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CES 2024: all the TVs, laptops, smart home gear, and more from the show floor

CES is where the tech industry rings in the new year. Each January, just about every corner of the industry shows up with announcements and previews that set the stage for the year to come.

Apple set the stage for virtual reality news by announcing a launch date for the Vision Pro headset, while smart home companies are trying to organize the tech that’s popping up everywhere. A wave of laptops, tablets, and handhelds powered by mobile and AI-friendly chips washed over the show floor, and the latest battle between LG and Samsung is focusing on transparent televisions.

Monday’s press conferences brought Nvidia’s RTX 4080 Super, Samsung’s rolling robot projector, MSI’s Steam Deck competitor, and a whole lot more. Tuesday’s additions included this Rabbit R1 AI gadget that is ready to run your life from one small box, an OLED monitor from Asus that’s foldable and portable, and the debut of Honda’s sleek Zero series EVs.

Since then, we’ve been checking out electric cars connecting to Wi-Fi 7, getting our nails done, and collecting the various rings of power.

The show floor officially opened on Tuesday, January 9th, and closed Friday, January 12th, in Las Vegas, Nevada. As always, The Verge’s team has been on the ground covering the event’s biggest news, before registering our best of CES lists. You can tune in below to follow along with the latest.

  • How the smart home is finally getting out of your phone and into your home

    Controlling your smart home on your TV — something Samsung’s new SmartThing’s Map View lets you do more intuitively — could make it simpler for everyone in the home to use smart devices.
    Controlling your smart home on your TV — something Samsung’s new SmartThing’s Map View lets you do more intuitively — could make it simpler for everyone in the home to use smart devices.
    Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge

    Smart connected devices like lights, locks, shades, thermostats, robot vacuums, and security cameras can make your home more convenient, safer, and sometimes kind of fun. But even if you’re all in on connecting all the things in your home, there are two things that make the smart home a tough sell for a lot of households. You need your phone to control things 80 percent of the time, and getting all these devices to work together in smart home harmony through routines and automations is often confusing and complicated.

    Thankfully, there’s finally some real momentum toward fixing these two challenges through more and better interfaces for smart home control and with smart uses of generative AI that make device automation as easy as typing what you want.

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  • Leia is building a 3D empire on the back of the worst phone we’ve ever reviewed

    Leia co-founder and CEO David Fattal, with his Red Hydrogen smartphone.
    Leia co-founder and CEO David Fattal, with his Red Hydrogen smartphone.

    A 200-person startup named after Star Wars’ Princess Leia may have quietly cornered the market on glasses-free 2D to 3D screens — after clawing its way back from one of the biggest gadget flops of the past decade.

    Remember the Red Hydrogen, the 3D phone that crashed and burned so hard its founder decided it was time to retire? Leia is the company that designed its “holographic” screen, and the company has been relatively quiet since that experience. Walking into its private hotel room suite at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, my expectations were not particularly high!

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  • I literally spoke with Nvidia’s AI-powered video game NPCs

    Nvidia’s cyberpunk ramen shop is back.
    Nvidia’s cyberpunk ramen shop is back.
    Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

    What if you could just... speak... to video game characters? Ask your own questions, with your own voice, instead of picking from preset phrases?

    Last May, Nvidia and its partner Convai showed off a fairly unconvincing canned demo of such a system — but this January, I got to try a fully interactive version for myself at CES 2024. I walked away convinced we’ll inevitably see something like this in future games.

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  • This smartwatch has the tech that sparked the Apple Watch ban

    The Masimo W1 and Freedom protoype side by side on a table.
    Masimo showed up with the Freedom (right), a prototype for a smarter watch featuring its blood oxygen tech.
    Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

    In the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard something about the Apple Watch getting banned. Something to do with a sensor, with some medical tech company accusing Apple of infringing on its patents. That medical tech company is Masimo, and it’s known within the medical community for its pulse oximetry technology, used for measuring blood oxygen levels.

    The company would also like to be known for something else: its brand-new smartwatch, which features the tech that got the Apple Watch in trouble.

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  • Wearing a German Bionic exoskeleton was an awesome and deeply weird experience.

    The German Bionic Apogee+ is designed to protect backs of medical workers lifting patients out of beds and wheelchairs. It robotically lifts 66 pounds from lower back onto hips and legs, plus adds handles for patients to grab. Hours of use from a small Makita power tool battery!

