15 Things at CES 2017 Couples Will Love These 15 products are some of our favorite shown at CES 2017. BY STEVE COOPER
Photo courtesy of Willow; All other images courtesy of coinciding companies.
The Willow breast pump shows how a technological rethink can improve lives.
“ Moreover, when the pillow hears you snoring it will give a mild vibration to encourage you to adjust without interrupting your sleep.”
Amongst the virtual reality headsets, augmented reality glasses, and drones were some fantastic tech products that stood out to us, which we think families and couples will love. Here are 15 of our favorite items on display at the largest consumer electronics show in America.
Company: Seven Dreamers
What Is it: The world's first fully automatic laundry folding and sorting robot system.
Why We Love It: Isn't it obvious? The Laundroid folds and sorts your laundry! The Laundroid uses image analysis, artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics to recognize the clothes and to properly sort them. When you're done with your washer and dryer you put the clothes in the machine and press the start button. Internally, it spreads your clothes out, analyzes the clothing, folds it and then appropriately sorts it by either item type (towels, shirts, pants, etc.) or by family member (father, mother, child)—essentially everything but socks. It's a timely process so this is something you'd start at night and have ready in the morning or vice versa. Website:laundroid.sevendreamers.com
What Is it: An all-in-one, hands-free, wearable breast pump—eliminating the dangling tubes and bottles.
Why We Love It: The Willow is a complete rethink of the breast pump. The device is shaped like a cup and can slip into your bra to be worn under your clothes so you don't have to worry about undressing in public spaces. It's quiet and the removable parts are dishwasher safe. There's also an app that will keep track of milk volume and time, as well as past pumping trends. The mobile, hands-free nature of the Willow offers a liberating experience for new mothers. Website:www.willowpump.com
Zeeq Smart Pillow
What Is it: A pillow that analyzes your sleep, plays music (or white noise) and stops snoring.
Why We Love It: In between the comfort of the pillow's outer shell are the brains, which includes a gyroscope and speakers. Zeeq can play white noise or music from your favorite streaming services (Spotify, Audible, Pandora, etc.) subtly, as to not disturb your partner next to you. Moreover, when the pillow hears you snoring it will give a mild vibration to encourage you to adjust without interrupting your sleep. There's also an app that will track and analyze your sleep and provide a Snore Score. Website:www.kickstarter.com/zeeq
Countertop Induction Oven
What Is it: The world's first countertop induction oven.
Why We Love It: If you're unfamiliar with induction cooking, an electromagnetic coil beneath the surface of the countertop reacts with your metal pan making the pan the source of the heat, not the countertop. This makes cooking more efficient (much quicker heat times than gas) and more precise (less hot spots). The Panasonic Countertop Induction Oven also comes with double-infrared heating technologies making it great for grilling, baking, broiling, roasting, toasting and reheating food. Website:shop.panasonic.com
What Is it: A kegel exercise trainer and tracker to strengthen your pelvic floor.
Why We Love It: The PC muscle trainer market is growing and the Elvie separates itself with a simple and beautiful interface to make the exercises intuitive and fun. When you squeeze the device a graphical gem on the smartphone app responds in real-time. There are six different types of workout and they've gamified the process where you have to unlock various levels. Elvie is small, discreet, and good for you. Website:www.elvie.com
What Is it: A device that objectively measures the characteristics of the wine you're drinking (strength, tannins, acidity) to provide objective feedback for future reference and recommendations.
Why We Love It: MyOeno helps take the guesswork out of which wines suit your individual palette. This portable spectrometer shoots light into the wine to take an extremely accurate measurement, which is a safe way to avoid any chemical reaction that might change the flavor of the wine. Within a second you get your results; you can then provide your own feedback on how that particular structure fit your pallet. From the MyOeno app and community other wines can be recommended based on your feedback, which will save you time from wandering the aisle of your wine shop. Website:myoeno.com
What Is it: The world's first mobile solar panel with built-in energy storage and an Internet of Energy smart home platform.
