I know this post is a couple days later than promised, but I decided to wait until CES was finished so I didn't miss out on any cool products to share with you. The convention show floor, which spanned 3 giant halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center and 2 halls at the Sands, was open from Wednesday morning until Saturday night, and all 4 days were packed with incredible discoveries in current, new, and upcoming tech. Obviously I can't talk about everything, or we'd be here until next CES, but I'd like to introduce you to a handful of items that caught my interest over the 4 days of roaming the miles and miles of booth packed aisles.
Starting at the LVCC, I'd like to share 5 very different products with you. We'll start with the most basic, a line of cell phone cases from one of my favorite case makers, Speck. They have a few newer lines, including a beautiful Candy Shell series with images by artist Jonathon Adler, their Candy Shell Inked collection featuring gorgeous artwork, and their military grade, drop resistant, UV yellowing resistant, clear cases. Any of Speck's cases our sure to impress you, bringing style and protection to your phone.
Another pocket-sized product is the Echobox Explorer X1, a portable music player that has the coolest design. This wireless, high-fidelity, streaming music system is ergonomically shaped like a flask, with a volume dial cap, gorgeous real wood exterior, and sleek Android interface. The WiFi lets you stream, but there's also 64GB of storage and a MicroSD slot for your personal music collection as well. The smooth, clear sound quality coming from this dedicated music player is far superior to a smartphone, where music enjoyment is not the primary function. You can order one in black walnut, maple, or mahogany, and impress your friends with your grown-up, sophisticated style.
Now we switch from hand-held to hand-controlled with the Petrone fighting drone from Byrobot. This 3-in-1 drone transforms from a flying battle drone, to a driving drone, and a flying camera drone. It's controlled by a simple smart phone app, and with it's auto hover feature is fairly easy to learn to maneuver. In battle drone mode, you can enter into aerial combat with another Petrone, and shoot each other out of the sky with infrared beams, like drone laser tag. No worries though, Petrone will safely and gently lower itself to the ground instead of crash landing like some other drones. In driving mode, you attach 2 beefy wheels to allow your drone to cruise the ground in style. The available live streaming HD camera attachment has a First Person View option for use with a VR headset. All together, this drone is a superior toy.
Moving away from personal electronics, I got to interact with the Savioke Relay droid, a cute little robot for the hospitality industry, who shuttles items between people. If you're staying in a hotel with a Relay, you could order a drink, additional towels, or any number of items that will fit in his compartment, and he'll autonomously deliver them to your room. A human has to load the items in to begin with, but once that's done, Relay's sensors can guide him to his needy guest, deliver the items, and return himself to his charging station home. He doesn't talk, but he makes cute beeps and displays very polite messages on his screen. If you look closely at my photo, you can see he has 2 little eyes on his screen as well. Too bad he's not for personal use yet, because he's be great for house parties.
We'll round out the LVCC with another device you'll have to leave your house to enjoy, but you should make a point to do so. The InBody full body scanner, found in a selection of health care locations, gyms, and nutritional shops, is a device that can detect a number of key factors about your body composition, to help you increase your overall health and fitness. It uses BIA (Biometric Impedance Analysis) to measure your body's lean/fat mass, intra/extracellular water, basal metabolic rate, and more. You stand barefoot on the device's metal plates, hold the metal handles, and the InBody sends mild electric currents through your body. You'll get a printout of all your body's measurements, not just as a whole, but for each limb and your torso individually. You can use this information to adjust your own fitness routine, or take it to your health care provider for advice. Email the company from www.inbodyusa.com to find a location near you where you can get a test done, and read more about the science behind the technology on their site as well.
Moving on over to the Sands Convention Center, I'll also highlight 5 products from my time exploring there. In the realm of personal care, there's the Pure from MiLi. This palm-sized, Bluetooth connected, Swarovski crystal adorned scanner detects the moisture levels in your skin in a mere 5 seconds. Simply touch the device to various sections of skin, like face or hands, and get a detailed analysis in the connected app of your skin's hydration levels. You can use this information to improve your liquid consumption or your moisturizer usage. Don't know if your favorite hand cream is really working as advertised? Now you can find out.
