In the technology world, the New Year has become synonymous with new products, and this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas did not disappoint. Now considered the mecca for emerging and future technology, we saw some incredible products and startups set to change the future, which is just around the corner.
You may have already skimmed through CES wrap-up reports, but we’re here to uncover the things you probably haven’t seen yet, and the one’s you’ll certainly see in the hands of consumers within the next few years. From pet-friendly fitness trackers to self-balancing skateboards, here are the products we loved at CES.
Phone cases are more useful than ever. Many can charge your device or even display alerts on one side. Prynt is a phone case that does something totally different. Slide your phone into a Prynt case, and you’ll instantly travel back in time to the days of Polaroid instant cameras. Prynt cases have heating paper and ink built into them, and holds around 10 to 20 photos before reloading. They’re not in retail yet, but should sell for around $ 99. The best part is, you don’t need WiFi or Bluetooth for printing. Right now, the design is a bit bulky, and can only hold 10 to 20 prints, but as the technology and design improve over time, you could be carrying a thin, on-the-go printer right in your pocket.
There’s an abundance of wearables, watches, fitness trackers, and portable chargers, and many of these have a common issue: the design. Many people find these devices useful, but for those not looking to sacrifice their style, not many sleek and modern wearables exist. Enter, Q Designs, and their line of fashion-friendly bracelet chargers. On the surface, the bracelet looks like an actual accessory you wear everyday, but open it up, and it becomes an external battery pack delivering a charge up to 60%. The bracelet itself takes around 90 minutes to charge, and will last for about 30 days in standby mode. One of the best, unknown features is the way it fits around your hand when in use, which means you can still use your phone throughout the day, while it’s charging.
The next evolution in the way that we move is certainly going to have IO Hawk in the conversation. IO Hawk is a personal motorized transporter, and they’re betting they will help change the way we all see, move, and connect with the world each and every day. It’s similar to the Segway, but incredibly small, portable, and more useful. We’ll admit, it takes a few tries getting used to it, especially standing still on the board, but once you get the hang of it, you feel incredible. On one charge, it can travel up to 12 miles and reach six miles per hour. You direct the board with your body, shifting to the right, to the left, and leaning forward and back. It’s definitely small enough for people to ride to work, carry up the stairs, and store underneath a desk.
Compared to other technology, headphones are not very dynamic. There are loads of headphone products and companies, but the innovation is certainly lacking. Phaz wants to bring more utility to your headphones in the form of external charging. Alongside the cord connecting your device to the headphones, there is a parallel cord that charges your mobile device simultaneously. There are even buttons on Phaz headsets to pump up the sound output, and another button for an extra dose of bass. Phaz is currently available for $ 249 on pre-order, and expects to begin shipping in April.
You’ve probably been to an airport with moving walkways, the time-saving speed-way to zip through the terminal. One product at CES is attempting to bring that idea, but directly to your feet. Rollkers are “electronic under shoes” that allow you to maintain your typical walking strides, but at seven miles per hour! Unfortunately, there was only a prototype at CES, so nobody could actually test them out, but if the concept proves to be true, we might see a new set of speed-walkers gliding by. Rollkers also fit to any shoe size, and have smart-balancing technology for instant gratification without a big learning curve.
GoPro cameras, and even the Polaroid Cube, are making a splash (figuratively and literally) with consumers. They are ultra-small, portable, high-quality camera devices that record video and capture photos like never before. Typically used for action sports and unique perspective, these cameras are giving owners a fantastic view of the world around them. Panono is taking a similar approach, but you don’t even need to hold it in order to take that stunning photo. Instead, Panono is a spherical camera ball with 36 individual cameras that takes 360×360 photographs. You actually toss the ball into the air, and when it reaches its peak, it snaps the photo of your dreams. It’s not tiny, but certainly small enough to take with you on your adventures, and its expected to be available in spring of 2015.
