When Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, lost the title of richest man in the world to Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and Blue Origin, it was just sooner than a week ago. That was the hottest tech topic at the beginning of 2021 – and yet our attention was occupied by events which seemed more pressing – until mid-January, when the biggest brands (and plenty of mid-sized ones) virtually converged at CES to display their newest offerings.
A variety of strange, innovative, and extremely useful devices were demonstrated at the event. I also saw a flying car with a piano playing robot as well as a wireless charging dock. 5G smartphones, versatile laptops, and luxury TVs were all introduced, Several inventions reflect the wish for a healthier, less diseased world, including Razer’s N95 face mask, which is transparent and lights up, making it look like something from the glitch-tastic Cyberpunk 2077.
In this post, we’ve rounded up the gadgets we’re most looking forward to trying at home. Many of these will be available this year. Seeing where the industry is headed — sustainability and smart are continuing buzzwords — and what it’s avoiding is interesting, even if you wouldn’t own one. (Besides, you have to be a billionaire to afford half of them.) If the best tech showcased at CES 2021 doesn’t excite you, hold tight for the in-demand gadgets to arrive next year.
1. Moorebot Scout
Moorebot is introducing a robot that functions as an autonomous surveillance camera on wheels, powered by artificial intelligence, in an effort to harness the surveillance state, heightened home security concerns, and consumer interest in baby cams and robot vacuums. These Monster Truck-like wheels give it an edge over mounted cameras when it comes to self-driving. We’ll need a “Beware of Robot” sign instead of “Beware of Dog.” There are plenty of apocalyptic possibilities.
2. Razer Project Brooklyn
Gaming chairs might be better described as luxury pods than this concept for a next-gen chair. An arc of 60-inch OLEDs gives a panoramic view with a retractable design. Seat and arm cushions are ergonomically designed. Chairs are illuminated with RGB lighting. Easily connect a PC to a console with the help of a foldable table. A vibrating frame is built into the chair, making it similar to the haptic feedback of Razer’s surround sound headset. Universal’s rides aren’t as good as this one. The concept, however, is just that.
3. Ampere’s Bluetooth Shower Speaker Is Powered by Water
Did you ever wish your showerhead could also play music while you were washing your face? Did you say no? Shower Power, from accessory maker Ampere, suits that purpose perfectly. The affixed speaker can be paired with your phone via Bluetooth, and the shower head is compatible with most plumbing systems. Don’t worry, the shower head does not require an outlet to operate. The water itself acts as a power source for the whole thing. The plastic parts of the product are also made from recycled plastic from the ocean. An Indiegogo campaign funded the project in late 2020 and it is expected to ship for $100 in May.
4. The Miiskin app lets you scan your skin for troubled areas
What causes freckles to appear? The Miiskin app makes it easy to see if birthmarks have changed or grown since you last checked them, something that could indicate skin cancer. A new feature, Automatic Skin Imaging, is included in the app, which takes full-body photos while scanning for freckles and moles. A body scan can be useful for places you cannot see, like your back, and is somewhat similar to getting one at your dermatologist’s office. It will guide you through the process if you prop your phone up.
A dermatologist isn’t meant to be replaced, but rather a way to ensure that no changes are missed, and to get checked at the doctor’s office. If, however, you cannot afford yearly appointments, this could be extremely helpful.
The Automated Skin Imaging feature, which measures freckles and moles as compared to something like a quarter, is currently available on the app, and a mole-sizing feature will be released in the spring.
According to Miiskin, all data and images taken on the app are encrypted and no other app can see them, so you could find out if anything new has surfaced while you’re in your underwear as that would be the only way to find out. A blurred image could also include your face or parts of your face, and you could selectively blur specific areas. HIPAA compliance is also a feature of the company.
5. A Cardiac Monitoring Device That Can Track 7 Biometrics at Home
Many patients who were medically vulnerable were kept home when Covid-19 hit. Patients who lived far away from specialists visited their doctors frequently during healthier times even though they traveled long distances for follow-up appointments. Cardiovascular patients are especially affected by this. Clinicians can miss recurring symptoms if they come and go. It’s crucial to monitor continuously.
An electronic smart stethoscope marketed by HD Medical was cleared by the FDA for sale in July. HealthU will monitor seven different biometrics as part of the company’s SmartHome announcement at CES 2021. A seven-lead ECG is included as well as the ability to measure blood pressure, respiratory rate, lung sounds, heart sounds, heart rate, SpO2, and temperature. Q2 2021 is expected to be the FDA approval date for HD Medical.
This device has already been used for clinical evaluation in the field of sports and wellness, and the company is currently seeking key strategic partners for its development. Getting a doctor to listen for just a few minutes will eliminate the hassle of waking up five hours before your appointment.
6. Otterbox Gaming Accessories
Microsoft announced an exclusive partnership with Otterbox for an upcoming 2021 gaming accessories line. There is a grippy Xbox controller shell so that you can safely game, as well as a protective Xbox controller case so that you can safely carry your controller. There is also this claw to connect mobile gaming with controllers into a single ecosystem (safely!).