    It didn’t make me feel stronger or faster — except the new robotic spine automatically lifting me upright. It’s designed to be shared among a crew of workers for $9,900.

  • Wes Davis

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    Wes Davis

    I want the temporary tattoo printer.

    Victoria Song highlighted a lot of beauty tech she saw at this year’s CES in a Verge video from this week. You could easily blink and miss Imprintu, the temporary tattoo printer. I want one. Or I did, until I saw that it’s $249.

  • At CES, everything was AI, even when it wasn’t

    Image: Samsung

    This year at CES was the year AI took over. From large language model-powered voice assistants in cars to the Rabbit R1, the technology you heard about everywhere was AI. It was a little too much.

    It may be the year of AI at CES, but many of these “AI” features have been around for a while — it’s just that companies are only now embracing the branding of artificial intelligence. AI has entered the public consciousness: it’s cool and hip to place it front and center in a product, a sign that companies are ambitious and forward thinking. That’s led the term to be adopted wherever possible, even when it’s not strictly the AI most people know. 

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  • LG’s other transparent TV is the one I want in my living room.

    LG’s DukeBox is pitched as a modern-day jukebox, but in person, it’s got much more potential.

    A smooth-sounding 3D audio speaker with a 30-inch transparent OLED display that lets you see its retro-style insides and displays album art, the DukeBox is also a TV.

    The music controls on the screen are just for show — it’s not a touch screen. But if LG ever ships this concept product it should totally be one. It would make a gorgeous smart display.

  • The Verge Awards at CES 2024

    Vector illustration for CES 2024.
    Illustration by Samar Haddar / The Verge

    We always look forward to CES. Not just because it kicks off the year, or because it brings nearly every major tech company under one roof, or because it means a flood of new products. We love it because of the surprises: every year, without fail, there is some strange and surprising new tech that captures our attention and makes us want to tell everyone, “come look at this.”

    This year was no exception. AI took physical form, screens bent and disappeared, car platforms morphed. Even some of the more practical stuff — common standards and simple spec bumps — made a difference.

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  • The Verge’s best of CES 2024

    The Consumer Electronics Show brings thousands of visitors to Las Vegas every year to witness the latest innovations in tech — some practical and some jaw-dropping.

    Our staff was on the ground, surrounded by thousands of smart rings, vacuums, concept cars, and everything in between. However, there were just a few standouts. The Verge highlighted our favorites from the show floor in the video above. Here are a couple sneak peeks of our top picks: 

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    Emma Roth

    CES 2024 was all about interoperability beyond the smart home

    Front view of the 8-in-1 Anker orb charger with an iPhone attached to the Qi2 puck.
    The 8-1 Qi2 charger announced by Anker during CES 2024.
    Image: Nathan Edwards / The Verge

    Last year, you couldn’t mention CES without bringing up Matter. It was a pivotal year for the smart home standard, as big names like Samsung, GE, and Amazon promised better interoperability between their devices and a world of sensors, appliances, and accessories. But that promise largely started and ended with smart home tech.

    This year, things were a little different at CES: the idea of making products work nicely across ecosystems bled into other areas of the showcase and rippled across a range of different devices — even putting rivals on the same page to better serve users.

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  • I can confirm GeForce Now works better with new G-Sync support.

    The service will soon support Nvidia-blessed VRR monitors, and — if your game’s running above 40fps but struggling to hit 60 — it helps! I saw a lil less tearing and visual weirdness as I moved around in Cyberpunk.

    It’s less helpful if you’re not in the sweet spot, cuz Nvidia auto-lowers resolution when framerate goes too low. G-Sync is also exclusive to Nvidia’s Ultimate tier, but that’s the only flavor I recommend anyhow.

    Nvidia had two identical setups on display, one with G-Sync and one without. Both were running on MacBooks, BTW.
    Nvidia had two identical setups on display, one with G-Sync and one without. Both were running on MacBooks, BTW.
    Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge
  • The Razer Iskur V2 gaming chair’s “6D lumbar” isn’t just a gimmick.

    I’ve poked some fun at Razer’s me-too gaming chairs since the beginning, but the new Razer Iskur V2’s lumbar support is nice!

