CES 2024 live: Latest tech, weird gadgets and our Best of CES awards

It's Day 3 of CES — time to announce our favorite products of this year's show!

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It's the Engadget team's last full day in Las Vegas for CES 2024. We’ve already published over 160 articles about the event, and we'll have plenty more to come today.

Today we'll be bringing you more first looks at new devices from across show's many locations. There are over 4,000 exhibitors here at CES, and we've still got plenty of products to bring you impressions of. As we did yesterday, we’ll be running a liveblog through most of the day to bring you the biggest news, some commentary and lots of images and videos, along with some links to our more in-depth coverage. We'll also be announcing our annual Best of CES awards this afternoon, with 12 awards to come in total.

  • That's a wrap!

    That's a wrap on our CES liveblog for this year. Thanks to everyone who tuned in over the past few days — it's been a blast writing as a faceless Engadget avatar. We hope you've been entertained, informed and ocassionally horrified by what we've put out this week.

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    XOXO, the Engadget CES liveblog team.

  • What is Bluetooth Auracast and why should you care?

    Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4
    Photo by Billy Steele/Engadget

    One of the key advantages of Bluetooth LE Audio is Auracast: a way to broadcast content to connected devices in public settings. It will also allow you to easily connect multiple wireless speakers to each other with diving into an app. Perhaps most importantly, the barrier to entry is going to be very low since a dedicated Auracast app will be built into mobile platforms like iOS and Android. What's more, you'll select available channels like you would a Bluetooth device or a Wi-Fi network. It's simple, and it's presented in a way that people who've used a smartphone are familiar with. Auracast has been mentioned constantly by companies announcing their new audio gear at CES 2024, so here's what you need to know about it.

    Read the full story here.

  • Touring LG’s high-tech camping trailer at CES 2024

    A woman standing next to a high-tech concept trailer from LG at CES 2024. There are camping chairs to the side of the trailer.
    Photo by Mat Smith/Engadget

    LG’s Labs department often takes technology and existing products and spins them into lifestyle-heavy ideas and notions. LG Labs was responsible for the Dukebox, a vacuum tube-driven speaker with a transparent OLED screen, an LG Gram with two displays, and several other projects. But the LG Bon Voyage concept trailer is a little more involved, packing so many of LG’s CES “greatest hits,” retooled and restyled for near-future camping that’s both incredibly comfortable and… unlikely.

    The trailer is 2 meters by 3.8 meters, measuring up to a height of 2.2 meters. LG’s explanation suggests you’d be able to pick and choose which appliances and features are included.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jackery's rooftop solar tent makes overlanding more environmentally friendly

    Image of Jackery's Rooftop Solar Tent from the tent entrance
    Photo by Daniel Cooper / Engadget

    The Jackery Solar Generator for Rooftop Tent is equipped with 1,000W solar panels (with a 25 percent efficiency rate). Unlike the flimsy panels you can currently buy, these are rigid slide-out units that should offer a sturdier canopy under which to sleep. Once you’ve parked up and opened the tent, the panels are wired up to an Explorer 1,000 Plus generator. That’ll hold 1,264Wh of power and can output at rates up to 2,000W, enough to power a 900W cooker for an hour. Plus, you can daisy-chain other batteries alongside to increase the storage further for longer trips away from an outlet and/or civilization.

    Read the full story here.

  • Current Backyard's electric smart grills bring outdoor cooking to more places

    Current Backyard Model G electric grill
    Photo by Billy Steele/Engadget

    Gas, charcoal and pellet grills are great for taking your cooking outdoors, but a lot of people live in apartments and other spots where open flames aren't permitted. At CES 2024, Current Backyard debuted two all-electric grills that can be used in those places since the heating element for both isn't much different than an oven or stove. And because grilling has entered the modern age, both of these are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connected, so you can monitor progress and adjust temperatures from your favorite comfy chair.

    Read the full story here.

  • This moss terrarium doubles as an air purifier and humidifier

    Moss Air
    Photo by Richard Lai / Engadget

    Years ago, some genius decided to build Las Vegas in the middle of a desert, so for me, any sight of unique humidifying tech at CES is a much welcomed sight. It just so happened that a Korean company showcased a device dubbed Moss Air which, as the name implies, uses real moss to purify air. It's also built with a humidifying feature that can shoot outwards or rehydrate the plant internally. In short, you're getting an air-purifying humidifier that doubles as a mesmerizing miniature foggy terrarium on your desktop.

    Read the full story here.

  • The best of CES 2024

    A crowd shot from CES 2024, with an Engadget Best of CES logo overlaid.

    Thanks for tuning in to our awards! You can find all of the winners right here. In the meantime, there's more news and impressions to catch you up on. Let's get back to it!

  • Best in show: GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker on a crowded kitchen island surrounded by stacks of bristket and burger buns.

    CES 2024 is often described as a TV show or car show, but sometimes it’s more niche products that capture our imagination. GE Profile’s Smart Indoor Smoker is a countertop device that makes proper barbecue in your kitchen without filling your home with smoke. It’s designed to move air around the food to impart maximum smokiness inside, without letting airflow out. When your brisket, chicken or whatever is done, a filtration and catalyst system draws the smoke down, eventually expelling it as warm air.

