After going online in 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s biggest tech show – CES 2022 – returns this year for an on-ground event in Las Vegas. Earlier, the annual trade fair was set to return to the floor of thousands of companies at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). However, this changed as Covid-19 cases began to rise in the US and around the world. As a result, several participating companies, including Microsoft, GM, Amazon, Lenovo, Meta and Twitter, canceled their in-person presence in Las Vegas, opting for a digital presence. It was also lacking in tech enthusiasts flying in from all over the world to see the weird and wacky technology presented at this trade show every year. Despite empty hallways, companies showcased their display technology in the form of laptops, monitors and TV launches at CES 2022. In addition, we saw companies focus largely on EVs and the metaverse — two trends that have been making headlines around the world since last year.
At CES 2022, we saw a number of smaller companies and startups introduce their metaverse-focused products. From industry-focused Metaverse solutions that will let you shop in the real world to Metaverse that will let you travel in time (GoArt Metaverse), this year’s Consumer Electronics Show continues with the big trends we’ve developed Saw it happening. Last year’s course. If you want to know about the specifications, here is one Twitter Threat Which will take you through all the Metaverse-related tech seen in Las Vegas this week.
It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that if you hadn’t heard of the Metaverse before, after CES 2022, you certainly would have known about it. However, the event and the companies didn’t do a particularly good job at explaining what the concept was and why everyone is talking about it. For those of you who haven’t been keeping an eye on the trend, the Metaverse is a virtual space fueled by a mix of technologies including augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR). A collective social experience of people, digitally. You can learn more about it here.
CES 2022 was also full of interesting and innovative VR equipment. Not only small companies but also big companies like Panasonic, HTC and TCL are showcasing their VR technology at trade shows. At CES, HTC demonstrated its Vive wrist tracker, which works in conjunction with the company’s Vive Focus 3 VR headset. HTC says it can track a user’s orientation and position from their wrist to their elbow, without relying on the headset’s cameras to capture movement. It will be available in the US in early 2022 for a price of $129 (roughly Rs. 9,600).
Similarly, Panasonic showcased its Meganex VR glasses, which look like steampunk sunglasses with a headset. Panasonic says its ‘ultra-lightweight, ultra-high-resolution’ 1.3-inch frame comes with built-in speakers that provide a resolution of 2560×2560 pixels for each eye. The company says they will ship later this year for “less than $900 (roughly Rs. 66,850)”. Additionally, TCL showcased its AT Glass. While they’re still a concept, they look like a mix of Google Glasses and Snapchat glasses from the past. If you’re unclear about how VR/AR headsets fit into the metaverse-verse, read this.
In addition, Samsung brought the Metaverse to CES in the form of its own Metaverse called the Samsung 837x. The Samsung 837X debuted in Decentraland, a blockchain-powered metaverse. The Korean electronics giant said that in the Samsung 837X, fans will be enticed in a digital adventure through the Connectivity Theater and Sustainability Forest for the 837X Non-Fungible Token (NFT) badge and by a celebration on the customization stage . ,
Also, we saw a lot of crossovers happening at CES 2022. Few tech companies have even dipped their toes in the growing trend of EVs in addition to introducing… well… tech products. Similarly some auto companies also joined the metaverse-verse.
For example, Sony introduced its PlayStation VR2 headset and controllers. At the same event, the company surprised everyone by showcasing its Vision-S02 electric vehicle concept. At the event, the company said that Sony Mobility Inc. has been set up to make new propositions in the field of mobility and its newly announced EV prototype will use the same EV/Cloud platform as the Vision-S01, which is being tested Public roads in Europe since December last year.
Similarly, Hyundai showcased its M.Vision POP EV and M.Vision 2GO hydrogen fuel cells in Las Vegas. What made the announcement particularly interesting was the fact that the concept was shown to viewers in the company’s metaverse called Joytown. “CES exhibitors including the Hyundai Mobis are helping to bridge the understanding gap of the metaverse in an interactive, practical and fun way – leveraging mobile technology familiar to society,” Hyundai said in a release.
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Notably, the metaverse wasn’t the only trend that resonated at CES 2022 this week. Trade shows dedicated to technological development were hijacked by automakers to show their EVs. BMW has taken the wraps off the top version of its flagship EV, apart from showing off its colour-changing car, the BMW iX Flow. The car named BMW iX M60 accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.8 seconds. Also, the company revealed that with the help of DC charging, the battery of its EV can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 35 minutes.
Similarly, GM introduced three EVs at the trade show – Chevrolet Blazer EV, Chevrolet Equinox EV and Chevrolet Silverado EV. The Equinox EV will start at around $30,000 (Rs 22.28 lakh) and will be available in the fall of 2023. The company did not disclose the tentative price or availability of its other two EVs. Additionally, GM showcased the Cadillac InnerSpace Concept that looks like a futuristic fusion of the Cadillac 1967 Eldorado and the 2013 Elmiraj Concept.
In addition to a surprise entry from GM, BMW and Sony, at CES 2022 Mercedes-Benz also showcased its Vision EQ2 EV, a solar-powered concept car with a range of over 1,000 km on a single charge . It will have 117 solar cells mounted on its roof and a 47.5-inch screen that will span the entire width of the vehicle. Of course, there’s no word on availability yet.
Also at CES, we saw Chrysler preview its Airflow EV concept car. According to the company, the Airflow will last an estimated 350-400 miles per charge. The concept car is part of the company’s plan to go completely electric by 2028. While the company didn’t reveal much about its pricing, it did reveal that the Airflow plans to hit the roads in 2025.
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