02nd Apr 2013
[with inputs from Kamakshi S]
The CES 2013, which concluded yesterday, witnessed several new high-tech products and gadgets. While gadgets such as the Sony Xperia Z, Panasonic Toughpads, Flexible Displays, and PaperTablets shone at the event, like every year, the event had its share of the off-beat as well.
HAPIlabs claim that the HAPIfork helps users monitor their eating habits. It even warns users when they tend to eat too much food too quickly. An app keeps record of food habits over a time period. The HAPIfork is priced at approximately $100 (approx Rs 5,300). The "smart fork" comes equipped with a Bluetooth radio, a capacitive sensor, and an inbuilt vibration motor. Whenever the fork touches the eater's mouth the sensor is triggered, with the bites and time-lapse between two morsels tracked by an app. If it senses that you are eating too quickly, the fork vibrates asking you to eat slowly.
iRobot Looj 330 Gutter Cleaner
At this year's CES, iRobot unveiled two smart cleaning bots, Mirra 530 pool-cleaning robot and Looj 330 gutter-cleaning robot. The latter can clean about 28 feet of gutter spaces in just 5 minutes. The waterproof gadget implements high velocity mechanism for the cleaning process. The iRobot Looj 330 Gutter Cleaner is priced at $300 (approx Rs 16,500).
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotic Kit
Want to make your own robot but don't know how to go about it? Then LEGO has just the thing you need! The Mindstorms EV3 Robotic kit helps you build your own robots. The kit gives you instructions in 3D (not stereoscopic 3D) via an iPad on how to build your own Robot. There is also an Android and an iOS app as well. This wonderful Build Robots Yourself kit is priced approximately at $350 (approx Rs 18,550).
Bodymedia FIT Armbands
This is a multi-sensor arm band that monitors your exercise regime (even your sleep quality) to keep track of the calories that you have burned. Users can get vital information by using the device as an armband while working out and then connecting it to a computer's USB port. The Bodymedia Armband equipment costs about $111 (approx Rs 5900) along with a Biggest Loser Workout DVD.
iMusic Body Rhythm
This interesting innovation lets you physically feel the beats of your favourite music. The vest-shaped device needs to be worn around the shoulders after which you can synch it with you music player. The gadget is Bluetooth enabled, so you can any use this with any Bluetooth-enabled PMP. The price of this device hasn’t been revealed yet.
Getting kids potty-trained can be quite a tedious task; CTA Digital put up an iPotty at CES, a colourful plastic potty with an iPad attached (the screen is covered with plastic for splash-protection) to keep the young one settled till he / she gets does the "job" done. The iPotty, is expected to be available online by March, starting with Amazon.com.
Parrot Flower Power
CES truly seemed to have something for every kind of consumer, and most of these devices seemed to be banking on Bluetooth for connectivity. While it has the silliest of names, this nifty gadget will impress those with a green thumb. Created by a company that calls itself Parrot, this soon-to-be-commercially-available gadget has to be "planted" into soil. It has sensors which send data from the soil of your plant through Bluetooth to an iPad app. The data is then verified against the apps database to inform you when to water a plant, and if it is healthy enough. Pricing details and availability are yet to be revealed.
Haier Eye Control TV
Televisions, as usual, were the highlight at the CES this year. As more 4K-enabled (Ultra HD) sets were unveiled by several brands, Chinese manufacturer Haier had other plans for the average couch-potatoes. Its new Eye Control TV set comes with a Kinect-style blink sensor that lets you switch channels, change volume, or power on/off your TV set. Haier also claims that standard blinks will not create trouble with TV viewing experience. Calibrating the setup for the first time involves you "chasing a circle around the screen with your eyes" that can leave you disoriented for a bit. But quite an easy way to never leave the best seat in the room, right?
CES 2013: Some Unusual Gadgets
Apart from 4K televisions, smartphones, ultrabooks, and tablets; the CES has its share of unique and interesting products.
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