    Typically smoking food requires constant adjustments and vigilance, but the Smart Indoor Smoker has six preset cooking modes, while you’re able to adjust the degree of smokiness between five different levels. The wood pellets’ only function is to add flavor and not fuel the actual cooking process, so only a handful are needed per smoke session.

    GE included a smart probe with the Smart Indoor Smoker too, so you can monitor the cooking process from a companion app and its Smoke and Hold feature can cook and smoke foods and keep them at food-safe temperatures for up to 24 hours. It’s not small (it's around the size of a mini fridge), but it’s stylish and simple to use, with a low barrier to entry for anyone tempted to try smoking their own foods. The device was also able to impart an impressive level of smokiness in only a few hours — we can’t wait to see what low-and-slow smoking could do.

  • EcoFlow Delta Ultra

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: EcoFlow Delta Ultra displayed in a home environment against a wall with a living room on the left side of the split image.

    A whole-home battery and inverter system is far from the funkiest bit of hardware we saw at CES, but it’s likely one of the more useful. The EcoFlow DELTA Pro Ultra can take in and store power from your rooftop solar panels then use the stored energy to power your home. The DELTA Pro Ultra can even suck up juice from the grid when it's cheaper, and feed it back when energy prices surge.

    A base configuration goes for $5,800 and includes one 6kWh battery and inverter, but you can stack up to five batteries per inverter and chain up to three inverter-and-battery stacks, amounting to a 90kWh capacity. That’s a beastly amount of power that could keep a McMansion humming at full tilt for a few days — or run essential appliances in a more moderately sized home for a month or longer.

    The DELTA Pro Ultra can also hook into an existing transfer switch if you have one, but for deeper integration with your home’s power system, the subpanel-like Smart Home Panel 2 gives you features like app control, weather and power grid monitoring, and instant switchover to backup when the power goes out. As more solar panels are installed on rooftops, a sleek and powerful all-in-one battery solution like this can give people more control over how their power is used. If you’re intrigued, you don’t have to wait — it’s one of many CES 2024 gadgets already on the market.

  • Micron LPCAMM2 laptop RAM modules

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: Micron LPCAMM2 laptop RAM, which is a small circuit board add-on seen against a black background.

    If you've ever been annoyed that you couldn't upgrade your RAM in an ultraportable laptop, Micron has a potential solution: LPCAMM2 memory. It's a new form factor that's 64 percent smaller than standard SODIMM RAM sticks, and it's also potentially far faster and more efficient. Best of all is that it's a self-contained unit that can easily be removed and upgraded down the line.

    LPCAMM2 RAM won't get as much hype as AI PCs, but it's something that could transform what's possible with future laptop designs. And if it means laptop makers stop soldering RAM directly onto motherboards, we'll call it a win.

  • Samsung Ballie

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: Samsung Ballie robot, a rolling yellow sphere, which projects a wildlife scene on the ground between it and a golden retriever who's watching the video.

    CES was a little light on notable robots this year, but Samsung revived one we loved when we first saw it way back in 2020. Ballie is an adorable, bowling ball-sized robot that rolls around your home, following you around like a robotic pet that's eager to please. Ballie is a lot bigger than it was when we saw it in 2020, and it now has a built-in 1080p projector so it can both show you things and speak to you when you ask it for help. Think of it like a Nest Hub on wheels.

    We only got to see Ballie in a tightly-plotted demo at Samsung's booth, but it was simply delightful to watch Ballie roll around projecting workout routines, calendar updates and recipe videos on the walls. As with most smart home gadgets, there's a little bit of "solution searching for a problem" here. But it feels like Samsung nailed the form factor judging by how smoothly Ballie navigated its way around the demo area. And while many companies show off products like this that have no chance of actually reaching people in the real world, Samsung says Ballie will go on sale this year.

  • Kia Platform Beyond Vehicles (PBV)

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: Kia Platform Beyond Vehicles as a lineup of four van-style vehicles in a large paved outdoor area with large-scale modern architecture behind them.

    Kia’s PBV, or Platform Beyond Vehicles, concept is the rare car concept (or concepts, plural) that seems like it might actually be a real thing in the relatively near future. The PV5 is likely to be the first to make the leap. It’s a small modular van that can be equipped with a taller roof for extra headroom, or turned into a pickup by swapping out the back two-thirds. It can also be turned into a taxi with extra seating for passengers.

    One of the more interesting things is how the members of the PBV family, including the larger PV7 and the smaller PV1 are expected to work together. For instance, Kia imagines a rail system that can connect a PV7 directly to a PV1, transferring cargo to the smaller vehicle for last mile deliveries.

    Most importantly, PBV isn’t some fantastical dream vehicle that will never be heard from again: Kia is already building a dedicated factory in Korea that’s expected to be ready to pump out 150,000 vehicles in 2025.

  • Gyrogear GyroGlove

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: Gyrogear GyroGlove being worn on the right forearm and wrist by Engadget editor Cherlynn Low who has her hand extended.

