LG Signature OLED TV R
The much-anticipated rollable OLED TV is finally here -- or will be in the latter half of 2019, for an as-yet-undisclosed sum. Our resident TV ace David Katzmaier says, "It's incredible. It feels like a finished product, something a wealthy buyer with a huge swath of windows and a million-dollar view would snap up in a heartbeat," and named it one of the TV highlights of the show. But you have to click here and watch the video to appreciate it in action.
Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic concept
If you've ever wanted to be chauffeured around by an invisible driver, pretending you're in Tron, this is your car. It's just as cool technologically: an autonomous, modular vehicle, with a mobile platform that you place a specific pod on. For example, you could swap out the passenger section for a cargo pod on moving day. Sadly, it's just a concept, but still one of the automotive highlights of the show.
Wireless charging -- real walk-around-and-charge, not put-it-on-a-pad -- is in the air at CES. We're finally starting to see prototypes of RF chargers, starting with Ossia's over-the-air charging system, Cota. Ossia and phone case maker Spigen will be shipping a case to retrofit existing phones in a few months. The wireless transmitter shown here is much larger than a phone, but final dimensions haven't been settled.
Foldimate, the bot that folds your clothes, has been a perennial CES favorite since it debuted three years ago. But for the first time, there was actually a working prototype, and it works! The company hopes to have a retail version of this laundry-folding bot by the end of 2019 and it will cost about $1,000. That's kind of expensive, you have to feed each item in one at a time and it can't handle some items. So it may not be the timesaver of everyone's dreams.
Pong cocktail table
This is one of those ideas that seems underwhelming on paper, but is absolutely amazing in person, and a highlight of our strange, awkward future of video games. The simple two-paddles-and-a-square-puck game is recreated in 3D by two foam paddles and a foam square puck; they're controlled by a series of magnets and motors underneath the table, while you spin the control wheel to move your paddle. There's one-on-one or you-versus-AI modes, with three levels of difficulty. There's an unexpectely addicting Zen-like quality to the repetition of simple actions (spinning a control dial), combined with the minimalist white-on-black visuals.
This year's options include a taller cocktail table version and a colorful, customizable coin-op version designed for arcades. Prices for those are TBD, but the basic coffee table version is $2,999 (about £2,350 or AU$4,175).
Royole flexible QWERTY keyboard
We're entering the era of flexible electronics where everything from your phone to, who knows, maybe even your fridge will have a bendy screen. Royole launched a flexible screen last November and is getting in on the flexi-act big time, with a QWERTY keyboard that can be laid down on any flat surface and connected via Bluetooth. At the push of a button, it'll roll up and you can stick in your pocket.
Official pricing is not yet announced, but expect to see the keyboard quite literally roll out in the second quarter of 2019. Royole seems to be at the bleeding edge of the folding revolution (except for clothes).
This clever device lets you trim your teeth-brushing time to 10 seconds. You add toothpaste, position the Y-Brush in your mouth and turn the motor on. As the brushes vibrate, you make a chewing motion for 5 seconds after which you remove it, flip the Y-Brush and repeat. And unlike the usual quirky devices we see at CES, this one's actually slated to ship soon -- in April -- and you can preorder it for $125 (which converts roughly to £100 and AU$175) now. As always, the Tech West pavilion was full of oddities like this.
Hupnos antisnoring sleep mask
Tired of being kept awake by your snoring partner, endlessly staring at the ceiling while you try to get back to sleep? The Hupnos sleep mask, one of the many weird products we saw at the show, aims to ease that problem
The mask pairs with an app that listens to you while you sleep to determine whether or not you're starting to snore. Once it detects a snore, it uses its built-in accelerometer to determine your sleeping position and vibrates to get you to move to a less snore-inducing position. If that doesn't solve the problem, it increases the pressure when you exhale or Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) to help open up your airways and stop snoring.
Withings Move ECG
Withings' newest fitness watch adds the ability to take electrocardiograms (usually abbreviated EKG) on a traditional-looking analog watch -- at a third of an Apple Watch S4's price. The Move ECG is the company's first ECG watch. It's expected in Q2 of this year, pending FDA and CE clearance. As in many years past, health tech was big at CES.
