A week after our arrival in Las Vegas, it’s time to take stock of CES 2023, the biggest show dedicated to new technologies. Some trends were predictable, others more surprising.
2023 edition of CES ended on January 8. Three years after the start of Covid, things are back to normal in Las Vegas, where thousands of participants from around the world crossed paths among an endless array of connected devices. Of course, not all innovations are created equal. There have been some tempting products like the Withings urine sensor Where LED strip to learn pianobut also many amenities such as an attached shower cabin Where an Xbox controller screen. Routine for CES.
What will we remember from CES 2023? Numerama spent 6 days in Las Vegas. Here’s what to remember from the big tech show.
Virtual reality in the spotlight as Apple waits
Is CES 2023 a victim of a bubble? Or is it ahead of the next technological revolution? The number of virtual reality headsets present in the aisles of the Las Vegas show was abnormally high this year. Impossible to walk for two minutes without passing a person wearing a helmet, while we know this technology is still trying to convince in the real world. It’s not necessarily surprising for a high-tech show, but the overrepresentation of VR was indeed one of the thrills of 2023.
Among the innovations of CES 2023 in the category of virtual reality, HTC revealed its new Vive XR Elite headsetSony has proposed the first public demos of the PlayStation VR2came French startup Lynx with his mixed reality headset. Some ultra specialized brands also showed products unknown to the general public. At TCL, we even got to see real augmented reality glasses, to give a taste of the future. Finally, it was not unusual to come across accessories dedicated to virtual reality. Glovesjacket, sensor to allow its use in the car… Anything goes to increase immersion.
Yes for metaverse ? If the word was on some stalls, it was surprisingly rare (or misused, with some displaying it in bulk but talking about virtual reality). Evidence that the concept is less convincing than before, but that helmets continue to interest the market.
What should we think about this explosion of virtual reality? Unfortunately, its overrepresentation at CES means nothing. Let the tech world be swept away while Apple is expected to enter this market in the following months it is not surprising.
The linked house is still searching for itself
The arrival of the Matter standard changes everything for the connected home. In the coming months, all home automation objects should be able to interact with each other, whether you use Apple, Amazon or Google assistants. Matter aspires to simplify everything, which would already be a big step forward for this complex market.
At CES, Matter was everywhere. The connected home has rarely benefited from such a large exposure, even if we can wonder if the builders are really going in the right direction. We could see the inscription “Matter” everywhere, but for what? Most compatible products were bulbs and plugs, few brands announced updates to their existing products.
Did CES 2023 come too soon after the launch of Matter? Is this why few products have emerged that actually use the standard? Either way, the connected home is back in the spotlight.
The automobile is always more present in Las Vegas
Are car brands confusing CES with a car show? Given the number of manufacturers present in Las Vegas, this question is more legitimate than ever in 2023. At the same time, how can we blame the brands that have taken advantage of this global, and especially American, exposure to try to attract new markets?
Auto brands’ approaches aren’t all the same at CES. some, like Peugeot, reveal the concepts. others, like BMW, technology (color changing cars). While the tech giants, like Sony, are preparing to land in the automotive market. There were cars all over Las Vegas.
Of course, self-driving cars were also in the spotlight (it was not uncommon to see them on the road, we even witnessed a driverless car race). Many props have also bet on screens to occupy the passengers in the back… or VR headset.
TV was not the queen
For several years now, CES has turned into a TV show. Brands usually wait for Las Vegas to unveil their latest innovations, which usually attract visitors. In 2023, we felt a big slowdown on this side.
While there have certainly been a lot of new, often bigger TVs, the innovation hasn’t really been there. Samsung 2023 line it resembles, for example, that of 2022, even if the Korean has logically revealed thinner and larger TVs. On the other hand, there was no TV at Sony for the first time.
The only trend observed on the TV side concerns wireless. Startup Displace showed off a 55-inch battery-powered display (but that doesn’t work very well), while LG wants to eliminate the HDMI and USB ports to go wireless.
Accessibility, the good news of CES 2023
We enter the category of surprises and start with a good one. At CES 2023, several brands bet on accessibility. Numerous startup projects were presented (such as the SCEWO wheelchair, which allows a disabled person to climb up to pick something up). We might see a PlayStation controller for the disabled or an articulated arm to apply lipstick at L’Oréal.
Instead of throwing out fun but useless gimmicks to get people talking, some companies have decided to appeal to a smaller audience with high-interest products. This trend is welcome, as accessibility gains importance in the world of new technologies.
The surprise return of 3D (yes, 3D)
Who remembers the 3DS, the Nintendo console that allowed you to see in 3D without glasses? For some reason beyond us, this technology made its big comeback at CES 2023. No one asked for it, but tech manufacturers did. effect Avatarwhile the first film had already caused the 3D television market to explode, back then at CES 2010.
One of the products that made a splash in Las Vegas is signed Asus. The brand unveiled a laptop with a 3D display that uses cameras to track your eyes. Our colleagues from Fandroid were blown up from experience, even if the lack of compatible content risks burying the product. For our part, we encountered 3D TVs without glasses. It’s quite impressive when you’re in front of it, but much blurrier than with a “normal” screen.
In Las Vegas, virtual reality, the connected home and cars took over in 2023. Will the trends be the same next year? Will 3D disappear as quickly as it reappeared? The year promises to be interesting from the point of view of technological innovations.