14 Gadgets From CES 2023 You Can Buy Now: Headphones, Cameras, Toys

a new year means new gadgets. And thanks to CES 2023, we’ve seen a ton of innovative tech this past week. While many products announced at CES won’t be available till later this year, a fair number are already for sale—which could help tide you over until then. If your wallet has recovered from the holidays, check out these CES devices available for purchase or preorder.

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Gaming, Audio, and Pet Tech

Audeze Maxwell Wireless Gaming Headset 

Photograph: Audeze

Those with an Xbox Series S or X looking to upgrade their gaming headset should check out Audeze’s headphones. The company’s new wireless gaming headset packs 90-mm planar magnetic drivers, a built-in mic, and both wireless and USB connectivity. You’ll also get up to 80 hours of battery life per charge. We haven’t tested these yet, but we’re fans of Audeze’s more affordable pairs, so these should be worth looking into.

Not a fan of the Meta Quest Pro? HTC’s Vive XR might be a solid alternative. The stand-alone mixed-reality headset packs 4K resolution, a 90-Hz refresh rate, a field of view up to 110 degrees, an RGB pass-through camera, and two wireless controllers with support for hand tracking. For extra comfort, there’s a detachable battery (which lets you wear the eyepiece like glasses instead) and adjustable diopters on each lens. It’s currently available for preorder. You’ll also get five video games with your purchase if you order by February 15.

Razer’s second version of its handheld gaming device packs a variety of hardware upgrades, including a 144-Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chipset, an active-cooled processor designed for mobile gaming, and 5G support. It won’t hit shelves till later this year, but you can reserve it on Razer’s website now for a $5 deposit.

If you’re looking for a record player to accompany your Sonos system at home, look no further. As part of the Works with Sonos program, Victrola’s Stream Onyx turntable wirelessly connects and casts music to your Sonos devices. It’s also a more affordable alternative to Victrola’s Stream Carbon for $800 (which launched in November), but that does mean it comes with a slightly cheaper Audio Technica VM-95 cartridge. It performs nearly as well, though. It’s currently available for preorder and will ship in February.  

Wowwee Dog-E Robot Dog

Photograph: Wowwee

No, this isn’t a Poo-Chi from the early 2000s. But Dog-E is as close as we’ll get to one in 2023. This robot dog goes through a “minting” process that reveals features and personality traits unique to each model. This can include different play styles, behaviors, and LED light combinations. You can also feed it and train it through the connected app. It’s worth noting that it does have a microphone and speakers, so we recommend checking the privacy policies before preordering one. 

Ever wish you could have a two-way conversation with your pet? With FluentPet you can—sort of. The latest kit from the company comes with a Connect Base, which has a large, high-fidelity speaker (instead of small speakers built into each individual button). It also records each button press and captures it via the companion app, allowing you to keep track of your pet’s activity and progress. It’s currently available for preorder and will ship next month.

Home and Other Tech 

Ring Car Cam

Photograph: Amazon

You can now add a Ring camera to your home and car. The first of its kind for the company, the Car Cam has an HD dual-facing camera (controlled using the Ring app) that records activity when your car is in motion the way a standard dash cam does. When parked, it uses sensors to detect any activity inside or around the vehicle—including if someone breaks into your car (with the ability to talk to whoever is in there). It’s currently available for preorder for $200 for a limited time, but the price will increase to $250 once it launches on February 15.

(Note: WIRED has reported extensively about Ring Doorbells in relation to security, surveillance, and police partnerships, so read up before you buy.)

The Peephole Camera lives on! After being discontinued in 2021, the rental-friendly security camera is back by popular demand. Since it’s the original model the company released in 2019 (not an updated version), it comes with the same features, including a 1080p HD camera, night vision, two-way talk, and the ability to detect motion on your stoop and knocks on your door. Ring did lower the price from $199 to $130, making it more affordable than last time. 

(Note: WIRED has reported extensively about Ring Doorbells in relation to security, surveillance, and police partnerships, so read up before you buy.)

Unistellar’s eQuinox 2 is the perfect telescope for those who live in areas with a lot of lights. With its Smart Light Pollution Reduction system, it can digitally enhance images to remove some of the glare typically found in urban settings. There’s also a new Autonomous Field Detection system that allows the telescope to automatically orient itself, which helps in tracking and pinpointing objects. The eQuinox 2 is currently available for preorder and will ship early this year.

Nuwa Pen

Photograph: Nuwa

Nuwa says its pen works with any paper—no special notebook required. The onboard Trident camera system consists of three cameras and infrared light that track your pen strokes in both high and low light. It uses this data to digitally record your pen strokes. You can upload your notes and sketches to the companion app on your phone. And for $3 a month, it’ll automatically convert handwritten notes to text. It’s currently available for preorder for $179 (and is expected to ship in August), but the price will increase to $279 at full production. 

These roller skates are extremely expensive for a reason—they’re the world’s first pair of electric in-line skates. Equipped with a motor and remote, you can control both the speed and brakes. You’ll have to wear a fanny-pack type accessory to hold the battery, which looks slightly ridiculous—but hey, those are back in style anyway.

This isn’t your typical smartwatch, because it doesn’t actually display the time or show you notifications. Instead, it tracks your health data. The inside houses a variety of sensors to record heart rate, steps, sleep, and the output of your sweat glands. In collaboration with health-tech company Phillips, it monitors your stress level and can detect when it’s about to get worse. The mobile app then recommends things you can do to de-stress. It’s customizable too, with the ability to swap out the tops for different types of gemstones (which start at $27 each).

OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock

Photograph: OWC

Docks are often bulky, particularly because they require a power cable and a bulky power block. OWC’s Thunderbolt Go, however, packs all the power supply junk inside the dock itself. That way you can just plug the silver box directly into the wall. That’s a huge boon for portability. It also comes with five USB ports (three USB-C and two USB-A), an HDMI port (that can support up to an 8K display), an Ethernet port, and SD card slots. It’s currently available for preorder.

Hasbro and Formlabs (the 3D printing company) have teamed up to help transform you into your very own action figure—with the option to choose characters from Power Rangers, Star Wars, Marvel, and more. All you have to do is download the Hasbro Pulse app, take a selfie, choose your character, and customize the look. We do recommend ordering in advance if you’re gifting one of these; Hasbro says it’ll take up to 45 days to ship.

Updated January 7: An earlier version of this story listed the price of the HTC VIVE XR Elite as $1,0999. We’ve updated it to clarify the price is $1,099.

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