CES 2024 Day 2: Transparent TVs From LG, OtterBox's Cactus Leather, Lockly Smart Locks and More

CES is underway in Las Vegas, and while it's been overshadowed by Apple's Vision Pro launch date announcement, there are still plenty of interesting new products to look at. MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera is at CES to bring us an overview of what's worth checking out.

Day 2 at CES was actually Monday, the day before the show "officially" kicks off and the show floor opens. Vendors were on hand showcasing products in private suites, and the annual Pepcom show took place.

Like Samsung, LG was showing off transparent display technology with the LG Signature OLED T (T for transparent). LG's OLED TV is coming out later this year, and it can transition between transparency and an opaque background for television watching. LG has designed content specifically for the see-through background, and some of it has an almost hologram-like look.

Lockly was showing off a HomeKit-compatible smart lock that uses facial recognition to open the door, while Ember brought its cup warming technology to baby bottles. Aqara showed off an indoor lock with fingerprint detection, and Scosche was on hand to demo the BaseLynx 2.0, its modular charging system for Apple devices.

OtterBox has a new environmentally friendly iPhone case made of cactus leather, Orbi showed off a new Wi-Fi 7 mesh router setup, and GE had an indoor smokeless smoker that uses pellets.

Dan will be wandering the show floor on Tuesday, so make sure to stay tuned to see tomorrow's CES roundup video. We're also covering all kinds of announcements from CES, which you can check out at our CES 2024 hub.

Top Rated Comments

macduke Avatar
6 weeks ago
I actually really want to try/feel that cactus leather case. It looks pretty nice. I only keep my iPhone for a year before getting a new case, so it wouldn't need to be crazy durable. But it needs to be more durable than FineWoven, which lasts about a day before looking like crap.

Yes, but PETC (People for the Ethnical Treatment of Cacti) are already filing product distribution injunctions. ;)

And the Cacti themselves are pushing for mosses & fungi Corinthian leatherette to be used instead. ;)
I've heard interesting things about fungi-based leather, but I would not piss off the fungi. They have mycelium networks around the world, some of the largest single living organisms known to man, and probably the most realistic thing that could turn us all into zombies. Fungi are not to be truffled with. truffle
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
6 weeks ago

Cactus leather intrigues me. It sounds better than finewoven
Yes, but PETC (People for the Ethnical Treatment of Cacti) are already filing product distribution injunctions. ;)

And the Cacti themselves are pushing for mosses & fungi Corinthian leatherette to be used instead. ;)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ajf.350d Avatar
6 weeks ago
Manufacturers, stop calling things leather when they’re not!
Leather is tanned animal skin, full stop.
It CANNOT be Vegan or made from Cactus!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Analog Kid Avatar
6 weeks ago
Cactus leather... Nothing says "wrap your hand around me then put me in your pocket" like a cactus does. And I thought leather had a perfectly fine meaning before, why do we need to also give it the opposite meaning?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ajf.350d Avatar
6 weeks ago
Not Bothered about vegan at all, if you read my post, it’s the fact leather is being used to describe a product that is not leather.
I just used vegan as the other example of leather misuse as it seems to be widely employed.
Be creative and come up with a new term. For example, the ones you mention all had brand names that didn’t say leather or vinyl.
I’m all for more sustainable products in all walks of life, but annoys me when they are misdescribed or used out of the original context.
I actually like the idea of the case and think it has a great selling point, but just call it Cactus Case or something :)

Slightly off topic, I also find it slightly odd that vegan and leather are used together anyway, when vegans specifically do not touch any animal products, yet leather is widely used to describe animal products!

You mention marketing, yet that to me seems to be negative marketing.

Anyway, had my say and nothing meant negatively against any vegan members if that was what was thought.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hodar1 Avatar
6 weeks ago
I question the transparency. This means, not only must the screen be transparent, but so must the motherboard and all components, all inputs, switches, antenna, power, speaker and other internals. This is a cosmetic effect; wouldn't a few rear cameras accomplish this effect without sacrificing design integrity? Like a transparent phone - what does this benefit you, other than aesthetics?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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