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It’s the official first day of CES and our team has already located dozens of the coolest new gadgets, features and concept cars that will probably never see the light of day.
Halo (not Amazon’s Halo) has a wearable for babies that tracks heart rate, rollover, skin temperature, and movement. 10,000 steps a day may seem like a challenge when you can’t walk, but it’s important to have goals.
Aeolus Robotics has created a humanoid robot, Aeo, to help schools and hospitals by disinfecting, delivering food and performing basic patrols. He can also apparently take selfies.
Since we’re all going to end up living in the metaverse, let’s scan our rooms so the transition isn’t too shocking. MeetKai transforms smartphone video into detailed 3D environments.
Amazon is ramping up its Sidewalk network with a bunch of low-bandwidth IoT devices and partners. We’re all clearly still figuring this whole “smart home” thing out.
Labrador Systems has upgraded its elderly care robot with an Echo Show, using it as a kind of interface for the bot. It’s an “early proof of concept” which is good because I’m not sure if that’s the way to go.
Alexa can now tell you where the nearest public charging station is for your electric vehicle. It’s sad that it’s necessary, but if that’s the extent of your difficulties, maybe it’s something you can look forward to.
Still on the Amazon tip, Ring is bringing back the Judas Cam. Why get up from the sofa?
Plex is finally launching – two years after announcing it at CES 2020 – its rental marketplace. “It was a lot harder than we thought,” said co-founder Scott Olechowski. Now fix the PS5 app, Scott! It’s a catastrophe! (Is there a level of problem a level of triviality above the first world? I have a lot.)
Ossia and her Cota Wireless Power were on stage at Disrupt 2023…sorry, 2013. But they’re still streaming it and now have a security camera that runs on wireless power instead of batteries. Sounds like a really good idea, although the battery-powered ones last about a year now.
Do you have things you want to lock away? Put them in a shiny high-tech box from Trova that only opens with your phone’s permission. Sure, you can use a regular lock of any type, but that’s not very CES.
I talked to the StudioBox guys at Disrupt, and I was planning to write the pro-remote-video-studio-in-a-box, but Haje ate my lunch. Find out how they are adapting their business to the post-pandemic world:
Smart speakers are nice until you have 2 or 3 of them, then you have no idea where your music will go when you hit play. Google has a solution, of sorts. More like a way to handle the problem.
Google also provided more information about its Android Auto UI refresh and an HD upgrade for its car maps which will feature more accurate lane markings, objects and other elements. Volvo will get it first, along with Polestar, apparently a real car company.
Power1’s AirPods charging case is now smaller, but it still looks like a weird humpbacked ziggurat to me. If you’re so low on battery that you need this thing…you’re probably very successful. Congratulations.
For me, AirPods charging stuff is inconvenient, but dog communication devices are. FluentPet Connect has programmable buttons that don’t just say the word, but send a message to your phone. You’re about to take around 50 walks a day, because good luck saying no to messages like HELP FRIEND PLAY:
Typhur offers a sous vide cooker with a 12-inch display. What is the screen size on your vacuum cooker? I thought so.
Qualcomm picked up CES to announce that it will bring satellite messaging to “select Android devices,” like those with its latest flagship chipset. Not me, then.
Breakout EcoFlow portable power company now makes a lawnmower, portable air conditioner, and portable refrigerator. That’s why we’re going to have a lithium shortage, people!
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Sony and Honda have collaborated on a real car under the confusing “Afeela” brand. You’ll be able to order one from 2025, supposedly.
BMW doesn’t even pretend its i Vision Dee is real. They hired Schwarzenegger to do the intro video, and the exterior can be customized with different colors of E-Ink (all ugly). It also has kind of a crazy HUD.
I tried to dismiss this, but BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said “it can’t just be dismissed as science fiction because it will inspire our Neue Klasse”. Touched, Oliver.
Stellantis is expanding its Free2move car-sharing, rental and subscription service to the US, although of course it’s not free at all. Free floating, yes. If you’re in Denver, Portland, Columbus, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, or Tampa, get ready.
In completely unrelated news, Stellantis has formed a new business unit to convert vehicle data into cash.
That’s all for now, but our tireless reporters will be bringing you content late into the Las Vegas night.