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Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

2023

CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years - the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

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Algorized allows you to see people even through walls @ CES 2023

2023-01-22

Technology can seemingly always surprise us, especially at CES 2023. One company that has developed a surprising piece of technology is Algorized, whose new product essentially allows product developers to allow their products to see through walls. While this might seem like a hack in Call of Duty, the technology is real, and it is spectacular.

What is Algorized?


Algorized is a Swiss-based start-up, that developed new advanced sensing technology that is accurate enough to identify people and other objects through walls. Algorized's solution enables chip makers and manufacturers to provide UWB-enabled technology to detect people and objects as well as vital signs monitoring, see-through walls, underground, and for communications and includes advanced algorithms.

The technology doesn't show direct and detailed photos of the people on the other side of the wall. However, what it can do is show essentially an advanced shadow of what is there. In addition to seeing the outlined image, users can also see biometric information about people on the other side, including heart rate, without being in the same room or touching the person with technology.

The technology is based on highly optimized software and AI-powered algorithms. In fact, these algorithmic dependencies are where the name Algorized comes from. The company says that "Algorized" is the company's name, metaphor, and mantra, leading the vision for how they approach developing solutions for customer problems. Taking advantage of sophisticated software algorithms allows the company to develop solutions. In this case, the solution is a sensor array and software combo that allows for the location, identification, and monitoring of people on the other side of solid objects.

Who is Algorized designed for?


Algorized technology is built for application in a variety of fields from people safety, greener buildings, and life-saving technologies to autonomous vehicles, and human-machine interaction. Algorized brings the ability to detect through walls to the next level in terms of accuracy and efficiency.

Of course, the technology is not intended to be a direct-to-consumer device. Instead, it is intended to be built into other products to enhance those products' capabilities. Take, for example, a device intended to locate and identify people after a tragedy. These devices usually use technology like LiDAR and heat sensing to locate people in a pile of rubble following a building collapse. By including the Algorized technology, they can enhance the ability to locate and identify missing people.

Another interesting concept is being able to monitor the vital statistics of a patient that is being quarantined without having to physically interact with the patient. Doctors could keep track of the condition of the patient without putting themselves or even the patient in any additional danger, and without having to change out devices or be in the same room as the patient.

Of course, there are a lot of additional uses for the technology. If you have a product that could benefit from the Algorized system or you want more information about how it works, head over to the company's website.

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ION3 makes entertainment more real through scent technology @ CES 2023

2023-01-22

We've all seen movies where someone smells something, and it transports them to another time or place. Whether it's the smell of freshly baked cookies that takes you back to your childhood or the smell of a summer rainstorm that reminds you of a romantic moment, scent can be a powerful trigger for memories. Now, thanks to OVR Technology's ION3, we can experience smell through our entertainment.

What is OVR Technology and how does it work?


OVR Technology's ION3 merges the virtual reality experience with actual reality through scent. Using an ION3, users can attach scent capsules to their existing virtual reality headsets. When the user is in a particular environment or playing a game, the scent capsule will activate and release the chosen scent. This makes for a more immersive experience as you can smell and sense what's happening around you like never before.

Imagine being in a cooking game, and while cooking, the game was able to produce scents to represent the virtual food being cooked. Or, in a game like Left 4 Dead, you can smell the environment around you. This would allow you to know when a zombie has approached you based on the strength of the scent. Or you can identify Special Infected because of a change in scent around you. Of course, the smell would not be pleasant, but it would be effective.

How does OVR Technology's ION3 work?


The system uses a scent cartridge, similar to a printer cartridge. In this cartridge are what the company describes as the eight "core scent profiles." From these 8 scents, a developer can create a large variety of scents in various strengths. The technology can be integrated into nearly any type of media type, including games and movies, enhancing the experience.

The scents are programmatically created, meaning that the application or media property must be involved in the creation of these scents. This means that developers, directors, and producers are going to have to buy into the concept in order to see this concept gain momentum.

Fortunately, the concept has a long history in entertainment - especially in live entertainment. If you've ever been to a theme park, you might have been on one of the 4D experiences. While the majority of the experience is based around a 3D movie, the enhancements come from air, water, and smell. These experiences are scripted and controlled under the constraints of the movie experience, making the technology a little easier.

