I’ll be honest: I didn’t go to the Consumer Electronic Show this year. I did go a few years back and my feet still haven’t forgiven me for this.
But, eventhough I couldn’t squeal with excitement at the sight of every smart watch, TV screen and other 3D printers, here are this year’s CES best findings, for every member of the family!
For the selfie addicts:
If you like taking selfies, but are way too cool for a selfie stick (and I hope you are. Selfie sticks make people look like idiots, this has to be said), then Nixie is made for you.
Nixie is the first wearable camera that flies. You wear the drone around your wrist as a bracelet and make it fly away around you to take pics everytime you do something cool. Yes, you read correctly. Watch this and start drooling with envy:
fat weight-conscious ones:
This prototype activity tracker actually is a belt buckle, but it’s a clever one (though hideous, but you can’t win all the time, can you?).
Belty (that’s its name) measures steps and connects to your phone via Bluetooth to feed this data into an app, which acts as a virtual fitness coach. But it ‘s also clever enough to vibrate when you’ve been sedentary for too long (in other words, when you need to move your *ss) and, more importantly, it can keep tabs on your changing waist measurement, which can be a good indicator of your risk of developing weight-related conditions.
And last but not least the belt can tighten or loosen itself whenever you sit down or stand up to keep you as comfortable as possible at all times. A dream come true for some of you, right?
For the kids:
The Gizmopal, by LG is a real time GPS locator for children to wear around their wrist. It also provides two-way communication between parents and kids who are too young to manage their own cellphone.
No more losing your kids at the mall!
For the fashion addicts:
If you’d told me one day I would be green with envy over a fitness and sleep monitor, I would have laughed very hard. But with Misfit teaming up with Swarovski, jewelry finally meets wearable tech and my bank account meets bankrupcy.
These waterproof, light AND gorgeous activity/step trackers even have a solar powered battery…
I’d rather have to watch one full episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta rather than have to take a baby’s temperature. Every parent knows what a daunting task this is.
But Temptrak has come to the rescue with a thermometer for babies in the form of an adhesive bandage that you place under the arm. The patch is a Bluetooth-connected sensor that tracks the child’s temperature continuously, with alerts available via smartphone. Someone please sue them for not inventing this SOONER!
And, yes, even for your dog:
The Motorola Scout 5000 is a kind of GOPRO that lets you follow your dogs whereabouts. The high-tech collar tracks dogs through GPS and has Wi-Fi that streams video to a smartphone app. You can even talk back to your pet, in case he or she is in a stressful situation (or if you want it to fetch your slippers).
Now aren’t you glad you didn’t have to walk miles and miles at the CES and let me do the hard work?