The Ten Coolest Gadgets to Debut at CES 2015 So Far
CES 2015 is well underway, and although there are two days left, there are plenty of amazing gadgets that have already been introduced to the public, from hilarious tailgating tools to slightly sinister helicopter parenting instruments. Let's try our best to forget that the "booth babe" phenomenon exists and just focus on the awesomeness:
Play with Your Pet Through Your Phone
This Wifi-enabled camera allows you to watch your pet while you're out of the house, and also has a built-in laser pointer that you can control by dragging your finger along your phone's screen. I'm not sure I would recommend this technology, as some research has shown that laser pointers aren't suitable toys for pets, but the camera part seems innocuous, and the idea of staying connected with your pet while you're out and/or playing with your pet while you're bored at work is an appealing one.
From the same company that introduced the Smart Bed in 2014, Sleep Number presented the SleepIQ Kids bed. It comes with a number of features, some of which are borderline creepy, like telling parents whenever their child gets out of bed. But the best and most adorable feature is a monster detector that always reassures kids, "No, there are no monsters under your bed. See? There's proof."
Skin Health Sensor
This small sensor can tell a lot about you (specifically your skin) from just a brief touch: your wrinkles, your moisture, and most importantly, what steps you can take to make your skin healthier. It sends its data back to an app, and the app informs you which actions you should be taking to improve your skin health, like changing your diet or sleeping habits.
Tailgating Cooler that Plays Music
Kube knows what you like. The 60-pound beer cooler/Bluetooth speaker combines alcohol and music and becomes the perfect tailgating companion.
Walls that Change Color
E Ink's Prism allows the walls of buildings to smoothly change color without cumbersome digital displays. The "animated wallpaper" can respond to external stimuli, such as a person walking by, and requires a fraction of the amount of power that you'd expect. It isn't quite ready for homes yet, but office buildings and stores could be much more exciting thanks to this technology.
Grilling for Dummies
Lynx Smart Grill does not trust you to make your own food. A grill for people who don't know how to grill, this gadget asks you what you're making and then tells you exactly how to do it, giving you audiovisual cues for every step of the process.
Judgmental Cigarette Lighter
There's nothing like a little shame to get you to quit your smoking habit. The QuitBit lighter keeps track of how many times you light up per day, allows you to set a goal for quitting, and then incrementally lowers the number of cigarettes you can light each day. You could just use another lighter, of course, but it's an effective psychological tactic.
Mini Parrot Drones
They're actually called Parrot Minidrones, and they're tiny drones that can jump, roll, and fly as they furiously take photos.
Spy Gadget Notifies You Who's in Your Home
Another slightly creepy gadget presumably meant for parents, the new camera from Netatmo allows you to track the whereabouts of your family members. The Wifi-enabled camera has a motion sensor, which when activated has the capability to recognize the person moving and notify you who it is when you're out of the house. I suppose it's good for people who are really worried about someone breaking and entering, but it'll probably just be used by parents to make sure their grounded teenagers stay in the house.
Car Dashboard Screens
After working on their free-form displays for several years, Sharp has finally enabled their usage in any shape, including the dashboard of a car. It doesn't have touch screen capabilities just yet, but we should be able to see this technology in our cars within the next couple of years.