CES 2024: All the things revealed to this point, from Nvidia and Sony to the weirdest reveals and useful AI

CES 2024 is right here! The TechCrunch workforce is in Las Vegas this week to soak up all the motion and decipher what it means to you. You already know what we’re expecting, so sit again, calm down and keep tuned all through the week as we deliver you the merchandise, bulletins and startup information that you must know.

Kicking off the primary day had been some larger bulletins from corporations, together with Nvidia, LG, Sony and Samsung. These livestreams have ended, but you can watch most of their archives and catch up right here. And with the occasion nonetheless ongoing, and the present ground open, here’s how you can follow along with our team’s coverage.

Or, to dive into every day’s updates immediately, you’ll be able to comply with these hyperlinks:

Friday, January 12

One other desktop CNC mill

Coast Runner CNC mill shown at CES 2024

Coast Runner CNC mill proven at CES 2024. Picture Credit: Haje Kamps 

Earlier within the week, Haje Jan Kamps took a better take a look at Rownd. Then he discovered Coast Runner, a brand new entrant within the desktop CNC milling trade. This firm, Haje writes, is promising to make the expertise accessible to everybody, from professionals to hobbyists and is breaking down the obstacles of conventional CNC milling with a concentrate on energy, compact measurement and, most significantly, training.

Fairness talks CES

In at present’s Equity, Alex Wilhelm and Mary Ann Azevedo are joined by Kirsten Korosec and Haje Jan Kamps to debate, amongst different issues, a few of the cool stuff that got here out of CES, together with this Bane-style maskChatGPT in vehicles and eVTOLs.

Thursday, January 11

Sensible pepper spray 444 is again

Haje Jan Kamps is taking one other take a look at 444, a smart pepper spray startup he had written about at CES 2023. 444, he writes, is again once more, now with a Mace partnership below its belt and about to start out manufacturing.

Matter-compatible gadgets


Nanoleaf’s new Matter-compatible indoor mild strips. Picture Credit: Nanoleaf

With all the collaboration — and CES bulletins — between high digital corporations to get Matter, the good house networking protocol, off the bottom, 2024 could be Matter’s best year yet. Kyle Wiggers has a listing of the gadgets to indicate us why.

From voice synthesis to safer telephones for youths, listed here are some really useful AI merchandise at CES

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After seeing all of the examples of synthetic intelligence baked into the cubicles of CES, Devin Coldewey put collectively a list of gadgets, products and software he thought really may do some good.

Additionally, Haje Jan Kamps writes in regards to the MMGuardian, a smartphone produced in collaboration with Samsung that’s tapping into the ability of AI to make cellphone use safer for youths and youngsters.

Is hydrogen making a comeback?

Harri Weber and Sean O’Kane talk about the examples of hydrogen-power autos (TechCrunch+ gets into that too) on the CES ground and why it’s now a well-liked alternative energy after previously fizzling out. Or, they write, “is it yet another example of companies making promises at CES that they won’t be able to keep?”

Polestar makes guarantees

polestar apple carplay

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Kirsten Korosec caught up with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath who mentioned the integration of the Google built-in, a branded product that embeds Google apps and companies immediately into the corporate’s EVs. Don’t fear, Ingenlath says the EV maker isn’t dropping Android Auto or Apple CarPlay because of this.

Can’t take my eyes off of you in video calls

EyeQ shown off at CES 2024

eyeQ proven off at CES 2024. Picture Credit: Haje Kamps (opens in a new window)TechCrunch

With cameras in other places, it’s typically tough to take care of eye contact with somebody on video calls. There’s AI for that, nonetheless, one firm is taking a special strategy. EyeQ is growing a device that attaches to your laptop and, by means of the usage of a mirror, lets you keep eye contact with the particular person you’re chatting with, even whereas your display screen.

From TechCrunch+: Hyundai talks hydrogen, Siri must get smarter

Chemical formula for hydrogen is displayed on a Hyundai fuel filler door.

