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Granted, this wasn’t a regular consumer electronics show (CES) – an annual Mecca held in Las Vegas in January each year to explore new technologies – with many attendees and journalists (including yours) decided to cover the exhibition from a distance. The proliferation of omicron cases and the travel problems associated with them.

But the 55th CES impressed with several hundred new products that debuted last week – both in person (albeit significantly reduced) and for those not in Sin City (just like last year’s online CES).

CES will certainly serve as a look into the near future of consumer electronics trends. These include camcorders and CD players (1981), DVDs (1996), HDTVs (1998), DVRs (1999), satellite radios (2000), Xbox (2001), and Blu-ray Discs (2001). is a show that presents pop culture products. 2003) Smart TV (2005), tablets (2010), driverless cars (2013) and 4K UHD TVs (2014), to name a few notable examples.

Below are a few CES 2022 announcements that caught my attention. Here I will focus on gadgets and devices, after which I will soon read an article about automotive technology.

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Arcade1Up Infinity gaming table

Over the years, Arcade 1Up has been successful with its retro game cabinets, 3/4 size arcade machines that include classics such as Galaga and Mrs. Pac-Man, as well as counter and seated floor models. and virtual pinball tables.

Arcade1Up’s latest gaming experience is the Infinity Game Table (from $ 699), a touchscreen tablet with classic board games that can be played by up to six people. These include iconic games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, Candyland, and Trivial Pursuit, which use a 24- or 32-inch water and shock-resistant high-resolution display with a fingertip. Weekly feedback means that you feel a slight tactile vibration when, say, you roll the dice or sink a warship.

If you want to play at the kitchen table or the coffee table in your living room, you can take off your Infinity Game Table legs.

With Wi-Fi on, you can play against others around the world or buy new games that can be downloaded from the online store.

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Moen smart crane equipped with motion control

Presented at CES, Moen’s next handless kitchen faucet allows you to adjust the temperature by swiping your hand left, right or down.

Moen isn’t new to untouched cranes, but its latest model is reminiscent of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode with the Moen Smart Faucet Motion Control, where Captain Picard asks the replicator for a cup of Earl Gray tea.

Like some other Moen models, this kitchen faucet allows you to shake your hand in front of the sensor to start and stop the flow of water, but now you can also control the temperature using air gestures.

For example, push left for hot, right for cold, or down for warm. The utility (available for iOS and Android) also allows you to set standard temperatures and gestures to your personal preferences.

If you have a smart speaker that works with Alexa or Google nearby, you can even ask for a specific temperature and amount of water. For example, put a pot under the tap and ask for two glasses of hot water. There is also an application to create presets with the desired amount and temperature, such as a “coffee maker”, “dog cup” or “baby bottle”. Baking fans may even require precise measurements.

It will debut this spring, but Moen has chosen CES to showcase models that will appear in late 2022, with no handles, in a modern look.

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The world’s largest OLED TV from LG

LG has introduced the world’s largest OLED display with a 97-inch display for those who want to have a giant display for TVs, movies, games or sports.

A day before the show, LG Electronics unveiled the world’s largest 97-inch OLED TV. In a word, wow.

If this 2022 G2 series TV is too big for the wall you want to hang it on, the company has also introduced an 83-inch model to complement the existing 55, 65 and 77 inch TVs in this class.

As you know, OLED (pronounced “oh-led”) screens are extremely thin and light (making them easy to install) because each pixel is a unique light source, so no backlighting is required. In addition to clear color and unprecedented contrast ratios (including super dark blacks), these TVs save more energy than other types of TV panels and enjoy wide viewing angles.

These LG models are also smart with the latest webOS 22, which offers personal profiles and NFC Magic Tap (to display the screen of a mobile device on a TV), as well as room-to-room sharing that can display content one by one. TV to someone else in the house.

2 pound portable projector from Samsung

Samsung's Freestyle portable projector can project an image on a wall or ceiling, and includes built-in speakers and voice control.

However, Samsung has introduced the Freestyle, a portable projector that weighs less than 2 pounds, so it can be used to scatter film on your ceiling (180-degree cradle stand) or to illuminate a wall (or its side). tent during camping), up to 100 inches. Samsung claims that it has 360-degree voice and remote voice control.

As a relevant note, Samsung has introduced its own environmentally friendly TV remote control that does not require batteries, as they have added a solar panel to power it using sunlight (e.g. near a window) or simple lights in a family room. In 2022, South Korean technology giant is adding the ability to receive power from home devices such as a Wi-Fi router using radio waves.

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Speaking of TV, Atmosphere – the leading cable alternative offering free-to-air TV for business – has chosen CES 2022 to announce its partnership with TikTok and updated its existing list of America’s most exciting home videos, such as Red Bull and more. added a social platform. X games.

Atmosphere says it has 20 million unique viewers per month in doctors, gyms, bars and restaurants, and currently streams 250,000 hours a day from owned and operated channels such as Chive TV and Happy TV.

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