Cool Products at CES
Some of the notable items that caught our editors’ attention at the digital show
MaskFone MaskFone is introducing a product of the same name to the market – what it says is the world’s first face mask with built-in earbuds. It does double duty, enabling music aficionados to stay in tune with their favorite music while on the go – while still being shielded.
Cuzen If you haven’t tried a whipped coffee or some sort of matcha drink, did you even live through 2020? Matcha is said to offer longer-lasting energy without the “crash” that often comes along with coffee. Cuzen’s Matcha Starter Kit allows you to make this trendy green tea drink at home. The $369 machine reduces tea leaves to a fine matcha powder that can then be whisked into water to be enjoyed straight or as a latte, mocktail or cocktail.
Philips The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige “smart” toothbrush, through AI, helps consumers adjust their dental care by providing a “coached,” personalized cleaning experience, detecting the user’s brushing style and adapting to that during the brushing session using SenseIQ technology to track and detect pressure applied, cleaning motions and coverage achieved.
LG The past few years, it was all about the foldable phone, but this year, LG introduced us to the concept of the rollable phone. The rollable phone doesn’t have a finicky “hinge,” and instead unfurls into a tablet. At this point, we don’t have much else to go by in terms of a release date, price, or even a final name, but some early analysts suggest that the rollable phone could be released later in 2021 with a final cost around $1,300 to $2,000.
Razer One of the most interesting products came from gaming company, Razer. Their high-tech N95 face mask, coined Project Hazel, features a clear shield, active ventilation, and a charger that also acts as a disinfectant through UV sanitization. This mask solves two major problems that a standard, disposable mask poses: it eliminates waste and caters to a large population of people who rely on reading lips to communicate.
Kohler Kohler’s Escape Bathroom is reminiscent of a Japanese soaking bath. The Stillness Bath features water, light, fog and aromatherapy. The bath’s infinity overflow feature sends water into the Hinoki wood moat. Full spectrum lighting surrounds the bath, creating a chromatherapy experience. Fog envelops the surface of the Stillness Bath and essential oils can be added into the bath’s experience tower.
LG LG’s InstaView Door-in-Door® refrigerator may be opened via voice control, making trips with groceries a little less inconvenient. The appliance also features a UV light system that sanitizes water as it is being dispensed from the in-door water and ice dispenser.
Samsung Samsung showcased its expertise in home robots and AI. In development and presented at CES the Samsung Bot Handy and Samsung Bot Care. The Bot Handy AI is designed to recognize and pick up objects of various sizes, weights and shapes and to help with chores around the house such as laundry or dishes. The Bot Care functions as a digital assistant, using AI to learn its user’s schedule and respond to its behavior.
Arcade1Up Board games meet modern technology with the Infinity Game Table. Arcade1Up partnered with Hasbro to create this touch-screen gaming table featuring 50+ games including Monopoly, Scrabble, Candy Land, Yahtzee, puzzles, coloring books, mini-games, and more. It can be enjoyed alone or with friends. There are no subscription fees and the table can easily be made portable or turned into a game board by removing the legs.
Skyworth Skyworth unveiled five upcoming series of TVs: TC6200, UC6200, UC7500, UC8500, and XC9300, powered by the Android TV OS. Features include 700,000+ movies and shows from across streaming services; Google voice control functionality to control the TV, get recommendations of what to watch and dim the lights; and Chromecast built in to provide the ability to cast photos, videos, and music from smart devices to your TV.
Sono MotoRS Sono Motors is aiming at a leadership position on the Solar EV field’s stage, with its prototype community-led next-generation vehicle: Sion. The Sion boasts a beautiful, sleek yet simple design that is meant to catch the eye. A smartphone operates as a key. The Sion also allows for power-sharing. It can serve a mobile charging station that provides energy for electronic devices and even other EVs, with up to 11KW of power.
Bosch Last year, Bosch teamed with Ford and the real-estate developer Bedrock to demonstrate a fully automated valet parking solution in Detroit. It was the first U.S. infrastructure-based solution for automated valet parking inside a parking garage.
Ampere Ampere’s new Bluetooth shower speaker, the Ampere Shower Power ($99.95), is powered by the water running through the shower head, so no charging is needed. The device will be available in three colors: black, white and chrome.
JBL Among JBL’s headphone CES intros was the Model JBL Live Pro Plus 2 ($180). These small, in-ear, true wireless devices feature active noise cancelling. They are to be available in March in a few different colors and feature a charging case with 21 hours of charge time.
Samsung Samsung’s Health Smart Trainer is a feature on Samsung 2021 TVs that transforms the home into a personal gym; it tracks and analyzes posture in real-time, provides feedback on form, helps count your reps, and estimates calories burned via Bixby voice control.
Sony The Sony Airpeak takes aerial photography to a heightened level. Compact-sized, it is Sony’s first drone and is slated for professional photography and filmmaking use, designed to carry Sony’s Alpha full-frame mirrorless cameras; it’s due for release sometime in Spring. (Sony’s Kenichiro Yoshida, with the AirPeak camera-toting drone).