Judging from a previous event at the Consumer Electronics Show (Consumer Electronics Show, CES for its acronym) this year, a big trend in 2013 will be gadgets with sensors that track almost everything in your daily life.
There are sensors to track your home, your security systems, your pets, your plants, your weight and, in the case of a new “smart fork”, including how fast you eat.
The CES, the largest electronics fair in the world, officially opened its doors on Tuesday. But in a preview event on Sunday, selected businesses offered the first real look at the products we’ll probably see in the week. Here are five of the most entertaining gadgets of ces we found:
The 5 Strangest Gadgets of CES 2013
1. The Smart Fork
The HAPIfork of HAPILABS is smarter than your typical eating utensil. In addition to puncture the flesh and take food from the plate to your mouth, this fork tracks how many bites you give, how fast and how long your eat. If you eat too fast, the holder will let you know with a vibration and a flashing light, which eventually will train you to take your time. Eating more slowly can help you lose weight and digest food better. The French engineer Jacques Lepine invented the instrument thanks to his family, who scolded him for eating too fast. He spent three years in search of the right sensor and eventually settled on one that completes a circuit every time your mouth is closed over the end of the fork. Naturally, the HAPIfork comes with a mobile application and website to track your eating habits. It is also developing one HAPIspoon (spoon).The holder will cost $ 99 when available in April and the founders are planning a Kickstarter campaign in February.
2. A Hub for your Home
Apparently there are no limits to track and remotely control things in your home, such as temperature and lights by sensors. However, there are many ways to coordinate all data, without requiring an application for each device. The Lowe’s Iris system acts as a hub for the connected home. With a single mobile application,you can monitor and review all the sensors in your home, or you can program to Iris to send alerts via text messages when, say, your back door is open. Besides the safety thermostat and sensors, Iris will help you monitor the levels of carbon monoxide, water heaters, doors pet cages and moisture levels in plants. Lowe’s third promises more sensors as Verizon, Whirlpool and PetSafe. If you doubt the need for a connected home, check out Iris Care service. It allows you to monitor the house of a senior and sends you a text message if it detects anything unusual. There is also an emergency alert button that your family can be worn on the neck.
3. Track your lost Luggage
Trakdot application is similar to Find My iPhone (Find My iPhone) to your luggage.The small black box and orange is preprogrammed with your phone numbers and you can leave it in a checked bag. If you arrive at an airport but your luggage does not, you can check its location online with Trakdot application, or your location will be sent via text message or email. The device transmits the location with the use of a SIM card, so some special features had to be modified to make it compatible with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration of the United States).The Trakdot automatically enters sleep mode when it reaches 100 knots and comes back on when the plane is on the destination port. The Trakdot costs $ 50, plus an annual fee of $ 13 service charge and a single installation of nine dollars. If you are a frequent traveler and are constantly airlines mishandled by incompetent, find it a good investment to see if your suitcase is in Frankfurt when it should be in Rome.
4. The iPhone Case that is Fully Touch
Of course, the front of your iPhone is touch sensitive, but all the remaining area of the metal surface is just boring, right? No more. The Canopy Sensus case adds touch features on the sides and back of your iPhone, making it a great touch device. When used with compatible applications, the kit adds some interesting options and scrolling navigation. Emphasizes more with games, allowing it more interactive and without your fingers blocking large touchscreen.The device will need more dedicated applications to be truly useful, although some Canopy presented to show their own characteristics and potential. There is excess cases for iPhone, so it’s nice to see that a new building was added to the smartphone experience rather than just decorate your phone. The case has a starting price of $ 59 and the company says it is working on versions for the iPad.
5. Smart Lenses, but not by Google
The Vuzix Smart M100 lenses bring the power and features of a smartphone directly to your eyes. The company has developed a prototype for a year and now shows a working model at CES, which says is close to what will be the final version. The lenses are with Android 4.0 and can be used to make calls, watch videos and browse a computer interface. The device has all the features, including GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-fi and video recording 720p. Vuzix glasses expected to be available this summer.