This was definitely the year of smart assistants at CES as Google Assistant and Alexa climbed into as many hosts that would have them, there were, however, a number of products that caught our eye based on their own merit. They either brought something unique to the table or made a vast improvement on a previous concept.
The Hushme caught me off guard with its strange design–it looked like what Bane would wear if he toned it down and got an office job. Despite its awkward appearance, it serves useful to those trying to deliver sensitive information over the phone in public. It muffles your voice so you sound like Kenny from South Park to everyone around you while coming in crystal clear to whoever you’re on the phone with. You might think this is a self-defeating product, surely people in public would much rather keep their voice down then muzzle themselves with hardware, but you’d be wrong. Hushme raised over $71,000 on Kickstarter and another hundred thousand on Indiegogo.
Oy Motion Technologies’ Armband sensor
I was excited to try this product this product to test this product for its vast potential.The band slides up your forearm and outputs the electrical signals coming from your arm into some kind of application, whether that be virtual reality or a prosthetic hand. This technology could definitely help amputees manipulate objects when paired with a prosthetic hand. The one I used could open the hand, close it, abduct and adduct the wrist, and bring the index finger and thumb together in a pinching motion.
Robotis’ Robots were hands down the most dynamically moving robots in all of CES. We saw a hoard of robots no larger than a foot in height dance in sync to Gangnam Style while one robot in the front was breakdancing and later started doing push-ups. Perhaps the most impressive part of the exhibit was the Robot who would study your movement and copy it “Simon Says” style, our photographer got it to dab.
CabinR showed us two very impressive bags with equal capability, one being a messenger bag for the office and the other a traveling backpack. What’s so intriguing about these bags besides the impeccable design and versatility (they thought of everything) is the literal security blanket that sets off an alarm if it’s tampered with after being set. With that, at least you have a chance of getting your bag if you fall asleep on a bus in Mumbai and someone tries to take it.
DJI Ronin S
Videographers are in for treat sometime in this summer when the Ronin S comes out. The first one-handed gimbal from DJI does not disappoint, it handles very similarly to the Osmo but with the sturdiness to support a DSLR. The main appeal for us is the “Sport Mode” feature, which allows you to do quick pans and have a stable shot without delay. It also automatically calibrates for a level horizon and the screen on your camera will be unobstructed by the motor so you have access to it while shooting.