CES 2022 is over, and we’ve seen some of our favorite announcements from the event. However, some of the products announced at the show left us scratching our heads, while others led us to believe that Black Mirror might actually be doing something. So we decided to review some of the CES products we found particularly…interesting.
Smart Contact Lenses
Smart glasses are 2021. CES 2022 showed us the future of wearables where you might not see it. Two companies showcased their vision for smart contacts, Mojo Vision and InWith. The former is working with the likes of Adidas to tailor hard electronic lenses for sports enthusiasts. InWith, on the other hand, will apparently be the first to use soft electronic lenses (pictured above). Its contacts will also be more versatile to help improve vision in certain scenarios, while also having AR and VR applications.
It sounds crazy for something so small, almost like something straight out of Black Mirror, but they’re allegedly pretty close to reality. Both Moro Vision and InWith are awaiting FDA approval, although it hasn’t said when the contacts will hit the market.
a round phone because for sure
We first saw the Cycle Phone at CES 2020, a concept device with an interesting circular display. Now, the company behind the Cycle Phone is back with a second-generation model. The phone has a rather interesting circular display (hence the name), but otherwise it’s pretty unremarkable. It has a low resolution of 800×800, runs Android 10, and only has 4G LTE connectivity. You’ll find a lot better specs on the best budget Android phones.
Although, in an era of dwindling 3.5mm headphone jacks, this phone doesn’t have one, but two, so that’s it.
A light bulb that tracks your sleep
Do you want the benefits of health and sleep tracking without the need for a watch or a smart display like the Nest Hub (2nd Gen) to take up valuable nightstand space? Well, Sengled is just right for you. The hottest light bulb at CES was the Sengled Smart Health Monitor Light. This bulb has it all; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, health monitoring via radar technology to track sleep, heart rate, body temperature and more, plus you can connect multiple bulbs together to track specific movements and detect if someone has fallen.
Masks become more expressive
Face masks have been all the rage since CES 2021, and at CES 2022, they’re back, even more wacky. Razer is back with the new Zephyr Pro, which takes last year’s model and improves it with new voice amplification, so people can hear you clearly when you speak under the gorgeous mask knowledge. However, the new Quddy mask (above) has another way of expressing emotions; using an LED array to make you look like something from The Purge or a Deadmau5 concert.
Neck earbuds are making a comeback
Neckband earbuds are a slowly dying species, but that hasn’t stopped one company from trying to make them great again. Not only does the Ible Airvida E1 keep you pampered, it also comes with a built-in air purifier to keep the air around your face fresh. It has a neat trick that releases ions that bind to particles in the air, making them heavier, so that they hit the ground faster than they land on your face.
Ible, the company behind the band, claims its technology can remove 99.7% of the coronavirus, and with Deltacron slowly becoming a thing, a 2-in-1 earbud air purifier might not be a bad idea.