How about some health care for your furry friends? The WonderWoof is a connected Bluetooth bow tie for your pooch, that tracks his activity levels, whether he's sleeping, walking, running, or playing, and for how long. Use the app to determine if he's getting enough exercise, and also connect to a community of other dog owners in your area, for dog friendly locations and play dates. It comes in a variety of colors to suit for pet's personality. Plus, it's still in development, but the WonderMeow will be coming soon for your kitty pals as well.
You want to take care of yourself and your loved ones, whether they be 2-legged or 4-legged, so along with health you can't forget safety. That's where the Thinkware Dash Cam X550 comes in. The ultimate in dash cam tech, this device has full HD front and rear cameras, with CMOS sensors, 2 megapixels, time lapse and night vision modes, and a 2.7" viewing screen. It can detect and warn you if you get too close to the vehicle in front of you, when that vehicle is moving away, and if you start to swerve out of your lane. These warnings greatly increase the safety of your driving experience, and make this device well worth the money. Thinkware has a full line of cameras, but this model is top of the line.
What about the health of the planet? Try getting out of your car once in a while and walking or biking to work or the store. With the My Open Road app, you'll be rewarded for doing that. Download the free app, choose which travel method you're using, whether that be walking, biking, bus riding, or simply ride sharing, and the app will track how far you take this travel method, and how you are personally cutting down on your carbon emissions. You'll get a Social Responsibility Score, which you can turn into discounts at local participating businesses. Save the planet and get exclusive retail rewards, all for free. Available for iOS and Android.
Finally, let's wrap this up with something that's just for fun. The Jamstik+ from Zivio is a Bluetooth digital guitar, with real strings and frets, connected to an iOS or Android app. At only the length of a regular guitar neck, the compact size makes it great for learning or composing on-the-go, and the connectivity provides all sorts of app-driven lessons and recording options. Great for beginners and pros alike, this smart device can take your guitar skills to the next level. I'm currently learning to play at home on a huge acoustic guitar, and I'd love to have this product to throw in my bag and be able to continue my lessons anywhere I go.
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The final large Press party of CES 2016 happened last night at the Wynn. ShowStoppers is always a great event, with a great atmosphere, a nice range of products, and the best food of all the parties. After being on the show floor for a full day ahead of the party, you really can't ignore the importance of a fantastic catered meal, and of course an open bar. The theme for me at the event was toys, toys, toys. There were toys for kids, adults, and even dogs. Here's a small selection of last night's products that will put a bit of fun in your life.
Alpha 2 from UBTECH is more than just a toy, and one intended for an adult, no matter that he looks like you'd find him in a child's room. Alpha 2 has a voice controlled interface, and can respond to a wide range of commands and questions. He can connect to all of your smart home devices, like the fridge, thermostat, doorbell, and can even open your smart windows and doors for you. So, he makes a pretty decent robot butler. He's also very mobile, and can even do yoga with you. I'd love to have one, but I don't have an extra grand lying around. The company also has several other models of robot, geared more towards play.
These adorable little guys are Dino from CogniToys. Dino is a voice controlled, connected toy for young kids, that can be an education tool as well as fun. Like a talking encyclopedia, he can answer a number of questions that a child might be curious about, and can adapt the level of his information as your child learns. He will adapt himself to your individual child's needs, so each Dino becomes unique as you play with him. He can learn your name, and the name you choose to give him, can play games, tell stories, and even jokes. He has a cute growly monster voice too, which suits his look very well.
These colorful toys are Hackaballs, the programmable squishy toy for children 6-12. Through the connected app, a child can tell the Hackaball what color to turn, or whether to flash or vibrate, depending on what has been done to it. For instance, if it gets kicked, it might turn red, throw it in the air and it could vibrate and turn green, etc. Using the app, a child can get a first introduction to basic programming, and have a lot of fun customizing games.
