CES is the biggest trade show event in the technology universe. Companies from all around the world come together in Las Vegas to showcase their new innovative ideas and demonstrate some of the most innovative products. At the same time, the event also witnesses some of the most craziest and wackiest products you can think of. Here is a walk-through around such products. Also Read - Xiaomi smartphones running Android Oreo get LDAC support: Report
Emotia Smart Belt
Aka the Beltie, Emotica Smart Belt is smartbelt that analyzes how much you’ve eaten and exercised and adjusts itself throughout the day. Since the size of your waistline is an indicator of health, the Belty, which comes with a range of small sensors including an accelerator and gyroscope, tracks your overall health. It also reminds you when you’re sitting too much. Also Read - CES 2015: 5 best smartphones unveiled at the event
Axxess CE Air2
Axxess CE Air2 is a compact Bluetooth speaker which levitates. It offers five hours of battery life and can transmit up to 10 meters. Apart from the cereal bowl-shaped top of the speaker which levitates over the base, the attention-grabbing speaker doesn’t offer any features to take your mind away. The company didn’t have a price tag in mind, but said that the CE Air2 will launch sometime this year.
XYZ 3D Food Printer
So far we have seen 3D printers make prosthetic body parts, tables, electric socket, at this year’s CES we saw a commercial printer that prints edible food products. From the popular 3D printer manufacturer XYZ, the 3D Food Printer is able to manufacture dough into pre-programmed shapes, which you are then required to bake in the oven. The company says 3D Food Printer will cost less than $2,000 and launch later in the year.
The Baby Glgl
French company Slow Control took to the CES event to showcase Baby Glgl, a plastic health which is designed to help parents keep track of how their babies are eating. It comes with an inclinometer that calculates the right angle for a bottle to reduce air bubbles. The device flashes red when the angle isn’t accurate, and green when it is.
Priced at roughly $119, the Baby Glgl is set to launch later this year.
A two-wheeled personal motorized transport system, Hovertrax lets riders control it by leaning on it. A self-balancing transportation system, changes direction, speed in accordance with your leaning position. The Hovertrax runs for 4 to 5 hours on a single charge and can travel for as much as 13 kms in the given timeframe.
The product was first launched via Kickstarter 2013, but it wasn’t until late last year when it found all the backers. It is available on company’s website for $995.
Nixie wearable drone
The craziest product at the CES this year, Nixie is a wearable drone that flies off your wrist with a flick and snaps your selfie, then actually comes back and wraps around your wrist. Still in prototypic stage, the Nixie sports a 1080p camera. The company doesn’t have a launch timeframe, or price details to offer.
Made by Japan-based company Logbar, ring is a finger-worn gadget that serves two purposes. First of course, is a jewelry, and second, it lets you control your smartphone and other connected devices. It lets the wearer draw gestures in the air to trigger a range of actions including controlling the music playback.
It is priced at $269.99 and will be available by March 2015.
3D printing market is maturing, with the capability to produce new products with improved design and functionalities. However, at the software-end, the design process is still pretty complex and confusing.
Fuel3D wants to change that. The company launched Scanify at the event, which is a handheld point-to-shoot 3D scanner that allows one to scan objects in high resolution in less than a second. It is possible because of the number of cameras it utilizes to capture the depth and other details, which it then stitches to make a detailed 3D model.
While anyone is welcome to try the product, the company has specially designed it for people who aren’t engineers and don’t know a lot about design. It is available on company’s site for $1,490.
myBrain wants your brain to chill out. The company launched a new headgear Melomind, which reads your neural activity and translates it into the language of music. The idea is to check the level of stress and produce two corresponding music for it: Relaxed and Distractor. Relaxed is a pleasant stream of music, while Distractor is something very annoying and you don’t want to hear it.
Still a prototype, the biofeedback gear trains the mind to be relaxed. The company notes that they have received FDA approval for the device and will be launching it at $285 in September.
VR gaming with Lightsabers
If you ever wanted to try the lightsaber from the Star Wars series, Sixense is making it possible. The company, which you may remember from Razer Hydra, unveiled STEM wireless motion controller which works in conjunction with VR headsets for maximum immersion. It packs in gears that are to be strapped to the head, wrists, and ankles, which provides users access to a full range of motion for both hands inside a VR space. There is a central “base station,” which emits an electromagnetic field with an 8-foot radius, letting users interact with the virtual world from a little distance.
As for the VR titles and other applications you will be able to utilize with the STEM, there isn’t much you could do with it yet. The company has a dev kit with the controller for $380, but it is not sure just yet if it will make it commercially available to consumers. Sixense usually licenses its tools and technology to companies like Razer.