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The best tech products at CES 2023

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One of the biggest tech shows in the world, CES, opens this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show, produced by the Consumer Technology Association, features some of the latest tech offerings from businesses of all sizes.

Here’s a look at the top products showcased at CES 2023.

Smells in the Metaverse

Several companies — including Facebook’s parent company, Meta — have been working on technologies to support a future digital world called the “metaverse.”

The metaverse is a term used to describe a non-physical world in which individuals interact through different types of digital technologies. people would use virtual reality (VR) glasses and other devices to interact with each other in the metaverse.

A company called OVR Technology has released a new wearable device that produces scents or scents, designed for VR technology. In a video explaining the device, OVR chief Aaron Wisniewski said it was designed to copy the human sense of smell.

OVR Technology Manager Aaron Wisniewski shows off a wearable virtual reality device designed to produce realistic scents.  (Image credit: OVR Technology)

OVR Technology Manager Aaron Wisniewski shows off a wearable virtual reality device designed to produce realistic scents. (Image credit: OVR Technology)

The device connects smells to things a person can smell in a digital world powered by virtual reality. For example, smelling a flower would cause the device to produce a scent for it. Outdoor environments, like being in the middle of a field, can also be sensed digitally. The device could also produce the smell of tasty food when a Metaverse person walks through shops or restaurants.

OVR Technology claims that their device is capable of producing thousands of different scent combinations. But, he adds, it’s not designed to produce exactly smells found in the real world. Instead, the device aims to give users “a whole new world of possibilities” in digital scent technology.

Wearable VR Vest

The developers of the Skinetic wearable device say it’s designed to help users experience another basic human sense, touch. Skinetic is a vest equipped with 20 small motors designed to produce many different tactile sensations. It is designed for gamers and users of VR technology.

Employees of the Parisian technology company Actronika are working on the development of the Skinetic wearable vest, designed to copy the human sense of smell.  (Image credit: Skinetic)

Employees of the Parisian technology company Actronika are working on the development of the Skinetic wearable vest, designed to copy the human sense of smell. (Image credit: Skinetic)

The company said its engineers had “closely studied the sensitivity of the human body” in order to map the vest’s many contact points. This was done to recreate the tactile sensations that can be felt in video games and digital environments.

Electric skates

French startup AtmosGear launched a new pair of electric rollerblades at CES. Company leader Mohamed Soliman told The Associated Press that the skates allow users to travel about 32 kilometers on a single charge.

AtmosGear said the skates are great fun to ride. But the company also hopes they will be used as another means of transport, along with electric bicycles and scooters, which allow many people to get around cities.

Atmos Gear's Mohamed Soliman shows off the Atmos Gear electric inline skates during CES Unveiled before the start of the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/John Locher)

Atmos Gear’s Mohamed Soliman shows off the Atmos Gear electric inline skates during CES Unveiled before the start of the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A food bag that contains the drums and electrical connections can be worn around a person’s waist. The $500 skates can also run without electricity.

number tattoos

A portable device presented by the South Korean company Prinker allows a person to quickly and easily create tattoos.

The device uses ink to print thousands of existing models, but also allows users to create their own. The device can be positioned on the skin where the tattoo is desired. Tattoos are waterproof but can be washed off with cleanser.

An exhibitor applies a temporary tattoo with a Prinker digital temporary tattoo device during CES Unveiled before the start of the CES tech trade show, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/John Locher)

An exhibitor applies a temporary tattoo with a Prinker digital temporary tattoo device during CES Unveiled before the start of the CES tech trade show, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The main tattoo device sells for $279 and enough ink to produce 1,000 tattoos costs $119.

AI for animal health

TTcare from South Korea introduced a device that uses artificial intelligence (IA) to identify early health problems in dogs and cats.

Users take pictures of their pet with their smartphone. Then, the artificial intelligence software closely examines the images for signs of possible diseases and conditions related to the eyes, skin or joints, the company explains.

TTcare said the system software has been tested and approved by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The world’s fastest toothbrush

The creators of the NylonBlack line of toothbrushes showed off their newest products at CES. The company, Y-Brush, claims that the devices can produce thorough and effective brushing in just 10 seconds.

The toothbrush is designed in a Y shape to fit naturally in the mouth. According to Y-Brush, NylonBlack toothbrushes are fast and efficient because each contains 35,000 small brushing tools made from soft nylon.

The photo shows models of Y-Brush NylonBlack toothbrush models.  (Image credit: Y-Brush)

The photo shows models of Y-Brush NylonBlack toothbrush models. (Image credit: Y-Brush)

Battery-operated devices are equipped with vibration technology designed to eliminate plate and other substances without damaging teeth or gums.

I am Brian Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from the Consumer Technology Association,

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words in this story

interact – v. talk and do things with other people

virtual reality – nm digital environments that can be entered and controlled by humans

vest – nm a garment with buttons on the front and not sleeves that is often worn over a shirt

drums – nm a device that supplies and stores electricity for certain electronic devices

tattoo – nm drawing or writing (a picture, word, etc.) that is placed on someone’s body using a needle and ink

ink – nm a colored liquid used for writing, printing or drawing

artificial intelligence – nm the development of computer systems with the ability to perform work that normally requires human intelligence

vibration – nm rapid and shaky movements

plate – nm a harmful substance that forms on the teeth

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