CES in Las Vegas, returned for the first year since pre-pandemic and THEBLUP couldn’t wait to cover the very latest in tech innovations showcased at the 2023 expo. With so much to choose from, we have whittled down our favourites for you – the ones that presented the clearest vision of the future across a multitude of devices, applications, software and digital display. These innovations were successful because of their ground-breaking industrial design, inventive engineering, and simple vision of the future as a product you can touch, hold, ride, or wear.
1) SONY AND HINDA AFEELA
The Sony Afeela electric car concept was one of the most eagerly awaited product introductions at CES this year. The car is being developed in association with Qualcomm and the world-renowned automaker Honda. Afeela users will be able to process what are likely to be enormous volumes of road, navigation, and safety information obtained from their driving thanks to Qualcomm’s participation. The emotive rear lights, the most crucial component of the car, will also be up for programming.
Preorders will start in 2025, and shipping of the cars will start in 2026.
2) LG ZERO CONNECT
The new LG 97-inch Signature OLED M is compatible with a wireless transmission device called “Zero Connect,” which is presented by LG. With the help of the technology, you can finally mount your TV on the wall with nothing else connected than a power wire. Everything else is transferred from the box to the TV, including video with a resolution of up to 4K at 120 Hz.
3) HTC VIVE XR ELITE
The HTC Vive XR Elite, the newest iteration of HTC’s VR/AR headset, may be the greatest Vive yet when it launches in late February for $1,099. Its size is the primary factor in why it belongs on this list. The VR headgear from HTC is almost as small as a pair of spectacles and weighs less than half as much as the Quest Pro model. You won’t need to wear glasses when using this if you typically wear glasses. The user doesn’t even need to wear glasses because the adjusting dials, or diopters, can change the lens prescription in real-time. VR is made considerably more appealing by the XR Elite’s compact, light design and no-glasses required.
4) WITHINGS U-SCAN
Withings U-Scan (pee) sensor helps to get on-the-spot health data at home. The device sits at the front of your toilet. When you pee – and apparently, it’s best to sit when you do so to get an accurate sample – it collects the urine, analyzes it and then sends the results to your phone via Wi-Fi. Results, such as monitor daily ketones and vitamin C levels and test your urine’s pH level, which can indicate overall kidney health. Use a different cartridge, and women can use it to track their menstrual cycles.
The fact that you can do this testing daily without even really thinking about it and get results sent to you right away is what truly sets the U-Scan apart.
5) LG GRAM LAPTOPS
The LG Gram laptop line has progressively grown over the past several years, from the incredibly thin 17-inch Gram to variants with smaller displays and 2-in-1 configurations. The LG Gram Ultraslim and LG Gram Style, two new ultraportable models, have now been added to the portfolio. The Ultraslim delivers on its promise: It is truly extremely thin, measuring just 10.99 millimetres. Additionally, it is one of the most portable productivity clamshells available at slightly under a kilogramme in weight. The LG Gram Style appears to flirt with the traditional laptop formula, much like the Dell XPS 13 Plus. To make your presses visible as you go, a “hidden” haptic trackpad and LED backlighting are included. According to LG, the colour of the gadget changes dynamically based on the angle at which the glass chassis is viewed and the way light is incident on it. Both devices include OLED displays and are powered by 13th-generation Intel processors.