Zek and I had planned on being in Las Vegas to cover CES while Dan held down the fort from home until the coronavirus yet again derailed our best-laid plans. Long story short, Zek and I didn’t travel to Las Vegas. Even so, we wanted to work together, so we traveled, just to the opposite coast. Here is the CES 2022 gear that Zek, Dan, and I used.
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!
If there’s one thing you can count on at CES, it’s that Dell and Alienware will come out swinging with an impressive lineup of computers in both their consumer and gaming lines. This year is no exception, so whether you’re heading into 2022 thinking it’s time to up your laptop game, upgrade your monitors, or finally get that gaming setup you need to beat the neighbor’s kid in Fortnite, you’re set with Dell and Alienware’s bold and exciting new devices! Anyone who knows even the slightest bit about gaming knows of Alienware. They’re extending their dominance in the space with…
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.
CES 2022 may not have been the CES we were all hoping for, but it still brought much news. Often lost in the “big” announcements is the work of accessory companies who make our devices even better. Scosche had lots of new products to share, including two new Scosche MagicMount solutions for car use and power solutions for every situation.
With two kids, I know how imperative phone protection is. Preventing accidental drops is one way to keep them from cracking. The grip-less cell accessory, HANDL, has launched its new Apple MagSafe compatible magHANDL series.
Last year at CES, John Deere showcased how technology and sustainability drive modern farming, but this year they took things to a whole new level. 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. https://jd-ces-2022.s3.amazonaws.com/media-resources/videos/05010_Experience_Farmer_3-Screen_v010.mp4
Smart home technology is everywhere these days, and Moen is making it clear that they are the leaders in smart water technology. The Moen Smart Faucet with Motion Control has new touchless technology to control the water’s temperature and flow with simple hand motions or voice commands through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The Moen Smart Water Network is a whole-home ecosystem of products that, when working together, provide complete control over the water in one’s home.
TCL Mobile has quietly built its mobile offerings into quite the powerhouses. They have made some very impressive phones and tablets in the past few years, and this year they’re expanding with carrier-specific phones, big leaps forward in the world of tablets, and even jumping into the laptop world!
Cleaning robots seem to keep getting better doing more and more jobs. Smart home robotics company ECOVACS unveiled its ultra-premium family of robot vacuums at CES; the DEEBOT X1 series boasts the most automated and advanced cleaning robots to date.
The NETGEAR Meural Canvas II is a digital frame made to elegantly display your NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) in your home. Starting in January, Meural owners will have the ability to connect their MetaMask crypto wallet directly from the Meural web platform, which is a straightforward way to choose which NFTs to display on your Meural.
Do you often bring your lunch to work or school? It’s so much better to bring your own food than to dine out or pick up fast food, but it’s usually so inconvenient! I’ll bet that you hate having to microwave your leftovers or prepped foods (it makes them so dry!), or even worse, eating them cold. If that’s the case, you probably ought to check out Steambox; it’s a new way to keep your packed meals hot and delicious with steam.
Lenovo Legion might sound like a small army of robots from a science fiction movie, but it’s actually Lenovo’s line of impressive gaming laptops, desktops, and accessories. They have new laptops in the form of the Legion 5i/5 Pro, Legion 5, and the Legion 5i, plus monitors, keyboard, and mice to bring your gaming to the next level!
Whether you’re planning on upgrading your computing power with some new Lenovo devices, or you just need to refresh some of your accessories and peripherals, Lenovo has a slew of new monitors, mice, and other accessories designed to make your 2022 start with a bang!
You have LED string lights, bendable tubes with LED lights, and under-shelf mounted LED lights, but do you have Twinkly Dots? Twinkly Dots are pill-shaped, matte LED bulbs that can diffuse 16 million colors at 360º; you can wrap them around things or stick them to surfaces using the included adhesive pads, and they look fantastic.
Lenovo is synonymous with quality computers. They make devices for every budget and use case, and they’re consistently raising the bar for themselves. This year’s crop of new computers brings further innovation and power to Lenovo’s family of PCs, so brace your wallets and get excited!
One of the most interesting parts of CES each year is seeing the innovations in health and wellness. It’s a chance to showcase both the big technological leaps in health as well as the opportunity for smaller companies to show how they’re looking to make our lives better. The Elidah ELITONE is a device aimed at women to solve an issue that many women won’t talk about: pelvic floor disorders.
Televisions have come a very long way in a relatively short period of time. Just a few years ago, the idea of a flat-screen television was science fiction, but they have quickly become the default in how we consume our entertainment. LG is taking television even further with their new announcements at CES 2022, including the new 97″ LG OLED G2, interactive features, and more!
If there’s one thing we’ve learned after a prolonged pandemic, it’s the increased importance of a good television in our everyday lives. Well, hopefully, we’ve also learned the importance of washing hands regularly, but two years of binge-watching has definitely led to a new love for the glowing box that streams the world to our living rooms. If you think it’s time to improve your setup, Hisense has you covered with some amazing new announcements at CES 2022.
WHOOSH! products make it easy to keep your devices and displays sparkling clean. Their products don’t contain harsh ingredients that can be harmful to you or your device, and their products are designed to be safe for you, your screen, and the environment. Now, they are getting even more eco-friendly with concentrated refills for their reusable bottles and cartridges.
Twinkly makes light solutions that can be used year-round in a variety of settings; their new generation LED light strings are easily configured with smartphone apps using WiFi and Bluetooth, and their latest offerings are the Twinkly Line and the Twinkly Flex.