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The best tech products headed your way in 2023 and beyond

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CES 2023 brought CES back in pretty good shape. It was a bit like the days of yore – 2020 a before. We’ve seen an $800,000 flying car, a crazy huge wireless TV (more on that below) and yes, a pee sensor for your toilet (certainly more on that below).

CES 2023 marks the return of the full in-person CES. The show is expected to have attracted over 100,000 people and over 2,200 companies to the world’s largest consumer show to talk about what they think is the next big thing. This year — and for the first time in three years — CNET editors scoured the floors to see new products and services showcased.

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Before we dive into the CES 2023 list of the best, here are the criteria we used to determine the final contender. We have tried to keep the number of those awarded to 5 to 7.

Here’s how we awarded our Best of CES awards. All on this list meet at least one of the criteria listed below.

  • The product includes a concept or idea never seen before
  • The product tries to solve a major consumer problem
  • The product is a redesign or different version of an existing product in a way that sets a new bar in terms of performance or quality

Finally, in order to avoid assigning products that may never see the light of day, products with at least a calendar year release window or schedule were weighted against those with no planned release date or longer. nebulous.

97 inch LG M3 Series Wireless OLED TV

LG's 97-inch Wireless M3 OLED TV on a stand.

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The 97 inch LG M3 Series Wireless OLED TV is a massive wireless TV that doesn’t skimp on normal high-end TV features. This gargantuan behemoth of a TV combines fantastic picture technology with its massive size to be one of the most exciting TVs in recent memory. What really beats it is that it’s completely wireless.

Yeah, no more hassling with a bunch of wires behind your entertainment center to look like they’re not there. With this TV, they are not.

LG says the 97in should be released in 2023 with an 83in and 77in version. Don’t expect it to be cheap. The wired version of LG’s 97-inch TV costs $25,000, while its 77-inch OLED costs just $2,900. Just to set expectations.

Withings U Scan

A phone screen showing the Withings app next to the toilet sensor

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Have you ever imagined that you could get on-the-spot health data at home, just by switching to number 1? You will soon be able with the Withings U Scan (pee) sensor. The device is located at the front of your toilet. When you pee – and apparently it’s best to sit down when you do to get an accurate sample – it collects the urine, analyzes it and then sends the results to your phone via WiFi.

What kind of results you might ask for, well for starters it can monitor daily ketone and vitamin C levels and test your urine pH level which can indicate general kidney health. Use a different cartridge and women can use it to track their menstrual cycles.

We’ve seen other home urine test strips that require you to be hands-on to get test results, but the U-Scan is designed to be a seamless experience. Just do your thing and move on. The fact that you can perform these tests daily without even thinking about it and have the results sent to you immediately is what really sets the U-Scan apart.

HTC Vive XR Elite

HTC Vive XR Elite headset, seen from an angle

The XR Elite is a mixed-reality VR headset that almost looks like glasses from some angles.

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The HTC Vive XR Elite is the latest iteration of HTC’s VR/AR headset and, in our experience, might be the best Vive yet when it releases in late February this year at $1,099.

Yes, we’ve seen VR headsets before, so what makes this one special? The main reason it’s on this list is because of its size. HTC shrunk the VR headset down to near-normal goggle size, making less than half the weight of the Quest Pro Virtual Reality Headset.

If you normally wear glasses, you; won’t need to wear there when using this. Adjustment dials, or diopters, can change the lens prescription in real time, meaning the user does not need to wear glasses at all. It’s a really useful feature if it works as well as expected. As someone who wears glasses but has degraded on VR over the past few years, the combination of the XR Elite’s small, lightweight chassis and the glasses-free requirement makes VR a much more desirable prospect. attractive to me.

I’m not about to rush out and buy an RV, but the technology here seems to be exceptional, so hopefully it catches on.

BMW i Vision Dee

BMW i Vision Dee Concept

The minimalist design of the i Vision Dee concept is a blank canvas for digital expression

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Yes the BMW i Vision Dee is a concept car, so my initial reaction was to take every feature here with a grain of salt, but BMW has confirmed that the coolest and most useful feature, the heads-up display (HUD), will be coming to the production cars in 2025.

Instead of a traditional dash display, the Dee instead uses the entire windshield as its HUD. It is an AR screen that uses the full width of the windshield and includes five levels of immersion. Level 1 gives you the basics – speedometer, some navigation information, etc. Levels 2-4 augment the information on the screen and optionally overlay navigation information on the road.

Level 5 can display a fully virtual environment and is not intended for driving. Or rather is not intended for when you are driving and is rather intended for when a car is driving you. It’s one of those that works best in motion, so watch the BMW i Vision Dee video to see it in action.

The concept car also has an E Ink cover on its chassis which can change color based on your own desire and in BWM’s press conference they made it look like it could have a conversation with you, ala KITT, but BMW admitted that he was using and behind the scenes actress to show what she wants to do in the future. Again, only the HUD is confirmed to come to cars in the future, so that was the most useful thing to focus on.

Samsung S95C 77-inch QD-OLED TV

The Samsung S95C QD-OLED with a green pattern on the screen.

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The Samsung S95C, the company’s first 77-inch TV using its QD-OLED technology. It improves on the previous years’ model with better anti-glare technology and brighter images. Color in particular seemed to impress our TV expert David Katzmaier the most; however, the screen finish is a little grayer than LG’s, which tends to wash out the image somewhat.

Still, the main reason it’s on this list beyond its high quality, is the potential it has to give LG a run for its money in the high-end 77-inch TV market, which could possibly bring down prices in all areas. Great news for those of us looking to buy a large, high-end TV in the future.

Schneider Smart Home system

Electric vehicle charging and the Schneider Home app

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The smart home system from Schneider isn’t something I ever considered owning until I moved into a new, bigger house in 2020. Let’s just say I’m growing at least a few more gray hairs when a new bill comes . The system will save users money by scheduling when certain outlets are energized by controlling circuit breakers, switches and outlets to prevent energy vampires like TVs and chargers from drawing power when we we don’t need it.

For electric vehicle users, it can schedule when your vehicle charges, scheduling it to only charge when rates are lowest or, if possible, only using solar panels.

As home electricity rates go up – where I live they certainly have – and with more appliances that demand more load in our homes, having that kind of detailed control, without having to unplug a bunch of things every time you leave the house or go on vacation is indeed a welcome remedy.

Dolby Atmos in-car sound in the Mercedes MayBach

Dolby Atmos is a sound technology similar to 2.0 surround sound, where it tries to completely immerse you in whatever you’re listening to. Atmos has been around in movie theaters and home theaters for a while, but the Mercedes MayBach is one of first cars to use it.

So it’s good? Well, the experience is hard to explain, but I’ll let CNET’s editor Bridget Carey do her best. She says “The music felt like it was floating in space around me – I couldn’t tell where the speakers were, it created a surreal sound. Listening to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ it was like Freddie Mercury was just floating in front of me.”

Watch the video to get a better idea of ​​what Bridget went through in the $185,000 MayBach. For those of us who don’t have that kind of cash, Dolby says we could see Atmos used in more affordable cars. The team is currently working on adapting the technology to a traditional 6-speaker setup, but it’s not yet clear exactly when.

CES 2023 returned with potentially useful technology. Some novelties, some improvements, but almost at the very least address and attempt to solve a known consumption problem. There were many more that were almost on the list. These are just the most notable. Be sure to check out the rest of CNET’s CES coverage for the rest.

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