THE WEIRDEST TECH AT CES

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NES­TLED AMONG THE BIG-NAME STANDS AND ‘NEXT BEST THINGS’ AT LAS VE­GAS’ AN­NUAL TECH CON­VEN­TION, YOU’LL AL­WAYS FIND A WIDE SE­LEC­TION OF MORE OFFBEAT PROD­UCTS.

CES is a great place for find­ing the weird and won­der­ful — things that no­body ever re­ally asked for and that are of­ten, well, un­con­ven­tional to say the least. Here, we’ve put to­gether just a small se­lec­tion of some of our favourite bizarre prod­ucts from this year’s show floor.

MY SHORTS ARE VIBRATING

What’s hot­ter than hot­pants? Well, vibrating ones, of course. The Spinali De­sign shorts have vibrating sen­sors on the belt, which con­nect to the wearer’s smart­phone via Blue­tooth, help­ing them to nav­i­gate busy city streets by buzzing when they need to make a turn. The sen­sors even buzz for in­com­ing calls and texts — some­thing a smart­watch on your wrist would ac­com­plish just as well, come to think of it.

BET­TER THAN A STICK, WE SUP­POSE

CES has its fair share of odd­i­ties ev­ery year and this year is no dif­fer­ent, with this strangely named con­nected mini crib. In a bid to trans­form the way ba­bies sleep, the Dock­ATot Deluxe is touted as a mul­ti­func­tional dock where the tots can lounge, play, snug­gle and rest. But what’s a lit­tle omi­nous about this piece of smart fur­ni­ture is its abil­ity to poke your baby if the crib doesn’t de­tect a heart­beat for more than 12 sec­onds to make sure bub is OK.

SPEAK IN SILENCE (WHILE LOOK­ING LIKE A BAT­MAN SU­PERVIL­LAIN)

Ever tempted to get a muz­zle for col­leagues that con­stantly chat­ter away on the phone or to each other? Well, there’s an al­most Bane-like mask that could be their next Se­cret Santa gift. The Hushme is a voice mask at­tached to a pair of Blue­tooth ear­buds. The mask snaps shut in front of the mouth thanks to strong mag­nets, but al­low calls to be made with con­ver­sa­tions shielded, ei­ther by muf­fling or by adding sounds to drown out the speech.

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS ‘TOO LIT­TLE BASS’?

It’s the age of the wear­able, so why should your thump­ing beats be left be­hind while you’re out and about? Now you can snap on this one-of-a-kind watch-size sub­woofer onto your wrist — and it’s pretty much com­pat­i­ble with any au­dio de­vice that has a tra­di­tional 3.5mm au­dio-out jack. The Basslet, from Ger­man startup Lofelt, is a black box that’s… well, just that. Sim­ply plug a don­gle into the au­dio jack of your phone or mu­sic player for head­phones, play some tunes and the Basslet will gen­tly thump away on your wrist.

NOT QUITE AS EX­CIT­ING AS BEER GOOGLES, BUT CLOSE

Ever wish you had some­thing to tell you when to call it a night be­fore you top­pled into a pud­dle of vomit? The BACTrack Skyn is the world’s first wear­able that has the po­ten­tial to pro­vide a de­tailed as­sess­ment on how our bod­ies han­dle drinks. It mea­sures a per­son’s trans­der­mal al­co­hol con­tent (TAC) in near real time with­out need­ing to blow into a de­vice, sav­ing you from some rather em­bar­rass­ing times on your next night out, or the morn­ing af­ter.

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