The world’s largest tech event — CES — will resume full operations this week after being curtailed for two years due to the COVID pandemic.
Even before the official opening of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s showrooms, Silicon Valley’s conglomerates and ambitious start-ups lived up to their names, showcasing the greatness and goodness — and sheer weirdness — of consumer electronics.
Here are some of the product announcements that have caught our attention so far – for various reasons…
Ring the New Year’s Bell
The Evie Ring is positioned as the first medical-grade smart ring designed just for women, offering period and menstrual symptom tracking as well as familiar wearable features like monitoring heart rate and calories burned.
Like other wearables, the data is displayed in a smartphone app, and its creator – Movano Health – says it will cost less than $300 (£248) when it launches later this year.
Live your cooking
A serious contender for the most ridiculous product on the show, Samsung’s Bespoke AI Wall Oven features an internal camera so you can keep an eye on your cooking.
But Samsung also thinks it’s great for taking pictures and even live-streaming your meals on social media, allowing those with too much money to start their own cooking shows at home.
Embrace this pulsating cushion
If you need to unwind after a stressful day at work, Fufuly might be just what you need.
Shaped like clouds, teeth, or deformed marshmallows (take your pick), Japanese company Yukai Engineering says the pulsating pads are designed to reduce anxiety, like holding a baby or putting a cat on your lap.
This gadget wants you to pee on it
In general, submerging electronic devices in any kind of liquid is a bad idea, but French company Withings has created a device that expects you to pee on it.
As simple as one, two, pee, the U-Scan hangs on the side of the toilet and uses onboard replaceable cartridges to analyze urine to detect menstrual cycles or provide dietary feedback. Prices start at €500 (£440).
Need to apply lipstick by hand?
Cosmetics giant L’Oréal has developed a gadget to help people with reduced mobility apply makeup.
HAPTA offers users a range of motions using motion controls and a suite of customizable accessories, which the company says will provide the precise control needed for the perfect application.
As the British are advised to cover up again With cases of scarlet fever and COVID spreading, this rather bulky battery-powered accessory from Airxom returns to CES just in time.
The mask, which debuted last year, is essentially a wearable air purifier that it claims can filter and kill airborne particles — including viruses.
Knock at the door, who’s there?
Many of us have installed smart doorbells on our front doors in recent years, and it turns out that even bird houses aren’t immune to this trend.
The Bird Buddy is a smart bird feeder that takes a photo of any visitor, sends the photo to your phone, and uses an app like Pokemon’s real Pokedex to identify species.
Best of the rest…