them to energy.” Maybe not quite level of excitement as a colour-changing car, but interesting nonetheless!
Just like with their previous Eco remote, Samsung’s aim is to reduce the need for AAA batteries. The company estimates that switching to solar-powered remotes could avoid 99 million discarded batteries over the course of seven years.
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED
Everyone is having a go at foldable screens, and why wouldn’t you? They allow for more screen real estate in a portable factor, and they look very cool! Most companies have been experimenting with foldable phones, but not as many with foldable screens in laptops.
The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is Asus’ answer to the foldable laptop screen, a 17.3-inch laptop with a foldable OLED screen. It is incredibly flexible, allowing you to unfold it and use it as a regular tablet, prop it up with a kickstand, or you can fold it sideways at a 90-degree angle. Being a flagship laptop, it comes with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 U-series processor and up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
Set for release in Q2 of 2022 the pricing is yet to be released, but we can expect it to be pretty costly.
Samsung’s Freestyle projector
Next, is Freestyle, Samsung’s second appearance on the list. This new barrel-shaped projector is very versatile, it’s portable, small and fits in lightbulb sockets.
When it comes to specs, it’s a 1080p projector, rated at 550 lumens (so not the highest), a 360-degree five-watt speaker, and a far-field mic array (for “Hi Bixby” or Alexa voice controls). The projector is set to go for $899.
You can now buy the Freestyle here.
Arguably the most fascinating piece of tech at CES 2022 was Ameca. Made by British company Engineered Arts, this humanoid robot has a multitude of facial expressions, can speak back to you, and even gets annoyed if you touch its face!
Although you can clearly see it is made to resemble humans, the company decided on a grey face to make it easily distinguishable from us.
Take a look at it in action:
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