5 mind-boggling technologies from the Consumer Electronics Show
From the world's smartest fridge to an alarm clock that'll make you smile, these gadgets are the talk of CES in Las Vegas this week.
For decades, people who love technology have gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show known as CES. Thousands of companies exhibit the latest and greatest toys for the kid in all of us. Gadgets galore line the 2 million square feet of exhibition space – everything from the biggest flat-screen TVs to the tiniest Bluetooth devices.
While it's nearly impossible to sum up all the wonderful products on display, we've curated a short list of products that we're super excited to try out.
The fridge of the future
If refrigerators could have IQs, our guess is this one would get into Harvard. This Internet-connected fridge has a vast array of smart features, but two in particular caught our attention. First, you know how when you're at the store in the egg or milk section and you can't recall what you already have at home? Using an app on your smartphone, this new refrigerator from South Korean conglomerate Samsung can check the inside of your fridge through the three built-in cameras and beam you live pictures. And why even go to the grocery store at all? Our other favorite feature is the screen on the fridge door that lets you order groceries right from your kitchen while still in your pajamas.
Fast home Internet, not from the cable company
As immortalized by Jim Carrey in "The Cable Guy," none of us really wants to deal with our local cable provider. But for fast Internet at home, we're often left with no other choice. Well, that's about to change. Imagine being able to use your phone for download speeds of nearly 750 megabits per second. By comparison, that's a whopping 50 times faster than the cable Internet that you have coming into your home right now. It's called G.Fast, and Israeli chipmaker Sckipio is showing off the technology at this year's CES. The company, founded in 2012 by a team of communication experts near Tel Aviv, says the G.Fast technology will debut in the U.S. later this year.
Wake up to smell, not sound
No matter what sound you choose for your alarm clock (talk radio, top 40, or the ever-annoying sounds of beep-beep-beep), those all seem like the absolute choice of last resort. Picture a more pleasant way to start your day. What if an alarm clock could wake you up with the smell of fresh croissants instead? Meet Sensorwake, the world's first olfactory alarm clock. The device, invented as part of a Google incubator in France, comes with a variety of smells packaged in swappable capsules – espresso, seaside, etc. – to best fit your needs. Guillaume Rolland, a 19-year-old Parisian student, invented Sensorwake as a way to help himself get up for his college classes. Unveiled this week at CES, the clock should be ready to ship by this summer.
X-ray vision for everyday superheroes
Move over, Superman. Israeli startup Vayyar Imaging has invented a 3D sensor that sees through objects. Yes, you read that right. It can see through a foot of concrete, a glass of milk and even scan the human body for cancer. Its sensors see through skin and tissue to detect breast cancer or other masses, look through walls to detect structural foundations, and can track a person's location and vital signs as they move through a smart home. "We soon realized that our sensors can be used in multiple markets – more or less in every scenario where non-destructive testing and the ability to detect different anomalies in an object is needed," Vayyar's co-founder Raviv Melamed, who will be showing off the tech at CES this week, told From The Grapevine.
A virtual reality GoPro
GoPro has long been the standard bearer of filming with drones. The California-based company – founded by UC San Diego alum Nick Woodman – is planning to unveil its GoPro Karma at this year's CES. It's basically a cube-shaped drone equipped with GoPro cameras on each side that can capture 360-degree images and can stitch them all together, thus creating virtual reality videos. And it seems everyone these days is jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon. The New York Times recently launched a VR division, YouTube's #360Video channel has nearly 720,000 subscribers, and Facebook's 360-degree promo video for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has been viewed more than 7 million times. With the GoPro Karma, everyday consumers will now be able to shoot these types of videos.
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