Samsung The Wall
You'd think its 98-inch 8K TV would be called The Wall, but Samsung opted to use that moniker for the first home-sized MicroLED TV -- a mere 75 inches -- but it's still the biggest 4K MicroLED TV to date, and an indication that the next-generation TV technology is almost ready for prime time. The TV is one of the reasons Samsung joined Apple to steal the show. (Samsung intends to ship a MicroLED TV this year.) . No price or availability as yet, though.
Customizable light panels are one of the best home decorating trends in recent years, and LaMetric's Sky system is one of the most customizable we've seen. Though we like Nanoleaf's new hexagons, LaMetric uses triangles, which lend themselves to more complex creations -- there's a reason triangles are 3D graphics' preferred polygons -- and facilitate one-touch programming. The company hasn't set a price or availability date for them yet. Smarter smart home devices, led by Google Assistant, were big this year.
Asus ROG Mothership
If Samsung's gaming beast doesn't float your boat, maybe Asus's new model will. The ROG Mothership is technically a laptop, but this chunky thing detaches, allowing it to stand upright and achieve better airflow for cooling during more intense moments of gameplay.
High-end gaming components are all on board, but we're yet to hear anything about how much it will cost or when we can get one. it was one of the examples of the changing state of laptops at this year's show; boutique companies were out in full force as well.
Wilkinson Bread Bot
A toast to Wilkinson for putting together this fully automated bread-making machine. That's right, get your bread on a roll through this conveyor-style chef-bot simply by pouring a proprietary dough mix in and watching the carbs rise. I feel like I really knead one of these things, but it's totally oversized for a one-bedroom apartment. I'm not sour, dough -- it is pricey. Company reps estimate that it would cost around $100,000 for a five-year lease.
Lamborghini Bodyfriend massage chair
If you're sore from driving around all day in your Lamborghini (you poor thing), then what better way to recover than a massage in your Lamborghini massage chair? This thing uses airbags to target the massage at just the right pressure points and costs a cool $30,000.
LG 8K OLED TV
LG's jumping into the 8K fray with an 88-inch OLED TV that really impressed us -- the perfect contrast of OLED combined with such a massive image is a potent combination, and LG makes the best TVs, period. LG didn't offer a price, but Samsung's 85-inch 8K LCD is 15 grand, so it'll surprise us if it costs less than three times as much.
PowerCast Wireless Charging Grips for Nintendo Switch
No more need to take a break while your Nintendo Switch charges. PowerCast wirelessly charges your Joy-Cons while you play, using the company's $100 PowerSpot (sold separately). The transmitter has a pretty decent range, too. It will be ready to buy in time for your holiday shopping -- by the end of October -- and should make a great gift for the person you gave a Switch to in 2018.
Samsung -- literally -- rolled out a trio of appealing robots for helping in all sorts of ways. The Bot Air is essentially a roaming air purifier, the Bot Care monitors your health (though the thought of it watching me sleep to monitor my breathing is a bit creepy) and the Bot Retail fetches items like a store clerk.
Opte Precision Wand
Inkjet printer technology is getting a new life in cosmetics. The Opte Precision Wand scans your skin for darker-than-normal spots and essentially prints over them with makeup, moisturizer and more. It's from Procter & Gamble Ventures, the company's venture capital arm, so for now, this spot-stopping tech is still in the future.
Whyre Argon Transform
Starting a crowdfunding campaign in March, startup Whyre's two-piece kit attaches to any motorcycle helmet to make it smart. The rear camera housing sticks to the back of the helmet and an augmented vision system sticks on the bottom front; with a built-in GPS, it displays navigation so you don't need to look at your phone. There will also be a simple version without maps, which uses arrows and numbers to tell you when to turn. While it won't be cheap -- it's expected to cost $680 (or £530 and AU$955 converted) if the campaign is successful -- it's a lot cheaper than alternatives with the tech built in.
KitchenAid Cook Processor
Boiling, frying, steaming, stewing, kneading, chopping, mincing, pureeing, mixing, emulsifying, whipping and stirring -- KitchenAid's all-in-one appliance offers all the gerunds you can throw at food while reducing cleanup time. You'll have to throw quite a bit of money at it in return, though -- whenever it ships, it'll cost around $1,500.
There's no shortage of cuddly robot-bff wannabes at CES. KIki's a little needier than most, requiring virutal food, for example; you "feed" it by drawing food items in an accompanying app. In return, though, Kiki recognizes if you're sad and will sing and dance to cheer you up. Zoetic doesn't have pricing yet, and it's still looking for global distributors.
