CES 2024 Day 3: Clicks iPhone Keyboard, Qi2 Chargers, AR Glasses and More

Hundreds of companies are at CES in Las Vegas this week showing off new products, and MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera has been spending time on the show floor to check out what's new, exciting, and worth taking note of.


We wrote about the Clicks physical keyboard for the iPhone last week, but Dan was able to test it out in person and he said that the keys feel great under the fingers and those who want a tactile typing experience will like it. The case is easy to put on and take off the ‌iPhone‌, and there are handy shortcut keys for Spotlight search, webpage scrolling, and getting back to the Home Screen.

Withings was demoing the BeamO, an all-in-one device that can take your temperature, capture an ECG, monitor blood oxygen, and even serve as a digital stethoscope, and there were Qi2 chargers galore from brands like Hyper, Anker, and ESR. Qi2 is the latest charging technology, and it's bringing more affordable 15W wireless charging to the ‌iPhone‌.

Targus was showing off an ambidextrous mouse that can be used by both right and left-handed people, and the company also had a dock that can connect two laptops together with three monitors, serving as a KVM.

Sony and Honda had the Afeela electric car on the show floor with its dozens of sensors for driver safety, and Dan also took note of the Barsys 360, a smart cocktail machine that mixes and pours bartender-grade drinks.

Unsurprisingly, there were a ton of AR/VR devices, some of which seemed to be inspired by the Vision Pro. One standout was the XREAL AR Glasses, but they're only compatible with Samsung's latest smartphones.

CES is just about wrapped up with the show coming to a close on Friday, but make sure to check out our CES 2024 hub for anything that you might have missed.

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FloatingBones Avatar
18 weeks ago

Targus was showing off an ambidextrous mouse that can be used by both right and left-handed people
Are there ambidextrous mice that cannot be used by both right and left-handed people?
Asking for a friend.
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DominikHoffmann Avatar
18 weeks ago
The Barsys 360? The question that’s not even answered on their website is, “How does it work?” Does it work well, if you’ve not designed it, built it and practiced for a trade show yourself? How much residual liquor from previous pours remains in the machine, adulterating your next recipe? How easy or difficult is it to clean?

It strikes me as a gimmick that will most likely see itself being given as a gift to those who already have everything else, by people with cash to burn.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
18 weeks ago

Unsurprisingly, there were a ton of AR/VR devices, some of which seemed to be inspired by the Vision Pro. One standout was the XREAL AR Glasses ('https://www.xreal.com'), but they're only compatible with Samsung's latest smartphones.
Yes you could say there are three camps at work now, Apple with their Vision Pros, Sony/Siemans with their Qualcomm powered headset, and Samsung/Google with their Qualcomm powered headset. The race is on for Apple to propel themselves via VisionOS and the VP headset to the lead with it available February 2nd and try to maintain it.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/12/24035028/apple-vision-pro-ces-headset-game

Apple isn’t at CES, but it had a huge presence anyway. On Monday, just before a string of CES keynotes were set to kick off, the company announced that its Vision Pro headset would be launching on February 2nd ('https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/8/24001858/apple-vision-pro-release-date-availability-price'). Apple had already promised that the headset would launch early this year. So the stage was set for its rivals to compete by making CES 2024 a showcase of new ideas about virtual and augmented reality.

Ultimately, that didn’t pan out. Lots of companies showed up with AR and VR tech. A lot of the headsets offered similar functionality to the Vision Pro, like an AR / VR monitor for your computer or a substitute TV. But none were as impressive a package as Apple’s headset, nor were most arriving nearly as soon.


Other announcements at CES

* Xreal revealed the $699 Air 2 Ultra glasses ('https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/7/24024442/xreal-air-2-ultra-developer-ar-glasses-6dof-tracking-pricing-availability'), which let you run augmented reality apps in addition to being able to use the glasses as a screen for a computer or mobile device.
* TCL announced an updated and lighter version of its RayNeo X2 AR glasses ('https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/8/24030467/tcl-announced-an-updated-and-lighter-version-of-its-rayneo-x2-ar-glasses'), though they aren’t set to launch until Q3.
* Asus showed off its AirVision M1 glasses ('https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/9/24031135/asus-air-vision-m1-wearable-display-glasses-screen'), but didn’t say how much they’d cost.
* Sony, which just released a good VR headset last year ('https://www.theverge.com/23601368/sony-playstation-ps-vr2-review-virtual-reality'), announced a “spatial” VR headset that’s designed to help creators make 3D content ('https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/8/24030930/sony-vr-spatial-smart-control-ring-ces').
* Netflix released clips hyping up 3 Body Problem, a show that prominently features ('https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/8/24030214/the-hottest-gadget-of-ces-2024-is-a-fictional-headset') a VR headset ('https://www.theverge.com/24030500/3-body-problem-trailer-netflix-sci-fi-mystery').
* Heck, Samsung even showed off a monitor that lets you play VR games ('https://www.theverge.com/2024/1/9/24031774/play-vr-games-without-a-vr-headset').
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chfilm Avatar
18 weeks ago
Next time you should organize a MR meetup at CES
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Realityck Avatar
18 weeks ago

I hope i never see anyone driving down the road with Apples or anyone else's AR glasses on. It's just a matter of time.
BMW was showing off a pair, but it was akin to the drivers info you have displayed in most cars on your glasses only. Particularly nav directions.

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scheinderrob Avatar
18 weeks ago

Having owned a model 3 for over 4 years I can confidently say that your statement above is false.
prove it.

even now ('https://electrek.co/2024/01/12/tesla-cybertruck-delivered-ridiculous-body-defects/')tesla can't make quality products LOL
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