Technology at its intriguing best

Here is a sneak peek into a few of the interesting projects showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show

By   |  Published: 13th Jan 2018  11:28 pmUpdated: 13th Jan 2018  10:08 pm

The world’s largest trade show for consumer technology and America’s largest annual trade show concluded on January 12, showcasing some stunning products offering incredible experiences, leaving the creative minds tantalised.

The topics covered included advertising, entertainment and content, automotive, health and wellness, home and family, Internet of Things (IoT), product design and manufacturing, robotics and machine intelligence, sports and start-ups — divided into further sub-categories, among others. Here is a sneak peek into some of the interesting projects presented.

Wireless chargers

Wireless chargers aren’t technically something new. However, this year at CES, there was a surge of innovative wireless chargers, especially Qi (an open interface standard that defines wireless power transfer) wireless chargers, with more companies and producers venturing into the stream.

These attractive wireless chargers can be permanently fixed to your desk or elsewhere.

Sleep gadgets

Sleep is an important aspect of life and the deprivation of it can lead to serious health issues. Gadgets that track your sleep and strive to enhance it aren’t new either. However, there is no stopping for updates and advancements – like Max, created by SleepScore Labs.

This year’s CES saw some incredible sleep gadgets, which, unlike the smartphones and wristlets, these can be fixed on a table next to your bed. They apparently monitors your breathing patterns through radio waves to analyse the quality of your sleep.
Eye masks that wake you up by means of light was another innovation in this category, among others.

Smart toys

Of all the interesting projects, some of the most endearing ones were found in the smart toys section, with My Special Aflac Duck becoming a highlight. The product is the resultant of the partnership between Aflac and robotics toy company Sproutel.

It aims to provide companionship to children diagnosed with cancer, with a variety of features to keep them amused, as well as help them express feedback to treatment. Features include five touch sensors on the cheeks, under the wings, and on the backside.

The duck, which reciprocates to your snuggles and cuddles, is equipped with an accessory bag full of RFID tags (RFID is a system that uses small radio frequency identification devices for identification and tracking purposes).

Kitchen products

Lifestyle is another big sector where innovations pour in endlessly. The smart dishwasher named Tetra is the best hand you can ask for in Kitchen. It is “an internet-connected countertop dishwasher that doesn’t require plumbing to operate — just a standard electrical outlet.”

They claim their arm water is pure and can be used for other purposes like sanitising products, cooking sea food or even washing clothes!

Fitness upgraded

Fitness and technology are getting seamless by the day and this reflected in many a product showcased at CES 2018. However, one of the highlights was the internet-connected treadmill, from Peloton, named Peloton Tread. It streams live daily classes with an attached HD touch screen. It offers training in hiking and walking workouts as well.