This dryer -- actually a warm-air circulator -- for pets isn't quite as silly as it sounds. Well, maybe not for its approximate $660 price tag (it's currently only shipping in China, Singapore and Korea), but most cats and dogs love a warm, relaxing spot to lounge in, plus it's enclosed so might even help soothe nervous animals or rescues that you're trying to socialize. And this one can dry a small dog in about 25 minutes while keeping it in one spot, so no more wet bodyprints all over the house.
Honor View 20
This phone is more often found during Mobile World Congress than CES, but that may be one reason the Honor View 20 stands out from the other phones at the show. It has neat features, which you can click through and read about while we just sit here and watch the mesmerizing way its colors shift. Price and availability are set to be announced on Jan. 22 in Paris.
Lenovo Smart Clock
When we replaced alarm clocks with cell phones, we sacrificed one of the most satisfying rituals of the day: whacking the snooze button in the morning. Lenovo brings back that joy in 21st-century style: The Lenovo Smart Clock has a touch sensor that you hit when you're annoyed it's time to wake up. Once for snooze, twice for "leave me alone, I'm sleeping for the rest of the day." When you dismiss the alarm, it can trigger your "Good Morning" routine through Google Assistant and turn on your lights, tell you about your day and play the news. It ships this spring for $80.
It wouldn't be CES without a flying car demonstration. This year's concept is Bell's hybrid electric air taxi, which the company hopes to start testing in early 2020 before coming up with its actual availability. It's notable because you might eventually get to sit in one -- Bell's on Uber's short list of aircraft manufacturing partners for its flying taxi program.
One job that we never suspected would be taken by robots: boxing trainer. Well, boxing trainers, Bot Boxer is coming for you. Rows of sensors analyze characteristics like stance and provide feedback on how to improve your form. It's headed to your local gym.
The Hyundai Elevate is just a concept at the moment, but it's a car. That walks. And climbs. And assaults Echo Base and takes out the shield generators. OK, maybe not that last one. But the Hyundai Elevate is designed to boost the ability of first responders to rescue people in hard-to-accessible areas, and can also be used to enhance mobility options for all sorts of citizens.
Nreal Light mixed reality glasses
Current reality getting you down? Why not overlay a far more exciting one? The Nreal Light is like a "poor man's" tiny Magic Leap, a pair of goggles you strap on that overlays video images in the real world. To bring down the size of the frames, Nreal has taken the processor out, opting to attach it via cable. That processor, a Snapdragon 845, is the same as you will find in high-end smartphones like the Google Pixel 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. No price has been announced just yet, but they should launch in the late summer/early fall this year.
Kiki the robot pet
Big anime eyes, a cute face that follows you around and dance moves designed specifically to cheer you up? This robot pet from Zoetic is just the splash of delight we needed at CES this year.
Zoetic doesn't have pricing yet, and it's still looking for distributors. It does hope to sell Kiki globally, including the US.
This concept by Japan's University of Tsukuba is one of the finalists in the Toyota's Mobility Unlimited Challenge. It stands out not just for its futurist bent as a Transformer-like exoskeleton, but its practicality: It morphs from wheelchair-type transport to an upright mode.
Another finalist in the Toyota's Mobility Unlimited Challenge, the Quix concept is also an exoskeleton, but designed to aid walking rather than replace it. It has motors at the hips, knees and ankles, and is said to "deliver the mobility, safety and independence that current exoskeletons cannot."
Ninebot Gokart kit
You can now live out all your Mario fantasies with your own Kart. Segway-Ninebot, the company that brought you the original personal transporter almost 20 years ago, strikes again with this 21st-century go kart. It's an accessory for the MiniPro that lets you park your butt for the ride -- with a maximum speed of 15 mph, you can get where you're going relatively fast, too. Unfortunately, you won't always be able to go where you want to get; it has a range of about 9 miles, but it's not street legal. But it's available now for $1,300.
Nubia Red Magic Mars
The competition in gaming phones is heating up, and here's one that's not from a big player like Asus or Razer. Like the ROG Phone, the Red Magic Mars has two touch buttons on the shoulders, which adds a nice physical component to gameplay. A big battery plus a liquid-and-air cooling system complete the package. The phone will hit North America and Europe sometime before the end of March for $399 (about £310 or AU$560).