    The number of accessibility and aging-related products that were good enough for us to consider for awards at CES 2024 was encouragingly high. We saw a tongue-operated touchpad, a hearing aid-like system that can isolate individual speakers in a noisy crowd and a visual radar for gamers with hearing loss. But GyroGlove stood out for a few reasons.

    The device uses a sophisticated gyroscope to help those with hand tremors (say, Parkinson's patients) stabilize their movement, but one of the deciding factors in picking it as a winner is the fact that it's actually available. The company said it's already in talks with the chief medical officers of several insurance providers in the US, and has registered the GyroGlove as a medical device with the FDA and Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration. It's certified by various international standards organizations, to boot.

  • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 earbuds which are both loose next to their fabric-covered charging case.

    Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless series has consistently earned the accolade of the best-sounding earbuds in our best of list for a while now. However, the company never really had the complete package to knock Sony's 1000X series off the top spot. At CES this year, Sennheiser debuted the fourth-gen version of its flagship earbuds, which bring a host of upgrades. They still sound excellent, ANC and transparency mode are also improved.

    The Momentum True Wireless 4 did a great job blocking out the noisy Las Vegas suite, allowing us to focus on the selection of jazz we used to demo the earbuds. Transparency mode also sounded more natural, which will be a big help for calls and tuning into your surroundings. What's more, Sennheiser figured out a way for active noise cancellation to not drain the battery nearly as much as it typically does; the ANC here only cuts listening time by half an hour.

  • GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker on a crowded kitchen island surrounded by stacks of bristket and burger buns.

    When it comes to smoking meat at home, your options are usually limited to outdoor grills that burn charcoal, pellets or wood. If you live at a place where your landlord doesn't allow open flames, like apartments, then you're pretty much out of luck. The GE Profile Smoker ditches the flames for electric heating elements and brings low-and-slow smoking indoors.

    The GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker is no gimmick either. It’s capable of infusing significant smoke flavor via wood pellets as we experienced first hand this week. There won't be any smoke wafting around your kitchen as the unit captures all of that with its filtration system. If you need to cook while you're away, a unique feature does that and then holds your food at a safe temperature until you're ready to serve. Toss in Wi-Fi for remote cooking and monitoring, cooking profiles and guidance, plus the Clear Smoke tool for when you need to open the door, and the GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker has a lot to offer a range of skill levels.

  • Withings BeamO

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: Withings BeamO device which is similar in shape to a TV remote control standing on its end against a beige background.

    There’s never a shortage of health and fitness tech at CES. This year Withings stood out with its $250 BeamO “multiscope.” It combines a body temperature sensor, an electrocardiogram, an oximeter and a digital stethoscope into one surprisingly light consumer device that promises to make it easier to collect basic health metrics at home. The company's Health Mate app collects all of that data, which can then be sent to doctors with a few taps. Withings is also seeking FDA approvals for the BeamO to be able to detect atrial fibrillation.

    BeamO impressed us not only with its versatility and fairly affordable price, but also for the potential impact it could have on telemedicine. Providing your doctor with key metrics ahead of a call or visit could make it easier for them to give you sound medical advice. And those with chronic conditions could use BeamO to keep track of health data over the long term.

  • ASUS ZenBook Duo

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: ASUS ZenBook Duo laptop with a dual monitor on top of the normal laptop version on a white display table at the event.

    ASUS has been chasing the dream of dual-screen notebooks for a while, but this year's ZenBook Duo appears to be its best attempt yet. It consists of two separate components: a dual-screen display unit and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. You can use the ZenBook Duo in a typical clamshell mode, with the keyboard in front of one of its displays. But when you have more room, you can open up the display to have two screens sitting on top of each other (balanced on a built-in kickstand).

    The ZenBook Duo also feels incredibly polished, and it has high-end hardware like Intel's Core Ultra chips and gorgeous OLED screens. It also starts at a reasonable $1,500, making it a dual-screen laptop for the masses.


    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: TCL NXTPAPER 14 Pro tablet-like device with two models overlapped. One tablet shows its display and the rear version showing off the back side of the device.

    With its third-generation NXTPAPER display, TCL’s latest 14-inch tablet combines the best things about LCD displays and e-readers. You get a sharp 2.8K-resolution panel with bright colors plus a special nano-coating that not only reduces glare, but also cuts down excess blue light while providing a lovely matte texture. And for those who prefer a more traditional newspaper-like reading experience, there’s a monochrome mode that makes the NXTPAPER 14 Pro look like it has an e-ink screen. So while its specs aren’t all that impressive (MediaTek Dimensity 8020, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage), TCL’s new tablet is one of those rare gadgets that appeals to both hardcore tech nerds and traditionalists that still remember a time before everything went digital.

  • LG Signature OLED T

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: LG Signature OLED T in a high-rise apartment building with floor-to-ceiling windows with the transparent display showing what appears to be a Kandinsky painting.

    OLED TVs are great. An OLED TV you can see through — well, that’s just wild. The LG Signature OLED T isn’t the first transparent display we’ve seen at CES, but it is the first that will actually be sold to consumers (unlike Samsung’s similar transparent MicroLED concept).

