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Kickoff for CES 2024, the high techno mass

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The innovations of CES 2024 (here a Phantom tactile feedback glove) are exhibited on more of 230,000 square meters, an area 15% larger than that of the 2023 event.

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More than 130,000 technophiles are expected to converge on Las Vegas on Tuesday to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), this annual technology event which runs until January 12. The 2024 event promises a host of innovations powered by artificial intelligence.

No other event in the world connects all of the ecosystem of the technology sector like CES, underlined in a press release Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which organizes CES 2024.

On the program, some 4,000 exhibiting companies and 1,200 start-ups will unveil their most recent innovations on the major themes of artificial intelligence, human security, mobility and development durable.

More specifically, people can expect new developments related to virtual reality, smartphones, self-driving cars, smart homes and many other, sometimes unusual, gadgets, some of which may never come to market.

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It is expected that announcements from the automotive industry will be more sober this year, due to the strike by workers in this sector in the United States. Honda, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Hyundai have still confirmed their presence, as have Amazon, Intel, TomTom and Microsoft, who promise new technological developments for the car.

Home automation will be popular, particularly because of artificial intelligence. Samsung will also focus its conference on this theme, and intends to unveil household appliances and everyday objects powered by this technology. Same story with LG, which plans to demonstrate its AI domestic robot for the smart home.

With the planned release in United States on February 2 of the Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset, it is likely that several kiosks will show their advances in immersive technologies.

The cosmetics company L'Oréal will be one to watch, as it has been surprising for several years with stylish and innovative beauty gadgets.

If the public does not is invited that on Tuesday in Las Vegas, companies have already started their announcements during the weekend. Here are a few that turn heads.

Transparent TVs

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LG has revealed a 77-inch (196cm) wireless transparent OLED display with 4K resolution that rolls up into a case when a button is pressed. As for Samsung, the company has lifted the veil on three transparent televisions, including one with an OLED screen, a MicroLED and an LCD, without bases or frames.

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Smart locks and biometrics

Philips and Lockly present all both new ways to get home with smart locks sometimes equipped with facial recognition, sometimes with a palm reader.

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Philips unveils its Palm Recognition Smart Deadbolt Wi-Fi smart lock.

Philips is banking on a device equipped with a key lock and a number pad, but also a palm digitizer that can record up to 50 different vein patterns to unlock a door, regardless of the age of the person. the person, or if their hands are dirty. The lock, which also serves as a doorbell, will retail for $360 US ($480 CA) and will be available in the first half of 2024.

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The Lockly Visage smart lock uses facial recognition to unlock.

Lockly goes a little further by offering, in addition to the lock with key, the fingerprint reader and a number keyboard, facial recognition. Coming home is the same way you unlock a smartphone: without using your hands.

The device can store up to 27 ;to 100 different faces, and unlocks the door in less than 1.5 seconds, according to the company.

New AI button on PCs

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Windows 11 PCs and Surface devices launched this spring will be entitled to a new feature: a keyboard key to access Copilot, this artificial intelligence assistant from Microsoft. According to the company, this is the first significant change to the Windows PC keyboard in almost three decades.

As is the case for the start menu, pressing the Copilot button will allow the user to make requests to the AI ​​tool.

Keyboard accessory for iPhone

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Clicks accessory adds a physical keyboard to the iPhone.

Clicks, a British company, is presenting an iPhone accessory at CES that promises to transform it into… BlackBerry. It is a functional mechanical keyboard in the form of a shell that wraps around the smartphone, without covering the screen.

The keyboard, which can be backlit, connects to the iPhone not via Bluetooth, but via its Lightning or USB-C port (for iPhone 15 and above).

A smart bidet

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The new version of Kohler's PureWash E930 toilet seat can receive voice commands.

For the sum of US$2,150 (CA$2,870), the American company Kohler offers you to… talk to your bidet. Its PureWash E930 device, introduced in Las Vegas, is a toilet seat that responds to voice commands. These allow, using Alexa or Google Home voice assistants, to activate the bidet jet, the hot air dryer or the UV self-cleaning mode.

The device also detects movements to open and close its lid without hands.

The 7 notable technological innovations of CES 2023

With information from Engadget and The Verge

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