5 tech trends to watch from CES 2023

The industry’s biggest event shows us how we'll thrive in a digital world, from creativity and collaboration at work to entertainment and personalization at home.

By Jared Lindzon — January 8, 2023

The tech industry’s largest and most influential event returned to Las Vegas in-person this week, with some 100,000 people descended on the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center and surrounding hotels to catch a glimpse into the emerging and advancing technologies that will define how we live, work, and play in the not-so-distant future.  

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), hosted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), features 2,200 exhibitors with innovations in consumer devices, but also just about anything that can be connected: home appliances, autos, wearables, and more. The usual suspects are making headlines: bigger TVs, foldable tablets and phones, and smarter smartwatches. There’s also imaginative lifestyle tech that ranges from novelties, like this smart bird feeder that sends photos of airborne visitors to an app and this color-changing fridge with built in speakers, to just plain fun, like these electric rollerblades straight out of The Jetsons or this robot dog that has a unique personality.


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But at this year’s show, weightier issues came to the fore. With the theme of  “Human Security for All,” exhibitors offer solutions to a range of global challenges from the climate crisis to the complexity of hybrid work.

There was a lot of optimism at the show among keynote speakers, with HP Chief Executive Officer Enrique Lores making a short walk-on appearance during AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su’s address.

“I am really more excited than I have ever been,” Lores said to a packed house at the Venetian. “We are experiencing probably the biggest change in how people work in our lifetimes.”

HP announced a full slate of standout laptops, including the powerful Dragonfly Pro geared toward freelancers and the OMEN 17, the first HP laptop to include optical mechanical keys for fast-paced gaming, and the 14-inch Eco-Edition, a green-minded device made with recycled materials. It also rolled out a new series of ultrawide displays, as well as peripheral innovations from like the Poly Voyager Free 60 Series wireless earbuds designed for hybrid workers and and gaming gear from HyperX.

Here are a few trends that stand out:

Sustainability goes big — and small

As the climate crisis continues to become impossible to ignore, sustainability is becoming more embedded in new technology, with solutions ranging from global to personal in scale. 

This year’s showcase featured a digital platform with machine learning algorithms that make the construction and operation of buildings more sustainable, an eco-friendly electric propulsion solution for ships, and a pipe-dwelling robot that reduces municipal water consumption. Among the smaller-scale highlights were a lightweight portable windmill that actually generates power, sustainable airless bike tires, and computing devices and accessories for the home and office. 

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Sustainability has become a key feature in new desktops and laptops, like the HP 14 and 15.6-inch Laptop PCs, which are made from recycled plastics and metals. The HP 14-inch Laptop PC Eco-Edition goes even further, incorporating bio-circular content such as cooking oil, shipped in 100% sustainably sourced packaging. To shrink your energy and waste footprint even more, the HP 710 Rechargeable Silent Mouse lasts 90 days on a single charge and is made from 60% post-consumer recycled plastics. 

Work feels more like home

As hybrid work changes the way businesses around the world operate, tech companies are responding with devices designed for mobility, productivity, and better collaboration between employees at home and in the office.   

“Hybrid provides us with greater flexibility and freedom in our personal lives, but brings its own set of challenges for people to stay productive and connected to others,” says Alex Cho, president of personal systems at HP. 

Many of the innovations unveiled at CES are designed to optimize comfort and functionality in any setting, especially when it comes to video conferences. For example, the new HP Dragonfly G4, HP EliteBook 1040 G10, and HP Elite x360 1040 G10 are the world’s first notebooks to support the simultaneous use of two cameras. They also use intelligent face tracking to recognize which camera the user is talking to, and automatically switch feeds accordingly. 

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HP’s newest ultrawide monitor, the HP E45c G5, was designed to mimic the dual-screen setup many remote workers enjoyed at home. Instead of setting up two monitors, however, this 45-inch dual QHD curved screen can display screens from two computers side-by-side on the same screen. 

New Bluetooth headsets, meanwhile, are making significant strides in blocking out background noise to help users maintain focus wherever they’re working. The new Poly Voyager Free 60 Series wireless earbuds provide up to 5 hours of talk-time with active noise canceling. The accompanying charging case provides an extra 10 hours of battery life, features its own OLED touch screen, and can plug into a classic 3.5 mm headphone jack to stream audio directly to the earbuds, finally making inflight entertainment truly wireless.

Gaming moves to the cloud and the masses

The next era of gaming will unlock high-performance games for a much broader audience, without requiring high-end gaming PCs to play. When HP unveiled the OMEN Gaming Hub, for example, it became the world’s first Windows PC manufacturer with an integrated NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming solution, giving gamers access to 1,450 titles regardless of their PC hardware.

“No matter where we are, we share a common pursuit: finding purpose in what we do.”

—Alex Cho, President of Personal Systems at HP

For a truly optimized gaming experience, gamers will want to check out HP’s most powerful gaming laptop ever, the new OMEN by HP 17-inch Laptop, or the OMEN by HP 40L and OMEN by HP 45L desktops, which feature up to 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13900K processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4090, with each offering a level of resolution typically reserved for e-sports pros.

Serious and casual gamers alike are also getting more options for how they engage with the content on screen. This year HyperX launched new peripherals at CES designed to improve comfort, performance, and customization. They include the Clutch Gladiate Enhanced Wired Controller for Xbox and the Pulsefire Haste 2 Gaming Mouse, which comes both as wired and wirelessly, with up to 100-hour battery life when used without the wire. 

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Mobility gets meta and micro

In the not-so-distant future, you may be able to change the color of your car on a whim and view a mixed-reality dashboard on your windshield in BMW’s i Vision D, display information to people outside your car via an external screen above the front bumper of the electric Sony-Honda collaboration Afeela, or watch a race among hydrogen-powered flying cars like the Maca S11 IS — all on display at CES 2023. But some of the most interesting mobility innovations at CES are more locally focused and down to earth.  

For example, the Tatamel foldable e-bike, designed for condo dwellers in big cities can reach a top speed of 25 miles an hour, can be used as a backup generator in case of emergency, and could be a game changer in how people travel locally and to and from public transit — often referred to as the “last mile” challenge. For colder climates, the Moonbike combines electric bike and snowmobile technology, with an app to track performance, join virtual races, and more. 

Wearables move from function to fashion

Wearable tech gadgets at CES 2023 not only track health and wellness, but are also runway ready. The event featured a dizzying number of watch-based health monitoring tools designed for specific consumer types and featuring stylish details like leather bands and even ancient gemstones. Some smart watches unveiled at CES 2023 include features like topographical maps and route guidance for endurance runners and bikers, jet lag prevention monitoring for business travelers, and screen time vs. physical activity tracking for children

Other wearable concepts included smart headbands, glasses, shoes, shirts, bras, and even face masks, but the one that’s getting the most buzz is Evie. Created by California-based Movano Health, the fashion forward smart ring designed specifically for women tracks the wearer’s heart rate, skin temperature, menstrual and ovulation cycles and sleep.

Across the board, the products at this year’s CES highlight the fact that consumers are looking for more than cool new gadgets — they expect tech that makes a meaningful difference in their lives.

“No matter where we are, we share a common pursuit: finding purpose in what we do,” says HP’s Cho. “For freelancers, this means mobility and performance to create. For gamers, it’s as much about connection as it is competition. And for all of us, it’s making sustainability a priority in our lives.”

CES continues through January 8.


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