Gear Diary’s Best of CES 2022 Awards

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After spending countless hours scouring the latest press releases, sitting through virtual embargoed showcases on new products, planning to be in Vegas, and once again having to attend virtually, we’ve found that the best-laid plans don’t always work out. Even so, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most innovative and exciting tech that came out of CES while trying to stay away from products that won’t ship or become available in 2022. So, without further ado, we present Gear Diary’s Best of CES 2022 Awards!

Gear Diary's Best of CES 2022

Withings Body Scan

Withings Body Scan

Smart scales continue to get more intelligent, and none is more advanced than the $299.95 Withings Body Scan, which provides daily analysis and record of biomarkers associated with common health conditions. Not only can the Body Scan monitor segmental body composition, heart rate, and vascular age, it also provides measurements that will assess nerve activity and heart rhythm using a 6-lead ECG. With a tool like this in your arsenal, it has never been easier to take proactive control over your health!

Doctors specializing in cardiovascular, neurologic, and metabolic conditions developed the Withings Body Scan. It is expected to be available in the second half of 2022, following CE and FDA clearance. Available in black or white, the Body Scan will come with a three-month subscription to Withings health and wellness programs.

Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra

Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra set up near a living space wall

The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra has a new Empty/Wash/Fill/Dock that will mean much less manual maintenance for owners.

An auto-refill function allows the S7 MaxV Ultra to mop up to 3,227 square feet, which is 50% more than its predecessors, while the bin’s dust bag can hold up to seven weeks of dust and debris. The mop gets automatically scrubbed during and after cleaning sessions, so it’s ready to go the next time. The dock also self-cleans during the mop washing process to keep it well-maintained.

Combining the power of an RGB camera, a 3D structured light, and an all-new neural processing unit, the S7 MaxV Ultra can more accurately identify objects in its path so it can quickly adapt to clean around them, even in the dark. It can recognize and position furniture in the Roborock app, allowing users to quickly clean around certain areas with a simple tap of an icon in the app.

The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra will be available in the second quarter of 2022 for $1399.99.

Elidah ELITONE

Elitone

The Elidah ELITONE is a device aimed at women to solve an issue that many women won’t talk about: pelvic floor disorders. Sometimes pelvic floor disorders can require surgery, and sometimes it can be treated with physical therapy and similar exercises.

ELITONE is designed to make those exercises more accessible and effective by stimulating your muscles. It comprises a gel pad and a controller and runs a 20-minute long muscle stimulation program that can be done while you’re going about your day.

The ELITONE Starter Kit is $399 for the device and 2 GelPad packs (so 10 GelPads in total); the ELITONE Bundle is $503, which is the device plus six gel pads (so 30 GelPads in total). The bundles, plus extra gel pads, are all available on their online store. Note that it is HSA/FSA eligible, which definitely takes the sting out of the cost!

Oral-B iO10 with iOSense

Oral-B iO10 with iOSense

The Oral-B iO10 with iOSense is an electric toothbrush that offers an intuitive and connected experience; it provides real-time insights and feedback regarding your brushing time, amount of pressure used, and mouth coverage each time you clean your teeth. An LED will even light up, letting you know when the brush head needs to be replaced based on your usage.

Built into the charging base are a clock and a timer that will help you brush for the dentist-recommended two minutes with a graphical display on the sections of the mouth that you should be focusing on.

With live coaching built right into the charging base, the Oral-B iO10 with iOSense technology has seven different cleaning modes and a Smart Pressure Sensor to help keep your gums healthy and protected.

We don’t have price information yet, but you can learn more about it and get on the iO10 VIP waitlist to purchase by clicking here.

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 (Photo courtesy of GadgetMatch)

Lenovo is never afraid to try new formats, and they have definitely come up with an interesting one with the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3! It’s a 17.3″ laptop with an ultra-wide 21:10 aspect ratio on the primary 3072×1440 display, but that’s not all.

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is the first 17.3″ laptop to offer a built-in 8″ secondary full-color LCD touch-enabled 800×1200 display, which allows you to multitask at your mobile workstation productively.

