what to remember from CES 2023

The high tech crowd closes this Sunday after a quiet first post-Covid edition. And like every year, some great inventions come to surprise the visitors and show the main trends for the coming year.

CES in Las Vegas is fighting! Even more shunned by big brands who now prefer to launch their own events, however, the world’s premier Tech show has regained its former glory… at least in part.

Because this 2023 edition is above all the first post-covid fully face-to-face. Last year, the Omicron wave triggered cascading withdrawals from major brands like Microsoft, Google and Lenovo. This time, everything – or almost – is there and it’s time to check this 2023 vintage.

· A new auto show?

Now packed with tons of sensors, cars have had a place of choice for several years at CES. For this 2023 edition, most of the major manufacturers traveled to present their electric vehicles or their connected vehicle projects.

Among the big announcements, the popular car co-manufactured by Honda and Sony, called Afeela. If the design of this sedan, announced for 2025, is not contradictory, it promises a lot of technological equipment, starting with a PlayStation 5 console installed in its intestines. More importantly, it is equipped with a Lidar and 45 cameras to allow level 3 autonomous driving. as Mercedes does today on certain stretches of roads and under certain conditions in Germany.

The interior of the Afeela prototype from Sony and Honda.
The interior of the Afeela prototype from Sony and Honda. © Sony

Another nice surprise, BMW presented a technology to automatically change the color of its bodywork. A total of 32 different colors are possible for his car.

Among other CES announcements, we saw a very futuristic concept car from Peugeot, called Inception, but also a prototype of future electric pick-ups from RAM, the Stellantis brand.

Thinner screens…

This is the big trend that marked the show, which is always important for the television sector. In addition to more refined technologies, stunning in terms of images and contrast – and more expensive -, manufacturers are now looking to get rid of the cables that pollute the view of the living room. Thus, LG presented a large 4k screen completely without any connectors behind it. The trick is to have a remote box where you plug your internet box or console and send information wirelessly to the TV. The power cord stays out of the way and is hidden at the base of the television.

The LG Signature OLED M3 now has a power cable hidden in its foot
The LG Signature OLED M3 has only one power cable hidden in its base © LG

Displace, an American startup, however caused a sensation by offering an impressive model entirely on batteries! The screen can thus be carried (although it weighs 12 kg) and hold, in theory, a month at a pace of 6 hours of walking per day, before having to recharge 4 batteries.

Displace TV runs on batteries
Displace TV runs on batteries © Displace TV

…and always more flexible

With more modest screens (smartphones or tablets), CES also shows color: if the foldable screen is nothing new, Samsung showed a screen that can stretch, a way of increasing the screen a little. screen before retracting and then folding it. The technology is still in the prototype stage.

Evolving Connected Health

Another main theme of the show remains connected to health. And it is a French company, Withings, that made an event with a sensor to analyze its urine U-Scan. Placed in the bowl, it can thus provide a lot of information on its health.

Withings U-Scan Home Urinalysis Device
Withings U-Scan home urine analysis device © Withings

Another French startup, BHeart, offers a bracelet to turn all watches into health trackers. Big advantage: it produces 100% of its autonomy using body heat or ambient light.

For its part, South Korean 10Minds has announced a new version of the anti-snoring pillow Motion Pillow. It works by detecting disturbing noises and uses inflatable cushions to reposition the sleeper’s head to the side to clear their airways and end their snoring.

The 10minds Motion Pillow
The Motion Pillow by 10minds © 10minds

More ambitiously, the startup I-Virtual, based in Metz, has developed Caducy, a technology called “photoplethysmography” that allows, using a simple 30-second selfie video, to measure important parameters remotely. The operation is very simple: thanks to this short sequence, Caducy can calculate six important parameters including heart rate, breathing rate or blood pressure. The purpose of this tool is to improve prevention and diagnosis and ensure better follow-up at home for patients with chronic diseases.

Always more accessible

This is a little surprise from Sony. The brand presented at CES Leonardo, its PlayStation 5 controller for people with disabilities. The “Leonardo project for PlayStation 5” was developed together with experts on disability issues, but also concerned players, associations and game developers, explained Sony, which has not yet announced a release date. or price.

Sony will equip its PS5 with an adaptive controller for gamers with disabilities.
Sony will equip its PS5 with an adaptive controller for gamers with disabilities. © PlayStation

Still on accessibility, Tech&Co was able to test two smart wheelchairs. One of them, Scewo, had the particular advantage of being able to climb sidewalks, while Whill was an autonomous chair that made its own trips while avoiding obstacles.

Thomas LeRoy Journalist BFM Business

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