    This is a 77-inch set with an retractable contrast screen. Keep the filter up, and it looks like one of LGs standard, excellent OLED sets. Bring it down, and the image almost looks like it’s floating in mid-air. Like Samsung’s Frame TVs, the Signature OLED T is designed for ambience — when you’re not watching a show or movie, it can display little animations (a digital fish tank, for instance). To help it feel less obtrusive, the TV also uses LG’s wireless Zero Connect tech, which relegates most of the set’s I/O (and thus cables) to a separate box that can be tucked away elsewhere.

    The TV does lack the microlens array tech found in LG’s absolute best OLED TVs and LG isn’t sure if it will come with the furniture you see in the image above. The company says it will ship sometime in 2024, though there’s no firm release date yet. But whenever it does arrive, it will almost certainly be prohibitively expensive for most people.

  • Samsung Music Frame

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: Samsung Music Frame, a several-inch-thick square frame structure on a small stand against a grey gradient background.

    Samsung's line of Frame TVs, first introduced back in 2017, do a great job of disguising a large-screen TV as a piece of art. The Samsung Music Frame does the same thing, but for wireless speakers. Instead of a screen, there's a place to display art or album covers that you swap pretty easily.

    This wouldn't be noteworthy if the Music Frame didn't sound good — but in our demo, it did. The Music Frame includes two woofers, two tweeters and two mid-range drivers and supports Dolby Atmos. It's also quite the flexible speaker, working on its own, in a stereo pair or connected to a TV as part of a bigger home theater setup. It's even wall-mountable. We have no price or release date, but given Samsung's success with the Frame TVs, we imagine they won't wait long to get the Music Frame on the market.

  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14

    An image with a badge for Engadget Best of CES 2024 showing the product: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop on a white table display at the event.

    Not only is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 powerful enough to run the latest blockbuster video games, but it's also incredibly sleek. The ROG Zephyrus G14 has an aluminum chassis with clean lines, crisp edges and a thinner, lighter design than previous models. A simple LED slash runs across the lid and can be programmed to glow in gray or white, rather than the garish rainbow favored by other gaming laptops. The ROG Zephyrus G14 looks sophisticated, and it can also run any title on the market, thanks to its AMD Ryzen 8000 series processors and optional NVIDIA RTX 4070 GPU at the high end. Top-of-the-line specs and a minimalist design make the latest ASUS line stand out in a sea of other game-focused devices at CES. This is what gaming laptops look like when they're all grown up.

  • Presenting Engadget's CES 2024 awards

    A crowd shot from CES 2024, with an Engadget Best of CES logo overlaid.

    It's time for Engadget's annual CES awards. We'll start with a preface from our Editor-in-Chief, and then announce our winners individually with a word from one of our editors.

    "Hello and happy new year! Once again, team Engadget has set up shop in Las Vegas for CES, living out of suitcases so that we can scour the massive show floor and occasionally injure ourselves in the process. For CES 2024, we expected to see AI everywhere, and we were not disappointed.

    We saw more than a few laptops with AI-powered chips inside, not to mention multiple references to Microsoft's Copilot assistant. Volkswagen built ChatGPT into its in-car system, while BMW teamed up with Amazon to improve its own in-car assistant. Qualcomm announced an AI Snapdragon chip. Walmart came to CES for the first time to announce its building generative AI into its online shopping experience. Even SAG-AFTRA struck a deal for AI and voice acting at CES (not that the actors themselves consider it a good deal).

    Meanwhile, The Rabbit R1, a device co-designed by Teenage Engineering, was the surprise hit at this year's show — so hot we haven't been able to see it in person ourselves as of this writing. And then there were the oddballs: a grill that uses AI to help cook a steak in 90 seconds, and a cat door that automatically locks when it knows your pet is about to drag in a mouse.

    Then there were not one, but two transparent TVs: one from Samsung and one from LG. Remember when rollable TVs were the thing? Oh, and GE kindly fed us beef tenderloin cooked with an indoor smoker. It was delicious.

    Notably, too, there was a lot less pee on the show floor this year. (But we did find some.)

    Today is our team's last day on the ground, which means it's also time for us to announce our annual Best of CES award winners. You may notice an obvious difference this year, which is that we've gotten rid of categories. From our point of view, we still attempted to see as broad a range of products as possible: laptops, mobile devices, gaming gear, smart home stuff, cars and items meant for people with disabilities. When it came to choosing winners, though, we saved time not having to debate amongst ourselves whether something was a laptop or a gaming device, a wearable or an accessibility device. A good product is just a good product.

    Without further ado, we present our winners for CES 2024. But don't mistake this for the last of our coverage: We have other stories, recaps and roundups in the pipeline for you to read over the coming days. Keep following along." — Dana Wollman, Editor-in-Chief

  • Xreal Air 2 Ultra: Next-gen AR glasses in need of killer apps

    Xreal Air 2 Ultra
    Photo by Joel Chokkattu / Engadget

    Even though Apple didn't have an official presence at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, the trade show still had a whole area dominated by mixed reality tech. One of the most popular booths there was none other than Xreal (formerly Nreal), which decided to ride on the Apple Vision Pro hype train and unveil its latest AR glasses, the Xreal Air 2 Ultra, in Las Vegas. The Chinese firm claims that its latest headset makes "an affordable alternative to" the likes of the $3,499 Vision Pro, though it's currently priced at $699 — a tad more than the $499 Meta Quest 3 — as Xreal attempts to lure developers into its ecosystem.