However, OVR Technology's ION3 has managed to take the concept and make it universally applicable outside of the controlled environment. In addition, they have made the technology small enough that it can be included into a home rig, but powerful enough to be included into professional experiences.

Summary


The ION3 from OVR Technology is currently planned to be launched publicly during 2023, though plans can always change. To learn more about the company, the ION3, and how this technology might fit into your life, you can head over to the company's website.

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Sedimentum brings privacy, safety and security to your home @ CES 2023

2023-01-22

As we get older, it gets more difficult to live on our own. In addition to actual hazards, family concerns can make it even more difficult - for us and our families. Making sure our siblings and children are comfortable and safe can add stress to someone trying to live their lives as normally as possible. Fortunately, thanks to Sedimentum, we've now got technology that can take both of those stresses off of the aging population to allow them to live on their own longer than before.

What is Sedimentum?


Sedimentum is a company dedicated to making it easier for the aging population to live on their own longer without having to give up their safety and comfort. The company makes a platform that allows an individual to age in place while providing themselves with safety and their families with security. They are not the first to offer these abilities, but they do appear to be the first to place a large focus on the individual's privacy, as well as their safety.

The platform itself is designed to be able to monitor a home with only a few small devices around the house. In fact, to be able to track and monitor the inhabitants and to learn their schedules, the system does not even require that there be a device in every room - only the ones that are most frequented. The company will help design the system for the house and then install the entire setup for you - no need to understand any of the more detailed aspects of the system.

Using these devices and the technology within, the system is able to put together a profile of the people living in the house. Using that data, it is able to look for breaches of the patterns. These changes can indicate a number of things, including injury, illness, and more. It can also detect falls and other physical differences.

Once a change is detected, different responses can happen. The person can indicate that all is clear, and nothing will happen. Otherwise, a call can be made, either to emergency services or a local family member. From there, someone can check in on the person in trouble.

How is the Sedimentum system private?


Unlike most systems like this, Sedimentum does not power its learning and monitoring system on cameras. Instead, it does it with other, less obtrusive sensors. This allows people to live their lives normally without fear that family, friends, or strangers might see them. Also, they needn't worry about someone looking in on them visually when they are at their most vulnerable.

While this might seem like it would hinder the ability of the system to learn and detect patterns and behaviors, the company says that they are just as capable of making sure your loved one is safe and secure without the cameras.

Summary


Sedimentum technology is available in parts of Europe now and will be launching in the US soon. To learn more about the system and how to get signed up for yourself, you can check out the company's website.

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Dog-E is the robotic companion you've been waiting for @ CES 2023

2023-01-23

If you've been in the electronics world for a while, you know that robotic pets have been a popular product category for a long time. However, they generally come with some problems. Generally, they are too expensive, don't do anything actually interesting, or both. One company has tried to tackle this problem for years and has hit upon a robotic companion that people will want - Dog-E from WowWee.

Who is WowWee?


WowWee has been around for a decade and is dedicated to creating unique robotic toys. The company is best known for the Roboraptor and Robosapien, which have both become iconic toys. These products created a new product category for kids and families, with the ability to interact with the robots and, in some instances, do some basic programming. However, the skill sets were still fairly limited, so, while popular, the devices remained niche.

What Is Dog-E?


Dog-E is a unique robotic pet that comes with a variety of personalities and temperaments for you to choose from. From the moment you begin interacting with your companion, it mints a unique personality just for you. And, as you continue to interact with it, the personality is revealed in bigger and more obvious ways. For example, the eyes might light up a particular color early on to indicate a certain characteristic. In addition, Dog-E's tail has the ability to show personality traits through LED-powered icons.

However, if you would prefer to customize your companion, as opposed to using the one minted for you, you have the ability to change characteristics through the companion mobile app. Whether you're looking for a licky & loving dog or one that's protective & hungry - Dog-E has it all! It also features artificial intelligence so it can learn how to respond better to your commands the more it interacts with you. Plus, its adorable appearance makes it an irresistible companion.

