Last week, we went out to CES, one of the biggest tech conferences in the world. Here are some of the most useful, bizarre and interesting pieces of tech that came out of it.
The tech you might actually consider using in your day to day life. Things that are practical, make life easier and are somewhat affordable.
Nutrismart kitchen scale
For foodies who love to cook fresh food and eat healthily, the Nutrismart kitchen scale will be a very exciting product. Like a traditional scale, place your fresh veg or meat onto the scale and see it’s weight. Nutrismart is different, because it also scans your food with a built-in camera, identifies the food and then sends its nutritional values, such as calories and water content, to an app on your smartphone.
The Nutrismart kitchen scale by Terraillon is expecting to launch in Europe in 2018 and will cost approximately £160.
Smart cycling helmet
Riding your bike around a busy city can be pretty dangerous. It can be especially dangerous if you’re using headphones to listen to music or for directions from your smartphone. The Coros Linx uses two bone conduction transducers to pass vibrations through your skull to your ear, which then converts into sound. This technique means that you can hear your phone, without blocking out street noise. Potentially a life-saving feature!
The Coros Linx Smart Helmet is available now for $200 (approx. £160).
Ellipse Smart Bike Lock
It was a good year for cyclists at CES. As well as the Coros Linx Smart Helmet, Lattis launched Ellipse, a military grade constructed smart lock. Not only do Lattis claim it to be one of the toughest locks on the market, they’ve thrown in some extra smart features. There is a solar-charging battery that powers an accelerometre and Bluetooth which allows the lock to detect its location and alert you if someone tries to break into it. Ellipse also features a crash alert setting, so if you’re involved in an accident and unable to respond, it will alert your chosen contacts.
One final feature to top it off; keyless entry. You can use the app on your phone to lock your bike and also give access to your friends or family. Handy if you share a bike with your family or friends.
Ellipse will be available around the end of this month for $199 (approx. £160)
The down right weird. There’s some tech you just wonder how or why someone came up with the idea. These three products certainly fall into that category.
We don’t know why we want it, but we do. The Pop-I is a backpack with a 10-inch e-ink screen. Using the app, you can send photos from your smartphone to the display on your bag. So as you’re walking down the street you can have a selfie on your back. The company behind the backpack, Pop-I (same name as the bag) are also working on a range of sports bags with a smaller 4.7-inch display for some reason.
If, like us, you want one because you’re curious, they’re available in the US for $99 (approx. £80) from spring 2017.
You know when you see a new piece of tech and you think “why hasn’t someone done this before?!”. This isn’t one of those. The Hushme is a voice suppression hardware that allows you to have conversations in public without disturbing those around you. Here’s Hushme’s video for you to see for yourself.
They’re looking to crowdfund the idea, so you can get updates about their campaign by signing up to their mailing list on their website.
Kerastase Hair Coach
CES is known for being the place for first when it comes to tech. Now they’re the place for the launch of the world’s first smart hairbrush.
Kerastase and Withings have teamed up to create a hair brush that can analyse the health of your hair and how effective your brushing technique is. A microphone in the brush can detect vibrations to identify frizziness, dryness, split ends and breakages.
All of this data can be viewed on their smartphone app. Looking to launch autumn 2017, stay up to date on their website.
Things that make you go ‘ooooh’. You might not be able to afford them, they might not be 100% ready, but there’s definitely something about these products that makes me think I’m living in a sci-fi movie.
Sony Xperia Projector
One of the most interesting products out of CES seems to be the Sony Xperia Projector. It seems to do everything an android tablet can do except make and it does it on a much larger screen. The projector allows you to turn any surface into a touchscreen android phone. The projection can go as large as 80-inches, but touch screen capability is limited to 23-inches. Still pretty impressive.
It can be used to:
- browse the internet
- stream music and videos
- video chat (it has a camera on the front)
- Play games with a PS4 controller and multiplayer games
- Use “OK, Google” commands
- View and follow recipes
- Plan trips or events with others
- Carry it around for work presentations
There are no details of a launch date or price yet, but it’s likely to be announced in February.
Who doesn’t like putting on a pair of headphones at work and blocking out your gossiping co-workers or your bosses rant about deadlines? Unfortunately, putting on headphones means you can’t hear if people are talking to you (or about you).
Stages Hero headphones attempt to solve just that. Stages are a pair of noise canceling headphones with microphones attached. You can programme the headphones to listen in certain directions, pick up certain phrases (like “hey, Alan”) or even certain voices! It then lets you hear whats been said based on your settings!
Stages are launching an Indiegogo campaign in January where they’ll cost $299 (approx £243) on an early bird special.
Griffin Smart Mirror
For those of you that are familiar with CES, you will have seen a fair number of smart mirrors. Griffin came along this year with their creatively named ‘Connected Mirror’. Its first feature is quite simply, its shiny, reflective surface; the least you expect from a mirror. Connect it to your home Wi-Fi and it will display your local time and weather, as well as display any missed notifications from your phone. If you’re using any other Griffin products, such as their connected coffee maker or Bluetooth toaster, it will show updates from them, too.
The Griffin Connected Mirror isn’t cheap, coming in at around $1,000 (around £810). It doesn’t come with any notable integrations, so it’s definitely a luxury niche product at the minute.