- CES 2024, one of the world’s largest consumer electronics fairs, hosts many new products and companies.
- The products that stand out among the wide product range are Honda’s Sedan The 0 Series is Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid laptop with a detachable display for use as an Android tablet and Roxi’s interactive broadcast TV channels that allow users to interact.
The major consumer electronics show CES 2024 features the best, most interesting and occasionally weird products and offers a comprehensive overview.
Rethink the way you drive
CES 2024 hosts a remarkable model in the automotive field, such as Honda’s 0 Series Saloon. In terms of design, the vehicle is far from the company’s usual appearance. A low-profile electric vehicle, the Saloon makes an almost Lamborghini-style impression, and Honda says that if it goes into production, the Saloon will offer a sporty ride thanks to its Formula 1-inspired aerodynamics.
If you’re not a driver, Hyundai’s SPACE transit concept may be more suitable for you. SPACE is a transportation vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells, with a concept resembling an autonomous tram for four people, with transparent screens instead of traditional windows, which can be summoned via an application. In fact, the ride height can be adjusted so that it can be easily ridden by wheelchair users and pets. However, rollout of these innovations at scale remains unclear at this time.
Turn laptop screen into Android tablet
Lenovo’s $1,999 ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid brings a unique innovation to the 2-in-1 concept. Although most computers can turn into tablets, this device allows users to remove its 14-inch screen and use it independently as an Android tablet. It is powered by a high-end Qualcomm chipset and provides smooth performance. Additionally, the remaining bottom half can be connected to another monitor, turning it into a full Windows computer. Despite its unconventional design, Lenovo plans to launch the device in the second quarter.
Interact with broadcast TV channels
Roxi, a music streaming company, is introducing a new way to interact with music on TV without needing an app. By setting specific streaming channels, users can play, pause, skip music videos, and explore various music categories without requiring an account or downloads. The feature uses a new streaming standard supported by many modern TVs and temporary software for on-screen controls.
Roxi, which initially focused on music, plans to collaborate with major broadcast network Sinclair this year to offer viewers interactive Roxi music channels, signaling potential expansions beyond music.
Let AI use your apps for you
The $199 Rabbit R1 is a compact portable device that aims to offer a more efficient approach to tasks without replacing smartphones. Users can ask questions and wait for answers by simply pressing a button.
Powered by the “big action model,” R1’s software is trained to interact seamlessly with the applications and services we commonly use. For example, it can handle tasks such as flight search or booking, simplifying user interactions. The company plans to ship the R1s to US customers before Easter.
Look and listen with Nuance glasses
EssilorLuxottica introduced Nuance glasses at CES, eyeglass frames that serve as over-the-counter hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss. Equipped with six microphones and smart software, the glasses amplify sounds from various sources without inserting anything into the ear. Unlike typical OTC options, this design prioritizes style and interactivity in conversations.
But the challenge for EssilorLuxottica is to overcome the expected high cost and ensure affordability through discussions with insurance providers before the end of the year.
The tiny assistant projector robot in your home
Samsung is preparing to launch Ballie, a compact, rolling companion that resembles a bowling ball, later this year. Unlike Samsung’s existing home devices, Ballie is designed to be a versatile assistant that can project movies and video calls to walls, interact with smart devices, and monitor pets. While the projector function has been confirmed to be quite effective, its success in other tasks remains unclear.
Control your lights and TV with a stylish ringtone
Lotus, a startup company, is introducing a ring designed to control home devices. Equipped with an infrared transmitter and a clickable button, the Lotus ring allows users to control light switches, appliances and TVs by sending commands to compatible smart home products.
CEO Dhaval Patel mentioned plans for a version with a touch sensor for channel and menu navigation. Primarily targeting individuals with limited mobility, Lotus aims to appeal to people who have not made extensive investments in smart home technology.
Ski anywhere with a pair of electric Skwheels
Cars are no longer among the highlights at technology fairs. Unusual personal transportation options such as French motorized ski shoes attract attention. Capable of reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour, these four-wheel-drive kayaks offer a unique alternative to traditional commuting methods.
While the speed may seem daunting compared to typical electric scooters, they can cover approximately 32 kilometers on a full battery charge, cruising at a more manageable speed of 19 kilometers per hour. However, the luxury of skiing anywhere comes with a high price tag, as a set of Skwheels costs close to $2,700 at full retail price.
Compiled by: Eliz Canyurt