THE NEXT, NOW!
It’s an annual tech convention that sees the brightest and best technology and gadgets on offer. Everything futuristic finds a demonstration here. The CES 2016 shows the future, but not all tech makes it to production. Some dazzle, others make you scratch your head in wonder. In the end, it is a harbinger of things to be -- only those that aren’t too niche or expensive go the distance. Here’s looking at this year’s gadgets and technology...
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OMBra is the smart sports bra concept from clothing company OM, known for making web-connected workout shirts. The core of the OMbra, a small black box that sits above the torso, houses a range of sensors that track running performance indicators, such as distance, cadence, pace, heart rate and calories. Positioned in a similar place to where a heart-rate strap may sit on the body, the bra collects data about your workout — like activity, breathing and heart rate — and sends it directly to a corresponding app. The start-up kit is $149 for a bra and the fitness tracker — additional bras are $59 (the fitness core can be detached from one and connected to another).
My UV Patch
A sensor wearable tattoo by L’Oreal designed to monitor UV exposure and help consumers educate themselves about sun protection. It’s a transparent adhesive half the thickness of an average strand of hair with a patch that contains photosensitive dyes that factor in the baseline skin tone and change colors when exposed to UV rays to indicate varying levels of sun. After time outside, the wearer can take a photo of the patch and upload it to a corresponding mobile app, which analyzes the varying photosensitive dye squares to determine the amount of UV exposure the wearer has received. The app then advises if it’s time to move into the shade or apply sunscreen. The UV patch only lasts for five days. Note: The retail prices have not been released. It will be interesting to see how future versions compare.
Genworth Aging Suit
This one happens to be designed to simulate the effects of aging on the human body, including vision and hearing loss, joint inflexibility, muscle mass and so on.
Gemio Friendship Bracelet
The Gemio friendship bracelet is just the latest wearable pitched at the female teenage market. It contains rows of interchangeable “Gemsets” that can be snapped on and off. It’s fitted with LED lights which can be used as a communication device with others who own them, flashing different light combinations that correlate to customized messages.
The amusingly named Welt is a wearable belt. It offers a discreet means for those interested in their health to monitor their waist size, eating habits and the number of steps taken, as well as their time spent sitting down. Sensors in the back of the belt buckle send data to an app for analysis, which results in the production of a range of personalised healthcare and weight-management plans.
ili Wearable Translator
The world’s first wearable translator, ili can help two people have full conversations in separate languages, without the help of a smartphone or even an Internet connection. This is great for travelers who may not have mobile data in a foreign country, or who feel that Google Translate it too complicated
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DietSensor SCiO Food Scanner
Tracking what you eat is important for dieters and more so with lifestyle diseases. What this gadget does is scan the chemical makeup of the food or drink at hand, analysing whether or not it’s something you should eat given your dietary conditions. It can only do one piece of the food at a time, though.
When your body is shedding pounds, it’s also off-gassing acetone, which is detectable in your breath. LEVL, which looks for traces of acetone, can help you better understand your activities to make sure you’re not sabotaging your own weight loss efforts.
LG Rollable OLED
It’s a screen that you can roll up. And while it is still in the concept stage, once it becomes reality, it will change the way we use a screen. How soon before it does? Wait and watch is all we say... but it won’t be too long.
The Nima from 6 Sensor Labs is a$249 gadget that test food for gluten in under two minutes with antibody-based test and disposable pods. Something like this could change the lives of those with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
A solar-powered grill, it uses a unique design that directs sunlight towards a cylinder, which the company says can heat up to 550 degrees (in some models, in 10 to 20 minutes). Food is placed inside a solar evacuated tube that absorbs more than 80% of the sunlight reflected onto the tube and cooks it.
**** JUST DRIVE IT ****
Parrot has already been made famous for its entry level drones, but the Disco looks and feels like something else entirely. The Parrot Disco has two wings that let it take off more like a kite than a traditional drone. With just a toss in the air, the Disco can pick up enough momentum to stay afloat. This thing can also fly at speeds up to 50mph, stay up for as long as 45 minutes, comes with a 1080p camera at the nose, and has a number of assisted flying modes.
Ehang Passenger Drone
The EHang 184 is a human-sized drone built by the Chinese UAV company EHang. It is an autonomous drone that will be able to carry a single passenger for 23 minutes at a speed of 60 MPH. The 184 also has gull-wing doors and arms that fold up.
Gogoro Smart Scooter
Revealing itself to the world at CES last year, Gogoro turned a lot of heads. So why is it notable again in 2016? Because the scooter company has done what most tech startups fail to do — deliver on its promises. In 2015, Gogoro sold 4,000 of its electric scooters in Taipei, Taiwan. The effort meant installing more than 125 battery-swapping stations to facilitate more than 2,000 battery swaps per day. For its next feat, Gogoro is looking to expand its strategy away from Asian mega-cities.
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