Technology is becoming more and more integrated into our everyday lives. From innovation in automotive, drones, wearable technology, and television, the most creative products in technology are showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) every year in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Drones, Beers, and Bots, Oh My
Do you like to fish? Soon you will be able to purchase a drone that makes fishing an entirely new experience. How about beer, are you a fan? There’s a new home brewing system that fits on your countertop. And robots, everyone likes robots. There’s a robot that does chores, a robot that can code, and more. Read on to learn more about the most incredible products showcased this year at CES.
The Self-Driving Toyota Concept-i Could Change the World
When you imagine what cars in the future look like, most probably would imagine something similar to the Toyota Concept-i. The newest concept car from Toyota comes equipped with see-through glass doors, an illuminated interior, white exterior, and wheels built directly into the body of this car of the future.
The debate around the future of the automotive industry centers around the experimental self-driving technology. Toyota would like to introduce this concept in 2030 when many industry experts believe the vast majority of cars will contain self-driving tech. Whatever the future holds, the Toyota Concept-i looks amazing.
Just when we start thinking drones have reached their ceiling of potential, the PowerRay drone concept pops up at CES. PowerVision’s waterproof underwater drone can swim 30 meters below the surface. The drone uses sonar and will help commercial and recreational fisherman track the movement patterns of fish.
PowerRay comes with built-in Wi-Fi which sends alerts to users’ mobile devices when fish are nearby. If that wasn’t enough, the drone can capture 4K photos and video that will show users the exact number and type of fish the sensors recognized. This concept drone will hit the markets soon and pre-orders are beginning sometime in February 2017.
LG OLED TV
The LG OLED TV costs $4,000 and the company is pushing this thin television as their new flagship product. The TV comes in either 65 or 77 inches, but that isn’t what makes LG’s new flatscreen unique.
The TV is called W (short for wallpaper), being designed to look as if the viewer is looking at a picture being emitted directly from a wall. The TV clings to the wall with magnets, making it easy to place anywhere in an apartment or home, without doing any damage. The OLED TV is also incredibly lightweight making the initial installation easy and worry-free.
L’Oreal’s Kérastase Hair Coach
It’s 2017 and to L’Oreal that means that your plain old boring hairbrush needs a serious upgrade. Since nearly every other everyday appliance and gadget is becoming smarter, why not the one we (hopefully) use everyday to look our best and maintain our hair’s health?
So what makes the Hair Coach so smart? Built in sensors that promise to “measure the quality of your hair, the effects of different hair care routines and provide personalized advice” and built in wifi to send all of that information to your smartphone. Rumor has it the brush will retail for “under $200” and be available this fall for purchase.
Monoprice Delta Mini
One of the most exciting gadgets found at CES was the Monoprice Delta Mini. This small 3D printer is sturdy, user-friendly, and comes with a wide range of high-end features that compare to much larger printers.
A heated bed (which keeps prints from losing their integrity), an adjustable temperature end (allowing for a variety of prints to be made), and a full-color LCD screen are just several of these features. The most impressive aspect of the Monoprice Delta Mini is that it will only cost consumers $150. A printer with this many features could sell for $600 or more in the current market.
PicoBrew is a homebrew kit that reached production after a successful Kickstarter campaign which was launched last year. This unique kit was popular at CES as it allows users to select from one of over 40 beer options to brew at any given time.
The PicoBrew takes several hours to produce five liters of beer, but what is most impressive about this custom system is how easy it is to keep the various components sanitized. The cleaning system is incredible making the typically cumbersome process extremely easy and efficient. PicoBrew is a pricey $799, yet it remains a novel product that has changed the way individuals can brew beer from the comfort of their own home.
For those who are afraid robots are beginning to take over, the Moro robot will only reinforce your concern. The Moro robot was designed to make the life of humans easier. This four-foot-tall cone looking robot was designed to take care of a number of chores around the house. Whether it is picking up groceries, folding laundry, or even pouring drinks for you.
Clearly, the Moro robot is more helpful around the house than most teenagers. The onboarding system includes facial and voice recognition technology so the robot can learn who is giving commands over time. While it’s an amazing piece of technology, the Moro Robot comes with a $30,000 starting price.
Chess has been enjoyed for around 1,500 years, yet the game has not seen much innovation over time. Infivention adds a new level to Chess with Square Off that takes the game of chess to an entirely new level.
Square Off uses artificial intelligence, magnets, and W-Fi to create a new chess experience. Square Off is a sizable, hand-crafted set that uses carefully placed magnets underneath the board to move the pieces. The game comes with a companion app, allowing anyone in the world to play games together. Players will see the pieces on their board move to match the moves of their opposition. The game also allows owners to play against the AI and 20 different difficulty selections.
GE FirstBuild Paragon Mat
GE’s FirstBuild Paragon Mat will change the way cooking is done on the stove. Currently, stove burners do not allow users to view the temperature of each surface. The temperature of a pan can change depending upon what an individual is cooking, unfortunately, current technology does not allow the temperature of burners to change during these situations.
The Paragon Mat allows you to control the temperature down to the degree, and comes with an app-controlled guide that will teach users how to use the hardware. Once something is cooked to perfection, the results will be easily repeatable due to the temperature of the mat being on full display.
Motiv Smart Ring
Wearable technology is becoming more popular by the year. The Motive smart ring takes advantage of this trend and begins another one of their own. Motiv’s ring is the first to focus on fitness, where a lot of other forms of wearable tech has focused.
The waterproof ring collects stats from your heart rate, steps, and keeps tracks of daily goals. The data is sent to your smartphone for easy display. The Motiv smart ring looks as if it were any other ring and is available in either rose gold or gray. The ring is expected to launch in the spring and will cost consumers $200.