A Hyundai Motor Co. Nexo gas cell electrical car displayed on the 2021 Ulsan Worldwide Hydrogen Power Exhibition & Discussion board (H2WORLD) in Ulsan, South Korea, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. South Korea will minimize costs of liquefied pure fuel wanted to provide hydrogen for gas cell autos for 3 years to encourage utilization of the expertise. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg by way of Getty Photographs

As Tim De Chant notes, Hyundai has invested in hydrogen gas cells for many years, however it has additionally been one of the more successful legacy automakers at navigating the electrical transition. So it’s odd now that an organization with a lot momentum on its facet would throw a hydrogen Hail Mary at CES.

In the meantime, Haje Jan Kamps had loads of time to ponder how Siri works whereas driving to Las Vegas. He shares some areas the place Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, is being left within the mud by its opponents.

Whispp provides a voice to individuals who can’t communicate

Whispp is working to vary the sport for people with speech problems and voice disabilities, bringing voice containers into the present millennium with its groundbreaking AI-powered assistive speech and phone-calling app. The corporate launched its latest phone-calling feature that converts whispered and vocal cord-impaired speech right into a consumer’s pure voice in actual time.

Rownd designs a greater tabletop CNC lathe

Rownd CNC lathe at CES 2024 in Las Vegas

Rownd CNC lathe at CES 2024 in Las Vegas. Picture Credit: Rownd

Haje Jan Kamps was conserving tabs on Rownd’s new tabletop CNC lathe and acquired to see it in motion this week. He writes that what units Rownd Lathe aside isn’t just its comparatively inexpensive {hardware} (the machine retails at round $5k) however the accompanying software program that democratizes the design course of, enabling newbies to simply create or make the most of pre-made designs from the open-source Rownd Library. Watch it craft a chess pawn.

Wednesday, January 10

Zoe Care provides one other tackle fall detection

Zoe Care smart plug

Zoe Care good plug. Picture Credit: Zoe Care

Devin Coldewey discovered what Zoe Care was doing in the area of fall detection and aged autonomy fascinating. The corporate makes use of current Wi-Fi alerts (and the way in which our our bodies change how Wi-Fi reception works) to detect people and their actions.

Not like the Serenity desktop fall detection network we mentioned earlier this week, Zoe’s system doubles as a wise plug, and makes use of a sensor to assemble and analyze Wi-Fi alerts. If a fall is detected, these alerts are translated into alerts on a cell utility. Overlaying as much as 800 sq. ft., only one system can safe a number of rooms and even a complete ground, making it an environment friendly, cost-effective resolution.

WTF is a ‘software-defined vehicle?’

A red car illustration with a loading bar on the windshield.

A pink automobile illustration with a loading bar on the windshield. Picture Credit: Lyudinka/Getty Photographs (modified by TechCrunch)

That’s the query Harri Weber got down to reply after listening to the phrase uttered all around the CES ground. In it’s most easiest definition, it’s a vehicle defined by software. Nonetheless, as Harri spoke with numerous consultants, we be taught the time period can imply numerous issues. Go contained in the journey to search out out why that is such a well-liked automotive buzzword.

The weirdest tech of CES 2024 (to this point)

LG's Home AI Agent

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One factor is constant all through each CES: bizarre and sudden devices and gizmos seem from sudden locations. We have a rundown of some of the most noteworthy products and services here, which embrace costly binoculars with birdwatching AI, voice-absorbing muzzles, pay-as-you-go toilet entry and a router that tries to suit your aesthetic.

$2,000 earbuds, silent speech and AI-powered wearable jewellery

Breggz $2,000 premium earbuds

Picture credit: Haje Kamps / TechCrunch

Past the outright unusual merchandise and platforms, there are some hidden gems amid the massive cubicles and title manufacturers at CES. Our personal Haje Jan Kamps has highlighted a number of already that stand out from the group. He gave Breggz’s $2,000 earbuds a listen and found they really ship on their worth level for audio perfectionists. He took a look at Augmental’s impressive ambitions to create accessible interfaces that may accommodate for unvoiced communication. And he explored Nowatch’s purposeful fitness tracker that makes use of AI to maintain you conscious of your well being objectives with out overly stressing you out.

