Among the many thousands of new products that were revealed this week at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, CES (the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show) are a robotic cat that nips your fingers and a smart light bulb that tracks your health.
The event is being held in person in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as online for people who can’t travel — with tens of thousands of ideas, concepts and products on show.
CES also features new consumer electronics, as well as vehicles, such a prototype electric SUV from Sony and a LiDAR-based breaking system.
The annual event runs from from today until Saturday, and MailOnline has created this roundup some of the weird and wonderful inventions unveiled so far.
CES, one of the most important trade fairs worldwide, is now open to thousands of people despite Omicron cases causing Amazon and Google to abandon the event.
Transport is a key section at CES 2022. It is expected to be a prominent feature.
These are the five most unusual, bizarre and amazing inventions that were unveiled at the huge show’s first day.
Robot cat that bites you in the fingers
Yukai Engineering’s Amagami Ham Ham Ham robotic cat is perhaps the most bizarre product at CES 2022.
It’s a cuddly pet that looks like a cat and can nibble at your fingernails. The firm claims that this is because we all secretly want our fingers to be nibbled.
This concept can be used to relieve stress and has been driven by an algorithm that generates 20 different patterns of nibbling.
According to the developers, this means you will get a new nibble every time your finger is placed in its mouth.
The patterns include tasting, massaging and suction and it comes in two designs based on the Nemu Nemmu series — a calico cat and a shiba inu dog.
TechCrunch’s Yukai Engineering CMO Tsubasa Tominaga stated that while most people enjoy the feeling of being nibbled, they must teach children and pets how to stop this behavior. Children or animals can bite with all their force, otherwise, he said.
The robot ‘Amagami ham Ham’ is designed to free humans from the dilemma of whether they should pursue forbidden pleasures.
The exact cost of the device and when it will become available are not known. However, the company is planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign this Spring.
Yukai Engineering created Amagami Ham Ham Ham, a robotic cat that is probably the strangest product from CES 2022.
Meta body suit
Shiftall, a subsidiary of Panasonic, has unveiled a variety of products that will help you immerse yourself in the metaverse.
They included the MeganeX VR headset, Pebble Feel metaverse-linked wearable heating and cooling device, and Mutalk microphone that is metaverse compatible.
The headset and microphone join the motion-tracking suit — Haritora X — that more closely immerses the user in the virtual world.
According to the company’s website, this headset can be used with Steam VR.
Pebble Feel, a small, palm-sized air conditioner, cools the neck and head it with a shirt. This will provide you more accurate simulations of environmental conditions.
At CES, the firm tried the suit made of Haritora X & Pebble Feel on Oculus VR headset wearers.
Shiftall, a Panasonic subsidiary has revealed a series of products to allow users to immerse themselves into the metaverse
Sony Electric SUV
Sony showcased its Vision S 02 SUV during a press conference before the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
It is the first battery-powered prototype car from the company, and it has been on road tests.
It measures approximately 4.85 metres in length and is slightly longer than the Tesla Model Y SUV. The vehicle seats seven people.
Sony bosses stated that the “02” looks different but uses the same platform electric as the Vision S saloon, which has been on the roads since December 2020.
That means power will likely be generated by a pair of 200kW motors – one at the front axle and one at the rear — producing a combined output of 536bhp from a four-wheel-drive system.
There is no further information available on the battery size and range.
Sony stated that Vision-S 02 will achieve a speed of “more than 112mph” in terms of its performance.
Sony showed off the new Vision S 02 SUV during a press conference before the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Lightbulb for health tracking
Sengled is a US startup that has unveiled a smart bulb. It uses bluetooth and radar to track the health of people within a room.
The bulb tracks the user’s heart beat, temperature, and sleeping patterns without any additional devices.
Frequency Modulated Constant Wave (FMCW), radar maps the area or the entire home. If there are lights in every room, it detects the presence of people.
The smart bulb monitors the vital and health signs of everyone in the room using its combined radar system with artificial intelligence.
It is also able to track physical movement, and so could be used in the home of an elderly person to watch for falls — and send the data to an app that can call a selected contact and alert them.
It is currently in development and no pricing details have been released. However, it will likely launch before the end of 2012.
Sengled, a US-based startup has revealed a smart lightbulb. This uses Bluetooth and radar sensors to collect health information about people living in the room.
Race a ‘carcopter”
French company Maca announced plans to test its eco-friendly £665,000 hydrogen-powered ‘carcopter’ on racetracks this year.
The firm claims it can reach speeds of up to 155 mph. It does not produce any CO2 and can be recycled completely.
The vehicle has three high-noise propellers. It is made from metal and features a carbon chassis, a wooden frame, and carbon and linen frames. These look very similar to Wipeout’s flying vehicles.
Thierry de Boisvilliers is chief operating officer. He stated that there are many companies who work towards the same solutions.
“Most businesses rely on fossil fuels and electricity for their power, however Maca has clean-burning fuel cells made from hydrogen, which allow for more flight time and sustainable energy.
Maca worked with Airbus closely on the invention and says that the carcopter is expected to be available for purchase by June 2023.
On the opening night in Las Vegas, the Maca S11 Carcopter debuted
Hyundai metaverse robots
Hyundai provided details on a partially virtual, interactive future that it called’metamobility.’ In which a number of robotic devices work with humans in order to provide mobility services across a spectrum of industries Hyundai showed off some of its plans.
According to the motor company, these include remote control and automated transportation for individuals as well as robots that can be controlled remotely in smart factories.
Hyundai gave several examples on how it could link the metaverse with the real one, such as a vehicle that can transform into an office or entertainment area that also includes a 3D gaming platform.
Another option is a smart factory, where robots can be controlled remotely from outside of the plant by humans.
There are automated personal transportation systems for those with disabilities, or who prefer to travel alone.
The automaker claimed that it is building a Mobility Of Things ecosystem, which will connect modular robotic platforms and perform various services.
Hyundai presented details about a partially virtual and interactive future called’metamobility’. In this futuristic world, a range of robot devices work with human beings to offer a wide variety of mobility services.