A big, colorful smartwatch for kids between four and nine years old, the Dyno kid tracker is a fun watch that lets kids call or text preapproved contacts on the go. It also has an SOS button for calling emergency contacts or 911. It's shipping by the end of January for $149, plus $10 per month for the cell service plan.
Monit smart diaper sensor
Don't wait until the wafting smell earns dirty looks from bystanders. Monit's Bluetooth sensor attaches to the outside of the diaper and detects the presence of liquids or solids. Then it sends an alert to the lucky person responsible for changing it. It will arrive in Huggies starting in April.
Razer Turret for Xbox One
Some games are best experienced on a desktop. So to bring them to a console, you need a keyboard and mouse. Now we've got a stylish option: The much-anticipated Razer Turret. It's a keyboard with Chroma lights and built-in mousepad, plus a wireless mouse. The mousepad can slide in and out, hiding itself away completely or providing a decent bit of mouse real estate. It's now officially available for a pricey $250 (£250).
Sure, robot vacuums are everywhere these days. But Trifo's is designed to clean floors more efficiently and effectively in less time -- and at $299, for less money. Basically, it uses sensors to track its position, but it remembers where it's been so it doesn't try to clean the same spots. Plus Ironpie! How great a name is that?
Miracle Gro Twelve
The idea that we can connect everything to our phone is really blossoming at this year's show and the Miracle Gro Twelve proves it. Designed to make indoor planters easy, you just pick some seeds, throw them in one of the four spots and let the hydroponics do the work. It can talk to an app via Bluetooth to let you know when the greens need watering and any other action you may need to take. No green thumb? No worries. That's about all you'll need to do, with the system designed to take care of the rest.
You can preorder the Miracle Gro Twelve on Indiegogo for $300 from Jan. 28. A retail version is expected in March.
GoSun Fusion solar cooker
Day is done? Gone the sun? That's no problem for this solar cooker, which the company says can feed a family of five in the dark and stormy weather. It works by using parabolic reflectors to focus sunlight into a vacuum tube, converting almost 80 percent of it into heat up to 550 degrees. That tube keeps the food hot, too. Look for it in April for $499.
Temi Robot (now with Alexa!)
Robotemi's autonomous navigation assistant robot, Temi, was originally designed to provide home assistance to the elderly using telepresence skills. At CES, Temi got an Alexa upgrade, making it a little more like an Echo Show on wheels -- it can even bring you nachos! With Alexa enabling voice-activated controls and a suite of sensors that allows it to perform complex navigation, Temi is like an armless robotic butler. It connects to your home Wi-Fi and a full charge lasts about 8 and a half hours.
The robot goes on sale in March and will cost $1,499 including shipping.
Motorola Halo Baby Monitor
No longer confined to the realms of a Beyonce song, now you can even let your baby see your Halo, with Motorola's new monitor. The 1080p camera connects to the side of a crib or cot, hanging over the top so you can keep an eye on your little ones. It also features infrared night vision of up to 10 meters. Not content just watching over the kids, the Halo will also project virtual light mobiles for the cherubs to marvel at.
BuyBuyBaby has the Halo now for $249. You can add in a monitoring screen for $299.
Your metronome -- don't leave home without it! This smartwatch for musicians packs a vibrating metronome, decibel meter, magnetic tuner and other music tools. For instance, you can twist off its wrist-strap base and use it to tune a guitar, bass and violin. It measures the strings' vibrations to find the right notes. You can preorder it now for $229, which converts roughly to £180 or AU$320.
R-Pur Nano Mask
Not only can this mask filter out the exhaust that urban runners and cyclists face, it will probably scare off any potential muggers. It's composed of a filter and the mask that holds the filter -- that's the glowing part. It's available in Europe now for 170 euros, which converts roughly to $200, £150 or AU$275, and is heading to the US later this year.
HTC Vive Pro Eye
You can't tell, but inside HTC's newest VR headset she's rolling her eyes and the Vive is tracking them. The Vive Pro Eye is just the existing Vive Pro with eye tracking incorporated into it, but eye tracking is a key technology that can help VR feel more natural.
We've seen them before: projectors that claim to make any surface a touchscreen. This one looks like it actually works, though. It's a tiny Windows system that really does feel responsive to use.
