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CES 2022 Day 5 live news and analysis - Samsung, BMW, LG, Picoo, Alienware and more

TechRadar logo TechRadar 07/01/2022 Gareth Beavis
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Right, we've made it: it's the last day of CES 2022, and we've seen some pretty incredible things appear in the last few days - from color-changing BMWs to foldable laptops from Asus to Samsung using Wi-Fi to power remotes.

We've not seen the things we wanted to see from brands like Garmin (where's the Fenix 7, huh?) and Samsung has been quieter than we thought when it comes to game-changing TVs... they're good, but not quite pushing the barriers that have been broken in recent years.

That said, we've seen massive TVs with Roku onboard, the smallest commercial OLED TV from LG (which is actually a big deal) and a lot inbetween - HiSense making improved ULED displays doesn't sound like much, but it's actually the kind of thing many of us will be buying come Black Friday at the end of the year.

And let's not forget the 'I never saw this coming' popular hits - the new Picoo game for kids is a 'console without a screen', although it really is more like a game of tag with PlayStation Move controllers. Methinks I'll need to crash a kids birthday party to find out if this is going to be popular...

The big announcements

CES 2022: Analysis and insight

The weird and wonderful

OK, it's time for the final push, as CES draws to a close. Sadly for this liveblogger (and happily for you readers) there's a lot more analysis and insight to come from the TechRadar team, who have been ably finding all the really cool stuff from the show despite not being there.

One of my favorite things so far, and probably of all time, is the Amagami Ham Ham robot bear, which will nibble your finger like a pet, but without all the bacteria.

Shut up, you're weird. Now, onto some highlights from the previous days:

Oh man, can you get more CES than a smart dog collar? Smart tech: check. Pet stuff: check. Something like something else but for dogs? Check. This was one of our biggest stories yesterday, and I'm here for it.

This is Invoxia's attempt to bring Apple Watch-esque beauty to your pooch, with the ability to track both respiration and heart rate, using GPs and accelerometers  as well as AI (another CES trend: check) to allow you to monitor the health of your pooch as well as making sure it doesn't go missing.

It's funny, the things that, as a child, you think will excite you about being grown up. Late nights, unlimited sugar intake, watching TV all day. 

I still do enjoy doing all of these things, mind you - but what really gets me excited these days are the boring adult things like remote controls.

Not just any remote controls - specifically, the freshly announced Samsung SolarCell remote - and this was another of day 2's biggest stories.

Needing no charging base, the remote uses solar and RF energy harvesting to wirelessly charge, meaning even your end-table lamp can be a part of the process. Wild. 

This has been one of our biggest stories over the last three days: headphones that are so invisible that they aren't even there. CES in a nutshell.

This Noveto N1 soundbar will track your head in real time, using facial recognition to stay locked onto you. It will then use beam forming, where it directs the sound, to small audio pockets around your ears, meaning only you can hear the sound.

Is this useful or practical? Probably not - a pair of open-ear headphone could probably achieve the same thing. But it's incredibly cool, and if it works could well be a cornerstone of future offices - meaning instant ability to chat to colleagues with a 'secret' concert going on at the same time.

This came in late yesterday, so it's definitely worth checking out again - the wearables of CES are rounded up here.

In fairness, it's basically just two re-imagined Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches, a couple of new nuggets from Garmin and smart rings.

That doesn't paint the whole picture, in fairness - by not being at the event in person, we weren't able to dredge the fitness pavillion, for instance, and find the cool things that smaller brands are coming up with. There could be smart fitness bands, or advanced face masks that won't make their way into the media for a few weeks - or CES could have just been something of a damp squib.

Either way, the Movano smart ring looks the most exciting to me - grabbing some lovely metrics and ways of making your data more accessible:

"The ring has an impressive list of capabilities, covering sleep monitoring, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiration levels, temperature, blood oxygen readings, step count, and calories burned – and the company is promising that the device is going to get more features over time as well.

"Those features, pending regulatory approval, will include blood glucose and blood pressure monitoring, something that smart rings haven't managed to achieve so far. The Movano device might just hit the sweet spot in terms of price and features."

The Alienware X14 is one of the most popular laptops that's emerged from CES this year, which is a curious thing - it's a gaming laptop that sacrifices spec for portability, but doesn't necessarily make a bad choice, as our US Computing Editor Jackie Thomas highlights:

"The Alienware X14 is the most portable gaming laptop that the luxury brand has ever put out. From what it looks like, it won't lose much on performance but the limited spec options means you really have to be into the portability aspect."

It's limited to an RTX 3060, which tells you where it sits on the gaming spectrum - but like the rise in mobile gaming, it speaks about a world where the hottest and most powerful consoles aren't always the ones people care about the most... and it looks darn striking too.

  • Hands on: Alienware X14 review
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