This year’s Consumer Electronics Show opened its doors this week and immediately swung into high gear with some awesome tech gadgets, and in this article, we’re going to share a few of them with you. So take hold of your seat and be prepared to be shocked, as this year has proven to be the year of the wild and wacky.
Tech gadgets at CES
When we say wild and wacky, we’re not talking about gadgets made by some mad scientist in a lab. Some of these wild, wacky and sometimes futuristic devices come from major household names, and CES is the place you can visit to get a glimpse of the products that “could” make it onto the shelves in the next few years. So here they are: our favorite tech gadgets so far, in no particular order.
AIRE Digestive Tracker
Forget fitness trackers; this year sees the evolution of the digestive tracker. This portable gadget called the AIRE was created by FoodMarble and even has a companion app. It uses breathalyzer technology to monitor the user’s bloodstream for gas. It can also keep track of blood alcohol levels; however, its primary purpose is to discover what foods don’t agree with its user. Apparently, certain foods can cause a buildup of gas in the body, which leads to bloating, flatulence, and general discomfort.
The AIRE monitors this by taking breath tests and tracking food, with the aim of informing the user of which foods do not agree with him/her.
LG HUB Robot
The thought of having an AI assistant in your home was science fiction until recently. However, now thanks to the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo, no one bats an eyelid at the thought.
That is why LG is getting in on the home AI action with its new Hub robot. However, it seems as though the Korean company has forgone developing its own AI assistant because instead, it will be using Alexa. The only differentiating features include a built-in display and that it will turn toward the person speaking to it.
Virtual reality shoes
This next item on our list of tech gadgets has been created to allow VR gamers to feel the world around them. Having seen an image of these “shoes,” we can tell you they’re quite geeky. To use them, the wearer must slip them over their shoes, and then the embedded haptic sensors will provide feedback. It doesn’t matter if the user is walking on an alien planet or hot coals; somehow, the sensations will be believable.
Toyota Concept-i UX
Entering into the future of the automotive industry, we have this concept car by Toyota called the Concept-iUX. According to the Japanese manufacturer, it will fundamentally change the relationship between vehicle and owner.
Toyota’s vision of the future sees cars come packing everything from AI to haptic feedback, making it a truly smart car that talks to you, knows what you want and where you want to go, and more. This is all thanks to Toyota’s homegrown AI called Yui, which is integrated into the vehicle and greets you.
Project Valerie: a laptop with three screens
Yes, you did read the above correctly, and it does make this one of the wackiest tech gadgets on this list. However, its manufacturers obviously see a need for it even though it looks like an obese laptop.
Created by Razor, at first glance, you may think this is a standard 17-inch device. However, upon lifting the laptop’s lid, it becomes apparent that something else is going on. There are two other displays hidden inside that lid, and both are also 17-inches in size.
PowerRay Fishing Drone
If you thought that drones were just for flying, think again. This PowerRay is the submersible most 21st-century fisherman have only previously dreamed of. It’s a powerful and versatile tool which can aid them from up to 40 meters away and up to 30 meters beneath the water.
According to its creators, it uses sonar to detect fish and Wi-Fi to stream video to a compatible device. Additionally, the companion app will alert the user when fish have been detected.
This next item on our tech gadgets list is the Mohu AirWave, and it could usher in a revolution in home TV viewing. It turns free over-the-air TV content into another app on your Chromecast, Apple TV, or Roku.
Furthermore, what seems great about it is how easy it is to set up.You just place it anywhere in your home and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. It then turns all OTA TV shows into apps.
Willow Wearable Breast Pump
Is this next item on our tech gadgets list useful, or does it just look uncomfortable? The answer is probably both even though it may be a little impersonal. If you’re a mother, you will know how difficult breastfeeding can be, and this tool aims to prevent that.
All a woman has to do is place the device onto her breast, and it will collect/store milk until required. Additionally, the device has a companion app which keeps track of how much milk is produced.
Many more tech gadgets
So there you have our favorite tech gadgets so far revealed at CES. This article could have included many more gadgets. We just had to pick from a select few to show you due to time and constraints. Furthermore, the Consumer Electronics Shows continues until Sunday, so who knows what else may be revealed?