Ten Technologies to Check For at CES [Tech Tuesday]
In advance of this week’s annual Consumer Electronics Show coming to Las Vegas tomorrow, a sneak peak was offered to check out many new products that will be hitting the market. Dozens of featured electronics were on display at “CES Unveiled” last night at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and all of them were exciting. However, as hard as it is, I would like to share ten products that stood out to me that show-goers may also appreciate. They may not be the most mind-blowing, but they certainly seem useful and interesting. Here they are in alphabetical order:
– Adi-En and Allison – Two new pieces of luggage produced by Swar Gusta luggage seek to make travelling better. “Adi-En” and “Allison” are new pieces of luggage that are electronics! They come with large touchscreen LCD display and one can use GPS tracking to find them or Wi-Fi Direct. Also, the luggage comes with a highly secure lock system, self-weighing scale, and pull-handle and wheel system that protects and hides the wheels of the luggage when it’s not being pulled. And it’s not that heavy, either. Definitely, some next level travelling technology!
– Flexcam PIC – A funky, yet amusing-looking camera which is flexible and light can not only be easily carried around and is less bulky and obtrusive than a typical point-and-shoot camera. It comes equipped with 16gb memory, full HD 1080p video recording and 8mp camera. It is also splashproof! And for transferring the pictures and videos off of the Flexcam, it comes with Bluetooth and files can also be transferred easily via USB. This product hits the market next month.
– Hydrao – With water being a limited resource (especially in California), Hydrao seeks to make us more aware of how much water is being used when showering. A showerhead that needs no battery nor does it use electricity – Hydrao is powered by the water that flows through it. While showering, it shows the user how much water is being used through colored lights. Following one’s shower, one can use an app on their mobile device to view how much water is being used, as Hydrao connects through Bluetooth 4.0 to provide such information. This is certainly needed in our world today.
– ili Wearable Translator – While many science fiction shows, movies, and more have featured various devices that translate languages unfamiliar to people, it would seem that a new product makes it reality. The ili Wearable Translator is a device worn as a necklace that comes with a library of travel lexicon and does not even need an Internet connection to work. English, Japanese, and Chinese are languages in the translator available now, with French, Thai, Korean, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic on the way. This device also comes with a docking station that connects to the Internet, which allows it to update its vocabulary. This device will be very useful.
– Luminion – The Luminion is a sleek, luminous object developed by Ubiant®, and is a community, eco-citizen smart candlestick, along with the Hemis cloud platform based on artificial intelligence, designed to revolutionize the management of energy and well‐being in homes. This technology received a CES Innovation Award in the “Tech For A Better World” category. Used on its own, Luminion displays the user’s energy consumption using a lights system (via its luminous column) and compares it with that of the community (via a gauge comprising a series of LEDs). It thus encourages users to adopt best practices and reduce their energy consumption by up to 20%. It also looks beautiful.
Smarter suite of products – With three different products coming to assist people who use refrigerators (that would be a lot of people), Smarter‘s Detect, Mats, and Fridge Cam seek to help people in their usage of this everyday appliance. Detect is for appliances, letting the user know if certain sounds (oven, microwave, etc.) are going off and something is ready. Mat allows user to know if something is on it or not (and if it needs to be replaced) in the refrigerator. Fridge Cam is a 1080p web camera that takes pictures whenever the refrigerator is opened. These products use wi-fi to communicate and come with a USB port for charging.
Snakable – A modest, unassuming product, Snakable is a product that is sure to be used on a daily basis. The Snakable cable utilizes a built-in patent-pending advanced strain relief assembly on both sides of the cable, at the connectors. This strain relief assembly allows the user to use their USB cable without any change to the normal way of use. The only difference is that Snakable won’t break from normal usage like your standard cable will. It is four feet long and comes in 5 different colors. This is useful!
– Thermo – What if you could take someone’s temperature – yours or someone else’s – without having to put the item used to take the temperature in any crevices or in anyone’s body? Thermo is a game changer. With their revolutionary HotSpotSensor™ Technology, a simple gesture yields the most precise temperature possible, and automatic Wi-Fi sync with the dedicated Thermo app allows the user to track temperature readings, get reminders and input related symptoms/medications right on one’s smartphone. With 16 infrared sensors and their patented HotSpot Sensor™, Thermo finds the hottest spot and provides a highly-accurate temperature reading in only 2 seconds. Within the app, one gets a temperature diary, a simple analysis and one can include relevant information such as medication and/or symptoms.
– Triby – A greatly useful communications system has come to the kitchen. Radio, Bluetooth speaker and standalone music system all-in-one, Triby is a connected speaker with awesome sound that the whole family can use at the touch of a button. Triby connects family members via hands-free VoIP & mobile phone calls, and personal doodles on the connected message board. Triby is so easy to use, even children can receive one’s doodles or messages, as well as acknowledge them by either pushing in the yellow flag, sending an emoticon, or using one of the pre-set buttons to make a phone call. One particular feature is to be able to use the Bluetooth hands-free option for one’s mobile calls. Answer with a single key press on Triby and talk up to 15 ft away! With Triby, one can make and answer free calls to and from family members through the Triby iOS app. No landline is needed. Also, neat is it’s connected message board, which one can use the iOS app to send messages, reminders, and drawings or doodles to one’s family when ones is away from home. Kids love to see the yellow flag pop out and notify them that your drawing, text, or emoji has arrived! This is certainly a useful communication device!
– Wistiki – Trying to find one’s objects can be challenging, so Wistiki came up with devices to help one find them via wi-fi! With three products – ahā!, hopla!, and voilá! – Wistiki created separate items specifically for wallets, pet collars, and keys, respectively. Through an app, one can use GPS to track them down and also have them make sounds, allowing the user to reconnect with the user’s items. One needs not be convinced of the usefulness of these products, this is a greatly useful suite of products!
For those coming to the Consumer Electronics Show, these should be some interesting and useful products to explore.