CES 2022 showcased some of the most cutting-edge products that the PC gaming hardware industry has to offer. Perhaps the most exciting trend at this year’s show was the release of a slew of monitors and televisions designed with gaming in mind. These monitors and TVs are able to support a higher level of gaming due to new display technology, more interesting form factors, and faster refresh rates, which is thanks in large part to HDMI 2.1 integration.
While TVs designed exclusively for gaming are not the norm, quite a few of the newest TVs support HDMI 2.1, which has been the standard supported by high-end gaming monitors in recent years. This new development for TVs means improved bandwidth, from 18 gigabits per second (HDMI 2.0) to 48Gbps (HDMI 2.1), as well as resolutions up to 10K and frame rates up to 120 frames per second. Sony, to maximize gaming compatibility, has also announced that all of its 2022 sets will support Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), which generates smooth framerates without artifacts. At CES 2022, Sony also released arguably the biggest news to come out of the VR space with its official announcement of PSVR2 for PS5. This next generation of VR will utilize “inside out tracking” in the place of the camera tracking utilized by its predecessor and will integrate eye-tracking as well as haptic feedback, which is the mechanism employed in PS5’s DualSense controllers.
This morning, obVus took to ShowStoppers virtual platform to display the next generation of its Laptop Tower Stand, which was unveiled at CES 2022. The adjustable stand allows for users to tailor the height of their laptop to work either standing or sitting in a manner that reduces neck strain. The Laptop Tower Stand II has been updated to accommodate a smartphone as well as a laptop. Made entirely of recycled aluminum, the laptop stand breaks down to a flat square and can fit in the laptop sleeve of a backpack or purse. Also at showstoppers, obVus discussed its IOS-based Minder app, which was named best app at the 2021 Webby Awards, pairs with sensors in the Apple Watch to condition good posture, mindful breathing, and purposeful breaks. The app is designed to help users reduce stress by instigating healthy work habits. Minder utilizes real-time biofeedback as cues to send visual prompts, audio chimes, and tapping vibrations to instigate healthy movement. Users can also build an individualized wellness plan in the minder app called ME/mos to encourage breaks throughout the day. According to obVus ME/mos can range from anything such as meditation to a full workout. obVus has plans to release its own Minder Smartwatch, which operates off of a google system wear os 3 system, in the third quarter of 2022.
In other news, how nice would it be to have an at-home personal bartender? Enter bev by Black & Decker, a cocktail machine for adults, which is perfect for your next bbq or for those looking to unwind after a long day at work. Black & Decker has paired with Bartesian to offer 40 unique cocktail capsules. The device also allows you to customize the strength of your cocktail and can connect to five 750 ml bottles of liquor at a time. Set to enter the market in may, bev works by simply placing a cocktail capsule in the machine (much in the same way you would a coffee packet). The machine then reads the barcode on the top of the packet and pulls your desired level of alcohol from the corresponding reservoir of liquor. The LED lights on the machine illuminate the bottle that the device pulls from. These same lights can be set to ‘party mode’ to make bev stand out from the top of any bar cart.
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