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CES 2022: The gadgets I don’t need, but my house MUST have

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CES 2022: The gadgets I don’t need, but my house MUST have
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Last year, I wrote this piece about all the CES gadgets I NEEDED. Foolishly, I thought I’d visit the mega-show (or any other events) in 2022. But here I am, sitting in my home, and facing another lockdown.

Now I’ll be spending more time indoors, there’s only one thing that’ll soothe me: gadgets. So here’s a list of all the cool shit at CES 2022 that really want (but don’t really need).

Kohler’s PerfectFill

Last year, one of the costliest items on my list was a $16,000 bathtub from Kohler. This year, I’m picking a slightly more ‘affordable’ product from the company: PerfectFill.

This new offering can fill (or drain) your bathtub with just a voice command. You can use the app to choose your perfect temperature and level of water. PerfectFill comes with a drain kit and a digital value to measure these things.

Kohler's Perfect Fill makes drawing a bath all digital
Kohler’s PerfectFill makes drawing a bath all digital

In the app, you can specify up to 10 bath times, so there’s no feud between family members. You’ll be able to pre-order PerfectFill later this year at $2,700.

Oral-B’s iO10 toothbrush

There’s no better childhood memory than your parents reprimanding you about not brushing your teeth properly. Guess what? You can relive that experience with Oral-B’s new iO10 — a toothbrush that has an in-built coach.

This digital assistant will guide you about brushing your teeth in real-time. It’ll tell you about your brushing pressure, duration, and coverage area, so you can tweak them accordingly. All of this is available without using a smartphone app. So that’s pretty cool.

Oral-B's iO 10 toothbrush is a coach for your gums
Oral-B’s iO 10 toothbrush is a coach for your gums

The iO 10 comes with this puck-like iO sense charger, which also has a brushing timer so you can’t cheat your cleaning.

We don’t know about the price of this thing yet, but Oral B’s iO8 sells for $279.99. So we are probably looking at a toothbrush that will cost you at least $300.

Samsung’s Freestyle projector

TV’s great, but there’s a different feeling about having a watch party with your friends through a projector. While most projectors are a bulky mess with many wires, Samsung’s new Freestyle model weighs just 830 grams and can rotate up to 180 degrees to make any surface a screen.

The Freestyle can beam up a 1080p screen from 30 inches to 100 inches in size. Plus, there are autofocus and auto-leveling features that’ll help it adjust to any surface. The device also has a 360-degree speaker for sound, so you might not need any additional gear.

The Samsung Freestyle projector is ultra portable
The Samsung Freestyle projector is ultra-portable

What’s more, it comes with Samsung’s SmartTV platform, so you can load up apps like Netflix and Plex to access shows from your online or home library.

If you’re an outdoorsy person, you can buy an additional USB-C powered battery for projection where you might not have a power outlet.

You can preorder the Samsung Lifestyle for $899 in the US.

Withings’ scale

The company’s new product, the Body Scan, will tell you your ECG, segmented body composition (fat/water in your arms, legs, and torso), and nerve activity to detect signs of chronic diseases.

The new Withings scale does much more than measuring your weight
The new Withings scale does much more than just measuring your weight

The Body Scan includes four weight sensors and 14 ITO (Indium tin oxide) electrodes on the scale. Plus, there’s a handle with four stainless steel electrodes to use a low-level current and measure health readings for different parts of your body.

The new Withings scale will be available later next year after FDA approves it and will expectedly cost at least $300.

Moen’s smart faucet

All faucets in my house are dumb and I have to manually turn them on by rotating the tap. Boring.

Moen’s new smart faucet uses hand gestures to control the flow and temperature of the water flowing out. You can use the company’s smart water app to change these gestures into what you’re comfortable with.

Moen's smart faucet like your jazzy hand gestures
Moen’s smart faucet like your jazzy hand gestures

If you don’t even want to wave your hands around, don’t worry. You can also use voice commands to control the faucet. Plus, there’s a “wash hand” command that pauses the flow for 20 seconds.

The new smart faucet will cost you at least $675. But can you put a price on hygiene?

10minds’ The Motion Pillow 3

Sleeping while someone’s snoring in the room could be really annoying as hell. And even if you want to kick the person’s butt, it’s not (often) the best solution.

The Motion Pillow 3 could be the key to a snoreless sleep
The Motion Pillow 3 could be the key to a snore-less sleep

The Motion Pillow 3 listens to your sleeping sounds in a non-creepy way to detect snoring. If you’re doing that, the pillow gently inflates to put your head in a position that will reduce or stop snoring without disturbing sleep.

Bonus

  • The Dell Ultrasharp 32 is a 31.5-inch 4K monitor with a 4K webcam and 14W speakers. Why wouldn’t I want it?
  • Need some tunes while you’re getting ready? What if your mirror was also a speaker? Here’s the Sound Mirror Arch
The Sound Mirror Arch is a smart mirror with a speaker
The Sound Mirror Arch is a smart mirror with a speaker
  • The Zuvi Halo is a new-age hairdryer that uses proprietary light-based tech to dry your hair at a lower temperature.
  • My home doesn’t really have any open spaces for plants, so the LG Tiiun Mini can help me out to grow a smart home garden.
LG's smart mini home garden
LG’s smart mini home garden is useful for compact houses

These were my picks for the year. You can @ us on Twitter if you have any favorites. Here’s to hoping I can see this craziness with my bare eyes next year.

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