The Best of CES 2023 | Engadget

And we’re again. After canceling our CES plans in (and ), the Engadget workforce despatched a dozen staffers to CES 2023 this week, together with reporters, editors and videographers. It’s too quickly to say what number of tales and movies we have printed — in actual fact, we have now extra great things coming — however suffice to say, it was so much. Though our workforce swears the present nonetheless wasn’t as busy as pre-pandemic years, they have been saved busy sufficient that it felt like a real return to type, not only for us, however for the tech business at massive.

One factor that by no means stopped was Engadget’s annual Best of CES Awards program, though this yr marks the primary time in three years we have been capable of base our judgments off of a full slate of in-person hands-on experiences. All advised, we’re handing out a dozen awards this yr, together with essentially the most prestigious: Best of the Best. As at all times, our awards try to seize what we predict individuals will nonetheless be speaking about weeks, and even months, after the present concludes, from wi-fi TVs to an to a that ought to make dough mixing virtually foolproof.

As ever, too, we endeavored to weed out the vaporware, to not point out the issues that bought consideration solely for being dumb. (Hello, and a that solely works when the infant is not on board!) If you are interested by all of the frivolity anyway — and who can blame you? — you will discover all of our protection, critical and irreverent, proper . But for simply the good things, you are in the appropriate place. – Dana Wollman, Editor-in-Chief

Best Accessibility Tech: L’Oréal Hapta


Rather than exhibiting as much as CES with a viral magnificence gadget, L’Oréal debuted an assistive lipstick applicator that will likely be helpful to tens of millions. The cosmetics firm labored with utensil maker Verily, which produces stabilizing and leveling cutlery for individuals with restricted hand and arm mobility, to create Hapta. The result’s a sturdy grip-and-gimbal system that lets these with restricted finger dexterity or power extra independently apply lipstick. Though there are some quirks the corporate must iron out earlier than releasing the Hapta in December, it’s spectacular that that is each a completed product and has a comparatively reasonably priced advised retail value of $150 to $200. It’s additionally a tool that caters to an typically neglected phase of customers, and might be expanded to work with extra make-up purposes. Of all of the accessibility-related merchandise we noticed this CES, the Hapta is essentially the most distinctive, whereas being truly useful. — Cherlynn Low, Deputy Editor, Reviews

Best Gaming Product: Sony Project Leonardo

The round accessibility game controller Project Leonardo for PS5 against a white background.


Project Leonardo is Sony’s first piece of gaming {hardware} designed particularly for individuals with restricted motor management, and it occurs to look fairly neat on the identical time. Project Leonardo is a controller package that’ll work out of the field with the PlayStation 5, providing two round gamepads lined with swappable buttons, third-party accent ports and different customizable inputs. The controllers lie flat on a desk or they are often mounted on a regular tripod, and they are often paired with a DualSense to show all three units right into a single gamepad, providing loads of flexibility for gamers.

To construct its new PS5 accent, Sony partnered with advocacy organizations together with AbleGamers and SpecialEffect, similar to Microsoft did with the (wildly profitable) Xbox Adaptive Controller. Project Leonardo represents one other optimistic step for accessibility tech in video video games, a market that’s full of surprises and primed for progress in 2023. — Jessica Conditt, Senior Reporter

Best Heath & Fitness Product: Valencell blood strain monitoring prototype 

A closeup of someone's finger in the Valencell Prototype Blood Pressure Finger Clip.


Valencell has been making optical heart-rate sensors for years, however at CES 2023 it unveiled a brand new fingertip monitor that provides “cuffless” blood strain monitoring. Instead of an unwieldy inflating sleeve, this fingertip clip makes use of photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors to measure blood circulate patterns. This data is mixed with algorithms and the consumer’s age, weight, gender and peak to create a blood strain measurement, with out the necessity for calibration. We may need seen related expertise in earlier phases of improvement, however Valencell’s method of mixing knowledge makes for essentially the most compelling gadget but. Valencell plans to ultimately provide the blood strain monitor to clinics and hospitals, alongside an over-the-counter model for private use, pending FDA approval. — Mat Smith, UK Bureau Chief

Best Home Theater Tech: LG Signature OLED M3

An angled view of the 97-inch LG M3 OLED with wireless tech sitting in a hotel room in front of a translucent window curtain.


LG unveiled a number of new OLED TVs at CES this yr, however the standout was the Signature OLED M3, a 97-inch 4K large. What’s most attention-grabbing in regards to the M3, nonetheless, isn’t its display – it’s the tech within it. More particularly, the M3 is designed to obtain video and audio wirelessly, by a separate field that LG says you possibly can place as much as 30 toes away from the TV. Outside of an influence wire, the M3 itself is cable-free; as a substitute you plug your media streamers, cable field or sport consoles into the breakout field, and all of it’s beamed over a wi-fi hyperlink.

