It’s the first official day of CES, and our team has already found dozens of the coolest new gadgets, features, and weird concept cars that will probably never see the light of day.
Halo (not Amazon’s Halo) has wearables for babies that track heart rate, tossing and turning, skin temperature, and movement. If you can’t walk, 10,000 steps a day might seem like a lot, but having a goal is important.
Image credit: Hello (opens in new window)
Aeolus Robotics has created the humanoid robot Aeo. Aeo aims to help schools and hospitals by providing disinfection, food delivery, and basic patrols. It seems that you can also take selfies.
We’ll be living in the Metaverse eventually, so let’s scan the room to make the transition less shocking. MeetKai transforms your smartphone video into a detailed 3D environment.
MeetKai’s room rendering technology.
Amazon powers its Sidewalk network with a number of low-bandwidth IoT things and partners. It is clear that we have not all figured out the full picture of this “smart home” yet.
Labrador Systems has upgraded its elderly care robot with the Echo Show, using it as a front end of sorts for the bot. This is an “early proof of concept” and I’m not sure if it’s correct, so this is good.
Alexa can now point you to the nearest public charging spots for your electric vehicle. It’s sad that this is necessary, but if that’s the extent of your struggle, it might be a blessing.
Knock knock, who’s there? Blond man!
As still hinted at by Amazon, Ring is bringing back the Peephole Cam. Why are you getting up off the sofa?
Plex has finally launched a rental marketplace — two years after its announcement at CES 2020. “It was harder than I expected,” said his co-founder Scott Olechowski. Now fix your PS5 app, Scott! This is a disaster! (Is there a problem on a more trivial level than first world? I have a lot.)
Ossia and its Cota wireless power were on stage at Disrupt 2023… sorry, 2013. This seems like a pretty good idea, but the battery life is hers a year or so.
Image credit: Ossia
Got something to rock? Enter Trova’s sleek tech box that opens only with permission from your phone. Sure, you could literally use any kind of regular lock, but that’s not very CES.
I was chatting with the StudioBox guys on Disrupt and was going to make a pro-remote-video-studio-in-a-box, but Haje ate my lunch. Read how they are adapting their business for a post-pandemic world.
Smart speakers are nice until you have two or three, but you never know where your music will go when you press play. Google has a solution. Similar to how we manage problems.
Google also provided more information about the Android Auto UI update and an HD upgrade of the car map with more accurate lane markings, objects, and more. Volvo will get it first, and Polestar will also apparently be a real car company.
Image credit: AXS Technologies
The Power1’s AirPods charging case is smaller, but it still looks like a weird humpback to me. If you’re running out of battery, you need this… you’re probably doing great. Congrats.
For me, charging AirPods is impractical, but a dog communication device is. FluentPet Connect has a programmable button that not only speaks words, but also sends messages to your phone. Good luck saying “no” to messages like HELP FRIEND PLAY:
Image credit: Fluent Pet
Typhur offers a sous vide with a 12-inch display.the size of the display your Vacuum cooker? I thought so.
Qualcomm chose CES to announce that it would bring satellite messaging to “selected Android devices,” including those powered by the company’s latest flagship chipset. Well, not me.
Breakout portable power company EcoFlow now makes lawn mowers, portable air conditioners, and portable refrigerators. This is why lithium is deficient.
eco flow blade. Image Credit: EcoFlow
Vehicles below this line
Sony and Honda have teamed up on a arguably real car under the mysterious ‘Afeela’ brand. It will probably be available to order from 2025.
BMW doesn’t even pretend its i Vision Dee is real. They hired Schwarzenegger to produce an introductory video, the exterior can be customized with different colors of E-Ink (all ugly), and it even has his HUD which is kind of crazy.
This gif has 300 frames, none of which make the car look good.
I tried to dismiss it, but BMW CEO Oliver Gypsé said, “It inspires our new age, so it cannot simply be dismissed as sci-fi.” Touch, Oliver.
Stellantis is expanding its car-sharing, rental and subscription service Free2move in the US, but it’s certainly not free at all. Free floating, yes. If you are in Denver, Portland, Columbus, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Chicago or Tampa, be prepared.
In completely unrelated news, Stellantis has created a new business unit to turn vehicle data into money.
That’s all for now, but our tireless reporters will be providing content through Las Vegas night.