Five technologies to watch at CES 2022

This year’s CES in Las Vegas (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) may be less crowded due to COVID-19, but the technology is there. Here are five to watch out for.

OLED TV with quantum dots

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Photo: Sony

For several years, TV manufacturers have been releasing quantum dot LED screens (better known as QLED), in which a nanoparticle filter placed in front of the light panel provides good brightness and a wide color spectrum. Thus, QLED screens are better than traditional LED screens, but they are basically based on the same technology and therefore have some common disadvantages (for example, less pronounced blacks than OLED).

New technology muddies the waters in 2022: quantum dot OLED TV. Without getting too technical, these screens offer the best of both worlds, namely QLED colors and brightness, black depth and OLED thinness.

Only two manufacturers have introduced QD-OLED displays at CES 2022: Sony with its Master Series A95K monitor and Dell Alienware with its AW3423DW monitor. However, others are due to be added throughout the year. Unfortunately, the price has not been announced at the moment.

Matter: the benchmark for smart home

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Photo: Matter Working Group

Currently, a smart light switch may not work with a light bulb connected if the two devices are made by different manufacturers. Smart home owners increasingly have to rely on multiple gateways to ensure that every product can be controlled using a smartphone or voice assistant. In short, buying a connected device is hard.

The new Matter standard, developed by companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, IKEA and Samsung, aims to solve this problem. When the standard is officially launched later this year, all Matter devices will be compatible with each other. Therefore, it should be easier for consumers to buy connected products.

Several companies have unveiled Matter devices at CES this week, including Belkin, a Wemo-branded plug-in socket, switch, and dimmer. Amazon has launched tools to allow developers to make their devices compliant with the standard.

Matter’s launch date has yet to be announced.

Wi-Fi Wave Charging

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Photo: Samsung

The waves emitted from your Wi-Fi router at home contain energy. What if you could use it to power electronic devices? That’s exactly what Samsung’s Eco Remote does, which uses solar energy and Wi-Fi waves to operate. The remote will be offered with all 2022 Samsung QLED TVs.

Obviously, the power consumption of the remote control is low, so the technology cannot be used to provide permanent autonomy for devices that consume more power, such as smartphones. It will be interesting to see if other types of products, such as smart home sensors, can eventually adopt it.

Active filtration against coronavirus

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Photo: Airxom

Two technologies were unveiled at CES to actively filter the air and remove impurities, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

The first is a mask from the French company Airxôm, which uses an active filter capable of filtering and destroying particles, including viruses, bacteria and volatile organic compounds. According to laboratory testing, the filter and its UV LED lamp will kill SARS-Cov-2 by 99.94%.

The mask has its drawbacks, such as a high price of around $430, but it has a four-year lifespan (however, its battery, worn on a belt, needs to be recharged daily). Therefore, its long-term use is more economical than constantly replacing disposable N95 masks. Because it is quite large and completely covers the wearer’s mouth and nose, it can also be difficult to make yourself understand when wearing it. The device will be launched in France in February. A date for Canada has not yet been confirmed.

Note that Airxôm is not the only company that has introduced a device against coronavirus. Airvida has unveiled the E1, a portable air purifier that is worn around the neck and comes with headphones. Filtration is less effective, but frees up the wearer’s face.

electronic ink for cars

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Photo: BMW

CES is also a time for companies to unveil technologies that won’t necessarily be on sale in the near future, but that are presented primarily to make people dream.

Among those that get the most attention is the BMW iX Flow car, which can turn from black to white in half a second thanks to e-ink like those used in e-books. The change can be done all at once, or segment by segment, or even pixel by pixel for a more dramatic transition.

In particular, the technology can make it possible to adapt the color to the seasons (black to keep warm in winter and white to reflect it in summer). The prototype BMX iX Flow was indeed unveiled at CES, but there are no marketing plans for it at the moment.

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