Tuesday, January 9

Hyundai exhibits off its eVTOL, air taxi ambitions

supernal evtol hyundai

Picture Credit: Kirsten Korosec

Supernal’s electrical vertical takeoff and touchdown (eVTOL) plane acquired a showcase from its dad or mum firm Hyundai Motor Group on the bottom in Las Vegas, because the so-named S-A2 strikes nearer to its deliberate 2028 launch for shuttling passengers. Head here for a full rundown on the aircraft, and the challenges in increasing airborne mobility.

This supply bot handles stairs with ease

Mobinn delivery robot ascends stairs at CES 2024

Picture Credit: Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch

Mobinn, a brand new spinoff from Hyundai, is taking to CES to indicate off how its new supply robotic can use its versatile wheels to navigate stairs and modifications in elevation to drop off deliveries, with checks already being performed in Korea. Climb aboard the full story here.

Walmart debuts AI-powered instruments, options and a drone

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Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon shared some new applied sciences the retail big has been engaged on, together with augmented actuality (AR), drones, generative synthetic intelligence, and different AI tech meant to enhance the purchasing expertise for purchasers. Inside the presentation had been some new instruments for managing product search and replenishment and a brand new beta AR social commerce platform known as “Shop with Friends.” Get the scoop on all of the new products.

OneCourt lets those that are blind ‘see’ the sport

Picture Credit: Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch

Put this in a single within the “thoughtful” class. OneCourt, a startup based by current College of Washington graduates, debuted a lap-top miniature field that allows somebody who’s blind or with low imaginative and prescient really feel the place of sports activities gamers and the ball in close to actual time. The OneCourt workforce takes this data and transmits it to a haptic show with a touchable cowl imitating the pitch or discipline strains. See how it works.

rabbit jumps on the likelihood to clarify how its r1 is totally different from different digital assistants

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Devin writes that the thought behind the $200 rabbit r1 is easy: “it lets you keep your phone in your pocket when you need to do some simple task like ordering a car to your location, looking up a few places to eat where you’re meeting friends, or finding some lodging options for a weekend on the coast. Instead of pulling out your phone, unlocking it, finding the app, opening it, and working your way through the UI (so laborious!), you pull out the r1 instead and give it a command in natural language.” Now hop over to the story for more.

All electrical autos, on a regular basis — Honda, VinFast, Google Maps

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First, we’ve your take a look at Honda’s upcoming 0 series electrical autos that may be a skinny and light-weight tackle what Harri writes has usually been a thick and heavy EV pattern. The automaker teased two idea autos, the Saloon and Area-Hub, and stated the primary business mannequin in its 0 collection EV lineup will launch in North America in 2026. Get a look at the specs and more.

Subsequent, Vietnamese EV startup VinFast is stepping into the electric pickup truck sport with the reveal of a brand new idea known as the VF Wild. The truck can have midsize pickup dimensions, and a folding mid-gate to permit the five-foot mattress to show into one thing functionally nearer to an eight-foot mattress (when the rear seats are down). Not a lot else is thought for the time being. The corporate additionally formally introduced plans to start out promoting its smallest EV, the VF3, outdoors of Vietnam. Learn more.

In the meantime, Google has a new feature for EV drivers to trace and show real-time battery data in Google Maps. The characteristic is on the market in EVs with Android Auto, a secondary interface that runs on the consumer’s cellphone and wirelessly communicates and tasks options like navigation, media and messaging from their Android-based smartphone to the car show. From right here, Android Auto shares real-time battery data with Google Maps. Find what your looking for here.

For Google and Samsung, sharing is caring

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Google and Samsung introduced they’re combining their sharing options right into a singular cross-Android resolution below the Quick Share title. The brand new providing grows the community of gadgets that customers can share content material with throughout the Android ecosystem, together with Chromebooks. By integrating Google’s Close by Share and Samsung’s Fast Share, the 2 experiences create “the best default, built-in-option for peer-to-peer content sharing” throughout all forms of gadgets within the Android and Chromebook ecosystems, in line with the businesses. Google additionally introduced that it’s working with PC producers like LG to broaden Fast Share to Home windows PCs as a pre-installed app. Quick Share will start rolling out to current Nearby Share–enabled devices next month.