Groove X Lovot
Buy yourself some wholesome love with Lovot, a combination robotic cuddling partner and creepy surveillance cam. Its big expressive eyes have dilating pupils, and it moves around on two wheels and wiggles its cute little arms. According to the company, "It begs for attention and gets in the way of those it lives with, and at times will shy away from people it does not know. It is adorable just by being there." The tech: a temperature-based camera on its head tracks motion and body language, while touch sensors underlie the soft covering. But it can also transmit live footage from the camera to function as a surveillance device, baby monitor and sleep tracker. Love doesn't come cheap, though: it's in preorder now, in pairs, for 598,000 yen (around $5,300, £4,210 or AU$7,400), and single units go on sale in 2020. You'll be able to get yours starting in winter 2019.
The theme of the early decades of the 21st century seems to be "ways to put yourself in the picture." The Obsbot Tail, a clever little three-axis camera, makes it easy for vloggers to get the right shots with an autodirector feature that tracks you as you move.
Birders take note: NexOptic adds zooming zip to binoculars with dual lenses to make it easier to find and focus on distant subjects. They'll also offer wireless connectivity to your phone, GPS, 4K video, 12-megapixel photos and audio, plus there's an optional SD card slot option. We don't know when we'll see them or how much they'll cost, though.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Verizon
Garmin's first LTE fitness watch offers notable safety features, like a similar SOS-issuing fall detection capability to the Apple Watch Series 4. You can download and play music over LTE as well. No pricing is available yet, but you should be able to get it by the end of March, priced above the noncellular Vivoactive 3 Music, which costs $300.
Swimmers no longer have to envy pavement-pounding athletes. AfterShokz Xtrainerz bone-conduction headphones can let them take their tunes and podcasts along for the ride during their afternoon swims. They're completely waterproof down to 6 feet, with 4GB of MP3 storage so no Bluetooth necessary. You'll be able to get them this spring for $150.
Chronolife is hoping to help those who are diagnosed with chronic or congestive heart failure (CHF) to anticipate potential medical emergencies with its Chronolife vest. The vest claims to measure six key physiological stats in real time, and combined with machine learning, it hopes to predict the likelihood of an oncoming heart attack. Its estimated retail price is 200 euros (about $230, £180 or AU$320 converted) and Chronolife plans to sell it to researchers, insurance companies and healthcare providers.
Jabra Elite 85h
Jabra's late to the game with its wireless noise-canceling headphones, but its $300 Elite 85h aggressively takes on leading Bose and Sony models. It has some high-tech tricks reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface headphones, including eight microphones, noise-canceling technology that adapts to your environment and tap-free voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. It's expected to ship in April for $300.
HP Omen X Emperium 65 Big Format Gaming Display
It's on the pricey side at $5,000, but the 65-inch Nvidia BFGDs bring gaming-quality performance -- 144Hz refresh and G-Sync in addition to HDR -- to the big screen. HP was the first to announce its model (others should be coming as well), and is planning to ship in February.
JBL Link Drive
The Link Drive plugs into the charging port in your car. Connecting to your phone and your car, it uses the car's speakers, so you can leave your phone tucked away but still use your Google Assistant. Of course, you can still mount your phone to the dashboard and call up Google Maps with a voice command. It's coming this spring for $60.
Think your wardrobe's boring? Sphero's Specdrums doesn't. This ring lets you hear colors. It responds to tapping via an accelerometer, then samples color through its sensor. Turn your closet into a party -- Specdrums are made to work with multiple rings at once. A two-pack of Specdrums costs $100 on Sphero's website starting next week and is slated to arrive in stores in the spring.
If you've ever had the yen to punch a smart device, here's your chance: the FightCamp smart fitness system is designed for boxing at home. You get the punching bag, gloves, hand wraps and an exercise mat for your $995, but you also have to sign up for the $39 monthly subscription for the FightCamp workouts via the iOS app (there's no Android app yet).
Last year's Walker grew a pair of arms for 2019, bringing us one step closer to the robot future we've envisioned since the mid-20th century.
Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller
There's no proper screen on the Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller and no Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
Instead, kids craft stories in a Mad Libs kind of way, choosing the hero, the setting, another character and an object. Then one of 48 stories with those elements plays. Each story is between 3 and 7 minutes long and you can download hundreds of other stories online.