Dogs can get in on the playtime too with this CleverPet game console. The center section stores food, and the dog must interact with the circles of light for the device to open and reward it with a treat. The games start out easy, basically to teach your dog how to use the device, and get progressively harder as the dog learns to complete more complex games.
Finally, it might be a stretch to call this a toy, but if you love to cook outside, this could be a lot of fun to use. The GoSun stove is fully solar powered, and can cook any type of food, even soup, inside it's cylindrical body. The sun heats the stove up to 550 degrees, and can cook a meal in 20 minutes. I know several grilling enthusiasts who would love to add this to their outdoor culinary arsenal.
This wraps up all the Press parties of the show, but there are plenty more products to be found on the show floor. I've been scouring the Las Vegas Convention Center the last 2 days and intend to bring you some of the coolest things I've seen on the morrow. So swing back by, because you won't want to miss anything.
Last night saw me attending 2 Press parties, Discover Blue and Digital Experience. The 1st is a small show, put on by Bluetooth SIG, and features products that, as you might guess, are all Bluetooth devices. The 2nd is one of the 3 largest parties of the show, and showcases a wide array of products. Here are just a few of the many great things I saw last night.
Veta, from Aterica Digital Health, is a smart case for EpiPens. By storing your injectors in these cases, you or you child will never leave home without them again. The device connects via Bluetooth to your cell phone, and as soon as the 2 are out of range with each other, an alarm will sound on your phone, to remind you to pick up your EpiPen. If you've misplaced it, you can use the app to trigger an alarm on the Veta itself, to help you locate it. The app can also notify parents or emergency services. Knowing how vital it is for EpiPen users to always have access to them, this seems like a really great device.
The Phree Bluetooth pen is an input device which allows you to write notes in any app on your Bluetooth connected device, using any type of surface. Other digital pens I've seen need special paper to track your writing, but with the Phree you can write on paper, fabric, your hand, or anything else that's available. Pretty convenient for on-the-go note taking.
This self-installing car seat from 4moms is a must for any parent with an infant. Car seats are notoriously difficult to install, and a great many people do it incorrectly. Once you've attached the base with a seat belt, this device levels itself, tightens the belt, and locks itself in place. The accompanying app even walks you through the step of attaching the seat belt initially. No longer will parents need to wonder if their precious cargo is safe and secure.
This little Code-A-Pillar from Fisher-Price is the cutest little programmable robot for ages 3-8. Each segment of his body is inter-changeable and can be rearranged, and tells this little cutie to move in a certain direction, play music, or go to sleep. His eyes light up to match the color of the segment he's currently obeying, and he makes adorable cooing sounds if you pet his head. Such a cute toy, which parents will enjoy playing with as much as their kids!
LEGO has an education line for school systems called WeDo 2.0. It's a pre-packaged set of LEGO bricks, which aid teachers in teaching science based concepts. Students create their own working robots to learn from, instead of relying on just a book. Getting their hands on these mechanisms has proven to help kids learn and retain these lessons better than standard methods. I wish we'd have had these when I was in school, it would've made science far more fun and engaging.
The Kube is a portable speaker and cooler, so you can tote your favorite beverages along with some really great music. This speaker has incredible sound quality and huge range, making it a perfect device for a party setting. Take it to the beach, on a picnic, or just outside on the patio, and impress your friends with big sound and a refreshing surprise inside.
That's all for now. Tonight is the final large Press party, ShowStoppers, so look for another post tomorrow featuring things I discover there.
Thousands of members of the Press descended on Mandalay Bay last night, to attend CES Unveiled and be among the first to set eyes on some of the great products debuting at CES this week. Health and fitness were hugely represented, along with some home appliances and things to have fun with. Here's just a small sampling of what the night had to offer.
In the realm of tracking your health, there were 3 products that stood out. The first I'll share is the MOCAheart from MOCACARE. This small, stainless steel device scans your thumb to instantly measure your heart rate, blood oxygen, and blood flow. It then connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and transmits that data to an app. The app tracks your stats over time, which you can use for your personal awareness, or share with your doctor and loved ones, directly through the app.