These devices assist with well being monitoring from house — Serenity, Vivoo, Tack One

Cherish Well being’s Serenity. Picture Credit: Haje Kamps (opens in a new window)TechCrunch

First, Serenity is exhibiting off its fall-detection system for the primary time at CES. It’s straightforward to make use of — simply plug it in, no app or configurations required. It makes use of superior radar expertise and AI to trace as much as two people inside a 40-foot vary, even by means of partitions, and affords detailed details about somebody’s actions. See how Serenity’s technology sets it apart.

Subsequent, Vivoo, an organization providing a broad vary of at-home checks, launched a brand new take a look at that may detect urinary tract infections (UTIs). Vivoo’s At-Home UTI Test streamlines the diagnostic course of for UTIs and makes use of your cellphone’s digicam to report and analyze the colour readout of the take a look at strips. It then provides recommendation and context for the readings in its free app.

In the meantime, Tack One, a Singapore-based startup, unveiled the brand new technology of its Tack GPS Plus, an AI-powered location expertise system to assist be sure that your children, aged dad and mom and pets are protected. Right here’s what’s new: longer battery life and subscription charges ranging from $2.95 month-to-month for a two-year subscription plan.

The startup launched its GPS tracker in 2021 to deal with the ache level of the quick battery life in the marketplace and decrease the monitoring service price, making location monitoring extraordinarily inexpensive. Tack One’s battery lasts 30 days on a single cost and a patent-pending indoor elevation finder characteristic. Find out more on the specs and pricing.

Get a take a look at Skyted’s voice-capturing masks

Skyted’s voice capturing masks. Picture Credit: Haje Kamps

You examine Skyted’s voice-capturing mask final week, now see what it looks like in real life.

“We launched a mobile application that will give you information about how big your ‘sound bubble’ is. If, for example, you’re sitting in an airplane, you don’t want the person next to you to hear what you’re saying,” says Gauthier Daridon, connectivity engineer at Skyted, in an interview with TechCrunch at CES in Las Vegas. “So our application will explain that you are ‘perceptible’ and ‘intelligible’ at certain distances.” Get more of the scoop on how it works.

Amazon’s AI-related enhancements

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Amazon says it will likely be the primary firm to help Matter Casting, the video- and audio-beaming characteristic of the Matter good house commonplace, on its good shows and good TVs. When it involves Amazon’s Prime Video app for Android and iOS, customers will have the ability to forged content material to supported Amazon gadgets — beginning with the Echo Show 15 — by tapping the brand new devoted Matter Casting button. Past that, Amazon says that Matter Casting help will arrive on Hearth TVs together with good TVs from Panasonic with Hearth TV in-built, and — on the app facet — Plex, Pluto TV, Sling TV, Starz and ZDF later this 12 months.  Read more.

And, Amazon introduced again in September that it will be popping out with some new instruments to construct massive language model-powered experiences. At the moment, we acquired to see them in motion, together with new generative AI-powered Alexa experiences, together with AI chatbot platform Character.AI, AI music firm Splash and Voice AI sport developer Volley. All three experiences can be found within the Amazon Alexa Ability Retailer. Learn more about Alexa’s experiences.

ElliQ’s eldercare robotic will get a reboot

ElliQ 3.0

Picture Credit: Instinct Robotics

Instinct Robotics’ ElliQ, which went in the marketplace final March, and located some success by means of partnerships with assistive care amenities. After some recent funding, the corporate unveils ElliQ 3, that includes some design tweaks like a extra highly effective {hardware}, elevated reminiscence, up to date core processor, a lighter equipment and – after all – generative AI integration. Read more.

Kodiak Robotics’ tackle autonomous trucking

Kodiak Driverless Truck

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Autonomous trucking startup Kodiak Robotics revealed a semi-truck that founder Don Burnette says “is the linchpin in its plans to launch commercial driverless operations this year.” The corporate particularly got down to embrace redundancy in its security options so that there’s a backup in case something had been to fail whereas on the freeway with a driver behind the wheel. Get a breakdown of the mechanical components and safety systems.

Fox, Polygon Labs collaborate to defeat deepfakes

Fox has partnered with Polygon Labs, a developer of scaling networks for Ethereum, to launch an open supply protocol — known as Verify — for media corporations to register their articles, images and extra. Fox and Polygon are pitching the protocol as a way for shops to guard their IP whereas letting shoppers confirm the authenticity of content material. Learn more about the protocol.

