By Gregg Ellman
With 2.754 million square feet of show floor space just about everything imaginable was on display at last week’s 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 has abnormal sound detection if sirens, screaming or even glass breaking is detected. 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 along with being 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.
https://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, which is sent to your smartphone. .
https://www.vivobarefoot.com/us available Q2 2018
Beyerdynamic gave me a very impressive test drive with the company’s new Aventho Wireless headphones. They have perfect sound and comfortable padded ear cups. What caught my attention was Mimi Sound Personalization, is technology designed for the hearing impaired. The feature was created with cooperation from Mimi Hearing Technologies along with Beyerdynamic app. The app (iOS and Android) determines an individual’s hearing profile and stores it directly on the Aventho wireless for a personalized hearing experience.
The Willow Wearable and 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 _exactly why I liked the Scosche BoomBottle MM. It’s build 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.
https://www.scosche.com $pricing and available this spring