CES 2023 brought the planet’s biggest consumer electronics show back in fine form, reminding us of previous years’ events. We saw onea madman (more on that below) and yes, a pee sensor for your toilet at home (definitely more on that below).
This year̵[ads1]7;s exhibition marks the return to fully personal CES. It is believed to have brought in more than 100,000 people, and over 2,200 companies talked about what they believe are the next big things. This year—and for the first time in three years—CNET editors went around to see new products and services on display.
Before we dive into our list of the best of CES 2023, here’s the criteria we used. We tried to keep the number that received our Best of Show award to between five and seven. Everyone on this list meets at least one of the following criteria.
- The product contains a concept or idea that has never been seen before.
- The product attempts to solve a major consumer problem.
- The product is a redesign or another version of an existing product in a way that sets a new bar in performance or quality.
Finally, to avoid awarding products that may never see the light of day, we placed more weight on those with at least a calendar year release window or timeline, as opposed to products with no planned release date or a more nebulous one.
LG M3 Series 97-inch wireless OLED TV
Theis a giant that does not skimp on the usual advanced TV functions. This gigantic beast of a TV combines amazing picture technology with its enormous size to be one of the most exciting TVs in recent times. What really takes it over the top, though, is that it’s completely wireless.
Yep, no more fumbling with a bunch of wires behind your entertainment center to make them look like they’re not there. With this TV they are not.
LG says the 97-incher should be out in 2023, along with an 83- and 77-inch version. Don’t expect it to be cheap. The wired version of LG’s 97-inch TV costs $25,000, while its 77-inch OLED only costs $2,900. Just to set expectations.
Have you ever thought that you could get health data on the spot at home, just by going number one? You will soon be able to with(pee) sensor. The device sits at the front of your toilet. When you pee—and apparently it’s best to sit when you do to get an accurate sample—it collects your urine, analyzes it, and then sends the results to your phone via Wi-Fi.
What kind of results you might ask? Well, for one, it can monitor daily ketones and vitamin C levels and test urine pH levels, which can indicate overall kidney health. Use a different cartridge and women can use it to track their menstrual cycles.
We’ve seen at-home urine test strips that require you to be hands-on to get test results, but the U-Scan is designed to be a seamless experience. Just do your business and move on. The fact that you can do this test daily without even thinking about it and have results sent to you right away is what really sets U-Scan apart.
HTC Vive XR Elite
Theis the latest version of HTC’s VR/AR headset and, based on our time with it, it could be the best Vive yet when it’s released in late February for $1,099.
Yes, we’ve seen VR headsets before, so what makes this one special? The main reason it’s on this list is its size. HTC has shrunk the VR headset down to almost normal goggle size, and less than half the weight.
If you wear glasses normally, you don’t need to wear them while wearing these. The adjustment dials, or diopters, can change the lens’s prescription in real time, meaning the wearer doesn’t need to wear glasses at all. It is a very useful feature if it works as well as expected. As someone who wears glasses but has soured on VR for the past few years, the combination of the XR Elite’s small, lightweight chassis and the no-glasses requirement makes VR a much more attractive prospect to me.
I’m not about to rush out and buy a VR headset, but the technology here looks exceptional, so let’s hope it catches on.
BMW i Vision Dee
Yes itis a concept car, so my initial reaction was to take every feature here with a grain of salt, but BMW has confirmed that its coolest and most useful feature, the head-up display, will be coming to production cars in 2025.
Instead of a traditional dashboard screen, Dee instead uses the entire windshield as a HUD. It’s an AR display that uses the full width of the windshield and includes five levels of immersion. Level 1 gives you the essentials – speedometer, some navigation information and so on. Levels 2 to 4 increase the information on the screen and eventually overlay navigation information on the road.
Level 5 can display a fully virtual environment and is not intended for driving. Or rather is not meant for when you drive and is instead meant for when a car drives you. This is one of those that works best in motion, so check out the video of the BMW i Vision Dee to see it in action.
The concept car also has an E Ink cover on the chassis that can change color based on your will, and during BWM’s press conference presenters made it seem like it could have a conversation with you, a la KITT, but BMW admitted it used an actress behind the scenes to show what it will do in the future. Again, only HUD is confirmed to come to cars in the future, so that was the most useful thing to focus on.
Samsung S95C 77-inch QD-OLED TV
Theis the company’s first 77-inch TV to use its QD-OLED technology. It improves on last year’s model with better anti-glare technology and brighter images. The color in particular seemed to impress our TV expert, David Katzmaier, the most; however, the screen finish is slightly grayer than LG’s, which tends to wash out the image somewhat.
Still, the main reason it’s on this list, beyond its high quality, is its potential to give LG a run for its money in the high-end 77-inch TV market, which could eventually bring prices down across the board the line. Good news for those of us looking to buy a big, awesome high-end TV sometime in the future.
Schneider Smart Home system
is not something I would have ever considered owning until I moved into a new, bigger house in 2020. Let’s just say I grow at least a few more gray hairs when another bill comes in. The system will allow users to save money by scheduling when certain outlets draw power by controlling switches, switches and outlets to prevent energy vampires like TVs and chargers from drawing power when we don’t need them.
For EV users, it can schedule when the vehicle should be charged, schedule it to only charge when prices are lowest, or if possible only charge using solar panels.
As home electricity prices get higher – where I live they certainly have – and with more devices requiring more charging in our homes, having this kind of granular control, without having to unplug a bunch of stuff every time you leave the house or go on holiday, is a welcome remedy indeed.
Dolby Atmos sound in the car in a Maybach
Dolby Atmos is a sound technology – think surround sound 2.0 – that tries to immerse you completely in what you’re listening to. Atmos has been around for a while in cinemas and home cinemas, but Mercedes-Maybach is one of them.
So how good is it? The experience is hard to explain, but I’ll let CNET editor Bridget Carey do her best. She says: “The music felt like it was floating in the room around me – I couldn’t tell where the speakers were; it created a surreal sound. When you listened to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, it was like Freddie Mercury just floated in front of me. ”
Check out the video to get a better idea of what Bridget experienced in the $185,000 Maybach. For those of us without that kind of money, Dolby says we could see Atmos used in less expensive cars. The team is working on adapting the technology to a traditional six-speaker setup, but there is no word yet on when.
CES 2023 returned with some potentially useful technology. Some new, some improvements, but at least try to solve a known consumer problem. There were many more who almost made the list. These are only the true standouts. Be sure to check out the rest of CNET’s CES coverage for everything else.