As the sun set over Las Vegas on January 12, 2024, the curtains closed on another exhilarating CES, leaving us awestruck with a glimpse into the future. Transforming Sin City into a dazzling hub of innovation, CES 2024 unveiled gadgets and technologies that promise to revolutionize our daily lives. From aiding those with disabilities to reshaping our entertainment experiences, this year’s expo wasn’t just about the next big thing; it was about making meaningful changes in the world. Join us as we delve into the highlights of CES 2024, where technology met humanity, and the future became today.
1. .lumen Glasses for the Blind
Romanian startup .lumen (dotlumen) introduced its glasses with assistive technology to support people with blindness, a product that performs the work of guide dogs. Rather than a dog that pulls the hand to guide a person, .lumen Glasses rely on self-driving technology to create a sensation on the user’s head in the direction where the person should move.
The glasses can interpret the location of obstacles above or below ground, directing users away from hazards and maintaining safety. Relying on haptics, the technology receives information regarding barriers, interpreting the world around the user and directing the person through sensations, including vibration, touch, and force. This interpretation of the surrounding environment in 3D translates into path planning through algorithms that understand mapping, visual odometry, and surfaces.
The product is expected to be released to the public during the second half of 2024.
2. Augmental MouthPad
Billed as the “world’s first available hands-free touchpad,” Augmental’s MouthPad is a retainer-shaped, tongue-driven interface used to control devices through Bluetooth. Users control the MouthPad using their tongues to facilitate cursor control, clicks, and swipes.
Marketed toward consumers who have experienced spinal injuries, which make hand control of a traditional computer mouse impossible, the MouthPad features out-of-the-box connectivity for most desktop and mobile operating systems. It requires no additional software and repowers in its charging case when not in use.
MouthPad is made from dental resin. The device relies on a battery that can run for more than five hours. It is currently under development.
3. LG Signature OLED T
At the LG Electronics booth, the brand’s home entertainment company introduced a transparent, wireless television named the OLED T. The company is marketing the television as the first wireless transparent OLED TV, which allows consumers to design their spaces without the boundaries of a television that obstructs the area of a room where it is located.
The 77-inch screen features a transparent display to align with any home environment and affords a feeling of open space beyond the confines of a traditional screen.
Boasting a new Alpha 11 AI processor and Zero Connect Box are cutting edge and allow users to enjoy the television anywhere in a room with a cable-free setup. The Always-On-Display (AOD) feature allows content, such as artwork or photos, to be displayed through the transparent screen, which seems to create a free-floating appearance. Users can also choose the T-Bar feature to remain informed regarding news alerts, weather updates, or song information as music plays.
4. Mercedes-Benz MBUX
Mercedes-AMG and Will.i.am unveiled their partnership on the immersive MBUX SOUND DRIVE experience, technology that leads music to react to the driving style of the car’s driver. The technology relies on software that aligns “motion and melody,” according to Mercedes-AMG. This effect is produced through blending sensors and software that connect with the car’s hardware to express music according to driving characteristics such as recuperation, acceleration, steering, and braking.
As a Mercedes-AMG partner, Will.i.am applied his music history as a performer and record producer to develop the music experience. Forward-looking potential for the project includes applying MBUX SOUND DRIVE to create an open music platform. This would allow global artists to create music in any genre through the MBUX SOUND DRIVE studio software.
5. Acer Predator Helios Neo 18
Acer was one brand that pulled out all the stops for CES 2024 by introducing new products and unveiling refreshed designs on beloved devices. The big news from the Acer booth centered on the new Predator Helios Neo 18 gaming laptop.
The Predator features Microsoft Copilot in Windows 11. A dedicated Copilot key affords fast access to AI task assistance. The device relies on an Intel Core i9 processor 14900HX paired with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPUs and a maximum graphics power of 140 W in Turbo mode. It features 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D fan technology to maintain safe temperatures through cooling and Acer’s PurifiedVoice 2.0 AI noise-reduction technology to cancel out background noise. DTS:X Ultra-powered speakers provide an immersive audio experience during play, communication, or streaming. Acer’s Predator Helios Neo 18 includes one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes hundreds of PC games.
Acer also took steps to ensure an alluring design for the machine by featuring laser-etched encrypted codes on its deep black anodized cover. Gamers can decipher hidden messages within the codes for an adventure in Acer’s Predator Verse.
It will be available in the United States this March.
6. MSI Claw
Laptop maker MSI introduced the Claw, which the brand says is the first handheld gaming device powered by an Intel Core Ultra Processor. The device features ARC graphics with up to eight Xe cores and advanced XeSS technology for play across AAA titles. It is manufactured using a HyperFlow cooling system, boasts a 53-Wh battery for two hours of life working at full capacity, and also features Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.
The Claw features MSI Center M UI for easy access to the device’s key features and settings, such as a quick game launcher and instant platform access. It supports the MSI APP Player, which affords access to Windows and Android mobile games.
The Claw was developed for gamers, affording a fresh option with a comfortable handheld design. It features a 7-in. full HD touchscreen display with a 120-Hz refresh rate.
7. Displace Flex
Home entertainment device manufacturer Displace has expanded its offerings with the launch of its Flex 55” 4K television, which the company released as a solution for rooms where screens cannot be attached to a wall. The wireless product requires ports and it is lightweight. It charges wirelessly with the portable magnetic Displace Stand, which is sold separately. This innovative device is ideal for office spaces and children’s rooms.
A user controls the device primarily through hand gestures. The device relies on a proprietary active-loop vacuum technology, allowing it to secure any surface. New safety features have been added, such as advanced wall-sensing algorithms, four quick adhesives for stability, and a proprietary self-lowering landing-gear system.
The Displace Flex is made in multiple colors and can be placed with other Displace Flex sets to form a screen of any size. Advanced thermal cameras and NFC Payment readers afford shopping options. The battery can hold a month-long charge, according to six hours of daily viewing time.
Reflecting on CES 2024’s Technological Marvels
As we reflect on the remarkable innovations unveiled at CES 2024, it’s clear that technology continues to leap boundaries, bringing us solutions that were once in the realm of science fiction. Each product we’ve explored today isn’t just a gadget; it’s a testament to human ingenuity and a bridge to a more connected, efficient, and accessible world. As these technologies make their way into our lives, they promise to reshape how we interact with our environment and with each other. Stay tuned to the evolving tech landscape, for what we’ve seen at CES 2024 is just the beginning of a thrilling journey into the future.