You can use that extra screen for referencing other materials, for drawing, as a calculator, for mirroring your smartphone, or for secretly playing minesweeper in meetings; the possibilities are endless!

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 will be available in May 2022, starting at just $1,399.

Cleer ALPHA Wireless ANC Headphones

Cleer Alpha Wireless in midnight blue

The $249.99 Cleer ALPHA Wireless ANC headphones have large, soft ear cups that will already do an excellent job blocking ambient noise. Add in the active noise cancellation, which Cleer does an exceptional job implementing, and you have headphones that will let you shut out the world and enjoy your tunes. Cleer ALPHA also has an ambient mode, so you can let the world in when you want to.

The 40mm ironless drivers are patented and “produce bold and articulate Hi-Res sound. Bluetooth 5.1 with Qualcomm aptXTM Adaptive high-quality music streaming.” Adding spatial audio into the mix makes the listening experience even better.

Best of all, they can get up to 35 hours of playback, with ANC on, per charge! With a quick, ten-minute recharge, you’ll get up to four more hours of listening enjoyment.

Twinkly Dots

Gear Diary's Best of CES 2022 Awards

Twinkly Dots are the first app-controlled LED string on the market with a miniaturized design that removes the need for the bulky profile of the LED strings we’re used to seeing. The nearly invisible wires make Twinkly Dots extremely light, flexible, and discreet; they’re also the first Twinkly product available in a USB-powered, totally portable version.

With the refined look and feel of high-end decorator lights, Twinkly Dots are as versatile and easy to use as classic LED strings lights, but you can create exciting and more refined ways to illuminate your spaces with them.

Through the Twinkly smartphone app, you can detect the exact position of each Twinkly light and fully customize them with effects, shading, and animation; you can also pick and edit premade effects in the gallery or download new ones, or you can create your own effects.

You configure the dots through Wi-FI or Bluetooth; you can control them through the iOS or Android Twinkly app or with your favorite voice-activated digital assistants, including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Homey.

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Twinkly Dots are available now in three sizes, including 10′ (60 LEDs) for $49.99, 33′ (200 LEDs) for $114.99, and 66′ (400 LEDs).

Steambox

Gear Diary's Best of CES 2022 Awards

Steambox is a new way to keep your packed meals hot and delicious with steam. With only a touch of a button or a swipe on your phone, you’re just 15 minutes away from a hot, delicious, and nutritious meal. Steambox’s rechargeable system can heat up to three meals on a single charge.

Steambox has a svelte design with a modern appearance and a 100% natural bamboo wood cover, so you won’t even look like you’re brown-bagging it! You can heat almost any kind of food with the Steambox, including veggies, rice, pasta, potatoes, chicken, meat, fish, soups, and other types of food and meals. You can also follow recipes, track calorie intake, and start specific steaming programs through the connected app.

The Steambox’s body is made of PC-ABS (polycarbonate), with a food-grade BPA-free food container made of stainless steel and an inner lid made from silicone. The Steambox measures 10.5″ long by 6.5″ wide by 3.5″ deep; it weighs 3.9 pounds when empty.

The Steambox is available for pre-order for $229, and it is expected to ship starting in April.

Arlo Security System

Gear Diary's Best of CES 2022 Awards

The Arlo Security System is designed to be simple to install and even easier to use. At the center of the system are a discreet, first-of-its-kind, all-in-one multi-sensor that measures just 1.1″ across and a security hub with an integrated, backlit keypad for easy use when it’s day or night.

The small, unassuming multi-sensors can be configured for a range of security purposes, including recognizing motion, door/window openings and tilt, water leaks, light/temperature changes, and T3 and T4 smoke/CO alarm patterns.

The multi-sensors are very compact, and they can be placed anywhere without hardwiring. That means you get security not only from home invaders but also from silent killers, such as smoke and carbon monoxide.

As you would expect, the new Arlo Security System works perfectly with existing or added Arlo security camera devices, the Arlo App, and Arlo Secure subscription service. Together, all the parts of the new system promise excellent security and the ability to monitor your home more closely than ever.

We don’t have the final word yet on pricing or a launch date for the Arlo Security System, but we will update once it is available.

