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LAS VEGAS – Tech companies of all sizes are showcasing their latest products at CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show.

The show is returning to normal after being fully virtual in 2021 and seeing a significant drop in attendance in 2022 due to the pandemic.

Exhibitors range from big names like Sony and LG to small startups. You might see the next big thing or something that will never make it past the prototype stage.

On Tuesday night, the show began with media previews from just some of the 3,000 companies that had registered to attend. CES officially opens on Thursday.

Here are some highlights:

POKEMON BUT MAKE IT BIRDS

Bird Buddy featured a smart bird feeder that takes snaps of feathered friends as they fly in to munch on some treats. The startup says its AI tech can recognize more than 1,000 species of birds, allowing users to share what kind of birds they’re feeding via a mobile app.

An exhibitor holds up the Bird Buddy smart camera birdhouse during CES Unveiled before the CES technology trade show begins Tuesday, January 3, 2023 in Las Vegas. The AI-powered bird feeder with camera notifies you when a bird is feeding, takes photos, and organizes the photos. (AP/John Locher)

“We’re trying to scramble the collection so it’s a really fun game that you can play – almost like a real Pokémon Go with real animals and wildlife in your backyard,” said Kyle Buzzard, the company’s co-founder and chief hardware officer.

The product has already generated some interest from consumers who want to show the world which birds are coming to their garden.

The company, which began as a Kickstarter project in 2020, says it began shipping its birdhouses in September and has already sold all 100,000 in its inventory. The basic feeder is priced at $199.

ELECTRIC SLED

Journalists had fun whizzing through the exhibition hall on remote-controlled, electric inline skates from French startup AtmosGear.

The battery lasts 20 miles (32 kilometers), said founder Mohamed Soliman, who hopes people will see it as a viable mode of commuting, like electric bikes or scooters.

Atmos Gear’s Mohamed Soliman demonstrates the Atmos Gear inline electric skates during CES Unveiled prior to the start of the CES tech show on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP/John Locher)

“My goal is to get everyone skating again because it’s so much fun, every time you see people skating, you see them with a big smile,” Soliman said.

A belt pouch accommodates the battery and the cables connected to the skates. They can also be used as normal skates when they need to be charged or skaters just want to skate under their own power.

The $500 skates are available for pre-order. The company has taken orders for 150 pairs so far and is targeting 200 orders to begin production.

DIGITAL TEMPORARY TATTOOS

An exhibitor applies a temporary tattoo using a Prinker digital temporary tattoo machine during CES Unveiled prior to the start of the CES tech show, Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in Las Vegas. The device allows the user to print a temporary tattoo using cosmetic ink. (AP/John Locher)

A wearable device being exhibited by the South Korean company Prinker allows you to quickly and easily apply temporary tattoos.

The device uses cosmetic-grade ink with a library of thousands of designs or the option to create your own using the company’s app. After choosing a tattoo, simply pan the device to where you want to apply it. The tattoos are waterproof but washable with soap.

The flagship model is $279 and a smaller model is $229. Ink cartridges for 1,000 tattoos are $119.

HELP FIND YOUR WAY

Exhibitor Toru Yamanaka wears a Loovic augmented reality device during CES Unveiled ahead of the start of the CES tech show Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in Las Vegas. Worn around the neck, the IoT device uses tactile notifications and bone conduction audio to guide the user without having to constantly look at a map app on their phone. (AP/John Locher)

Japan-based Loovic has developed a device that aims to solve the challenges faced by people who have difficulty finding their way while walking.

Worn around the neck, the device uses sound and vibration to guide users to destinations so they can see what’s around rather than focusing on a phone’s maps app.

Toru Yamanaka, Loovic co-founder and CEO, said he was inspired to create the device for his son, who has a cognitive impairment that makes it difficult for him to navigate.

The prototype of the device is not yet available to the public.

A FITNESS TRACKER FOR YOUR DOG

If you’re wondering what your dog does when you’re not at home, French startup Invoxia has a product for you. The company’s smart dog collar monitors your pet’s activity and sleep and sends the data to your phone.

The latest version, presented at CES and featuring a GPS tracker, includes more advanced heart health monitoring.

The collar costs $149 in the US, while a monthly subscription to the app for $8.25 monitors and shares data with your vet.

The creators of Roybi, an educational AI robot that helps children learn STEM topics and new languages, venture into the Metaverse.

The RoybiVerse is expected to offer stations where K-12 and college students can learn about a wide range of educational topics.

Users walking around the RoybiVerse can visit a section where they learn about dinosaurs or go to the virtual library where they can choose a book and read.

The RoybiVerse, which is expected to launch in mid-2023, will be available in virtual reality headsets and on a website. No robot required.

Credit: AP/John Locher