Lunii's My Fabulous Storyteller costs $70, which converts roughly to £55 or AU$100.
Once you get past the "OMG, could it be any cuter?" aspect of Speck's kid-tough iPad case, you can appreciate the clever design. It sports "arms" that you can use for better gripping or wrap around car seats for hands-free viewing. You'll be able to get it by the end of March for $40, and it's compatible with the last five generations of 9.7-inch iPads.
Nuheara IQbuds Max
Nuheara touts the IQbuds Max as the first "intelligent earbuds" to feature active noise cancellation. What does that mean? Practically, Nuheara suggests that its proprietary EarID system works "like an audiologist in a box" and will calibrate sound and cancellation to your ears. Wonderful.
The big difference between IQbuds and the likes of Apple's AirPods, however, is that they are designed to manipulate the sounds coming in with their Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation -- helping those who suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss. They are expected to ship in the second half of 2019 for between $500 and $600.
Anything that purports to adjust your brainwaves gets an automatic "cool" label slapped on it. If it does so to help you sleep better like the Urgonight, that's just some yummy gravy. It's a headband and app combo that uses electroencephalogram (EEG) patterns to deliver feedback to teach you how to produce sleep-enhancing brainwaves. The team at Urgonight says sustainable results take three months of three 20-minute sessions a week to achieve.
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Matrix PowerWatch 2
Matrix Industries' latest fitness watch looks like the closest anyone's ever come to making the no-charging-necessary dream a reality: The PowerWatch 2 runs completely off solar power and body-generated heat. And it doesn't look too bad, either. All the essentials are here, including heart rate, step counting, an always-on reflective color screen, 200-meter water resistance, notifications and GPS. You can preorder it now on Indiegogo for $200 (about £160 or AU$280) and it will cost $499 when it's available later this year.
The Maximus Answer DualCam Doorbell
A video doorbell with two cameras seems like it should exist already, but up until now... we don't think it has. Enter the Answer DualCam, which can keeps one eye forward and one eye on the package on your doorstep with its two motion-sensing 1080p HDR cameras. You can view the two-camera feed on your phone through the Kuna app and when someone rings the bell, it pings your phone, so you can say g'day and tell them where to delicately place your ordered goods.
The doorbell is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2019 at a cost of $199.
Samsung Space Monitor
Samsung revamped the monitor arm for the 21st century. Its 27- and 32-inch Space Monitors clamp to the back of the workspace and sit flush against the wall when not in use. You just pull them down to any level when you need them. The Space Monitors (SR75) will ship in March for $400 (27-inch) and $500 (32-inch).
A Bluetooth-powered portable eye test that straps itself to your phone, the EyeQue VisionCheck might have optometrists rubbing their eyes in disbelief. Testing spits out a number known as an "EyeGlass Number" which can than be used on glasses retailers like Zenni Optical and EyeBuyDirect to grab prescription glasses. Of course, there's no doctor sign-off with these numbers. CNET reporter Lynn La found it a little complicated. The product will ship in March (or sooner) after exceeding its Indiegogo campaign total.
Asus ZenBook S13
Weighing less than 2.5 pounds, with a 13.9-inch LED display and 97 percent screen-to-body ratio, Asus' newest ZenBook looks to build on the strong foundations of last year's ZenBook 13. With the thinnest bezels in the world, this laptop is practically all screen. Under the hood there's an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU and up to 16GB of LPDDR3 and 1TB of SSD storage. Pricing has not yet been announced.
Leeo Smart Alert and Ping service
Keep an eye on selected friends and family -- not in the creepy, literal sense -- with the Leeo Smart Alert, a color-changing nightlight that senses motion, sound, temp, humidity and light. The Ping service, launching later this year, connects the Smart Alert to an app, showing the color-coded status of people you've added to your network. You can tap or get push notifications prompting you to check on them. It seems primarily intended for grown children to monitor their parents. Sharing their own info is designed to reduce that helicopter-child feeling which can be detrimental to the older folks' sense of independence.
Some tech is cool because it feels like a visit from the future, but some is cool because it liberates you from problems in the now. DFree falls into the latter category: It's a sensor that helps incontinence sufferers by using changes in your bladder size to warn you that it's time to go. The startup behind it is offering the relatively expensive $500 ultrasound sensor for rent if customers want to try it out for $40 a month. The rental program is only available to customers in the continental US, but DFree can be shipped anywhere. (The US price converts to roughly £400 or AU$700.)
