With 2.754 million square feet of showroom floor space just about everything imaginable was on display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s an impossible task to see it all but here’s a sampling of new, useful products of the thousand or so I saw on display,
Hanwha Techwin America showed off the Wisenet-SmartCam D1, the world’s first video doorbell with face recognition alerts and human detection. Alerts are sent to an accompanying mobile app when unidentified visitors arrive. It detects abnormal sound such as sirens, screaming, or even glass breaking. Two-way talk, live streaming, 150-degree field-of-view, and cloud recording are some of the other features.
The Misfit Path hybrid smartwatch is an attractive timepiece that blends the functionality of a smartwatch with a classic analog design. It counts your steps, sleep duration, email and text alerts and is swim-proof and water resistant up to 50 meters. A smart button works with your smartphone as a remote to control music and take photos. There’s no charging, just replace the internal battery every six months.
https://misfit.com $149.99 available in the spring
Garmin’s Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa gives in-vehicle voice control and hands-free access for turn-by-turn navigation, remotely manages your smart home devices, controls music, delivers news and more. All with a simple command of “Alexa, ask Garmin.” A built-in dash cam records your daily drive and has driver assistance features such as forward collision and lane departure warnings.
www.Garmin.com A special limited time pre-order price of $199.99, after April 20, 2018, $229.99
Leading global barefoot shoe company Vivobarefoot and Sensoria, a wearable smart technology company, debuted the Vivobarefoot smart shoe, powered by Sensoria. The shoes come with embedded technology in the form of the thinnest pressure sensors in the world, according to Sensoria. Detachable, rechargeable and reusable, Sensoria Core hardware collects the data and sends it to your smartphone
www.vivobarefoot.com/us available Q2 2018
Beyerdynamic allowed me to test drive the company’s new Aventho Wireless headphones. I was quite impressed with the perfect sound and the comfortable, padded ear cups. What I was most impressed with was the Mimi Sound Personalization, a technology designed for the hearing impaired. The feature was created with cooperation from Mimi Hearing Technologies and Beyerdynamic app. The app (iOS and Android) determines an individual’s hearing profile and stores it directly on the Aventho wireless headphones for a personalized hearing experience.
The Willow wearable portable breast pump was designed to improve the lives of new moms through its Beta program to let moms pump on-the-go. The company states it’s the first truly mobile all-in-one breast-shaped pump, which cuts the cords, has no dangling bottles and easily fits inside a bra. This ensures a mobile and hands-free pumping solution as moms can keep tabs on the pumping progress with the Willow app (iOS only). It’s recommended to use the pump with a full-coverage nursing bra that’s stretchy and has a flap.
Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen, so they must have innovative features to stand out which is exactly why I liked the Scosche BoomBottle MM. It’s built with a cylindrical design, rugged and waterproof (IP67 rating) and a few other cool features. While the sound is awesome with its pair of six-watt speakers and 40mm passive radiators, it also has Scosche’s MagicMOUNT technology, allowing a mobile device to be secured on top of the speaker. The bottom also has a magnetic mount allowing it to be secured in place. A built-in bottle opener also comes in handy.
www.scosche.com pricing and available this spring
Contact Gregg Ellman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @greggellman
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