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CES 2019 highlights: The best and most bizarre gadgets from this year’s show – iNews

In brief

  • CES 2019 has been a hotbed for innovative and strange products from across the world
  • The show, in Las Vegas, attracts more than 180,000 visitors each year

From the ridiculous to the sublime, CES, the world’s largest tech convention, is an annual gathering for the great and the good of the industry to show off what they’ve been working on for the past year.

Read on for some of the best – and most out there – exhibitors on this year’s floor.

Good – a connected food scale

Pepper is an Alexa-enabled scale (Photo: Pepper)
Pepper is an Alexa-enabled scale (Photo: Pepper)

Pepper is a smart scale equipped with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant which claims to detect the nutritional value of every ingredient. This information is designed to help you adjust your portion size accordingly by asking questions such as “Alexa, measure porridge in carbs”, and it can also guide you step-by-step through recipes spoken aloud.

You can also log meals and track your nutritional intake through a paired smartphone app, which could prove particularly useful for athletes and people with specific weight loss goals. It debuted at CES ahead of launching on crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

 

Bizarre – a robot mouse for your cat to chase

Mousr - guaranteed to rile your cat (Photo: Petronics)
Mousr – guaranteed to rile your cat (Photo: Petronics)

Mousr is an AI-driven robotic mouse toy for cats, which owners can customise to best meet their pet’s needs. The small robot whizzes around on two wheels using an exploration sensor to navigate a room and another cat proximity sensor to detect your curious pet.

The company has made 10 custom tail attachments to fulfil cats’ stalking, swatting or biting needs, and it can be programmed to patrol the perimeter of a room or to roam around as a real mouse would. It’s available now, priced at $149.99.

 

Good – Sony’s Super-sized 8K TVs

Sony's 98-inch 8K Z9G TV looks seriously impressive (Photo: Sony)
Sony’s 98-inch 8K Z9G TV looks seriously impressive (Photo: Sony)

While consumers are only just getting used to 4K, Sony is ahead of the game with its impressive 8K (16 times the resolution of HD) range in monster 98-inch and 85-inch sets. Both sizes sport the company’s sound-from-picture-reality technology, which positions spoken audio directly behind on-screen actors in a bid to heighten the reality of watching dramatic films or programmes.

The pair also feature a powerful processor capable of upscaling content which wasn’t shot in 8K to appear as close to the resolution as possible, and x-wide angle technology to reduce fluctuations in colour when viewing the screen from an angle and not directly face-on.

 

Bizarre – ‘snoring killer’ earplugs

QuietOn Sleep is a pair of noise-cancelling earbuds which cost $159 (Photo: QuietOn Sleep)
QuietOn Sleep is a pair of noise-cancelling earbuds which cost $159 (Photo: QuietOn)

QuietOn Sleep’s claim to be “the world’s most gentle snoring killer” is somewhat undermined by the fact they’re actually earplugs, and not a device to actively stop snoring in its tracks.

The ergonomic earplugs, which were designed in Finland, use noise-cancelling technology to block out the sound of snoring and last for 20 hours on a single charge. No noise-cancelling tech is sophisticated enough to entirely eliminate sound, meaning that while wearing the plugs may significantly lower the volume of snoring, it certainly won’t kill it altogether. They’re also priced at $159.

 

Good – an expanding delivery door

The eDor contains expandable compartments (Photo: i)
The eDor contains expandable compartments (Photo: i)

eDor is a door customised with expanding compartments to accommodate deliveries made when the recipient is not in. The company claims it can be installed in the majority of door frames, and the expandable compartments on the door’s interior can be customised to each parcel owner’s needs.

The delivery company is issued an eKey for each delivery, allowing them to open the compartment’s door using near field communication (NFC) technology, the same kind which allows you to make contactless payments.

Once a parcel has been left inside one of the component, the home or business owner and sender receive an alert notifying them of its arrival.

 

Bizarre – a cinematic snowglobe

Cinematic snowglobes are a thoughtful keepsake (Photo: Cinematic snowglobes)
Cinematic snowglobes are a thoughtful keepsake (Photo: Cinematic snowglobes)

In a fun twist on the traditional snowglobe, a Cinematic Snowglobes contains not just glittery snow, but a video clip which starts playing when it’s picked up and shaken.

The idea is to customise the globe with a clip or photograph of your choice, which the makers say can be as long or as short as you like. If the globe remains still for more than 20 seconds, it will require reshaking to keep the clip playing. They are currently in production.

 

Good – Samsung’s air purifying robot

Samsung's Bot Air looks like an angry bin (Photo: i)
Samsung’s Bot Air looks like an angry bin (Photo: i)

Announced as part of Samsung’s robotics charge at this year’s show, Bot Air is a little wastebin-sized robot designed to trundle around your home monitoring its air quality. If it senses toxins in the air, such as smoke from burnt toast, its animated eyes flash red and it will begin to purify its surroundings. Once the air is clear, the bottom of the machine glows green.

 

Bizarre – an owl-shaped surveillance camera

Ulo the surveillance owl (Photo: Ulo)
Ulo the surveillance owl (Photo: Ulo)

While surveillance cameras aren’t exactly known for their cute credentials, Ulo is a strange little camera-equipped owl which streams video and audio to a paired smartphone. It can also capture snapshots which it can email to you, and its animated eyes can be customised through the app.

 

Good – a smart parasol

The oval-shaped Bloom gadget enables the parasol to become smart (Photo: i)
The oval-shaped Bloom gadget enables the parasol to become smart (Photo: i)

The brainchild of tech firm ShadeCraft, Bloom is a gadget which transforms existing parasols into fully smart device. It can be controlled via Alexa voice commands, features speakers for playing music and can open or close itself at the touch of a button (on your phone). You can also charge your phone by plugging into it.

In case of rain or high winds, Bloom’s climate and weather sensors also owners to programme the parasol to automatically open in good and close in bad weather. It is available to pre-order now, priced at $399.

 

Bizarre – a Lamborghini massage chair

A Lambourghini massage chair, you say? (Photo: i)
A Lamborghini massage chair, you say? (Photo: i)

It’s what every home needs – a massage chair drawing on the sleek design of a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, complete with light-up panels – and yours for only $30,000.

The LBF-750 massage chair was created by South Korean massaging chair firm Bodyfriend, and even plays a revving sound when you push the button to start it up. A truly priceless experience.

Rhiannon Williams is reporting from CES in Las Vegas


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