A watched pot never boils -- so don't bother. The Heatworks Duo heats water to a specified temperature as you pour. No watching, no waiting, no bother! In theory. We're still waiting for the company's last no-wait-heating product to ship, the Heatworks Tetra Countertop Dishwasher announced at CES 2018, and this one has neither a price nor a release date yet.
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KitchenAid Smart Display
You'd think a kitchen-friendly smart display would be built to withstand kitchen messes -- no klutzes here, nope! -- but it turns out that water resistance is a novelty. KitchenAid comes to the rescue of messy cooks with its splash-resistant entrant into the relatively crowded category. It also offers Yummly recipe recommendations. It's slated to ship in the latter half of the year, with pricing somewhere between $200 and $300.
Samsung Notebook Odyssey
Samsung's latest gaming monster has an all-metal chassis, a brand-new heating system and it's packed with top-end internal components which should help you blitz through a bit of Fortnite with reckless abandon.
The Notebook Odyssey is due to go on sale in the US in early 2019, although full pricing isn't yet known.
If you're a serious podcaster you'll need a serious mic to podcast with. Enter the Blue Ember, an XLR condensor microphone that's designed to block out plenty of ambient noise and costs only $100. Lovely.
Shure MV88 Plus
Shure's MV88 Plus kit has everything you need to start recording better quality video with your phone. Along with a Manfrotto mini tripod and a phone clamp, the kit uses a Shure condensor microphone that promises to capture much higher quality audio than your phone's built-in speakers will manage.
The kit ships towards the end of the month for $249.
We've seen plenty of health tracking gadgets for your kids, but these are among the cutest. Children wear the Airsone trackers like a badge. They monitor breathing and heart rate, and can detect wheezing and coughs. It will alert parents if it registers these symptoms, which can be a precursor to an asthma attack especially when kids are sleeping.
It will retail for $199 (about £155 and AU$280), and ships in June this year.
Lexar 1TB SD card
Sick of swapping out cards in your DSLR when you're out shooting? Lexar is going to change all that with its whopping 1TB SD card. That huge amount of space is enough to store roughly 500 hours of video. Nice.
The downside? This little card will set you back about $500.
Nubia's new flagship phone has an interesting approach to the notch problem: It doesn't have one.
Instead, the main screen dominates the entire front of the phone, with no front-facing camera to spoil the view. Want to take a selfie? There's a second screen on the back of the phone to help you take the perfect shot using the rear camera instead.
Zotak Mek Mini
While gaming PCs tend to offer the most advanced way to play games (come at me, console gamers), typical gaming PCs are huge, monstrous things strewn with aggressive panels and LED lights that only really look at home in a teenage boy's bedroom.
The Mek Mini is still angular and stealthy-looking but its tiny size makes it much more palatable to the mature PC gamer. It can hide away easily under a desk, or even behind a TV so it doesn't need to spoil the country stylings of your living room.
It's available within the coming months for $1,500, depending on spec.
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 960
AI is being applied to many important problems facing the world, from turning thoughts into speech to taming historical photo archives. Ecovacs' latest robot vacuum uses it to keep from sucking up your socks, which is possibly a more pressing issue for most people.
The smarter robovac will have AI-enhanced smarts for object recognition and their distance from the cleaner. It will also create virtual walls to create regions for its cleaning route, as well as Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands so you can tell it to attend to the dried catnip that you heard Fluffy knock off the counter from the next room. It will be available in the second half of the year.
There's a fine line between cool and creepy, and Alena, the robot head that gives voice to Amazon Alexa, walks it. It (he? she?) takes input from your Echo speaker and, based on the frequency of the audio, moves Alena's mouth to replicate speech. So ask your Alexa where Donna Noble is and maybe you'll get an authentic "Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved."
Yubico YubiKey for Lightning
Now you can bring hardware-based security to your older iPhones and iPad as well as more recent devices. The two-ended YubiKey for Lightning supports Apple's proprietary iPhone and iPad port on one end and the USB-C port common on Android phones and PCs on the other end. Well, you can almost bring it -- Yubico is only privately previewing the key and hasn't given any details about availability.