    Unlike the rest of the Xreal Air 2 series, the Air 2 Ultra finally brings back 6DoF (six-degree-of-freedom) tracking — a first since the Nreal Light. In other words, you can physically walk around a virtual space, rather than being stuck in one spot. The 6DoF tracking is mainly handled by the two front-facing 3D environment sensors which, according to Xreal founder and CEO Chi Xu, are an advancement over prior models, and are less physically obtrusive compared to the ones on the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses. As with the Light, the Air 2 Ultra also supports hand tracking for interacting with virtual objects directly.

    Read the full story here.

  • The MouthPad turns your tongue into a mouse for your phone

    A down-up look at the MouthPad inside a person's mouth.
    Photo by Cherlynn Low / Engadget

    Deputy editor Cherlynn Low checked out this very promising accessibility device over at the Eureka Park startup area:

    "You can one day use your tongue as a mouse for your laptop, tablet or phone, thanks to a new product that made its first public appearance at CES 2024. The MouthPad (an obvious spin on the word "mousepad") is what its makers call a tongue-operated touchpad that "sits at the roof of your mouth" and can be connected to your devices just like a standard Bluetooth mouse. I got to see the MouthPad here in Las Vegas, where it's making its first public appearance since its announcement last year, though, to be clear, I did not put it in my mouth to try out for myself. Instead, I watched as the company's co-founder Tomás Vega used the device to navigate an iPhone and open the camera as we took a selfie together."

    Read the full story here.

  • The Monokei Systems keyboard has a gorgeous design with magnetic faceplates and a lovely gasket sock dampening system.

    The Monokei Systems low-profile keyboard in Cupertino Silver and an optional Spy X Family faceplate.
    Photo by Sam Rutherford/Engadget

    Senior writer Sam Rutherford appears to be sold on this fancy low-profile keyboard:

    "No offense to the mechanical keyboard community, but I just don’t love traditional setups with tall keys. But when it comes to high-quality low-profile alternatives, pickings are slim. The best known options are Logitech’s MX Mechanical line, along with more recent entries from the likes of Keychron, Nuphy and Lofree. But none of them quite hit the spot. But at CES 2024, I may have found what I’ve been searching for in Monokei’s Systems."

    Read the full story here.

  • It's a great time to buy a solar generator

    Lifestyle image of the Delta Pro Ultra on the floor of a posh house, with a wire leading up to the Smart Home Panel 2, indicating that the home is able to use battery backup. To the left, a window highlighting a lightning storm.

    Senior reporter Daniel Cooper writing on why now's a great time to invest in solar:

    "I’ve been interested in solar generators for a long while, but very few of them ever felt worthy of specific comment. Many of them historically boasted of running laptops, TVs or coolers, but their constrained outputs made them incapable of powering kettles, washing machines or air conditioners. CES 2024 has shown that the industry has moved beyond those limitations, with newer units capable of fulfilling the promise inherent in their names."

    Read the full story here.

  • Swarovski’s smart binoculars identify the birds you’re looking at

    Image of Swarovski's AX Visio smart bird-identifying binoculars on a wooden picnic table.
    Photo by Daniel Cooper / Engadget

    Swarovski has turned up at CES 2024 in Las Vegas with its first ever pair of smart binoculars that will identify the bird you’re looking at. All you have to do is point the gear at a bird and make sure the view is in focus, and then press down an action button. Within a few seconds, the system will overlay a bird’s name over your view, using data pulled from the Merlin Bird ID database. That has over 9,000 species tagged, and will even let you know the degree of certainty it has if the bird in question is in an unexpected location. And if this was the only feature these binoculars had, it’d be enough to justify the purchase, but that’s only the beginning of what these things can do.

    Read the full story here.

  • ‘Teach’ your dog to ‘play’ this ‘piano’

    Image of both Zoo Gears' dog pianos, TheButter, as well as its forthcoming musical instrument and pet feeder, TheBiscuit.
    Photo by Daniel Cooper / Engadget

    Look, we can all sit around debating wether it’s worth teaching a dog to play the piano, or if that’s even something they’re capable of doing. But it’s also too late since, here at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, a Hong Kong-based startup has actually developed a device to do that. Zoo Gears was at the show demonstrating TheButter, a four-key instrument with light-up pads your pup can “play.”

    Essentially, the pooch has to follow along the sequence of lights, each one triggering another few notes of whatever song you’ve equipped it with. Once done, you should reward their effort with a treat or some other form of encouragement, much as Dr. Pavlov would have done. The hope is that eventually, your beloved friend will get the knack of accompanying you during your next jam session.

    Read the full story here.

