At CES 2024, the show floor is open and people are making their way through Las Vegas’ sprawling convention centers and hotel ballrooms to see the latest and weirdest tech products. The Engadget team braves both car and human traffic to get face and hand time (and other body parts?) with the coolest demos here, and companies don’t stop holding press conferences and announcing new items. If you don’t have time to analyze each individual headline, or if you’re here in Vegas and want to know where to go, here’s a recap of the biggest news from day two of CES 2024.
One of the biggest booths at the show was, as always, Google and company enough news to share. In keeping with the same “better together” theme it’s been doing for the past few years, Google shared updates to cross-device software like Fast Pair and announced that it’s working with Samsung to integrate and rename Nearby Sharing into Quick Share. is the current name of the Samsung version of the same thing. This should hopefully simplify things for Android users and give them a more unified alternative to Apple’s AirDrop. Details on whether or not the changes are coming to Samsung users have been scarce, but those with Nearby Sharing should see a new icon soon.
Google has also added support for people to Chromecast TikTok videos to compatible TVs and screens and their apps some Ford, Nissan and Lincoln vehicles later this year. Android Auto will also be available can share your electric car’s battery levels with Google Maps so it can factor charging stations, charging times and stops into your routes. This is again similar to the feature in Apple’s next-gen CarPlay.
Speaking of electric cars, Honda also debuted new EV concepts called the Saloon and Space Hub. The saloon is a sedan with an aerodynamic design and sits low, while the Space Hub is a minivan with a bit of a boxer and its seats are facing passengers. While Honda has said it will develop a model based on the Saloon concept car for North American markets in 2026, there is no word yet on the Space Hub.
In other transportation news, Hyundai brought an updated version of its S-A2 Air Taxi to the show. The S-A2 is an electric vehicle for vertical takeoff and landing, capable of reaching an altitude of 1,500 feet and a speed of 120 miles per hour. It’s designed for short trips between 25 and 40 miles, and the company envisions it as a daily transportation solution for urban areas.
We’ve received more smart home news from companies other than Google, including Amazon, which says it will adopt the Matter standard for Casting, but won’t support Chromecast or Apple’s AirPlay. How beautiful. We also saw a new one face scanning and palm-reading door locks, Smart outdoor lights by Nanoleaf and new Weber Searwood smart grill it’s cheaper and more versatile.
Including mobile news Clicks iPhone keyboard case a surprising, adorable device called Rabbit R1. It’s introduced as an AI-powered assistant in the adorable squared walkie-talkie, co-designed by Teenage Engineering. It has a small 2.88-inch touchscreen, an analog scroll wheel, two microphones, a speaker, and a 360-degree camera that you can rotate around your face or the back of the phone. You have to hold down a button (like a walkie-talkie) and talk to the Rabbit AI and ask it to do anything, like order an Uber or search for a recipe with a specific list of ingredients.
There was a lot more at the show, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight a number of interesting accessibility products. We saw OrCam Hear system It is designed to help people with hearing loss isolate the sounds of specific speakers in crowded environments. There is also one GyroGlovea glove that stabilizes hands for people with hand tremors, as well as a Mouthpad that lets you control your phone, tablet or laptop with your tongue.
We’ve also seen an update to the Audio Radar system, which provides visual cues for hearing-impaired players to see where sounds are coming from and what types of sounds they might be. It’s heartening to see all this development in assistive technology at CES, especially since the industry often spends so much time and money on things of lesser value.
We’re nearing the end of the show, and as we prepare to do our final inspections of the show floor, the Engadget team is also looking back and thinking about the best things we saw at CES 2024. We will bring together the best of us. coming soon to the CES awards list, so be sure to check back to see what we’ve decided are the winners of the show.
We’re reporting live from CES 2024 in Las Vegas, January 6-12. Stay up to date with the latest news from the show here.