Next up is the QardioCore from Qardio, a company that has been winning healthcare awards for a couple years now. The QardioCore is a device that you strap to your chest and wear throughout the day, to continuously monitor your ECG data, as well as record your heart rate, heart rate variability, body temp, respiratory rate, stress level, and activity information. All of this data is collected in an app so you can view a full readout of your cardiovascular health profile.
The final health monitoring device I want to feature is the GoBe by Healbe. This wristband helps you eat a healthier diet by tracking your calorie intake, all without you having to input data. By sending low frequency signals through your skin, the GoBe is able to detect how much fluid is flowing through your cells. Your cells release water as they absorb the glucose produced when your food is digested. The length of time it takes to digest food depends on what type of food it is, and by tracking the amount and rate of water release, using some complicated algorithms, GoBe knows what you ate, how much of it, and how many calories you've ingested. It also tracks your activity levels, so you can see if you're burning enough calories to offset all you've eaten.
Once you've tracked your health, you'll want to have some gadgets to help you improve it, so here are 2 interesting offerings. The LifeFuels Smart Nutrition Bottle is a cool product to help you do that, by dispensing just the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and other various supplements into your water bottle. FuelPods are stored in the cap of the bottle, and by using the touch screen on the front, you can dispense whichever nutrient concentrate you'd like to add to your water. The smart bottle keeps track of what you've dispensed, down to the amount of each ingredient in a multivitamin pod, and collects this data in an app. It will advise you when you need to consume more of a daily recommended supplement, or warn you when you are about to exceed that amount.
The ReliefBand is a drug free way to prevent and remedy nausea created by motion sickness, morning sickness, or hospital treatments. You can turn the band on and off, as well as adjust the intensity level, to fit your individual needs. The device emits small electrical pulses through your skin, targeting specific nerves, which modulate the neural pathways between your stomach and brain. I get very seasick, and can't wait to try this product out next time I need to be on the water.
Of course, healthy living is about more than just your body, your environment plays a big part too. There were 3 products for the home debuting last night that I'd like to highlight. This first one is the Ween Life Responsive Thermostat. This is the next level of product beyond the popular Nest. This thermostat reacts automatically, adjusting your home temperature based on it's awareness of the proximity of your smartphone. Unlike previous products, you don't have to let it know you're coming home, it already knows. It will raise or lower the temperature to suit your needs when you're home, and save energy costs when you're not.
The Hydrao Smart Shower, available now in Europe and later this year in the US, is compatible with any existing shower system, and allows you to track your water consumption through the connected app. You can determine who in your family uses the most water, and even program the recommended length of a shower, to try to conserve water. The shower head will change colors depending on your water usage, and turn red when your're approaching the set limit. Fortunately, it won't turn your water off if you go beyond that mark, it's up to you to be a smart water user and turn the faucet off.
Lastly, the Airmega Air Purifier from Coway will help keep your home free of pollutants and allergens, something most of us desperately need in our homes. This device will monitor your indoor air quality in real time, and filter out the harmful particles, down to 0.3 microns in size. You can let the Airmega do it's own thing, or you can control it using a phone app, and adjust modes and fan speeds. This device is a little pricey for everyone, but if you can afford it, your health will benefit from living in a cleaner environment.
That's all from CES Unveiled, at least for the moment. I'll be keeping you informed on these and other products as I get them in for review. Tonight I'll be attending 2 more Press parties, so come back tomorrow morning for another installment of awesome new products.
CES 2016 is only a week away, and I'm busy gearing up to bring you news of all the exciting new tech debuting at the show. Stay tuned for an update from the 1st pre-show Press Party on Monday, January 4th, where I'll get a sneak peak at a couple hundred companies, a full 2 days before the show floor opens to everyone else. I can't wait!!!
Technology is seeping into almost every aspect of life these days, and the areas of health and hygiene are no different. And why not? We have tech to help us care for our kids, our cars, our homes, so why not tech to help us care for ourselves? I'd like to introduce you to some personal care products that I saw at International CES 2015 last week, that can help you be a more connected you.