John Deere Autonomous Tractor

Last year at CES, John Deere showcased how technology and sustainability drive modern farming, but they took things to a whole new level this year. Building upon 20 years of self-driving technology that still required a farmer to supervise what was happening from the tractor, the John Deere Autonomous Tractor is now a reality. This futuristic tractor will not require human supervision in the cab, freeing up time and helping farmers work more efficiently.

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The John Deere Autonomous Tractor combines an 8R Tractor, a TruSet-enabled chisel plow, a GPS guidance system, and new advanced technologies so that farmers can be more efficient in their harvest duties, which is one of the most stressful times for farmers.

During the fall harvest, a farmer’s focus must be on gathering their crops as efficiently as possible and ensuring that these crops are protected until they can be transported for sale. Concurrent with harvesting, they also have to till the fields to put excess plant-based nutrients back into the soil to ensure a successful crop the following year.

With skilled labor being so hard to find and time being of the essence, the John Deere Autonomous Tractor can step in and ease the tillage pressure on the farmer. After harvesting their field, the farmer can activate the tractor, which will handle the tillage job for them.

Each John Deere Autonomous Tractor has six pairs of stereo cameras that create a 360-degree view so the tractor can always see what’s going on in the field. With the tractor set for autonomous operation, the tractor continuously checks its position relative to a geofence, ensuring it is operating where it is supposed to, with accuracy within less than 1?. The farmer can oversee and make adjustments as needed through a connected app.

Think about it; this can only relieve some of the stress on the world’s farmers, giving them a better quality of life so they can continue providing us with the food and fiber that we need and can’t grow ourselves.

Piana Tech E/SMART Fabric

Likely, you don’t give much thought to the amount of polyurethane foam in our everyday lives. Everything from our beds to chairs to cars and airplanes is stuffed full of PU foam. It’s not recyclable, and when it hits the end of its life, we just dump it in a landfill. But there may be a better option soon available with the reusable Piana Technology E/Smart Fiber.

Non-woven Piana Technology E/Smart Fiber improves upon foam fabrics in several ways. One, it’s lightweight and built to orient the fibers vertically, which basically makes it stronger, more supportive, and more breathable than traditional foam materials.

This also allows Piana to integrate digital sensors in the fiber; the fiber products can then be used in contexts like long-term care facilities where monitoring for movement can help prevent bedsores and other complications.

But that’s not the only reason E/Smart is so interesting. It’s also easily refurbished, meaning that if it’s used for a while and the seats or material are worn, it can be sent back to Piana Tech, refreshed, and put back into circulation as fresh fiber again.

Piana Technology has been chiefly known for its business-to-business work, but they’re expanding into working with consumers with E/Smart foam.

AnkerWork B600 Video Bar

Gear Diary's Best of CES 2022 Awards

The AnkerWork B600 Video Bar has an all-in-one design that belies the powerful AI-powered noise reduction, [email protected] video, and other features that it offers. With FOV adjustment, autofocus, and image enhancement, the B600 Video Bar is packed with the latest technologies.

The B600 video bar offers a tight integration of a video camera, speakers, a microphone array, and a dimmable key light to brighten your calls. All of that functionality is packed into a small device that takes little to no space and helps keep desks and workstations neat and organized.

The AnkerWorks B600 Video Bar arrives this month, priced at $219.99.

Moen Smart Faucet with Motion Control

Gear Diary's Best of CES 2022 Awards

The Moen Smart Faucet with Motion Control can be controlled by voice, using digital voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, through the smartphone app, handle, or touchless sensor with enhanced gesture controls.

You can tell the Moen Smart Faucet to dispense metered amounts of water in metric and non-metric measurements from one tablespoon up to 15 gallons! You can also ask it to give exact or generic temperature commands like “105 degrees,” “hot water,” and “cold water.” You can even combine metered requests with temperature requests, like “1/2 cup of 105-degree water” or “two ounces of hot water.”

We can think of so many different ways that this would be handy!

Prices for the Moen Smart Faucet start at $694.65 and go to $1057.10.

And there you have it! Did you see something else at CES that wowed you? Or do you agree with our Best of CES 2022 picks? Let us know in the comments!

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.