Friday, January 6, 2023

CES 2023 Highlights: Gaming Gadgets, Dazzling TVs And Flying Car Among Others

* A flying car is actually happening, for real this time 

Aska A5 flying care at CES 2023 debut

We've been waiting on flying cars since at least the Jetsons, and we now appear on the precipice of realizing that dream. And by "we" I mean a company called Aska, which revealed its A5 flying car at CES 2023. It's more than a concept: Aska has opened preorders for the $789,000 vehicle. At CES 2023, Aska cofounder Guy Kaplinsky said FAA approval for the A5 could happen "within a month." Aska hopes to use the A5 to start a ride sharing service in 2026.

BMW i Vision Dee

With its intelligent, almost human capabilities, BMW i Vision Dee accompanies drivers not only through real-life situations on the roads, but also in their digital environment.

“A BMW lives by its unparalleled digital performance. BMW i Vision Dee is about perfect integration of virtual and physical experiences,” said Frank Weber, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Development. “Whoever excels at integrating the customer’s everyday digital worlds into the vehicle at all levels will succeed in mastering the future of car-building.”

Icoma Tatamel Ebike

Living in an apartment in a big city means you never have space for anything. Especially an electric bike, which you probably don't want to store outside on the sidewalk. Enter the Icoma Tatamel. This Japanese concept ebike is tiny. (And cute!) It folds up to be even more compact, and it can be stored in tight spaces. When you have it inside, you can use it as a portable power station if the power goes out. Take it out, unfold it, and you can go up to 25 miles an hour for about 18 miles per charge with the 600-watt motor. It recharges in about three hours. You can roll it around in its folded state, and the side panels are customizable. (This one has videoscreens built in.) It does have a big downside: You won't want to carry it up a flight of stairs, as it weighs around 110 pounds. Icoma says it expects to launch the ebike this spring, including in the US, though the price hasn't been finalized. —Julian Chokkattu

LG Gram Laptops

The Korean tech giant LG has refreshed its Gram line of thin and capable notebook PCs this year at CES. The Gram Ultraslim, one of the 2023 models, is the thinnest of the pack at just 10.99 millimeters. The slightly beefier (that term being relative) Gram Style has an all-glass top with a trackpad hidden beneath the surface. Tap the glass and an array of LEDs awaken to illuminate the touch-sensitive area. These new Grams have Intel Raptor Lake chips inside, and they ship globally in February. LG says it will announce US and UK pricing soon. —Michael Calore

Bosch RideCare

If there’s anything scarier than getting in a car driven by a stranger, it’s pulling up to a curb and having a stranger climb into the backseat behind you. Bosch’s RideCare is a smart camera system designed specifically as a safety device for rideshare drivers. The system is powered by the car's cigarette lighter and has both front- and rear-facing cameras; the interior camera uses infrared lighting to see inside the car when it’s dark. If something seems amiss, the driver can punch a discreet wireless SOS button to contact Bosch's emergency services. The emergency responders can access a videofeed from inside the car, along with location information and a time stamp, to decide whether the driver needs them to call for help. Sure, it’s a little more complicated than a simple dashcam, but there’s nothing that says you can’t use it for car karaoke as well. —Adrienne So

Nourished x Neutrogena Skin360 Skinstacks

Despite the terrible name (no, it is not stacks of skin), few products at CES 2023 are more appealing than these tiny, sparkling rainbow jellies. And they’re good for you! The skincare company Neutrogena partnered with the UK-based supplement manufacturer Nourished to make dietary supplements that are personalized and delivered on demand. Neutrogena’s skin software assesses your specific skin needs and goals—do you want to have skin that’s glowing or resilient?—to determine which, and how much, of seven different vitamins or minerals you might need. This skin assessment tool was designed to work across various ages, ethnicities, and skin types, and with 10 different kinds of lighting. But we’re more excited to see appealing, on-demand supplements in the future for many other demographics—like, say, printing out tiny, personalized vitamin D3 and potassium supplements for a 7-year-old. —Adrienne So.

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