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CES 2022 reveals: Smart bathtubs, Zoom-friendly laptops

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Tens of thousands of tech enthusiasts at CES 2022 in Las Vegas – the annual consumer electronics show – one of the most prestigious gadget trade shows in the world. But more importantly? Due to the proliferation of Kovid cases, many of us have chosen to cover all the latest technology from a distance for the second year in a row.

As Mike Snyder said in a preview on Monday, a number of large companies, including Amazon, Google, Lenovo, GM, IBM and Microsoft, have switched from digital participation to digital participation, and many journalists have covered the issue. every year, including me. But that didn’t stop many of us from getting to know the best gadgets and the biggest trends in technology for the first time.

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Lenovo Thinkpad Z13

The gadget that aims to be better with our lives and the planet is Lenovo’s latest ThinkPad Z13. Perfect for road work, it looks sharp with a 100% recycled, stain-resistant black vegan leather upper and a 75% recycled aluminum body. The touch panel at the top of the screen allows for a larger touchscreen camera and dual-line microphones, while the Dolby Voice and Dolby Atmos speakers provide deeper sound for better conferencing. In addition, it gives the body ratio of ultra-narrow frames and an impressive screen.

I was able to spend a few days with him and he had all the nice spots for advanced design, enhanced security and more modern collaboration features – many of which make up our new mobile, hybrid workforce standard thing . It will go on sale in May for $ 1,549.

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Comfort technology

Samsung's new Galaxy S21 FE has excellent battery life.

One of the biggest trends I’ve seen so far is the concept of “comfort technology,” which is just as convenient as food, but for gadgets. These are devices we know best, already love, and trust for many reasons, but have been changed to make us feel better about how much time we spend with them.

An example of this is the recently introduced Galaxy S21 FE 5G. Samsung conducts a survey of fans every year about their favorite phone features and then combines them into a cheaper “fan edition” and that’s the result. The S21 FE includes a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, 120 hertz refresh rate, and flagship processing power. The pro-grade camera system includes three rear-facing cameras, including a 3x optical telephoto 8MP camera, while the front camera features an 32-megapixel ultra-wide lens.

I’ve been using this since last week, and the battery life is pretty good – it lasts all day – and is equipped with a quick charge, so there’s almost no downtime. It is also available in thinner hair than the S20, in four colors, including Olive Green and Lavender, and will go on sale from January 11 for $ 700.

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Smart baths

Once Kohler’s PerfectFill smart bath technology arrives, you don’t have to ask your partner to run a bath for you.  You can simply ask the company app.

On “Comfort Technology,” Kohler debuted his PerfectFill Smart Bathing technology on Monday. This is a “drain kit” that allows you to preset the bath to the ideal temperature and depth using a voice command or the Kohler Connect app. When I walk in the door after a long day of work or automatically fill the children’s bathroom, I wish a full, perfectly heated bath was waiting for me – but not as full or hot as mine. You can set up to 10 different settings, so everyone can have their own unique “bathing experience,” including a family dog.

A Kohler spokeswoman told me over the phone that this new gadget is about “automating things in our homes that we don’t want to think about” and that it has the ability to preheat the oven using this software. I think watching the bathroom fill up is like waiting for the water to boil, it’s efficiency and luxury – we don’t know how we would live without it in the near future. The price to pay for this type of smart home technology will drop to $ 2,700 when it is released later this year.

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Save the planet

Atlanta-based Piana Technology says that by replacing PU foam in many mattresses with recycled E / SMART foam, its company could help cover £ 3 billion in CO2 per year.

Another important trend that emerged in the early hours of CES 2022 is to focus more on innovations to save this planet. Atlanta-based Piana Technology showed me its E / SMART ecosystem, a “high-efficiency non-woven fiber technology” made from recycled materials that is available in everything from mattresses and car seats to furniture; PU) can replace foam. and insulation.

“I don’t think people are fully aware of the damage we’re doing to the environment,” said Andrea Piana, CEO of the company, through Zoom. By simply replacing the PU foam in many mattresses, Piana said, her company could help cover three billion pounds of CO2 a year.

“The modern world relies on materials from the past. If we want to maximize our human potential, we need to work with us to develop new technologies that adapt,” Piana added.

The Piana E / SMART fiber will go on sale in smart sleep products at one of the largest retailers in the country earlier this month, with pricing and details coming up.

Tracked backpacks

Thanks to the built-in location tracker on Targus’s new backpack, you can detect it using the Find My app, which can come in handy especially if someone steals it.

Targus also unveiled an eco-friendly backpack made from recycled materials on Monday – with built-in “Find Me” technology. Thanks to the built-in location tracker, you can find the backpack using the Find My app, especially if someone steals it. Conversely, if you misplaced your phone, you can press the button on the bag to ping it. Targus notes that the updated version of the Cypress Hero comes with a USB-charged replaceable battery and will go on sale in the spring / summer of 2022 for $ 149.

I have a lot more to show you, including “Dishwasher Bob” and a device that sticks directly to your smartphone to neutralize everything around you. Fast there!

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