If you’ve been following CES 2022, you’ve probably already added a bevy of gadgets to your wishlist. There’s a lot that won’t be ready until the second half of this year—and some that may never be—but don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite CES So Nerdy gadgets that are currently available for buy or presale. Earbuds, smartwatches, projectors, and a snow bike are all on the table. Right now, here’s what you can put in your shopping cart.
Leo’s Loo Is Also Smarty Pear
Automatic litter boxes, while handy, make it difficult for owners to keep track of their cat’s potty movements, which can be beneficial for detecting potential ailments, according to veterinarians. The Leo’s Loo Too tackles this problem by including a built-in sensor that monitors how often your cat goes, as well as its weight, and syncs the information to a companion app on your phone. Additional features include UV sterilization and radar to prevent the box from self-cleaning while your cat is around.
This gizmo provides “bird-watching” a whole new meaning. This adorable small house not only feeds birds, but its battery-powered camera also provides a live view via the app. If that isn’t enough, it will also take images of the birds, identify the species, and provide a wealth of information about each one. Although it won’t arrive for a bit, you can place your order now.
Do you want to add an extra layer of protection to your home? Ring’s new Glass Break Sensor can detect break-in attempts from up to 25 feet away through glass windows and doors. To use it, you’ll need a Ring Alarm or Ring Alarm Pro, and you can set the sensor to sound an alarm when it detects broken glass. It can be preordered in a single pack for $40 or a two-pack for $70. (Note: WIRED has covered Ring Doorbells extensively in terms of security, monitoring, and police collaboration.)
Freestyle Projector from Samsung
A projector isn’t something you’d carry around with you all the time, but Samsung wants it to be. Its Freestyle projector is designed to be portable; simply connect it to your laptop through USB-C or HDMI ports (or cast it using Android/iOS) and direct it towards any surface. This gadget is little but mighty, with a 1080p resolution, 360-degree speaker, and a screen that extends from 30 to 100 inches. It can also be found on Amazon.
TCL claims that there is a huge demand for larger screens. That’s why it’s introducing a 98-inch version of its existing Class XL TV for $8,000—yes, you read that right. This model has a QLED panel and runs Google TV. TCL also revealed that its TV sets from 2022 will have the option of running either Android TV or Roku OS. The Class XL is now out of stock, but keep an eye out for updates.
Check out the Hisense PX1-Pro projector if you’re looking to improve your home theater projector. It has a 90 to 120-inch picture diameter, a 4K resolution, and a 60-Hz refresh rate for games. It also runs Android TV, which means you’ll have access to Google Assistant and a wide range of streaming apps.
Orbi Pro routers from NetGear
The NetGear Orbi Quad-band Mesh WiFi 6E Router System is pricey, but it’s great for individuals with large homes. It supports the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard and offers combined speeds of 10.8 Gbps for a coverage area of up to 9,000 square feet.
The Dame’s Com Magic Wand is a vibrator with the company’s most powerful motor yet, as well as five various intensity settings and patterns. Its design features a curved handle and a flexible neck, making it easy to find the correct angle and grip. It comes in two colors: periwinkle and quartz, and is composed of medical-grade silicone.
Falster Skagen Gen 6
Skagen hasn’t produced a new version of its Falster smartwatch in two years. The new edition has a 42-mm case and is available in a variety of colors and designs (including the silver and espresso leather combo shown above). It uses Google’s Wear OS operating system and Qualcomm’s newest Wear 4100+ processor for longer battery life, increased performance, and better health tracking. It has the same internals as the Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch we reviewed last year, which you can read about in our Best Smartwatches guide. Later this year, it will receive the updated Wear OS 3 update.
The Venu 2 Plus is the latest addition to Garmin’s Venu smartwatch series. You may now utilize the built-in microphone to chat to your favourite voice assistant (Siri, Google Assistant, or Bixby) on both iOS and Android devices. Powder gray, black, and gold are available for the 43-mm case (all of which are stainless steel paired with a matching silicone watchband).
Those who don’t want to pay nearly $500 on a Garmin can instead opt for the much less expensive Vivomove Sport Hybrid. This one, unlike the Venu 2 Plus, looks like a classic analog watch. However, with blood oxygen measurements, it can still track your basic fitness workouts.
Go Air Tones by Jlab
Are you not a fan of brightly colored earbuds? JLab’s Go Air Tones are designed to mix in with your ears and come in a variety of skin tones. They’re not top-of-the-line buds for only $20, but they do include IPX4 sweat resistance and an eight-hour battery life (according to JLAB).
Smart Pepper Spray may appear strange, but it may be a feature you didn’t realize you needed. When you spray it while connected to the app, it will send an alert to your emergency contacts with your exact position. Even if you don’t want to use the canister right immediately, you may use the app to broadcast your location to relatives or friends so they can keep track of you until you mark yourself safe.
If you like Shokz’s Aeropex headphones, you should know that they’ve been rebranded OpenRun, and there’s now a premium version called the OpenRun Pro. The new headphones feature Bone Conduction technology, which uses sonic waves to shake the bones in your head, bringing sounds directly to the inner ear. While listening to music, you may still hear ambient noise around you. Other highlights include IP55 water resistance, up to an hour and a half of battery life after a five-minute charge, and a total battery life of 10 hours.
Chipolo Card Spot is a place where you can buy Chipolo cards.
If you’re anything like me, you frequently misplace your wallet. Chipolo’s Card Spot can assist you. It’s designed like a credit card, and you can keep track of it by slipping it into your wallet. It works with Apple’s Find My network, so if you lose your wallet and have an Apple device, you can track it via Find My. Owners using Android devices will need to search elsewhere.
Plugable’s USB4 Hub will be a beneficial addition to your home workstation if the bulk of your devices have USB-C ports. You can use it to charge your devices and plug in numerous monitors and other peripherals thanks to three USB4/Thunderbolt 4 ports and a 10 gigabit-per-second USB-A port.
The Skydio 2+, which comes with a new AI-powered autonomous flight technology dubbed KeyFrame, is designed to let you shoot smoother video footage while navigating complex flight patterns. There are several versions available, including the Starter Kit, Sports Kit, Pro Kit, and Cinema Kit, which include MicroSD cards, a hard case, and a joystick controller.
The front wheel of the Moonbike has been replaced by a single ski, while the back wheel has been replaced by an electric motor-powered snow tread. You’ll be able to ride it easily in the snow this way. The Moonbike, which weighs about 200 pounds and can reach speeds of 26 miles per hour, has a battery life of only approximately an hour. Those who can afford it can book a Moonbike now, and it will be delivered later this month.
Looking for an electric pickup truck? You might want to hold off until the Chevy Silverado EV arrives in 2024. It has a 400-mile range on a full charge (which is more than the 230-mile normal range of the Ford F-150 Lightning EV) and comes with GM’s level-two autonomous driving mode, Super Cruise. It’s currently available for presale, with two trim levels to choose from: the RST First Edition for $105,000 and the WT for $39,900. You can reserve it right now, but it won’t arrive until the fall of 2023 or the summer of 2024.