The firm dubs this wi-fi transmission tech “Zero Connect” and claims this proprietary normal can present 3 times the velocity of WiFi 6. Among different connections, the Zero Connect field consists of three HDMI ports that may play in 4K at 120Hz, together with one eARC port. While it does require line-of-sight to work – there’s a rotatable antenna constructed into the field – in our transient expertise with the set, we discovered the sign high quality remained regular even in a crowded room. If Zero Connect can ultimately make its approach all the way down to LG’s extra moderately priced TVs, it may present an thrilling new stage of versatility. — Jeff Dunn, Senior Commerce Writer

Best Laptop: Lenovo Yoga Book 9i

Two of the Lenovo YogaBook 9i dual-screen laptop/tablet hydrid sit open in a light grey void, one with the screens stacked vertically and the other with them side-by-side.


By axing the standard, bodily keyboard and placing two 13.3-inch OLED screens on the Yoga Book 9i, Lenovo may probably shake up fashionable laptop computer design in a approach we haven’t seen for the reason that unique Surface Pro a decade in the past. And whereas there are some points that can have to be ironed out, the potential this new design gives is plain. When you prop up the Yoga Book on its kickstand, it turns into far more than a regular clamshell. You can have two screens stacked on high of one another or side-by-side relying in your wants. Meanwhile in normal laptop computer mode, you’ve got the liberty to decide on between a digital or removable Bluetooth keyboard – each with customizable widgets, to not point out built-in stylus assist. It’s a stage of flexibility and adaptableness that conventional laptops merely can’t match. And not like overly bold ideas up to now, this dual-screen pocket book is definitely popping out (someday this spring for round $2,000) so we will see the way it will really fare in the actual world. — Sam Rutherford, Senior Writer

Best Mobile or Tablet Tech: WPC Qi2 charging normal

A Belkin wireless charger with a phone, AirPods case and Apple Watch charging on it sits on a wooden side table.


When Apple added MagSafe charging to the iPhone again in 2020, it created an extremely easy and handy approach of juicing up its telephones. And now, at CES 2023, the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) has released details on the Qi2 charging normal that can lastly deliver related performance to the remainder of the handset market. Not solely does the brand new spec embrace assist for Magnetic Power Profiles which can pave the best way for useful charging disks that may snap onto the again of your cellphone, it’s going to additionally permit for essential options equivalent to overseas object detection and as much as 15-watt charging with the potential to lift energy output even additional sooner or later. And maybe most significantly, as a result of Apple is a member of the WPC, Qi2 shouldn’t be a weak MagSafe knock-off when it arrives on retail units later this yr in This fall 2023. — Sam Rutherford, Senior Writer

Best Robot or Drone: KEYi Loona

A happy dog sits on the floor with his paw resting on the head of the PetBot Loona robot.


Historically, robotic pets are usually missing within the cutesy division. Loona, the futuristic companion from KEYi, with its huge pet canine eyes and wiggling ears has the lovable factor locked down. Loona is wise sufficient to scurry round your residing area with out operating into partitions or off of counter tops, however the actual magic is in its expressiveness. It’s spectacular what you are able to do with a small show, 4 wheels and two “ears.”

Beyond her charms, Loona additionally comes loaded with sensors for responding to your voice, gestures and contact and a set of video games that flip the digital pet into fairly the intelligent companion. These identical sensors additionally make her a succesful house safety bot and one thing of a STEM software for teenagers through a graphical programming choice to show Loona new “interactions.”

Put all this collectively and you’ve got a succesful house robotic that simply occurs to like having its ears tickled. What’s to not love about that? — James Trew, Editor-at-Large

Best Smart Home Product: GE Profile Smart Mixer

A cropped photo showing someone's hand holding a smartphone in front of a white GE Profile Smart Mixer on a white kitchen counter with grey tiled backsplash.


Baking requires precision and, relying on the recipe, can typically really feel like a juggling act. So it impressed us to see GE Profile’s Smart Mixer, which has a built-in scale to precisely weigh substances, plus voice management so that you don’t should push buttons when your fingers are in any other case occupied. The Smart Mixer is a high-end stand mixer in its personal proper, with a motor that’s speedy sufficient to whip up emulsions. But it will get its good house edge from that built-in scale, app connectivity and voice management.

Indeed, the app part will in all probability be notably helpful for novice bakers, providing over a dozen step-by-step recipes. App steerage for cooking is nothing new, however right here, the mixer is aware of what you’re making and can alter mixing speeds as wanted to make sure nothing is over- or under-worked.

For skilled bakers, the dimensions, timer and voice management are more likely to have larger attraction. Scale and timer readouts seem on the front-facing digital show, which additionally exhibits you the mixer’s present velocity setting. Changing that setting is as simple as asking Alexa or the Google Assistant to do it for you, supplied you’ve got a sensible speaker linked. With a beginning value of $999, it’s in no way an affordable equipment, however the suite of modern good options made this one of many extra memorable good house devices we noticed on the present this yr. — Amy Skorheim, Commerce Writer

Best Transportation Tech: Ram 1500 BEV Concept

A rendering of a grey Stellantis Ram 1500 BEV Concept is seen parked on a roadway.