  • Meet the CPR dummy of the future

    Image of the Adam-X medical training robot, an artificial human body laying on a white dais with the shirt open.
    Photo by Daniel Cooper / Engadget

    On the fringes of each and every CES, there are products worthy of attention, even if they can’t be called “consumer electronics.” A prime example is Adam-X, a medical training tool that takes the idea of a CPR dummy and dials it up to eleven… thousand. Unlike the dolls you learned basic CPR with, Adam-X is a fully-featured robotic patient used for a wide variety of medical training.

    Read the full story here.

  • Walmart makes a rare CES appearance to promote AI-powered shopping

    Walmart shopping

    When Walmart announced it would be holding a CES keynote for the first time, we were admittedly a little skeptical. Now it all makes sense, though: America’s largest retailer came to CES 2024 in Las Vegas to talk about AI. In a joint announcement on Tuesday, the company said that it’s teaming up with Microsoft to build what it bills as AI-powered shopping experiences. In his keynote, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon described how the integration of AI across its website and apps will be used to study shopper behavior and suggest future purchases.

    As you might expect, given Microsoft’s involvement, the artificial intelligence underpinning these experiences will be powered by large language models made available through this partnership with Microsoft.

    Read the full story here.

  • Welcome to Day 3 for CES 2024!

    It's the Engadget's sixth day covering CES in Las Vegas, but somehow only the third official day of CES. The newsmill may have died down, but we'll be bringing you a bunch of news and impressions from the show floor, along with the winners of our annual Best of CES awards. Buckle in!

  • Gyroglove is a hand-stabilizing wearable for people with tremors

    A woman wearing the GyroGlove at the CES 2024, holding her hand out.
    Photo by Liviu Oprescu / Engadget

    A busy, stimulating convention like CES can exacerbate hand tremors for those living with Parkinsons. For Roberta Wilson-Garrett, however, a new wearable device has been helping keep the tremors at bay. Wilson-Garrett has been using the GyroGlove, which launched here at CES 2024. It's a hand-stabilizing glove designed to "counteract hand tremors by utilizing advanced gyroscopic technology," giving wearers more control over their mobility.

    In the few days she has been wearing the GyroGlove, Wilson-Garrett says she's been able to perform certain tasks more easily. Things like buttoning up a shirt, moving a cup of coffee around or writing down a note had become easier with the device. One morning, she had forgotten that she didn't have the glove on and grabbed her coffee, only for her hand to shake and and the drink to spill over.

    Read the full story here.

  • Next-gen MEMS ultrasonic solid-state earbud drivers will deliver the bass

    Photo by Billy Steele/Engadget

    MEMS drivers may be the next big thing in true wireless earbuds, the first models with the solid-state components still require a hybrid setup. These products pair a MEMS speaker with a dynamic driver to ensure proper bass performance. The current-gen driver from xMEMS, a California-based company that develops the audio components, is called Cowell and it's already available in earbuds from the likes of Creative and Noble Audio.

    The next-gen MEMS driver is called Cypress, and while it won't arrive in new products until 2025, we got a change to hear the difference been it and Cowell at CES 2024 — and it's quite striking.

    Read the full story here.

  • Hyundai shows off its updated S-A2 air taxi at CES 2024

    A gray and blue aircraft.

    Hyundai has debuted its new air taxi concept, the S-A2, at CES 2024 in Las Vegas. The electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle is a follow-up to the S-A1 model it introduced at the same event back in 2020. Hyundai still envisions the S-A2 as an every day transportation solution for urban areas, one that could get passengers from point A to point B a lot more quickly than if they'd traveled by car or bus and had to contend with traffic.

    Read the full story here.

  • Gaming inside Sony and Honda's Afeela concept EV at CES 2024

    Mat Smith just took a stationary ride in the Sony-Honda Afeela EV:

    "A year since Sony Honda Mobility (SHM) announced its debut EV concept, the Afeela, the company is back at CES 2024 to offer more details, more collaborations and a driving simulator.

    The name of the concept vehicle hasn’t changed since last we saw it. What is new, however, is the car's ability to be driven around with a PlayStation controller. I didn’t get to do that — it was a stunt operated by one of the company's employees — but there was a DualSense controller involved in my demo."

    You can read the full story here, or see it for yourself in our YouTube video:

  • The $2,000 ASUS ZenScreen Fold solves the biggest issue with portable monitors

    At CES 2024, ASUS announced the ZenScreen Fold, which the company claims is the world's first foldable OLED portable monitor.
    Photo by Sam Rutherford/Engadget

    Sam Rutherford has just checked out ASUS' ZenScreen Fold, an exorbitantly expensive portable monitor. Here's what he has to say:

    "When I’m away from home and don’t have access to my big desktop displays, it feels like I’m missing a limb. Unfortunately, there’s a limit to how big a portable monitor can really be. After a certain point, it’s not going to fit in a reasonably sized bag. ASUS’s ZenScreen Fold solves that problem through the use of a bendy OLED panel.

    Measuring 17.3 inches across, the ZenScreen Fold is still a far cry from the 27-inch monitors I have at home, but it’s a huge step up from typical 14 or 15-inch portable displays. And thanks to the fact that you can bend it in half, it can collapse down to something not much larger than a hardcover book and just 0.38 inches thick."

    Read the full story here.