    I tend to lean left and right in my seat, and the “6D” lumbar comfortably tilted with me at CES. The other “Ds” are how lumbar can adjust in/out/up/down with big dials on left and right. Does it stay this comfy after hours of sitting? Here’s hoping!

    Pulling up on one side of the cushion in an attempt to show that it tilts left and right as you move.
    Pulling up on one side of the cushion in an attempt to show that it tilts left and right as you move.
    Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge
  • Screens keep getting faster. Can you even tell?

    Dell Alienware 27 360Hz QD-OLED gaming monitor (AW2725DF) on a desk.
    Dell’s Alienware 27 QD-OLED gaming monitor (AW2725DF) has an outrageous 360Hz refresh rate.
    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

    OLED monitors have gotten faster than ever. While LCD monitors have been pushing 500Hz for around a year now, CES 2024 saw similarly excessive refresh rates arrive on their OLED siblings, with multiple monitors hitting speeds of 360 and 480Hz.

    Whenever we’ve written about these monitors, commenters have quite fairly asked what the point of this all is. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time manufacturers have battled over specs with debatable benefit to customers, whether that’s the “megahertz myth” or megapixel wars of the ‘00s or, more recently, smartphone display resolution

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  • Rabbit, Ballie, and the other gadgets of CES 2024

    An illustration of the three Vergecast hosts.
    Image: Alex Parkin / The Verge

    The best gadgets at CES are the ones you’d never see coming. Not the iterative updates, where everything gets a little brighter and a little faster but nothing fundamentally changes. No, we like the E Ink toilets and the crab-walking cars and the rolling projectors that show you what’s inside your fridge. Do you need all these things? Does anyone? Will they ever go on sale? Who knows?! That’s the fun of CES.

    On this episode of The Vergecast, recorded from the Kia Connected Home right in the middle of the Las Vegas Convention Center parking lot, we discuss all the most important gadget stories from this year’s show. We talk about the Rabbit R1, which was easily the surprise hit of the show. We discuss Ballie, Samsung’s adorable robot companion, and the tough week it had giving demos. We talk Qi2 and Wi-Fi 7 and the other standards shaping the future of gadgets. And finally, we talk about the future of cars, and what it means that the inside of the car suddenly seems to matter way more than the outside.

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  • This high-tech sex toy syncs its vibes with music

    Person holding Oh! vibrator
    The Oh! by OhDoki is the company’s second interactive sex toy.
    Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

    Every once in a while, you’ll turn a corner on the CES show floor and see crowds flocking around a high-tech sex toy. This year, the one that caught my eye was The Handy, an automated masturbator — mainly because it was moving in a way I don’t expect to see in polite company, let alone a public show floor. But right next to it was the Oh!, a $149.95 toy coming later this spring that had me also saying “Oh?”

    Both sex toys are made by Norwegian sex tech company Ohdoki. The Handy, a motorized device that moves up and down to mimic masturbation for people with penises, is certainly the flashier of the two. At a glance, the Oh! is unassuming as far as vibrators go. What makes it different is how it vibrates.

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  • Apple won the CES headset game without showing up

    The Apple Vision Pro headset on display at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.
    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

    Apple isn’t at CES, but it had a huge presence anyway. On Monday, just before a string of CES keynotes were set to kick off, the company announced that its Vision Pro headset would be launching on February 2nd. Apple had already promised that the headset would launch early this year. So the stage was set for its rivals to compete by making CES 2024 a showcase of new ideas about virtual and augmented reality.

    Ultimately, that didn’t pan out. Lots of companies showed up with AR and VR tech. A lot of the headsets offered similar functionality to the Vision Pro, like an AR / VR monitor for your computer or a substitute TV. But none were as impressive a package as Apple’s headset, nor were most arriving nearly as soon.

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  • This might be the year of the smart ring

    Several J-Style Smart rings arranged in a display case at CES
    J-Style is one of the many smart rings I stumbled upon on the show floor.
    Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

    For the past few years, the Oura Ring has been the most recognizable smart ring on the market. After what I saw on the CES show floor, it’s about to get some real competition.

    The smart ring is a promising form factor, but it’s tricky to get right. It’s more discreet and comfortable for sleep tracking than a smartwatch. The underside of your finger is also a better place to take heart rate and blood oxygen readings than your wrist. The downside is that it’s challenging to create a device that’s stylish given how small and flexible the components need to be. Plus, they tend to be pricey, with fewer features than a smartwatch.