A few years from now, there won’t be any more unanswerable questions about weed. It will determine how much I just smoked, how long I should inhale, and whether I liked the strain’s high previous to my last experience with it. In addition to being universal, Mode supports your inserts of choice, and the data collected from your inserts is funneled into one app to provide you with a lot of useful information about your weed-smoking habits. The device even provides haptic feedback when it is time to exhale. Get ready for a flood of cannabis-related products.
8. Ninu Smart Perfume
Being passionate about personal care as well as about technology, I’m always excited to see how two worlds collide. It is well known that mainstream tech products are disproportionately geared toward women, but CES constantly reminds me that there are other women out there who feel the same way I do. Ninu, a perfume startup that makes fragrances smarter, caught my eye this year. Ninu, named for Tapputi and Ninu (the first documented chemist and her researcher), is a device paired with an AI-guided app that can be carried in a purse.
Presented in a cylinder, the gadget contains three vegan scents contained in recycled glass vials. Various scents may be customized depending on the mood of the users. If it is a date night, it will probably be spicy. If it is a summer evening, it will probably be sweeter. This app provides artificial intelligence-based suggestions and, over time, learns to adapt to your preferences so you can change the scents at will. Although the specific notes and blends are still being developed, CEO and founder Marko Matijevi* says the company is working hard with Grasse-based perfumers on the first two scent families that will be available: one for men, one for women. Ninu is making the perfume industry more eco-friendly by using things like recycled glass and less packaging, something he highlighted when we spoke.
Currently, Ninu cannot be preordered. The final design, scent, and price have yet to be determined. Under current plans, a crowdfunding campaign will launch in March and (theoretically) production will begin in 2021. While there is a real possibility that products unveiled at CES will never hit the market, I have high expectations (and an overflowing collection of EDP perfumes) for this one.
BrightDrop is the new brand of electric delivery vehicles from General Motors that was unveiled today at CES. Two BrightDrop EVs have been unwrapped today. With its swiveling wheels and propulsion-assisted drive, the EP1 is a cart that can deliver cargo. In place of a remote control, you steer it by nudges, and the wheels kick in their electric motors to provide power. As delivery employees move goods from delivery trucks to your home, the EP1 can go up to three miles per hour. A total of 23 cubic feet of cargo can be placed on the adjustable shelves inside, which can hold up to 200 pounds of cargo. Within the next few months, when it launches, you might see one rolling down the sidewalk.
FedEx and UPS have plenty of these light delivery trucks parked all over the streets. EP1s can be quickly loaded and unloaded from the van’s right side (the sidewalk side) through an opening similar to the awning of a food truck. As delivery companies add EV600s to their fleets later this year, you’ll begin to see them on your street. Next time you see a FedEx Express truck, keep your eyes peeled. It might be an EV600.
10. Trova Home – Hide Drugs From Your Kids in These Bluetooth-Unlocked Boxes
The secret is out! They are all around us, and you probably do not want anyone looking through yours. Only users specified through Bluetooth can unlock the $549 Trova Home storage box. Additional protection can be provided by bolting it to the ground.
In Trova’s ads, they claim that its stashes can be accessed by biometric scanning, but you have to use the fingerprint scanner on your phone to get in. It’s going to be a narrow call tonight if the battery dies. Trova also sells smaller to-go bags, which are perfect for stashing credit cards and other small items.
11. MaskFone – Recharge your face Mask.
I am sure that most of us have tried taking a phone call while wearing a protective mask over the past few months, only to be unable to hear each other clearly. Hong Kong-based electronics company Binatone thinks it has a solution to this problem (if you haven’t been wearing a face mask out in public).
MaskFone combines a machine-washable fabric mask with an N95 filter, built-in microphone, and earbuds to give you a better experience while calling. This was teased last fall, but now MaskFone will be officially unveiled during CES this week. You can attach the earphones to the magnetized cable clip of your mask when you aren’t using them. If you connect the mask to Binafone’s Hubble Connected mobile app, you can speak commands directly into your mask through Alexa or Google Assistant.
There are three PM 2.5 filters included in this possibly over-engineered mask. You can purchase replacement packs for $20. We have not tested it yet, but it’s available for order now.
12. myQ Pet Portal
Anyone who has adopted a puppy during a lockdown, then was forced to open and close and open and close and open and close to let the puppy out during the workday will find this invention extremely useful. The myQ Pet Portal has a low-tech design featuring a collar sensor that detects when the dog wants to go to or from the house. When the dog signals his desire, the door either opens automatically or sends a message to the owner to open it via the app. I think it’s worth the cost, as it’s seamless and secure.
What is the Consumer Electronics Show?
The Consumer Electronics Show is a bi-annual trade show for technology and consumer electronics. It is held in Las Vegas every January and in June. It showcases the latest technology and consumer electronics that are new, upcoming, or have recently been released. The CES was first held in 1967 in New York City and has grown to be the largest technology trade show in the world. It has surpassed over 130,000 square feet of exhibition space, with each company having about a 10-foot square of space to show off their latest gadgets.
Now that CES has finished, it is time to look back on all the cool tech that was released this year. Whether you were a part of the CES 2021 or not, this blog has given a sneak peek into some of the coolest tech that you will want to own.