Why We Love It: Finally… a solar solution that can be easily used by apartment dwellers. Of course it can be used for other things like camping or emergency use, but when you plug a home appliance into the SolControl Solar Smart Plug accessory your home appliance will pull energy from the panel not the grid. LED lights at the top of the panel offer several useful features, including alignment for maximum sun exposure. The panel can put out 1000 W continuously or 2000 W Peak (for 5 seconds). This means, for example, you could run a mini fridge for 10 hours or get 60+ charges on your smartphone. Moreover, multiple panels can be daisy-chained together for more power.
Zera Food Recycler
What Is it: A new kitchen appliance that turns food scraps into fertilizer.
Why We Love It: The Zera looks a bit like a fancy trashcan, but inside a bit of magic happens. No longer do you need to dump your food waste into the trash to rot in a dump, instead you put it into this appliance where an internal auger grinds the food down. An additive in the machine with a some dehydration, mixing and oxygen expedites the decomposition process to create an output in 24 hours that looks like dirt. Website:www.zera.com
HT-ST5000 Sound Bar
What Is it: A 7.1.2 sound bar and wireless subwoofer featuring Dolby Atmos.
Why We Love It: Sony improved on the already impressive sound coming from a single sound bar by adding two speakers that point to the ceiling. While getting a demonstration of the new speakers the sound bounced around the room in a way you'd think Sony had snuck extra speakers into the ceiling and behind the audience, but the full, crystal clear, engulfing sound was coming from the sleek bar under the TV. Website:www.sony.com/ht-st5000
What Is it: A measurement device that measures and calculates for layout placement (e.g., hanging pictures on a wall).
Why We Love It: With the accompanying app, take a picture of the wall you want to hang your picture(s). Then by using Cubit's laser or by rolling Cubit's wheel along the surface of the wall and your picture frame(s) Cubit will calculate the results in real time and allow you to manipulate the objects virtually on the picture you first took. Cubit then automatically calculates all the measurements for you and then will guide you on the wall to hang the pictures just where you want them. Website:http://letsplott.com
What Is it: A Bluetooth smart switch that allows users to stick it anywhere in the home to control other powered smart devices.
Why We Love It: We live in a wireless world and rewiring a new switch is a pain. With the Instant Switch you literally just peal and stick it to your wall and you're done. For example, a perfect scenario for this is to add a switch to the top or bottom of your staircase. The best part, you can finally add switches to the portion of your home that lacks wiring. Even better, it'll work with all the popular smart platforms including Google's Android, Alexa-enabled devices and Apple's HomeKit. Website:idevicesinc.com
Company: Mangoslab Co., Ltd.
What Is it: A sticky note printer that doesn't require ink cartridges.
Why We Love It: What home doesn't run on sticky notes? With the Nemonic you can write, draw or snap a picture of whatever you want on your smartphone and click "print." The thermal printing process (think grocery store receipts) spits out a dry copy within seconds and is ready to be stuck to your refrigerator… or wherever your spouse will look. Website:www.mangoslab.com
FlexWash + FlexDry Laundry System
What Is it: A washer and dryer that allows you to do two different loads simultaneously at two different settings.
Why We Love It: A dual compartment washer and dryer allows busy families to cut down the time it takes to handle piles of laundry by allowing you to put towels in one drum and delicates in another (or any combination that require different wash or dry settings). The machines can run these loads separately or simultaneously. In case you were wondering, the washer does not require two separate water lines and both the washer and dryer are IoT-enabled, which allows users to start, stop and monitor the cycles from their smartphone. Website:samsung.com
Athlete Recovery Sleepwear
Company: Under Armour
What Is it: Sleepwear that has a soft bioceramic print on the inside to help promote better sleep and quicker recovery.
Why We Love It: The science of sports continues to get refined. New science into the importance of sleep is getting a lot of attention and this sleepwear from Under Armour is the next evolution. Made for men and women, this loose-fitting (and really soft) sleepwear uses Far Infrared, which absorbs the body's heat and bounces it back to reduce inflammation and regulate cell metabolism. Website:www.underarmour.com/tb12
What Is it: Bed sheets that come alive through augmented reality.
Why We Love It: Storytelling during bedtime has never been this exciting. With their Android or iOS app you hold your device over the duvet and watch the characters come to life. There are currently three stories, which don't just tell a story, but require interaction and that will entertain and educate. Website:http://www.tilttextiles.com