CES 2022 live blog — all the big announcements as they happen
Acer has announced three new Chromebooks aimed at students:
The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 ($599, available in June) has an aluminum case, MIL-STD 810H durability, a 13.5-inch VertiView display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, up to 10 hours of battery life, and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Kompanio 1380 processor. In addition, it has Wi-Fi 6, a backlit keyboard, and a USB Type-C port. As its name suggests, its display can spin to be used as a regular laptop or tablet.
The Acer Chromebook 315 ($299, available in January) has a 15.6-inch anti-glare FHD display with an optional touchscreen, numeric keypad, and an HDR webcam with flare-reducing technology. It uses an Intel processor, lasts up to 10 hours on a charge, and has two USB Type-C ports and a microSD card reader.
The Acer Chromebook 314 ($299, available in June), also has MIL-STD 810H durability and will run up to 10 hours on a charge. It also uses Intel processors, has a 14-inch FHD IPS touchscreen display, Wi-Fi 6, and two USB Type-C ports.
Recognized as a 2022 CES Innovations Award honoree, Arlo has unveiled its new Arlo Security System, which is a DIY security monitoring solution. It boats a “first-of-its-kind” all-in-one multi-sensor that’s capable of eight different sensing functions. And it comes with a security hub with integrated keypad.
The multi-sensor can recognize motion, door/window openings and tilt, water leaks, light/temperature changes and T3 and T4 smoke/CO alarm patterns. Arlo says the 1.1-inch wide multi-sensor can be placed anywhere without hard wiring.
The hub offers a siren, motion and smoke alarm sensor, and with NFC support you can quickly arm and disarm the system with a tap of your phone. Plus, the Arlo Security System works with existing Arlo security cameras.
There’s no price or availability info yet but stay tuned.
Many of us like the idea of taking a relaxing bath, but it’s all too easy to get distracted while the tub is filling. Enter PerfectFill from Kohler, which is being announced at CES 2022.
PerfectFill is a smart drain, digital/app controller and bath filler. It’s designed to draw a bath to your preferred temperature and depth, and you can do it either via a voice command or the Kohler Konnect app. That way you don’t have to keep an eye on the batch as it fills.
Kohler says PerfectFill will be available in May 2022, and pricing starts at $2,700.
CES 2002 isn’t just about the products you can buy soon. It’s about innovations that will be paving the way for the gadgets of tomorrow. PanelSemi, a Taiwan-based panel semiconductor provider, is unveiling what it calls the “world’s first flexible Active-Matrix Mini LED Display.
Primary is a 55-inch display that weighs only 1 kilogram and ultra thin at only 1mm thick. And it’s flexible with a 360-degree viewing angle. The company says that it uses 9-inch tiles that make it easy to assemble, and you get four hours of use out of a 10K-mAh power bank.
PanelSemi says the the display can transform into concave, convex, s-curve, cylinder and rollable form. Use cases for now include commercial advertising, robotics and subways, as well as boardroom applications.
A lot of us are using thermometers these days as the world tries to fight off the omicron variant, and Baracoda has arrived with something different at CES 2022. The BCool is a thermometer that never needs batteries, as it charges with just a few shakes via patented sensor technology. After that you just press the button and hold or slide it slowly across the forehead.
The temperature readings can then be sent to the BCool app, and you can add notes for household members. The BCool is made of recycled plastic and is waterproof for easy cleaning. We don’t know a price yet, but the company is targeting a release date for Q4 2022.
A new pair of Jabra earbuds is usually a cause for celebration, and the Elite 4 Active announced at CES 2022 looks like being another great addition to the company’s enviable lineup.
It certainly looks like an upgrade in some regards over the excellent Elite Active 75t, our current pick as the best wireless earbuds, despite costing a fair bit less — not least because it has Active Noise Cancellation, rather than the software-based passive version.
IP57 water resistance is another bonus, but the real star could be the price — just £119 in the U.K., which is £60 less than the RRP of the Elite Active 75t. No release date or price has yet been announced for the U.S., but expect to see it cost around the $120-$130 mark if and when it does hit these shores.
Until now, I never knew I needed a smart bath mat. But it turns out I do — and it’s made by BBalance.
The BBalance smart bath mat is a weight scale, balance and stability reader, and posture evaluator in one, all topped with a foot-friendly, removable, washable, soft cotton finish.
Obviously it also syncs with an app (for iOS or Android), so you can track your weight, posture and more, and it even has footprint recognition — because of course it does. No word yet on whether it also dresses you afterwards, but that can only be a matter of time.
The BBalance smart bath mat is available to pre-order now, with deliveries expected in the spring. But you’ll need deep pockets — it’ll cost $449 as standard, though a current sale brings that down to $349.
One of the coolest products revealed in Samsung’s 2022 TV lineup wasn’t a TV at all, but rather its New Eco Remote.
This can charge via radio waves from your router — yes, really — or, as with last year’s model, via the light from your living room’s light fixtures. Plus it has a USB-C port as a backup. It’ll also come in a white version this year, to better match some of the Lifestyle TV offerings, and will ship with all Samsung 2022 TVs.
CES is always equal parts consumer tech you can actually buy soon and futuristic tech that looks amazing but that’s not necessarily coming to the market for a while yet.
InWith’s smart contact lens falls firmly into the latter camp — although I very much hope it does make its way into my eyes before long. Billed as “potentially the most advanced platform for viewing the coming Metaverse,” it will apparently offer “tunable vision” via mobile device and “augmented vision” — which sounds suitably Cyberpunk-esque to excite me.
InWith says it’s planning to achieve FDA Breakthrough Clearance this year and to put the lenses on the market soon after, so I’ll be watching with interest (through my sadly non-smart contact lenses).
We were fortunate to get a sneak peek at several new products ahead of their CES 2022 reveal, and the Alienware Concept Nyx was one of our favorites.
This is best thought of as a cloud gaming service like Xbox Game Pass, Google Stadia or Nvidia GeForce Now — but one that streams locally via a central server in your home.
We were impressed by it in our Alienware Concept Nyx demo, with the Concept Nyx’s ability to stream two different games to one TV simultaneously a particular highlight. We’ll be interested to see how this one develops over time.
If we had to choose just one highlight from Samsung’s 2022 range, it would have to be the first MicroLED TV that could fit in your home.
Admittedly, at 89 inches the new Samsung MicroLED TV is hardly small, but it’ll be a lot easier to find space for than last year’s 99-inch and 110-inch models, let alone the first 146-inch version of The Wall TV from 2019.
Size-aside, the MicroLED TV promises to be an exciting addition to Samsung’s 2022 lineup. It has a million micro-sized LEDs, bringing a 10% wider color offering, and should also have an improved audio performance thanks to Dolby Atmos support and Object Tracking Sound Pro.
Samsung has already been busy, showing off its entire 2022 TV lineup.
There are far too many highlights to list here, but the 2022 range covers everything from new 8K and 4K Neo QLED sets to a new McroLED TV, refreshed versions of The Frame lifestyle TV and updates to the Samsung smart TV platform. Even Samsung’s Eco Remote is getting a refresh.
Get all the details in our guide to the Samsung 2022 TV lineup.
Good morning, and welcome to Tom’s Guide’s CES 2022 live blog!
The show starts in earnest today, with the first of two media days and with plenty of products due to be revealed later.
The two big events on the horizon are the CES 2022 Tech Trends to Watch (4-4.45 p.m. PST) and CES Unveiled (5-8.30 p.m. PST) conferences. The latter, in particular, tends to showcase exciting products from various startups as well as some established brands.
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