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  • I rode in a Hyundai Ioniq 5 with wheels that go sideways

    A grey hatchback lit up purple, with its wheels pointed outward from the car rather than parallel.
    Hyundai Mobis e-Cornering system, as demonstrated on a Hyundai Ioniq 5.

    When I was a boy, I wanted a Ferrari Testarossa. As a teen, I’d have told you James Bond’s tricked-out Aston Martin DB5 would be my ride of choice. Today, I have a new answer: a Hyundai Ioniq 5 with magic wheels that turn sideways.

    Because when you have four wheels that turn sideways, dear reader, tantalizing possibilities unfold.

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  • Watch this tongue-operated retainer control a phone.

    This is the first public demonstration of Augmental’s retainer-like MouthPad accessibility gadget. It can be used to control devices that support a Bluetooth mouse, including phones, tablets, computers, and even sex toys, without significantly impairing speech.

    Engadget said it’s “one of the most elegant and sophisticated” tongue-operated controllers to date after seeing a live demo at CES.

  • Samsung’s Map View looks sweet on that big smart display, I mean ... television.

    I totally believe TVs should also be smart displays for controlling your smart home; it just makes sense. So, I was intrigued to check out the new Now Plus dashboard screen, Map View, and Quick Access controls for SmartThings on Samsung TVs at CES this week.

    The three new interfaces were colorful and responsive in the demo (you control them with the TV remote). And the Quick Access Panel looks super handy. (It will also look very familiar to Apple TV users.)

    <em>The Now Plus screen surfaces cards with different data; here, it&#39;s weather, smart home devices, cameras, and energy use. You can click on each one to see more and access controls. </em>


    The Now Plus screen surfaces cards with different data; here, it's weather, smart home devices, cameras, and energy use. You can click on each one to see more and access controls.
    Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge
  • Emma Roth

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    Emma Roth

    Rabbit sells out two batches of 10,000 R1 pocket AI companions over two days

    A photo of an orange Rabbit device.
    Rabbit R1.
    Photo by David Pierce / The Verge

    The R1, the pocket-sized AI gadget from Rabbit that’s supposed to use your apps for you, has already sold out of its first batch — and its second batch, too.

    In a Wednesday post on X (formerly Twitter), the startup Rabbit announced that it sold through its first 10,000-unit production run in just one day. “When we started building r1, we said internally that we’d be happy if we sold 500 devices on launch day,” Rabbit writes. “In 24 hours, we already beat that by 20x!” The first batch of preorders is expected to start shipping in March.

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  • The Rabbit R1 is selling quick as a bunny.

    The company announced it sold out of its second round of 10,000 devices, 24 hours after the first batch sold out and barely 48 since it launched to the world. Something about the mix of ambitious AI, Teenage Engineering style, and that attainable $199 price just seems to be working for people.

    The third batch is up for preorder now, but you won’t get your R1 until at least May.

  • Dexcom’s new continuous glucose monitor is a health tech gadget with purpose

    The Dexcom Stelo CGM next to the applicator.
    The Stelo CGM will look similar to the one pictured here and is based on the Dexcom G7.
    Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

    Year in and year out, most of the blood glucose tech you see at CES are devices that may not come out for years, if ever. That’s why it was refreshing to see Dexcom roll up to CES 2024 to talk about something a bit more tangible: its forthcoming Stelo continuous glucose monitor (CGM), a wearable sensor that provides a real-time look at your blood sugar levels. Unlike most CGMs, the Stelo is specifically designed to be an affordable option for Type 2 diabetics who don’t use insulin.

    Unlike Type 1 diabetes, where a person produces little to no insulin, Type 2 diabetes is when, over time, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body becomes insulin resistant. Roughly 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed diabetics have Type 2. However, if they control their glucose levels through oral medication rather than inject insulin, they usually don’t have access to CGM devices.

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  • A set of Hyundai wheels is the best thing I saw at CES.

    Wheels that turn sideways to crab-walk into a parking spot. 360-degree spins so I don’t have to back up as often. Diagonal driving. I want this Ioniq 5 so bad.

    The chief engineer tells us they haven’t tested the tech beyond 50MPH yet — but it should hit highway speeds by 2026, could make it into EVs by 2028, and he claims it shouldn’t cost much more than a car without.