One of the best ways to get pumped for the day is a good workout. Personally, I like the calming, centering effects of yoga. The Smart Mat, which Bluetooth connects to your phone or tablet, can sense all of the points where your body makes contact with the surface of the mat, and help you improve your yoga technique. The app can also take you through preset yoga routines, or you can program in your own. You can chart your progress in perfecting each move, and soon become a yoga master.
Next, we finish our morning routine by using a plethora of personal care products, like shampoo, moisturizer, and make-up. But what products out of the hundreds to choose from do you use? The people who created the Redbox kiosks have been hard at work creating a new kind of kiosk to help you decide. The Sample It booths will be appearing in a number of retail stores, and are basically treasure troves full of samples of dozens of personal care products. For only $1 each, you can try any, or all, of the samples contained in the kiosk. You can even connect to your favorite Sample It kiosk with a phone app to see what samples it has on offer at the time. A vending machine that sells cute little single serving miniatures sounds like a great idea to me! Oh, and you'll even get coupons toward the full size items for every sample you purchase.
Now that you're all clean, limber, and spruced up, it's time to leave the house, but MAN is it ever cold out this time of year! No worries, Digitsole is here to warm your feet and save your toes from the weather. This smart sole gets charged by mini-USB, fits into most types of shoes, and Bluetooth connects to a phone app. You can use the app to adjust the temperature of each of your soles, to keep your feet at their ideal comfort level. Depending on how tropical you like the inside of your shoes to be, you could get up to 10 hours of heat from one charge. The Digitsole can even keep track of your steps, how many calories you've burned, and your current altitude through the app.
Finally, if you're feeling a little under the weather, and you'd like to see a doctor, you don't necessarily have to go all the way to the doctor's office. Most of us have already formed the bad habit of self-diagnosis with the help of medical websites, even though they may not offer the best advice. MDLive, a new medical mobile app can give you a middle ground between random online help and an office visit with an actual medical professional. By signing up with the app, you can connect via email, phone, or video chat with a real doctor, to get a diagnosis, treatment advice, and even prescriptions. You can take photos of your health concerns, images of a minor burn perhaps, and the doctors can tell you if it looks severe enough to get treated at a hospital. You can also talk to mental health professionals and have therapy sessions in the privacy and comfort of your home, right from your phone screen. The cost is low enough per "visit" that it may even trump what you would pay with your insurance at a normal doctor's office. This app can't be a substitute for all office visits, as they can't diagnose and treat serious injuries, and they can also not prescribe heavy pain medications, but it's a great way to save time and money on minor issues.
There you have it, proof that there are very few things in life that can't be enhanced with a little bit of technology. I'll have more on these products in the upcoming months, after I've been able to start using some of them.
Read all about more great products from International CES last week in my wrap up article. Find it on our main Computer Times site at http://computertimes.com/CES2015WrapUp.html.
Yep, you heard me, tech is for kids, or at least for their tech savvy parents. I was able to find so many great new products for kids at this year's International CES last week, more than any other previous year. Whether the product was for caring for your children's health needs, keeping them entertained, or teaching them a little something, there were a bunch of companies at the technology trade show that could help you out.
I already told you about the Pacif-I, the smart pacifier, and Temp Traq, the thermometer patch that you stick on your child for a full 24 hours of temperature monitoring. If you missed that blog post, you can read it here. I also introduced you to Albert the smart, educational robot with the fun rainbow wig, which you can read about in another earlier blog post, here.
Now I'd like to share even more cool stuff for kids, starting with another interactive character. Edwin the Duck is an adorable little rubber ducky, but he's so much more than your typical tub buddy. Not only does Edwin go into the water with your child, he lights up, talks, and even sings while he's doing it. He also comes with an Android or iOS app which let's you interact even more with him, in the form of stories and games. He's a friend who your child can play with in his or her hands as well as on the screen. Perfect!
