Even though the show floor opens tomorrow, we found lots of interesting tech at the show, ranging from practical to weird. We have seen a lot of cool things so we rounded them up.
The image is called Icoma.
We saw a suitcase-sized electric bike last night. It makes a lot of compromises to get to that size, but if you want an e-bike that fits in your trunk, it is worth looking into.
If you like smart home lighting so you don't have to reach for a light switch, you're in the right place! The new geometric smart lights are supposed to learn how to use them and not require you to set a routine. When you walk from the bedroom to the kitchen in the morning, it knows it's time to light up. The dining room has bright cooking lights on. It's theoretically possible.
Your correspondent got blasted with a scent. The image was created by Haje Kamps.
How will you get off the couch when you are immersed in the scentscape? There are some demo experiences that allow you to enjoy the crackling sound and flickering light of a fire while getting that crucial smoky smell shot right at your nose. The smells were described as "remarkably recognizable." It's coming out "soon."
Fufuly is a breathing pillow from the creator of Qoobo. It sounds crazy, but it is based on the idea that people are able to match their breathing rhythm. The pillow will help you breathe. If you want to hug it, switch it on. It's all you need. You said it. A crowdfunded campaign is expected later this year.
I wrote up the Bird Buddy a year ago, and now the company is expanding from live identification of backyard songbirds to hummingbirds with its new feeders. When you have a visitor, it will send pictures to your phone. The company records the species, time, and location of birds and builds a database of their movements. Maybe there are patterns worth packaging as a product.
The Nowatch is an "awarenessable" device that anyone who likes the idea of a wristwatch but doesn't like the "watch" part should take notice of. It does the health- tracking stuff without a display. A nice stone or gem is the face of metrics with no notifications.
There is a device on display at the Consumer Electronics Show. The image was created by Haje Kamps.
The company has been a go-to brand for smart TVs for a long time, but now it is making its own. The newest voice-powered remote will be included in the new TV lineup. If you want to watch a show without having to fiddle with anything, just plug your headphones in and you are good to go. It's nice that the most expensive one will be under a grand. More information will be available in the spring.
I remember talking to Formlabs in the 3D printing gold rush and they have made good over the years. The aim is to embrace high-volume manufacturing with an automation system that will help printers run 24/7. Everyone will get more plastic knick-knacks.
A lot of urinalysis is done because it is so primitive. The lab should live in the bathroom where the pee is going. For people with certain medical conditions or those working towards a particular goal, a urinalysis device could be useful. Europe is first in line to get this one.
There will be a smart display and speaker that responds to Disney. Finally, wow.
The image is called WowWee.
WowWee has a new toy called MINTiD Dog-E, which is a robot dog. It is hoped that Dog-E will be a short term solution. If you want a robot dog but don't like Aibo, try this one. If regular dogs had persistence-of-vision LEDs in their bodies, it would communicate by wagging its tail.
Nuralogix claims to have collected a thousand diagnostics from a 30-second selfie video. I think the nice thing to do is allow them to put their thing out there and evaluate it on the merits.
There are some funky 3D video calling and virtual camera prototypes that Canon is working on. It is cool, but also has the feeling of an impromptu meeting just before the holiday season. I think the twist is that M. Night was paid to come.
With Kokomo VR meeting software, Canon takes a step away from its hardware roots
We talked with the creators of Kokomo and they think it is something new in the virtual presence space. A bunch of faces.
The image is called Ottonomy.
Deliveryrobots are still a novelty to be found only on a few college campuses and other contained locations, but the tech is getting better. Daleks can't climb steps, but you don't need to be there to get the package.
The smart home hub is powered by a wireless charging device. Is that something that already happened?
Austin Russell talked about the company's ambitions to do more than just make effective lidar devices. It's moving up the stack by buying smaller companies at huge discounts. At the grocery store, I do the same thing. The scale isn't the same as the philosophy.
The image is called "Chipolo."
When you are in competition with Apple, you usually sit in a corner and cry. The company is fine with the fact that it competes with AirTags in a way. They're happy to have Apple take over the "sophisticated worldwide network with UWB" thing. We don't want to build a company because we want to. The company is being built because we want to help people. That is what Apple is doing as well. It's good. It's refreshing.
The chairs are Wearable. Lying down is fine.
There is a new washer in town that could help reduce the amount of plastic in your laundry. The horse left the barn a long time ago, and now fish and turtles are just like humans. Everyone agrees to wear natural fibers.
Neil Blomkamp is directing a movie about a video game called Gran Turismo. Ridge Racer had his money taken. Call me.
The controllers are next to the controllers.
Sony is making a controller that is easy to use. Project Leonardo is a device that allows people with physical disabilities to play the same way as anyone else. We want to know more about that one.