Interaction With Dog-E


The best part of having a robot pet is that you get to watch as it develops its own unique personality and interacts with you in different ways. Dog-E comes equipped with a variety of sensors that help it interact with you, including touch sensors to detect when it's being touched, infrared vision to bounce light off objects, and an array of microphones to pick up sounds. Once it starts interacting with you, Dog-E can become playful & energetic or sweet & lazy depending on your interaction style.

Summary


Dog-E is the perfect robotic companion for anyone looking for a pet that is both fun and interactive. With its customizable personalities and artificial intelligence, this product has something for everyone! Whether you're looking for a licky & loving friend or one that's protective & hungry - Dog-E has it all. Plus, its adorable appearance makes it an irresistible companion that you'll love interacting with!

Dog-E is expected to come onto the market just in time for Holiday 2023 and will retail for $79.99. To learn more about Dog-E or pre-order your own robotic companion, you can head over to the product page.

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The Tactigon wants to ease your computer interactions @ CES 2023

2023-01-23

The way we interact with machines has not changed much over the years. We started with a keyboard and later added a mouse. The mouse was augmented by touch, but only for some purposes. All of this means that the way we use computers today is nearly identical to how we interacted with them 40 years ago. However, the types of machines we interact with have changed significantly, and so it is time that our interactions change too. This is the lofty goal that The Tactigon has in its gesture-based controls.

What is The Tactigon?


The Tactigon is a unique and intriguing gadget. It is a board no bigger than a credit card, equipped with sensors and customizable inputs that allow it to turn any ordinary object into an interactive device with the help of app integration. With no wiring or any particular specific setup, The device seamlessly connects with apps already installed on the user's mobile device and allows them to integrate the power of motion into their daily computing lives.

What is The Tactigon?


The Tactigon is a unique and intriguing gadget. It is a board no bigger than a credit card, equipped with sensors and customizable inputs that allow it to turn any ordinary object into an interactive device with the help of app integration. The device, when integrated, allows users to interact with their computers or devices without having to touch them.

In addition to the development board, The Tactigon has a fully functional end product called the Tactigon Skin. The controller is held in the hand and allows for simple controls as well as more advanced gestures. Depending on the integrated application, the controls can do different things.

How does The Tactigon change how we use computers?


The Tactigon Skin uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to recognize gestures and accurately interpret them. This allows users to interact with their computers or devices in ways never seen before, like moving objects on the screen in certain directions or performing complex tasks at once in a single gesture. The company's precision makes it ideal for sophisticated applications that require fine control over the user's movements.

Furthermore, the product allows you to access digital content with a simple flick of the wrist or turn a page in an ebook in one swift gesture. The Tactigon Skin has been designed to be highly responsive and accurate, ensuring seamless interactions between user and machine so that users can work more efficiently without having to strain their hands.

How does The Tactigon change how we interact with robots?


The Tactigon Skin is not just limited to controlling digital devices but can also be used to control robots and other physical objects. Its accurate gesture recognition allows for precise commands to be sent, allowing for a fluid connection between user and machine. This means that users can make their robots move or perform tasks with a simple flick of a wrist. The controller is also compatible with a range of robots and machines, meaning that it can be used in combination with all kinds of different projects.

The Tactigon Skin is truly revolutionary, changing the way we interact with computers and robots. With its integrated sensors and Artificial Intelligence algorithm, the device offers the best possible data available and helps users to control their machines with smooth and accurate movements. The controller is a man-machine interface that brings the digital world to your fingertips.

Summary


The Tactigon Skin is revolutionizing how we interact with our machines, allowing us to use them in ways never seen before. It is a leap into the future of man-machine interaction and promises to make interacting with our computer more natural and intuitive than ever before. The Tactigon Skin allows us to access digital content quickly and accurately, making it easier to focus on the job at hand.

To learn more about The Tactigon, check out the company's website.

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GlobalM is upgrading the way broadcasters transmit video @ CES 2023

2023-01-23

If you are trying to broadcast an event around the globe with multiple unrelated endpoints, the infrastructure can be difficult and expensive. Traditionally, this has required satellites and hard links on both the transmitter and receiver's side. This means that smaller production houses would be unable to take advantage of the ability to transmit to a global audience and also prevent them from being able to receive these feeds, as well. GlobalM has taken this concept and moved it off of satellites and onto the internet.