Sony Bravia A1E 4K OLED TV
The Sony Bravia 4K OLED TV may have been the best TV at CES this year. Sony made sure this model came with outstanding processing using the 4K HDR X1 Extreme process to power the OLED.
The outstanding process along with innovative design elements causes Sony’s model to outperform LG’s offer from this year. Bravia A1E 4K OLED TV not only comes with amazing picture quality, but the audio quality is by far the best on the market. Sony’s offering will revolutionize television technology and set the industry standard for what companies can accomplish when innovation meets practicality.
Google Glass was a similar concept, however, Vuzix wants to learn from Google’s mistakes. Vuzix sunglasses will match with Android devices, displaying what appears on the screen in the right lens. This wearable tech will allow users to watch videos, read text messages, and get directions thanks to the projected images.
The glasses can be controlled by voice or by a touch pad on the right arm. Vuzix is attempting to take advantage of an open market and help boost the sales of Android technology as well. Using the left lens users can take pictures, as the glasses come with a built-in camera. Vuzix glasses are expected to launch in the second half of 2017.
The VPL-V100ES Sony projector is an incredible piece of technology. This groundbreaking projector can turn even the smallest room into an at-home theater. The picture quality is absolutely amazing and is a dream for anyone who loves cinema.
Sony’s newest projector can display a 100-inch image onto a wall from less than six inches away. The projector is expected to hit the market in the spring of 2017. The one downside to the project is it’s asking price of $25,000 making it a product marketed towards wealthy individuals around the world.
Raphael’s Smart Glove
Wearable tech was a huge hit at CES this year. Raphael’s smart glove is an example of how the technology is being used to improve the lives of individuals suffering from ailments around the world.
This specific glove takes the rehabilitation efforts of stroke patients to new grounds. Glove users will play virtual activities like card games and darts on a compatible application to help them progress further in therapy. The glove wraps around the wrist and an onboard sensor tracks patients’ range of motion and improvement through therapy. The glove is being made available for patients to rent for $99.
Lego Coding Toys
This year at CES, Lego showed that the progress in technology shouldn’t just be for adults. In the upcoming decades, robotics and technology will play an even larger role in our daily lives, and will also integrate into the jobs market as well.
Lego introduced an innovative building and coding set which brings movement to toys. Children (and interested adults) can build five different smart toy models with the help of various motors and sensors. Each kit works alongside a compatible app, which features over 60 coding activities, it will also be possible to add voice recordings to each model giving the toys the ability to speak on command.
Speaking of autonomous driving technology… Many automakers feel that technology could arrive by 2020 and function at a road-ready level. To make that timeframe, automakers will have to make use of more than just cameras and sensors.
Nvidia demonstrated the new PX 2 at CES this year. The technology was applied to the Audi Q7, the technology taught the car to drive around a demonstration course over several days. PilotNet uses what Nvidia calls “deep learning” to allow computers to adjust to the abstract. The demonstration went over extremely well, and it looks like a promising future for the Nvidia PilotNet technology.
Don’t feel like spending over $700 for a smartphone? Tired of how most affordable phones are ugly and lack any of the features of modern smartphones? The Honor 6x may be the right phone for you, its sleek presentation is only matched by the quality of its features.
The build of the phone is comparable to the look of premium flagship phones that cost more than double that of the Honor 6X. The phone takes quality 1080p pictures, and the processing power has nearly tripled since the release of the Honor 5X. This impressive phone sells for the exceptional price of $250, making the Honor series the future of mobile devices for those on a budget.
Panasonic Lumix GH5
This amazing camera stole the show at CES in the photography department. The GH5 captures 4K video at up to 180 frames per second in full HD mode without a time limit (most 4K capable cameras come with a 30 minute at a much lower fps capability).
Panasonic was sure to include user-friend features that make it easy for amateur photographers to operate. Panasonic also introduces 6K photo burst mode that extracts photos from 4K video. Panasonic set the bar high for what is capable in the camera industry without forcing consumers to pay $5,000 for a quality camera. The Lumix GH5 will be available for $1,999 in March 2017.
Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed
Sleep Number’s 360 Smart Bed is a one-of-a-kind smart bed. Instead of only collecting sleep data, the 360 Smart Bed actually acts on the data it collects and responds accordingly, helping individuals obtain a great night of sleep.
The bed uses pumps to fill in empty spaces based on sleep position and even works to cradle the body differently once you change positions in your sleep. The bed is loaded with technology that allows it to detect snoring and raise the head level of the individual snoring to stop the noise distorting, without waking the snoring party.
PowerVision made the most out of CES 2017. The PowerEgg is a unique design, being an egg-shaped collapsible quadcopter. While not as innovative as the PowerRay drone, its design allows for easier storing capability.
The drone weighs about 4.5 pounds and pops from the plastic casing when the user is prepared to fly. PowerEgg contains an onboard GPS, a 4K camera, and is powered by an Android or iOS device. Unlike the PowerRay, the PowerEgg is already available for $1,288. It’s not the most exciting drone in the world, but it could be a fun little toy for collectors who want an easy-to-store drone.
Garmin Fenix 5S
While Garmin stated that their Fenix 5S model was designed for females, the design looks gender neutral making it attractive to individuals of either sex. The battery power found in this watch is impressive, last up to 13 hours in GPS mode and eight days in smartwatch mode.
Despite constant innovations in wearable technology, it has been difficult for competitors to top the Garmin S series. That trend continued at CES this year as there hasn’t been a smartwatch to outperform Garmin in the past three years. While the 5S is smaller than previous models, the change has made the smartwatch even more popular among Garmin’s fanbase.