CES 2022’s Scariest Tech: From Hyundai’s ‘Digital Twins’ to Breathable PCs

Most of the tech we saw at CES 2022 was harmless and friendly, but beneath the show’s shiny surface were a few ideas that made us shiver: self-driving tractors, seemingly likeable T-800 robots, and bears that nibble at your fingertips.

Okay, maybe we’re a little harsh on Amagami Ham Ham, but like everything else on this list, he ticked an important box: given the right director, he could easily be the star of a movie. scary horror.

A big theme at CES 2022 was the technology that keeps you watchful to sleep, including a disturbing and smart anti-snoring pillow and smart bulbs, so these made our list despite their indisputable advantages.

Add in over-designed air-purifying masks, breathable PC cases and, yes, scarier humanoid robots, and you’ve got a solid cast of support for a new David Cronenberg film. So grab some popcorn and browse our list of the spookiest tech ideas from CES 2022 – and if that gets you in the mood, check out our guide to the best new horror movies of 2022.

John Deere Autonomous Tractor

An autonomous John Deere tractor working a field

(Image credit: John Deere)

If James Cameron were to remake the opening sequence for Terminator, we could see this autonomous John Deere tractor rumble over the skeletal remains of human civilization. Of course, the 8R Tractor was built with the perfectly sensible purpose of helping farmers work their soil more efficiently, but there is always something scary about seeing this farm beast rushing towards you with no one behind the wheel.

The fact that the 8R tractor uses artificial intelligence and six pairs of stereo cameras to move around increases our fears. But the good news is that farmers can control the tractor with a smartphone app, and the machine’s ability to analyze the soil it is plowing should be able to give farmers practical advice on how to handle more. efficiently their land and crops.

Ameca robot

The humanoid robot Ameca on a gray background

(Image credit: Ameca)

On the edge of the strange valley hides Ameca, a close relative of Sonny de I, Robot and an emotionally expressive mechanoid with a slightly sickly smile. Built by Engineered Arts, the UK’s leading manufacturer of entertainment robots, it made its first public appearance at CES 2022 and is designed to welcome visitors at events or attractions. But is he just biding his time before launching a presidential campaign?

Ameca is certainly smart, with artificial intelligence and cameras in each of her eyes that allow her to respond to your movements and follow faces. Fortunately, the robot cannot walk yet, which makes it a bit easier to run from a Boston Dynamics Spot. And given that Ameca seems to live in a state that falls somewhere between wonder and bewilderment, we think we can distract him with a fidget spinner.

Razer Zephyr Pro

The Razer Zephyr Pro goggle on a gray background

(Image credit: Razer)

If last year’s Razer Zephyr goggle wasn’t intimidating enough for you, the company has created an even more sophisticated version with built-in voice amplification called the Zephyr Pro. It might be the perfect post-apocalyptic prop for our troubled times, if not exactly ideal for picking up your child in kindergarten.

To be fair to Razer, the Zephyr Pro is good for more than just cosplaying Bane, thanks to its replaceable N95-grade filters and speaker grilles to project your voice to 60 decibels, from a range of ‘one meter. It’s also made from recycled materials and optional RGB lights let you know when to replace your filters. There is no release date yet, but it will arrive in 2022 for $ 149.

Ten Minds movement pillow

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A diagram showing a head resting on the Ten Minds movement pillow

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Ten Minds motion pillow with sensor

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The seemingly harmless movement pillow is filled with small airbags that gently push your head into a better position for nighttime breathing. But what happens when he decides to stop snoring for good? It might be our imaginations running away with us, but a pillow that can watch you sleep and move around is potentially the stuff of, well, nightmares.

Fortunately, the reality of the Motion Pillow is, for now, more mundane and useful. Its AI Motion system detects your snoring, locates your head position, then slowly moves to the side to help open your airways. Assuming that doesn’t wake you up, it will also showcase your markedly improved sleep stats when you join the real world, ready for a morning snack of your Amagami Ham …

Ham Amagami Ham

Ham Amagami Ham

(Image credit: Yukai Engineering)

Yes, this adorable plush robot looks cute, especially when you discover that it is designed to comfort you by gently biting your finger. But what happens when Amagami Ham Ham fills up with Gremlin and decides he’d like one of your numbers for breakfast? Just because this isn’t technically possible doesn’t mean our minds haven’t turned one of CES 2022’s most heartwarming launches into a comedic horror scene.

Fortunately, “Amagami” in Japanese means “soft bite” rather than “fingertip guillotine,” and its maker Yukai Engineering has even coded an algorithm that offers two dozen styles of nibbling for your fingertips. You’ll be able to buy it in the Calico Cat and Shuba Inu models for around $ 40 this year.

Owo Game haptic vest

The OWO Game haptic vest worn by a model to show what sensations it can provide

(Image credit: Owo)

What better way to unwind after a hard day at the office than by putting on a vest that simulates serious abdominal injuries, insect bites, stab wounds and an ax? This is the utopian dream imagined by the Owo Game haptic vest, which works with games on mobile, PC, console and VR platforms to provide an additional dose of uncomfortable realism.

Thankfully, not all the sensations the vest provides are near-death experiences, with the Owo game also promising to recreate the thrill of driving at 100mph or freefall (to a really large trampoline, hopefully). You can also adjust the intensity of each sensation, to make sure it stays on the good, pleasurable side. There is no confirmed launch date for the Owo yet, but you can register your interest on the official site.

CyberPowerPC Kinetic Box

Cyberpower Kinetic box opens and closes its valves

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There is something edgy about the technology that seems to breathe, and that is the effect created by CyberPowerPC’s Kinetic box. Rather than sighing when you’ve just spent nine extra hours on Microsoft Flight Simulator, the case’s 18 mechanical vents are designed to automatically open and close when it needs more air.

As CyberPowerPC’s Nam Hoang explained in a video preview for the Kinetic series, the goal was to create a case that was more than just a box with holes. The design was apparently inspired by the kinetic architecture of buildings like the Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi – and now that we’ve got past our reflexive phobia of breathing gadgets, we have to admit it’s alluringly beautiful.

Hyundai’s “digital twins”

Girl meets astronaut and robot using Hyundai's digital twin technology

(Image credit: Hyundai)

The most unintentionally disturbing vision for the future at CES 2022 goes to Hyundai, for its thoughts on the metaverse and robots. As a cross between David Gelernter’s Mirror Worlds and Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, Hyundai’s presentation revolved around the concept of “digital twins,” an idea that science fiction hasn’t exactly described in glowing terms.

In Hyundai’s vision, robots are effectively our proxies, acting as our eyes and ears, or even allowing us to hug a family from another continent while we’re at work. The company has even gone so far as to depict people visiting Mars with their Boston Dynamic pet robots, which themselves fall somewhere between awe-inspiring and terrifying. The perks of “metamobility,” where physical limitations are no longer a hindrance for anyone, are certainly exciting, but it’s hard not to think about the dystopian cons when you’ve been weaned on Blade Runner and The Matrix.

Beonmi robot

The Beonmi robot takes someone's temperature

(Image credit: Beyond Imagination)

The Beonmi 1.0 robot, which takes HyundaI’s concept of ‘digital twins’ and turns it into a slightly disturbing reality, apparently evolves over time from a piloted human to a fully autonomous humanoid.

It was Beonmi’s somewhat intense “focus” face that scared us a little at first, but the robot is also smiling and apparently happy to work in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, logistics and, eventually, spatial construction. We’re happy to give Beonmi the benefit of the doubt for now – until he applies for a job on TechToSee, at least.


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