This year at CES 2022 will bring Exoskeletons, Smart Rings, Flying Cars, and more. The annual consumer electronics show amidst the Covid surge is all set to roll. Many professionals and organizations decided to attend the event virtually to stay clear of having to spend time indoors surrounded by large numbers of strangers.
Though there is no lack of effort on the part of the exhibitors new and small in sending out press releases in an attempt to entice media to divert their attention from the gigantic TV screens and media wall erected by large electronic corporations. To be honest not all the gadgets mentioned on the list are worth seeing yet it would be cool to try a few of these in person.
We will talk about the three product categories that fall outside the consumer electronics mainstream. This includes Flying Cars, Sensor-laden Rings, Exoskeletons, and more.
The idea of flying cars has been fascinating and it won’t be until 2023 or 2024 before any wanna-be flying car company comes up with a real flying car. This year at CES we will see two companies SkyDrive and MACA tease their flying car prototypes.SkyDrive, a Tokyo-based company will tease a nonautonomous model of its electric vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) one-seater. The company aims to use the flying car as an air taxi at World Expo 2025 in Osaka.
Another company based in southeastern France, MACA will give a sneak peek at its hydrogen-powered Carcopter at CES. It will be the first presentation of its fully working model slated for the Paris Air Show in 2023. Earlier the company skipped its latest prototype to Las Vegas, though has plans to use augmented reality to show off the current design.
Sensor-laden Rings are something entirely new to the wristband we wore in the form of health and fitness wearables. While we are getting bigger TV sets the wearables are turning out to be tiny which we can easily slide onto one of our fingers.
Circular and Movano are the two companies that will portray their products at this year’s CES. Though they are not the first to fit biometric sensors into rechargeable rings. Earlier Oura introduced a similar product to the market. The ring has monitored activities such as heart rate, and temperature for several years now. Last year Oura released its third generation ring costing $300 with an additional sensor to track blood oxygen levels. New purchasers as to pay around $6 additional subscription fee. With the success of Oura rings, competitors have begun to spring up trying to penetrate its market. Paris-based, Circular plans to attract consumers via its smart ring by mapping vital signs, including blood oxygen levels, to daily activities. The ring can also vibrate, allowing push notifications when heart rate or blood oxygen numbers are problematic. The price tag of the ring has not yet been disclosed.Pleasanton, Calif.-based, Movano, focuses on women with its rings, as they are smaller, sleeker to wear. In the initial stages, the Movano ring will gather heart rate data, respiration, temperature, blood oxygen saturation, activity, and calorie intake. Later in the future, the company will be working on adding blood glucose and blood pressure monitoring features. Prices for their products are not disclosed.Another product worth mentioning is the Circul+ Ring from Prevention though it will not make its appearance at CES 2022. The ring tracks heart rate, temperature, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and can record an ECG. The ring design is not sleek or decorative but does what it is meant to do. It can monitor more biometrics than the sleeker devices and costs around $300. The ring is a bit large for everyday wear, but considering the situation we are going through during the Covid pandemic, it would be ideal to wear one.
This year we may get to see two companies at CES bring nonpowered exoskeletons. These are not electronic devices so to say but are inspired by electrically powered exoskeletons. In all fairness, it would be worth testing them out in person at the CES.Archelis, a company from Yokohama, Japan, exoskeletons target surgeons and factory workers who spend long hours standing. According to the company, the device “supports the body in a standing position,” reducing fatigue and preventing low-back and leg pain, while allowing users to move around naturally. The prices are not disclosed for its product. Innophys, based in Tokyo, Japan will introduce its Muscle Suit Every and Muscle Suit GS-Arm at this year’s CES. The company will feature two versions of its exoskeleton—the first one supports the body in a half-sit during lifting, while the other will support arms when they need to be raised for an extended period. Both the exoskeletons use compressed air, added and released manually, to assist the wearer.