The next bit of entertainment is from a company I've written about before, and has been awarded the Computer Times Editor's Choice a couple times, including one for their original Boogie Board digital memo pad. Read that review here. Kent Displays still makes this great product, along with 3 other newer designs, including their newest Play n' Trace. This neat new item has a bright, kid friendly shape, with a translucent LCD screen, perfect for placing on top of a picture or a chart of ABC's, to trace them with the included stylus. Lot's of fun with many artistic and educational possibilities.
Now, I couldn't get an overwhelmingly good photo, but Magic Book is in the process of developing an app that can bring your child's favorite book to life, just by holding your phone or tablet over its pages. With this augmented reality app, you would download new content for whichever book you'd like to enhance, then at certain times during the story, you'd use your phone's camera to look at the real page and see animations spring to life out of the text or the printed pictures. It would be like your phone or tablet is a magic looking glass that let's you see a whole hidden realm. What kid could resist that? The release date for this app is uncertain, but I'll be sure to write all about it when it becomes available.
There you have it, 6 products from CES to prove that tech is truly for kids this year. Make sure to go to my previous blog posts to read about the first 3 I mentioned. In the next couple of days, watch out for a post all about health and personal care items for adults.
Well, the first full day of International CES is over, complete with many hours on the convention center show floor, and then ShowStoppers at night, the last of the large Press parties. I was pleasantly surprised with a number of fun things I found while walking the show. Here are just a few, with more in-depth reviews on them coming at a later time.
This is the cutest little educational robot toy named Albert. He connects to your phone to play learning games with your kids. He comes with a set of flashcards, which he can scan and interact with, a game board, 3 story books, and an adorable removable wig, in case he wasn't already cute enough.
This line of FM transmitters from Go Groove can connect your phone to the stereo of old cars with no existing Bluetooth connectivity. So, even in my ancient 1985 Pontiac Grand Prix, which doesn't even have a CD player, I could
For anyone who likes a well made cocktail, but doesn't want to pay the outrageous prices at a fancy bar, you can craft the perfect drinks at home with Perfect Drink. It uses a scale, connected to an app on your phone, to help you pour the perfect portions every time, and will even automatically adjust the recipe if you over pour so that your proportions are never off. The app comes with over 300 drink recipes, with more coming all the time. I'm very excited about this product.
Tomorrow starts bright and early with a hot breakfast, cooked for me by a "smart grill." Can't wait to see why it's so smart, and if my breakfast turns out extra special with it. There are 2 more halls in the convention center to get through, more exhibits at the Sands convention center, and 3 back to back parties after hours, so no doubt I will have even more exciting things to share in my next post.
Every year I walk through a sea of sameness, trying to find products that stand out from the crowd, with a little uniqueness to make them worthy of being called "new" tech. During my first couple days of Press parties, I've managed to find a handful that shine. During Start UP Debut, CES Unveiled, and the Bluetooth Media event, these products really caught my eye, and they are all geared towards caring for your kids.
The Pacif-I is a connected pacifier, with accompanying app for your phone, which keeps track of your child's temperature. This way, parents with sick kids can feel safe in leaving their little darlings with a sitter, because they can monitor their fever on the go. The app can also keep track of when it's time to give your child his next dose of medicine. There is even a GPS tracker in it so you know exactly where your child is if he has it with him. Also, if he loses it, you can ping it's location and the app will find it for you.
Next up is the Temp Traq adhesive thermometer. This little patch is a one use thermometer which you simply stick on your child with the sensor corner under his armpit. For 24 hours, this device will constantly track his temperature. This would be great for children too old for the pacifier. The information is streamed right to your phone with the Temp Traq app.
Finally, there's the HereO , the smallest GPS tracker watch for kids. With many color options, your kids will love wearing these adorable watches. They function as a normal digital watch for your kids, but also connect to your phone to let you know where your kids are at all times. It can even notify you if your child ventures beyond a set of geographical parameters that you set up. You can be secure in the knowledge that your child can be located whenever you need them.
The main convention show floor opens today, and there is yet another large Press event tonight, so hopefully I will have many more treasures to tell you about in the upcoming days. And check back here after the show for a more in depth look at any product I have already mentioned.