  • A Volkswagen with ChatGPT told me a story about dinosaurs at CES 2024

    A Volkswagen in-dash tablet display shows an example of the ChatGPT integration announced at CES 2024.
    Photo by Nathan Ingraham / Engadget

    Earlier this week, Volkswagen announced plans to augment its in-car voice assistant IDA with ChatGPT. I'll admit that I initially didn't quite understand the point, but I got a chance here at CES 2024 in Las Vegas to hear about the vision for this integration from Cerence, the company that already powers the back-end of VW's voice assistant. As usual, it's a bit of a rough demo, because it's hard to exactly see how ChatGPT will help you out when you're on the road when you're instead sitting in a stationary car inside of a convention center.

    But conceptually, the idea behind bringing ChatGPT into a car is all about avoiding a "dead end" when you ask IDA something, Cerence told us. Drivers don't need to do anything different — you just say "Hello IDA" or press the voice assistant button on the driver's wheel and start talking. And if there's something that IDA doesn't know, it'll check with ChatGPT. When the voice assistant hits ChatGPT, you'll only know because the response says "According to ChatGPT" at the beginning of it.

    Read the full story here.

  • Sennheiser's Momentum 4 and Momentum Sport sound excellent

    Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4
    Photo by Billy Steele/Engadget

    Billy Steele tested out Sennheiser's latest earbuds and came away mighty impressed:

    "There's no need to mince words here: The audio performance on the Momentum True Wireless 4 is outstanding. I only listened to them for a few minutes, but I had a hard time walking away. The jazz demo tracks the company selected played to the earbuds' strengths with excellent clarity and pleasant, inviting tuning. Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) also seems to be improved as I was able to silence a noisy hotel suite at the press of a button."

    Read the full story here.

  • Urtopia's Fusion e-bike has fully integrated ChatGPT

    A grey, white and black Urtopia Fusion e-bike rests on its kickstand on the blue-carpeted CES 2024 showfloor.

    Engadget editor-at-large James Trew has tested a couple of Urtopia's high-tech ebikes, most recently the Chord. At CES 2024, the startup is back with the Fusion, a bike that has ChatGPT integrated.

    What's new is what the company calls "Jarvis" technology enabled by a smart ring (the company didn't say which one) to power the bike on, play music or activate the other tech feature, ChatGPT. You can also converse directly with ChatGPT through the built-in speaker. You may reasonably ask what ChatGPT is doing on an e-bike — the answer is that it can help you "explore new routes, get real-time information, and even engage in entertaining conversations," according to Urtopia.

    Read the full story here.

  • Clicks is a charming keyboard that’s relying on more than just nostalgia

    Clicks is a new physical keyboard for iPhone that attempts to make typing a bit more tactile.
    Photo by Sam Rutherford/Engadget

    Here's Sam Rutherford on Clicks, a case for iPhones that adds a physical keyboard to your device:

    "The original iPhone convinced me (and many others) that typing on touchscreens was the future. So the last thing I expected to test out during CES 2024 here in Las Vegas was a mobile accessory that’s trying to bring back the physical keyboard. And, while I wanted to dismiss Clicks as a thing for people who can’t let go of yesteryear, what I found was a gadget that’s solving some modern problems by taking cues from the past."

    Read the full story here.

  • Don’t call ‘em skates, because they’re Moonwalkers

    Image of Shift Robotics' Moonwalkers on a black table.
    Photo by Daniel Cooper / Engadget

    Shift Robotics, a startup spun out of Carnegie Mellon, made a splash last year with its Moonwalkers, shoes with built-in wheels that speed up human walking. The company rocked up at CES 2024 in Las Vegas with the existing Moonwalkers and its new model, the Moonwalkers X, for us to have a play with. You can read the full story here, or watch senior reporter Daniel Cooper rolling around for a few minutes in this video:

  • We tried meat from the GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker, and it was delicious

    GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker
    Photo by Billy Steele/Engadget

    Here's Billy Steele on what meat prepared in the GE Profile Smart Indoor Smoker tastes like:

    "After just a couple of hours in the Smart Indoor Smoker, the beef had noticeable flavor from the wood pellets. McGarity was also preparing a pork butt, but it still had several hours to go before it would be ready. Given my experience with outdoor smokers, even just one bite gave me a sense of what the GE Profile model was capable of. My main concern was the amount of smoke flavor it would impart, and it was great to see that the device managed infuse an ample amount in a limited time period. That bodes well for an 8- to12-hour low-and-slow smoke session."

    Read the full story here.

  • The ASUS AirVision M1 is a wearable display for multi-taskers

    Eyewear on a stand.

    ASUS has introduced quite a lengthy list of products at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, including a high-tech eyewear called the AirVision M1. It's not really a competitor to the upcoming Apple Vision Pro and the mixed reality headgears other companies debuted at the event, though. The AirVision M1 is a wearable display with the ability to generate multiple virtual screens, supposedly so that users can juggle several tasks at once. It's equipped with an FHD (1,920 x 1,080) Micro OLED display that has a 57-degree vertical perspective field of view.

    Read the full story here.

