Products worth buying, from TVs to smart faucets


Admittedly, this was no ordinary Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – the annual mecca in Las Vegas every January in January to launch the tires on new technology – as several exhibitors and journalists (including yours) have decided to cover the show remotely due to the surge in omicron cases and the challenges of travel.

But the 55th CES still managed to impress with several hundred new products debuting last week – both in person (albeit with significantly reduced attendance) and virtually, for those not in the know. Sin City (like last year’s online-only CES).

CES, of course, provides a glimpse into the near future of consumer electronics trends. It was the show that launched pop culture products such as Camcorder & CD Player (1981), DVDs (1996), HDTV (1998), DVR (1999), Satellite Radio (2000 ), Xbox (2001), Blu-ray Disc (2003) Smart TV (2005), Tablets (2010), Driverless Cars (2013), and 4K UHD TVs (2014), to name just a few notable examples.

Here are some announcements from CES 2022 that caught my eye. Here I will focus on gadgets and equipment, followed quickly by an article on upcoming automotive technology.

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Arcade1Up Infinity Game Table

Arcade 1Up has found success over the years with its line of retro game cabinets, these 3/4 size arcade machines featuring classics like Galaga and Ms. Pac-Man, as well as countertop models. and face to face sitting. and virtual pinball tables.

Arcade1Up’s newest gaming experience is the Infinity Game Table (starting at $ 699), a touchscreen table featuring classic board games that can be played by up to six people. This includes iconic games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, Candyland, and Trivial Pursuit, among others, using your finger on the high resolution 24 or 32 inch water and shock resistant screen. Haptic feedback means you’ll feel a slight tactile vibration when, for example, rolling the dice or sinking a battleship.

Whether you want to play on your kitchen table or on the living room coffee table, the legs of the Infinity Game Table are removable.

Because it is Wi-Fi enabled, you can play against other players around the world or buy new games which can be downloaded from an online store.

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Moen smart faucet with motion control

Unveiled at CES, Moen's next hands-free kitchen faucet lets you adjust the temperature by waving your hand left, right or down.

Moen isn’t new to touchless faucets, but its latest model, Moen Smart Faucet with Motion Control, is reminiscent of an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” where Captain Picard would ask the Replicator for a cup of Earl tea. Gray.

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

For example, swipe left for hot, right for cold, or down for hot. A companion app (available for iOS and Android) also lets you set default temperatures and gestures, based on your personal preferences.

If you have an Alexa or Google-enabled smart speaker nearby, you can even request a specific temperature and amount of water. For example, place a saucepan under the tap and ask for two cups of hot water. There is also an app to create presets, like “coffee maker”, “dog bowl” or “bottle”, with the desired quantities and temperatures. Pastry lovers can even request precise measurements.

It will debut this spring, but Moen has also chosen CES to showcase sleek, handle-less models, coming in late 2022.

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LG’s World’s Largest OLED TV

LG has launched the world's largest OLED display, at 97 inches, for those who want a huge screen for TV shows, movies, games, or sports.

A day before the show, LG Electronics unveiled the world’s largest OLED TV, at 97 inches. In short, wow.

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

As you probably know, OLED displays (pronounced “oh-led”) are incredibly thin and light (which makes them easier to mount) because each pixel is its own light source, so no backlighting is required. With crisp colors and unprecedented contrast ratios (including super dark blacks), these TVs are more energy efficient than other types of TV panels and benefit from wide viewing angles.

These LG models are also smart with the latest webOS 22, which introduces personal profiles and NFC Magic Tap (to mirror a mobile device’s screen to the TV), as well as room-to-room sharing, which can mirror the content from one TV to another in the house.

A portable 2-pound projector from Samsung

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

Samsung, however, has unveiled the Freestyle, a portable projector that weighs less than 2 pounds, so it can be used to project a movie onto your ceiling (thanks to its 180-degree mount) or projected onto a wall (or sideways). tent when camping), up to 100 inches. Samsung says it also has 360-degree sound and far-field voice control.

On a related note, Samsung showcased their eco-friendly TV remote that doesn’t require batteries, as they added a solar panel to charge using the sun (if, say, near a window) or regular lights. in a family room. For 2022, the South Korean tech giant is adding the ability to tap into power using radio waves from home devices, like a Wi-Fi router.

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Speaking of television, Atmosphere – a leading cable alternative that provides free streaming TV for businesses – chose CES 2022 to announce its partnership with TikTok, adding the trendy social platform to its existing list of partners. content like America’s Funniest Home Videos, Red Bull, and Jeux X.

Atmosphere says it has 20 million unique viewers per month in doctor’s offices and gyms, bars and restaurants and currently streams 250,000 hours of content per day from owned and operated channels, like Chive TV and Happy. TV.


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