Ultrahuman unveils ‘home health’ tracker

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Indian wearable startup Ultrahuman is stepping into the good house sport with the upcoming launch of linked {hardware} that’s designed to watch the “health” of your own home, as its advertising and marketing places it. The system, which it’s calling the Ultrahuman Home, has a worth of $349 and a delivery date slated to start out in July. Check out the specs.

Monday, January 8

Pivotal begins private plane gross sales

From storage to flight in half-hour. A 16-foot street trailer can maintain every thing wanted to take the Helix to uncongested, Class G airspace areas. Picture Credit: Pivotal

Pivotal, which is backed by Larry Web page, has begun U.S. gross sales of its light-weight electrical Helix plane, which notably doesn’t require a pilot’s license to have the ability to fly. That doesn’t imply these paying a minimum of the $190,000 base worth will go with out necessary coaching; numerous guidelines and rules nonetheless apply. You can get the full breakdown of their launch pricing and specs right here.’s new startup mixes music as you drive

mercedes sound drive ces

Mercedes-AMG and launch immersive MBUX SOUND DRIVE expertise at CES 2024. Picture Credit: Mercedes-Benz

If you happen to thought that sounded somewhat ridiculous, contributor Tim Stevens did too — a minimum of till collaborating within the startup Sound Drive’s demo at CES that left him feeling surprisingly impressed with the underlying tech. Read his full impressions of what it’s like to experience music “conducted by the road.”

Sony highlights mobility partnerships, creators and content material authenticity

Sony took the ultimate main press convention slot on Monday, with an anticipated focus round creators; the success of its IP throughout its gaming, movie and streaming studios; and a concentrate on its partnership with Honda to think about the mobility house as a “creativity space.” The latter was demonstrated partly by teasing Fortnite in its Afeela automobile and driving it onstage with a PlayStation 5 controller. Its “digital birth certificate” additionally reminded us of the brighter facet of NFTs, which Haje explains in detail here.

Kia’s new modular EV van lineup

Kia commercial van EV PBV lineup

Kia PBV Idea Lineup. Picture Credit: Kia

Kia’s new EV vans include a modular twist. Along with utilizing a modular powertrain, the autos may even have modular tops that permit for a lot of totally different cabin choices. However they remained obscure on pricing, specs and anticipated launch dates for this new fleet of business EVs. Read more.

Samsung brings again Ballie; renews inexperienced initiative

Samsung Ballie

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Meet the brand new and improved Ballie, Samsung Digital’s house robotic, which it previewed at present. It’s across the measurement of a bowling ball with a battery designed to final two to 3 hours. Ballie sports activities a spatial lidar sensor to assist it navigate rooms and obstacles, in addition to a 1080p projector with two lenses that permits the robotic to undertaking films and video calls and even act as a second PC monitor. Learn more.

Increasing past cute, rolling robots, Samsung showcased its wider initiatives for linked properties. Other than anticipated UI and have updates for its current SmartThings house automation platform, Samsung confirmed off a “map view” for customers that creates an interactive house map that even contains animated avatars of residents and pets. Learn more.

Additionally, Samsung devoted a few of its keynote speech to its commitment of sustainability. “We start by incorporating recycled materials into some of our most loved products, such as recycled fishing nets in our Galaxy,” stated Inhee Chung, VP of company sustainability at Samsung. “Smartphones, recycled plastic in our TVs, and recycled aluminum in our bespoke refrigerators. Recycled plastic accounted for 14% of the total plastic used in our products in 2022. And we’re working towards increasing this amount.” Read more.

X1 Interpreter Hub: A brand new real-time translator

Picture Credit: Timekettle

Timekettle introduced the X1 Interpreter Hub, a extra strong resolution, designed for conferences. Timekettle calls it “the world’s first multi-language simultaneous interpretation system.” The system works out of the field, with out having to obtain a separate app. For in-person conferences, two gadgets are touched collectively to provoke dialog translation. The hand-held gadgets home earbuds, much like previous Timekettle merchandise. All informed, the X1 is able to supporting as much as 20 folks without delay in 5 totally different languages. Read more.