The Ram 1500, one among America’s most iconic vehicles, is charging into the twenty first century with a “revolutionary” battery electrical pickup idea. The eponymously named Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept proven off at Stellantis’ CES 2023 keynote packs excessive tech the whole lot right into a modern and aggressive physique design. The BEV idea options dual-motor AWD, four-wheel steering, animated grille emblems, taillights and badging. Additionally, it has an built-in film projector, AI assistants that reply to voice instructions from each inside and out of doors the car, in addition to a Shadow Mode that trains the truck to observe alongside behind its dismounted driver from a secure distance.

Ram envisions this function getting used on job websites the place employees would in any other case should repeatedly get out and in of the truck between quick drives. The BEV Concept itself gained’t be getting into manufacturing — ditto for many idea autos — however it’s going to straight inform the design selections going into the 2024 Ram 1500 EV, which can launch subsequent yr alongside Stellantis’ totally electrical Jeep. — Andrew Tarantola, Senior Reporter

Best TV Tech: Samsung Micro LED

A hyper-modern living room with a round couch and blue lounge chair is in the foreground with a Samsung MicroLED on a white wall in the background.


CES has lengthy been a present the place tier-one producers showcase the newest and biggest in TV expertise, giving us a preview of how regular individuals will be capable to deck out their house theater setups as soon as the tech goes mainstream. This yr was no exception, although Sony surprisingly did not showcase any new televisions. What felt most important in 2023 was Samsung’s continued developments in its MicroLED TVs. The expertise first debuted in 2018 with the corporate’s gigantic 146-inch TV dubbed “The Wall” that value as a lot as a home, however now we’re seeing Samsung deliver it to 50- and 63-inch TVs that can truly slot in individuals’s residing rooms. Sure, the associated fee will seemingly nonetheless be prohibitive for all however the rich, however hopefully in just a few years we’ll see these gorgeous screens accessible at a value extra households can afford. — Nathan Ingraham, Deputy Editor, News

Best Wearable: German Bionic Apogee

A woman in black wears a German Bionic Apogee exosuit as she lifts a box out of a storage cart.

German Bionic

Our favourite wearable this yr takes expertise past the wrist-bound units we’re used to seeing and places it in your hips and over your shoulders. German Bionic’s new Apogee exosuit builds upon the corporate’s Cray X exoskeleton that it confirmed off at CES final yr, leading to a lighter, smarter wearable. Designed for business use, the Apogee exosuit helps employees full bodily duties with out inflicting as a lot pressure on their our bodies. The swimsuit can offset as much as 66 kilos of load to the decrease again per lifting movement, plus it helps cut back fatigue general with strolling help.

The Apogee is German Bionic’s lightest exosuit so far and it’s designed to be worn for lengthy durations of time, helping employees with out getting in the best way. Plus, the corporate’s IO structure always collects and analyzes knowledge about employees’ exercise whereas they’re carrying the swimsuit, so it may well then present suggestions through the onboard show or audio alerts when unsafe actions are detected. We’re virtually upset that the Apogee will solely be accessible in warehouses and different business settings – varied Engadget staffers affected by power again ache are keen to present it a go. — Valentina Palladino, Senior Commerce Editor

Best in Show: Sony Project Leonardo

The round accessibility game controller Project Leonardo for PS5 against a white background.


Project Leonardo is Sony’s first piece of gaming {hardware} designed particularly for individuals with disabilities, and it represents one other optimistic step on the planet of accessibility tech. Project Leonardo is a controller package that will likely be plug-and-play with the PlayStation 5, working along with present Sony {hardware} and well-liked third-party accessibility equipment. The controller package consists of two round gamepads lined with swappable buttons, 4 3.5mm AUX accent ports and different customizable inputs. 

The controllers have been designed in order that they do not have to be held – as a substitute, they lie flat on a desk, or they are often mounted on a tripod or stand. Both controllers might be paired with a DualSense to show all three units right into a single gamepad, providing loads of flexibility for gamers. 

To construct its new PS5 accent, Sony partnered with advocacy organizations together with AbleGamers, SpecialEffect and Stack Up, very like Microsoft did with the revolutionary Xbox Adaptive Controller. Though there is no launch date or value for Project Leonardo fairly but, Sony is seizing on a possibility to broaden the PS5 playerbase whereas making its {hardware} extra inclusive, and we’re more likely to hear far more in regards to the controller package within the coming months. 

The marketplace for accessibility tech in video video games is full of surprises and primed for progress in 2023, and Project Leonardo is on the forefront this yr. — Jessica Conditt, Senior Reporter

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