Innovative Products at CES 2017
CES 2017 has been amazing with wide range of new products and ideas for the future. But few of these products in my mind, stood out to be the most innovative products of all. These products may or may not be affordable for an average person but personally I can’t deny the fact that they are innovative.
1. Sleeping Number 360 Smart Bed
This smart bed by Sleep Number is actually quite interesting. It tracks your movements and adjusts your position which you feel the most comfortable. It also elevates your head when you are snoring to stop you from snoring. It has some mechanics at the bottom for the movement of the bed. Inside the bed mattress consists of pressure layer (which contain the pressure sensors) at the bottom and the cushion layer at the top for maximum comfort. The most comforting part of the bed are the foot warmers. They also made an app when connected to the bed via Bluetooth can monitor and rate your sleeping experience on the bed. You can also manually adjust the height or change other settings of the bed via the Sleep Number app.
Courtesy : Sleep Number
Its starting price is at $4000 for king sized beds and other models pricing will depend on the comfort padding material. It will be out later this year.
Personal house assistants are becoming popular day by day. Products like Amazon Echo and Google Home have taken market by storm. There was a new virtual assistant which was unveiled at CES by Emotech called Olly. It is shaped like a donut which is the most interesting characteristics of this device. It also has a camera and we can fell the life in it as it can spin around while taking commands which is kind of cool.
Of course its functionality is similar to that of Amazon Echo or Google Home but what separates it from those devices is the adaptability. Its AI is specifically designed to adapt the people’s feelings in the house. According to Emotech Olly’s behaviour will evolve depending on how much you interact with it.
It is set to come out later this year and the price is not yet revealed
3. Dring Smartcane
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.
4. Ampd Energy
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.
5. LG OLED
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
6. Whirlpool Zera
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.
7. 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)
Aira is a system which is designed to help blind people. It uses camera on smart glasses or a smart phone to capture what a blind person sees in a real time and helps them to get assistance from Aira agents when required. Aira agents are the people who monitor the surroundings of the person who is using Aira and help them make decisions such as selecting correct items for groceries, prompting them when to stop or move when on a road. Apparently, the video feed is crisp enough that the Aira agent can read items off of a menu and catch other small details.
Aira is available now in three packages: $300 for 750 minutes, $1,000 for 3,000 minutes and $2,500 for 10,000 minutes. That’s three, six and 12 months, respectively.
Regardless of the pricing I personally feel that this system is a good way of service using modern technology.
What are the products which are more innovative according to you? Feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments down below.