LG’s clear tv

LG transparent television, CES 2024

LG Signature OLED T. Picture Credit: LG

Televisions aren’t naturally fairly or used as a design characteristic, however LG Electronics is out to vary that notion. At the moment, client expertise big unveiled what it touts is “the world’s first” wi-fi clear OLED TV. The LG Signature OLED T combines a clear 4K OLED display screen with LG’s wi-fi video and audio transmission expertise.

Breathe straightforward with bio-engineered houseplants

Neoplants at CES 2024.

Neoplants at CES 2024. Picture Credit: Haje Kamps / TechCrunch

French startup Neoplants is exhibiting off its progress with its houseplants that work as air purifiers designed for the house. The bio-engineered vegetation can, in line with the corporate, exchange 20 “regular” houseplants, as measured by what number of pollution the vegetation can take away from the air.

Extra from Samsung: larger, foldier, extra rollable shows

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Forward of Samsung Electronics’ press convention later at present, we take a look at a few of its product plans that embrace a “new generation of products that can be folded inward and outward,” together with “monitor-sized” folding and sliding OLEDs. Samsung additionally unveiled a “Transparent MICRO LED” show for the primary time.

Nvidia will get its sport on

NVIDIA Jetson Platform Expansion

GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER. Picture Credit: Nvidia

At the moment, Nvidia will get into synthetic intelligence in an enormous manner with the revealing of its GeForce RTX, together with the GeForce RTX 40 Tremendous collection of desktop graphics playing cards. A lot of those are meant for gaming, and Nvidia stated 14 titles will get the RTX improve remedy, together with Horizon Forbidden West, Pax Dei, and Diablo IV. The RTX 4080 Tremendous begins at $999.

Nvidia also announced that its partnership with Getty Images will include a new service for iStock customers, which might create licensable photos skilled on the prevailing iStock photograph library.

Nvidia additionally confirmed off ACE, which makes use of AI to create distinctive reactions from in-game NPCs, which supplies an uncanny valley sheen on high of immediate response dialog.

Extra chip updates from AMD

Talking of chips, AMD debuted its new Ryzen 8000G processors for the desktop, with an enormous concentrate on their AI capabilities.

Bosch’s in-car eye-tracking

Bosch driver monitoring system for drowsy driving

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Bosch is exhibiting off two applied sciences this week in eye-tracking while driving: One will see that you’ve drained eyes and ask in case you want an espresso whenever you arrive house. If sure, its join expertise will inform your fancy machine to have one prepared. The opposite is a little more difficult in that it’s developed to trace what you’re as you drive.

Sensible cooking

We have now a group of small home appliances for the kitchen, from grills to good microwaves and every thing in between, that’s certain to get you cooking this 12 months, in case you aren’t already.

ChatGPT in Volkswagen

An image showing the interior of a new Volkswagen Gold including the steering wheel and touchscreen.

Picture Credit: Volkswagen

The German automaker plans so as to add an AI-powered chatbot into all Volkswagen fashions geared up with its IDA voice assistant. For now, it’s not accessible within the U.S.

Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional to go on sale February 2

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And Apple, in a shock announcement preempting CES, stole a few of the present’s thunder by asserting the Imaginative and prescient Professional will likely be accessible within the U.S. The buyer electronics big confirmed that the Vision Pro will be available in the U.S. beginning February 2. Pre-orders for the $3,500 spatial computing system open Friday, January 19.

Some corporations made bulletins forward of the massive occasion. Try what’s already made headlines:

Withings’ new multiscope device checks vitals for telehealth visits

Invoxia has a new smart collar suitable for both cats and dogs

This app lets restaurants and coffee shops charge to use the bathroom

Aurora and Continental pass first major hurdle in commercial self-driving trucks deal

This startup is bringing a ‘voice frequency absorber’ to CES 2024

For just $139, this startup turns your iPhone into a BlackBerry-era relic

Qualcomm next-gen XR chip promises up to 4.3K resolution per eye

Urbanista integrates Powerfoyle tech with solar-powered headphones

Moonwalker robotic shoes get lighter and smarter

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