One of the big problems with the current state of the VR art is that it really doesn’t fully engage your senses. But how do you get haptic feedback for your tootsies? Taclim’s tackling that with prototype VR shoes that will let you feel it as you’re virtually tiptoeing through the tulips and wading on the shore.
Some days, making that trip to the copier sounds like just too much. Now you only have to barely move your hand to get that important document all scanned in. This would be very useful for the businessman on the go or even a family looking to keep track of their receipts. It is a smart wireless technology that will free up lots of space in your office.
Check out the Spire Health Tag. This small gadget sticks to the inside of your bra, shirt, pants, pajamas. Once adhered to your clothing, you don’t have to do a thing. The tag will automatically sync with your phone and give you updates on your overall health including heart rate, sleep quality, breathing patterns, and stress levels.
You can consolidate all of your necessary communication into the new Sony Smartwatch, the world’s first Android-compatible Smartwatch. The Smartwatch allows you to worry about one less thing by turning your phone into a remote of sorts: leave your phone in your purse, briefcase, desk, or pocket, and view calls and texts, check your email, control your music, get notifications, and much more with a gentle vibration of your Smartwatch on your wrist. One of the best new features of the Sony Smartwatch 2 is its rain-proof durability, meaning you can rely upon your Smartwatch anywhere at any time.
Even though CES is known for TVs, robots, and cars, it’s also known to offer a dazzling assortment of smaller pieces of tech that can only be described as gadgets. This year’s show offered a pretty interesting assortment of breakthrough technologies, so we roamed the show floor and dug through all the press releases to find eight of the coolest gadgets announced during CES 2018. Some of which ship in just a few weeks, while others might never see the light of day if the past is prologue.
As smartphone screens have gotten larger, they’ve become our go-to entertainment devices. But there are still many times in which you may want to watch movies or TV shows on a much larger screen when a TV isn’t nearby. That’s where the Movi smartphone comes in: The $599 Android phone includes an integrated projector that can project 720p videos.
Connect up to 24 USB devices with lightning fast 480Mbps transfer speeds. You can power this hub either directly from your computer or from an AC outlet. This means you can recharge your digital camera, flipcam, mp3 player, cell phone, everything you want, anywhere there’s a wall socket.
Basically – we’re speaking about a Bluetooth 4.0 dongle that connects to your car’s OBD plug (Onboard Diagnostics Port – the same port your mechanic uses to diagnostic when it needs repairs) and to your smartphone by a dedicated app.
The ports are all silicon-padded, so nothing gets scratched. And the dock is equipped to withstand power surges and over-charging. Best of all, it has built-in dividers to help you keep everything neat and organized, so you can immediately lay your hands on the device you need. The one downside is that you have to purchase charging cables separately.
One of the top-selling selfie sticks, the Mpow Selfie Stick features a 270-degree adjustable head to capture the perfect shot no matter which way it’s angled. It has a 31.5-inch maximum length but folds up to a highly portable 7.1 inches, so it’s easy to throw in a backpack or purse (or even your pocket!). It also comes with an 18-month warranty in case it gets damaged.
You can purchase an iPhone with the iPhone Upgrade Program even if you have an existing contract or an installment plan balance. However, you are still responsible for honoring any existing commitments with your carrier. Corporate, business, and prepaid service plans are not eligible for the iPhone Upgrade Program.
Virtual assistants like Siri have been around for years, but it wasn’t until the first Amazon Echo launched in 2014 that voice-enabled gadgets really started to take off. Three years later, Amazon’s true successor to the original Echo improves on the first version in every meaningful way. The design is shorter and more attractive, the improved speaker includes a woofer and a tweeter, and most importantly, it’s noticeably cheaper at just $99.99. These enhancements should help keep Amazon at the top of the smart speaker market as competition from rivals like Google, Microsoft and others heats up.
The Babble voice privacy system uses patented technology to allow you to speak freely and securely right in your workstation—no matter what you have to say, no matter where your workspace is located. Your words will remain confidential.
Do you start your artwork with pen and paper? But at the same time regret that your work is stuck on paper until you have scanned the image? Then Inkling is an indispensable tool for you. This digital sketch pen allows you to sketch with a real ballpoint pen on any paper. While you are drawing, all strokes are recorded electronically which can then be imported as raster or vector artwork in to your preferred graphics applicationfor further editing. With just one button click you can record layers, for instance, to separate preparatory and final drawings. These layers are then retained after import.
My first car was an early ’80s Volvo with a bald front tire. The only tech it had inside was a radio and a heater and I felt pretty fortunate that both were working. Plus, I got away with having a crappy car because during the whole grunge period, people kind of revered junk. It was like a badge of honor.
On the education side, Blipblox was one of the more interesting items on the floor. A synth designed for three to eight-year-old kids, the Blipblox has arrow paths on top connecting all the buttons to show the synth’s signal chain. The idea is to get children interested in synthesis basics early on. But, there’s no iconography on the Blipblox itself to hint at what the buttons do, so it’s hard to say how much kids will really learn as opposed to just mashing buttons. The company told me that if kids want to learn more, they can read the manual that comes with it, but that seems to defeat the product’s purpose.