Best of CES 2017
2017 was a great year for CES. It had some great products and concepts showcased at the event. These are the best of all the things unveiled at CES 2017. (It should be noted that some of these products may have appeared on previous posts on CES)
This smartcane from Nov’in is by far the simplest and useful product showcased at CES this year. This Smart Cane uses accelerometers and gyroscopes built in it to track the movement of the person walking with the help of this cane. This cane also has an alert system that connects directly to the GSM network so in-case of a fall or any other emergency, the cane sends an alert to the care taker who can respond appropriately to the situation.
To find the right design to build and to work on, they turned to Maison Fayet, a cane making company who is in the business of making canes for over a century.
This may look like a refrigerator or any other household appliance at a first glance but it’s not. It is termed as “Silo” by Ampd Energy. Inside this big structure it consists of 1800 batteries approximately. It is built to blend in with normal appliances. Although it is big we can agree that the design is very sleek especially considering the power it holds. It should be a replacement for diesel generators. Ampd Silo can power a 10-person office for three to four hours before running dry. For more power multiple silos can be chained together.
It has a clean touchscreen interface and the company aims to improve the interaction with the silo. when the power goes out, and they should kick on with incredible speed; it’s possible people inside those buildings won’t even notice the transition.
This OLED T.V by LG is by far the thinnest TV you can find in my opinion. It is only 2.6 mm thick. So it can be only mounted on walls. The TV doesn’t have any ports instead they use a thin cable to connect to companion soundbars, which house all of your necessary inputs. The W-series TVs will be offered two sizes: 65 and 77 inches. Because they’re so thin, they’ll also be much lighter than any sets we’ve seen before. LG says the 65-inch model weighs just 17 pounds, while the 77-inch model is 27 pounds.
Pricing is not yet confirmed by LG but considering the price of the previous year models it is estimated that its price will be around $8000. Yes it is expensive but we can feel a glimpse of the future when we look at this TV
This product from Whirlpool modernized the way of composting food. It’s a new kitchen appliance that will turn your food scraps into rich fertilizer with hardly any work on your part at all. Its working is very simple. Plug it in and then throw all your food scraps into the chute. Keep putting in food scraps for about a week and, through a combination of oxygen, moisture, heat and an agitator, you’ll get a pile of freshly made fertilizer perfect for your lawn or garden. Plus, there’s even a mobile app that lets you operate it remotely.
The Zera Food Recycler will retail for $1,199 later this year at select retailers like TreeHouse and Williams-Sonoma.
Sevenhugs Smart Remote
This Universal remote is truly universal. This remote can control not only your TV but also your Nest thermostat, Philips Hue lights, Sonos speakers and, well, nearly 25,000 different connected devices. Its design is very simple and sleek. Its 3.53-inch screen adapts to whatever device it’s pointing at. You can set what to show when you are pointing this remote at something. For example you can set the remote configuration to show weather updates when pointed at a window. You can also order an Uber when you point it at the door. These actions are possible due to indoor position sensors (3 indoor position sensors come with the box along with a charging base) that you can put throughout your home.
The Smart Remote is available for pre-order now for $229, though it will cost $300 when it hits stores later this year.
8. Zero Zero’s Hover Camera
It’s a foldable, lightweight, 4K camera drone that recognizes its owner and follows him/her. Previous models of drones, you had to use the companion app on your phone and pick out the subject you wanted to follow on-screen. But this camera uses facial recognition feature for registering your face via its official app and that’s it, The next time you launch Hover Camera, it will fly in place, turning around until it spots you. Once it has you locked, it’ll follow you as before. To grab a selfie, raise your hand until the front LED flashes and gives you a three count. Its only disadvantage is the battery life. Its fly time is 10 minutes for 40 minutes charge.
We’ve seen selfie drones before, and visual recognition is becoming a more popular way of tracking subjects than GPS. So this portable and foldable hover camera is without doubt innovative regardless its price ($599).
Willow Smart Breast Pump
We’ve previously heard of Breast pumps but those pumps require the person to be chained to a power outlet. This unique product relieves the mothers from this hassle. They are two motorized cups which fit inside the bra’s of the mothers and when play button is hit, the motor starts sucking. Up and Down arrows are provided to adjust the intensity of sucking. As the milk starts filling into a replaceable bag which can store up to 4 ounces.
The Willow measures how much milk is collected and sends it to a companion app (only available on ios at this moment). This product is the solution for mothers who work a lot and as mentioned earlier don’t want the hassle of being held up uncomfortably.
Very few products are made which are helpful for agriculture or farming. But we can’t say the same about this product. Amber sensors which are placed between the crops. They monitor all the crops about the moisture and specific characteristics in the area and notify the farmer if a spoilage is taking place through a mobile app.
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The app can also be helpful to monitor the condition of the crops at different parts of seasons and will eventuslly help them figure out when to sell their crops.
CES also had a wide range of gaming projects and accessories unveiled at CES. These are some of the best things unveiled for the field of gaming.
Razer Project Ariana
Razer is taking things a step further with Project Ariana, a projector that takes the peripheral maker’s Chroma ecosystem and spreads it out across your wall. The components in a game are stretched out of the screen to give a more immersive and appealing view.
This can also work with Hue lights which can be used for displaying special effects at the right amount of time. Games like Shadow warrior 2 are optimised for this setup. Project Ariana is still very much a concept, but it’s clear that it’s a product the brand is excited about.
Razer’s Project Valerie
The newest laptop from Razer is a prototype called Project Valerie, and it’s very different from the current Razer line-up like Blade Pro or Blade Stealth. It has a primary 17 inch display and two additional 17 inch displays which are present on the either sides of the primary display.
The laptop has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which is the current top of the line for laptops, and each of the three displays uses Nvidia G-sync technology.Project Valerie is 1.5 inches thick and weighs around 12 pounds. As this is a concept piece, there’s currently no information on a potential price or availability or release date.
Liquid sky and Geforce now
Liquid sky and Geforce Now are two separate services which enable users to stream the most popular games on any laptop or tablet or mobile regardless of the specifications on the streaming medium as the high end PC’s of the respective companies stream your gameplay through cloud servers of theirs.
Both services have specific price tags based on the membership you choose. The one thing I like about LiquidSky is that they also have a plan free of charge (with ads obviously).
You may be familiar with the lego products before where you imagine something and build it. But what if they could come to life? The answer to this question is answered by Lego boost . Its base set consists of sensors and motors which can help in bringing your builds to life. How you ask? Well there is a mobile app for it which is very essential for your builds to function.
This app teaches kids the basics of coding to program the build specifically. Sure this is similar to Lego MindStorms but this product is targeted for kids 7 and up. It is priced at $160.
Fisher Price Smart Cycle
Now a days children of very young age spend time on various electronic devices which reduces the physical exercise and fitness to a great extent. Based on this problem Fisher Price released their new stationary smart cycle which is interesting as well as fun to use. It is based on STEM-based learning.
The Smart Cycle connects to a tablet via Bluetooth and runs four educational apps focused on literacy, STEM, math and social studies. Apps are to be purchased separately while few apps come with the box. It comes in at $150 and the system is compatible with Android, iOS and Amazon Fire devices.