Continuing from previous article: CES Press Day releases
Fitbit Charge HR and Surge: The Fitbit Charge hasn’t been as popular as a fitness tracker, but the Charge HR is here to change that… it includes a heart rate sensor. It also doubles up as a very basic smartwatch- it displays the caller ID of the person calling. The Surge is the more advanced one- with GPS integration, text message phone notifications and music control. Both are on sale. More: http://www.cnet.com/news/fitbit-charge-hr-wristband-and-surge-smartwatch-shipping-now/
Misfit Shine Swarovski Crystal: Want a piece of jewellery… that doubles up as a fitness tracker? The Misfit Shine Swarovski Crystal fitness tracker does just that. It tracks steps, sport activities and sleep. Plus, its solar powered. More: http://www.cnet.com/videos/misfit-shine-gets-extra-sparkle-with-swarovski-crystals/
Digitsole: A shoe sole that warms your feet and also acts as a fitness tracker fitted into your shoe. Tracks steps, altitude, calories, charges via micro USB, and syncs via bluetooth to iOS and Android. More: http://www.cnet.com/products/glagla-digitsole/
Learn more about fitness trackers here: http://www.cnet.com/ces/wearable-tech/
6. Home Tech
LG Twin Wash system: A washing machine that has multiple capacities: by having 2 washers- a front load combined with a “tray”. The tray that slides out from the bottom of the machine can handle small loads with extreme speed and efficiency. The front drum can be helped by the tray when not in use by spraying detergent directly into clothes for faster cycle times. The washing machine has LG’s TurboWash, TurboSteam and EcoHybrid technologies, and also Wifi, NFC and a smartphone app called “ThinQ” for easy programming. Its a really techy appliance.
CES also showcased hundreds of products that were compatible with Apple’s HomeKit system, including locks, security cameras, thermostats and overall smart home solutions. It will just be a matter of time when opening the door will be as simple as “Hey Siri, open the door!”.
Learn about all these products here: http://www.cnet.com/ces/appliances/
CES also explores the concept of "Internet of things", with smart integration of everyday home objects, say chairs, taps, switchboards and lights. Samsung and Qualcomm have some interesting ideas in this field.
Google Cast: Google Cast is for streaming audio to speakers that have Google Cast software, like to Chromecast for music. You cars also choose to integrate multiple speakers for your audio playback.
Sony Symphonic Light: These are lighting solutions that are also speakers… 360 degree sound out of these beautifully designed lights for your living space. Very innovative use of pre-existing technology.
Apart for these, there are a ton of headphones and speakers. I'll cover them in an upcoming post.
Learn more about audio systems at: http://www.cnet.com/ces/audio-headphones/
That is it for this article. There will be more articles on the very cool gadgets at CES 2015, and a lot more car tech. Keep Technonerding!