  • This ring lets you whisper to your phone, because sometimes we need to use our inside voices

    Image of the VTouch Whsp Ring, in dark grey, sat on a blue to pink ombre table.
    Photo by Daniel Cooper / Engadget

    If there’s a problem with the world of ambient computing we’re all expected to live in, it’s that you can’t really be discreet. Most commands to your voice assistant of choice have to be spoken at a volume slightly higher than you would speak to another person. That’s the societal ill VTouch, a South Korean company, has chosen to tackle with its WHSP Ring. It’s a ring with a proximity sensor and microphone that activates when you raise it to your mouth. So when you want to talk to your assistant, you can simply mutter toward your knuckle and have it understand you.

    Read the full story here.

  • Welcome to Day 2 of CES 2024

    The Engadget team has been in Las Vegas for CES since January 6, but somehow this is, officially, only Day 2 of the show. Today's all about Qualcomm, which will be holding its annual keynote at 5PM ET. Before then, we've got a bunch of news and impressions to bring you.

  • Watch Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger talk about the future of AI

    We're rounding out our day with a good ol' fashioned CES keynote. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger will take the stage to talk about all sorts of things, but mostly, we imagine, AI. Unfortunately Intel doesn't seem to have heard of YouTube, so you'll have to head to the Intel CES website to watch it.

  • The Perfecta grill uses AI to help cook a steak in 90 seconds

    Seergrills Perfecta
    Photo by Billy Steele/Engadget

    CES has increasingly become a grilling show, with companies constantly finding ways to bring more tech to your deck or patio. One company that's added a dash of AI to its spice rack is Seergrills. Its flagship model, the Perfecta, can cook a one-inch-thick ribeye steak in 90 seconds.

    Inside, dual vertical infrared burners cook both sides simultaneously, which not only expedites the process, but it also eliminates the need to flip. Seergrills says the burners top out at 1,652 degrees Fahrenheit and the unit can even ensure edges are crisp thanks to 360-degree heating. A built-in AI chef takes the desired doneness and sear level into account, calculating the proper cooking time and temp based on the food. Sensors detect the thickness of things like steak and chicken to prevent over or undercooking and the burners automatically move toward and away from foods as needed during the process.

    Read the full story here.

  • Squad Mobility’s tiny solar-powered EV is a dream for crowded cities

    Image of the Squad Mobility Car, a small solar-powered electric car, at CES.
    Photo by Daniel Cooper / Engadget

    Senior reporter Daniel Cooper has been wandering around Eureka Park evaluating the many, many startups here at CES, and found this gem of a microcar. Here's what he has to say about it:

    "EVs, like me after the holidays, have a tendency to bloat at the slightest provocation, which is why I can’t fit into those size 34 jeans. The big issue for electric cars is heavy batteries force cars to grow in size to accommodate them. Of course, the heavier the load, the more power is needed to keep going, forcing you into a vicious cycle. Even a small city car like the original Smart has, in its latest electric version, grown into a grotesque parody of its predecessor. Which is why there’s a lot of hope riding on truly small EVs, like Squad Mobility’s solar-powered car that’s designed not to grow too big to fit inside a city.

    The company was founded by Chris Klok and Robert Hoevers, who met while working on the Lightyear solar car. Klok was chief vehicle engineer of that project, while Hoevers was previously involved with NIO’s Formula E team. But they left Lightyear to help develop a small, solar-powered car that would offer affordable and clean mobility for dense cities. And while it’s just got a few prototypes to show off, like the one here at CES 2024, it’s expecting to begin production in 2025. Even better, many of its existing pre-order customers are based in the US, given the need for a car like this in those communities that exclusively rely on golf carts to get around."

    Read the full story here.

  • Rabbit R1 is an adorable AI-powered assistant co-designed by Teenage Engineering

    Rabbit R1

    One of the few genuine surprises at CES 2024 isn't even an official exhibitor. The Rabbit R1 is an adorable little device completely dedicated to running an AI built on what the company calls the Large Action Model (LAM). Where a Large Language Model (LLM) can understand you and reply to you, LAM is able to learn your actions and perform tasks like whipping up recipes, booking a vacations or finding out who sampled a song. It's definitely interesting and its Teenage Engineering design pedigree and reasonable price of $199 certainly help. Though we're still waiting to get our hands on one in real life before we get too excited.

    Read the full story here.

  • The Spacetop is a laptop that really wants to swap your screen for AR glasses

    While the bottom half of the Spacetop looks like a traditional notebook, the top half relies on tethered AR glasses to provide a 100-inch virtual display.
    Photos by Sam Rutherford/Engadget

    Right now there are a bunch of companies trying to figure out new and better ways to work on the go. Lenovo made a laptop with two displays and a detachable keyboard to help give owners additional screen space without too much added bulk. And there are headsets from Meta, Apple and others that offer a way to create a completely virtual workspace without the need for a tethered PC. But with the Spacetop, startup Sightful has come up with an in-between solution that uses the bottom of a laptop, but instead of a traditional display, it’s attached to a pair of AR glasses.

    Read the full story here.

We're reporting live from CES 2024 in Las Vegas from January 6-12. Keep up with all the latest news from the show here.