Security systems have undoubtedly evolved to be cheaper, better, and smarter. Homeboy, one of our favorites at CES, attaches magnetically, lasts for 3 months on a single charge, and automatically alerts you when motion is detected. It’s a self-contained security system that runs on your Wi-Fi network, and does not use a single wire, piece of hardware, and definitely no hammers, drills, or extra routers. Homeboy can automatically arm and disarm your home if you leave using an intelligent geo-fence. It also works with hundreds of “If This Than That (IFTTT)” recipes and channels to make your home smarter and safer than ever before. The standard Homeboy camera is $ 150.
Without our smartphones, many of us would be completely lost in life. Naturally, through better or worse, we are always with our phone, and that means bacteria covers our devices more than we’d like to think. While most people at CES wanted the next greatest thing for smartphone technology, one company, PhoneSoap, just wants you to stay healthy and keep your phone clean. The PhoneSoap Charger uses UV light to sanitize and clean your cell phone, and it looks like a miniature tanning bed for your phone. This is a clever solution to filthy phones, and now that we have a practical answer, we might take that extra step to keep our phones clean, and our bodies cleaner.
Many activity trackers are currently on the market, and some of them have amazing technology. That’s all good and well if you’re a human, but what about our furry, little friends, that also need nutrition, exercise, sleep, and a healthier, safer lifestyle? Luckily, one product called FitBark wants to solve that problem. FitBark monitors your dog’s everyday activity, and even translates that activity into BarkPoints, so you can track your dog’s progress. It’s a new way to understand your dog’s health, understand changes in his or her behavior, make better decisions with your vet, and share memorable moments with friends and family. You can pre-order the FitBark for $ 99.
Smart glasses are certainly not mainstream yet. They have many challenges, and over time, will most likely overcome each of them. For now, however, smart glasses can offer a unique perspective in terms of capturing and sharing content, which is what Lyte wants you to do. Lyte is a UK-based company with HD Video Recording Eyewear to share your own point of view with the rest of the world. A small camera sits between the lenses, and a button on the side allows you to hit play, and snap photos. The best part is, they are rather fashion-friendly, and have potential to become popular before Google Glass and other high-tech smart glasses and smart goggles.
This is perhaps the most simple, yet powerful product we saw at CES. FlapIt is a physical counter that connects to the major social media platforms. You can place the FlapIt just about anywhere: in a store window, on display in an office, on the wall of a hotel, or in the window of a restaurant. At 6.6 pounds, FlapIt is super easy to use, and more fun to watch as the number of followers or ratings and reviews go up. You can purchase a FlapIt for $ 249, and set up is simply plugging it in, connecting to WiFi, and connecting your social accounts on a FlapIt microsite. It’s super simple, and encourages customers and fans to connect with you online. It might even convince them to enter your store or eat at your restaurant after seeing 4.5 stars out of 5 right there in the window.
D3O is a ground breaking impact protection solutions company that produces a shock absorbing material found in a range of products across the motorcycle, sport, footwear, electronics, military and workwear sectors. During the 2006 Winter Olympics, the U.S. and Canadian ski teams used D3O’s revolutionary soft armour, and overnight changed the global protective wear market with its low profile, light weight, flexible and breathable limb protectors. We asked Kathryn Bellamy, D3O’s Communications Executive, what makes D30 so special, and she said, “All of this tech is getting smaller and more fragile. If you lose or break your phone, your life is seriously disrupted. The heart of this material fuses brilliant science and engineering together to protect us in both normal and high-impact levels of sport and activity. Ultimately, the material protects yourself and your most valuable things.” Kathryn then asked us to smash her smartphone against a table, and after nothing bad happened, showed us the shock absorbing material built into her phone case.
It’s no surprise that personal transportation devices were some of the most innovative products at CES this year, and OneWheel might very well be the coolest one we say, more than both IO Hawk and Rollkers. What makes OneWheel different is the skateboard-like functionality and design. Onewheel has only one moving part, but sophisticated sensors and control electronics make that motion magical. There are no hand controls, and all you do is lean forward to accelerate, and lean backward to slow down and stop. The OneWheel reaches a 4-6 mile range, 12MPH top speed, and an ultracharger that recharges batteries in just 20 minutes. For $ 1,500, you can pre-order the OneWheel, and receive your futuristic ride in approximately eight weeks.