What is GlobalM?


GlobalM is a point-to-multipoint content distribution platform that removes the need for satellite connections. It does this by utilizing SRT, a low-latency streaming protocol originally developed by Haivision. This makes it easier and more cost-effective to provide live streams to multiple unrelated endpoints around the world, allowing even small production houses to reach their desired global audience.

GlobalM also allows for the scalability of your network, which means that you can use one source pod and scale it up to multiple destination pods. Each stream destination will have its own unique SRT stream URI that you can use to access the broadcasted content. Moreover, GlobalM works with any encoder or decoder that supports SRT, as well as with its own integrated mobile app for iOS and Android.

How does GlobalM work?


GlobalM works by taking a single source stream and encoding it into multiple SRT streams that are sent to each individual receiving device. This means that the broadcaster is only sending out one stream, but it is being received simultaneously by every receiver in the network. The main benefit of this approach is that GlobalM can deliver low-latency live video with an extremely high picture quality even over long distances due to its optimized network topology.

Overall, GlobalM provides a great solution for event broadcasting on a global scale. It allows production houses to easily reach their target audience without having to worry about expensive satellite connections or hard links - all while providing low latency, high-quality streaming at a fraction of the cost. With its scalable network and integrated mobile app, GlobalM makes it easy to broadcast any event around the world.

Who is GlobalM for?


GlobalM is for any organization or individual wanting to broadcast their event to a global audience. It is perfect for live-streaming events such as conferences, sports tournaments, concerts, religious ceremonies, and more. With GlobalM, you can easily reach viewers around the world without having to worry about the cost and complexity of satellite connections. Moreover, it allows your stream to be delivered with low latency and high quality even over long distances due to its optimized network topology. Whether you're looking to reach a large international audience or just stream a small event locally, GlobalM has you covered.

Summary


In short, GlobalM provides a reliable, cost-effective, and easy-to-use platform for distributing content to multiple unrelated destinations around the globe. With it, you can reach a larger audience with ease. GlobalM is available for broadcasters to use now. To learn more or get a demo of the technology, head over to the company's website.

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Skinetic adds haptic feedback to virtual reality and more @ CES 2023

2023-01-24

Playing a videogame is intended to extend the experience of entertainment into a more personal connection. With a movie or TV show or even a play, you watch what is happening and pretend to put yourself into the action. With a videogame, however, you are in control over the experience - sometimes in small ways and others in large ways. However, we're still generally separated from the game in a variety of ways, but Actronika wants to bring you directly into the game experience with Skinetic.

Who is Actronika?


Actronika is a company specializing in haptic technology. While we all think of haptics as the phone vibrating when we touch it, there's much more to the technology. In this case, the company focuses on a more high-definition version of haptics. The more focused technology allows for the creation of different haptic zones as well as different textures.

This technology has come together to form Skinetic - a haptic vest that can provide feedback during an entertainment session. The vest is able to replicate the sensation experienced by the character on the screen while not intentionally hurting the one experiencing it. The best part is that this is not limited to gaming. In fact, it can be used across nearly any type of entertainment.

Skinetic in gaming


The Skinetic vest is a perfect companion for gaming. When you're playing a game and a grenade goes off nearby, being able to feel that explosion makes the game a more immersive experience. But, because of the detail of the vest, you can also have a smaller experience, such as being tapped on the shoulder.

While this seems like a perfect companion for traditional gaming, it's even better for virtual reality. VR glasses are specifically designed to place you in a first-person perspective for your entertainment experience. By adding Skinetic into the mix, the experience truly does become more personal as well as more immersive. The game can bring you into the action and leave you with more of a consequence for failure.

Skinetic in movies and television


While interactive entertainment is the most obvious place for Skinetic, it can also work well for passive entertainment. The inclusion of haptic feedback into movie and television can help to pull you more into the entertainment. In gaming, you'll have consequences for your own actions, while in this example you'll have consequences for the actions of the characters on screen.

How does Skinetic work?


Skinetic has to be integrated into the development of the entertainment experience. For example, a videogame developer must know about Skinetic and build for it. Fortunately, we've already seen some big titles get on-board, including the VR experience Half-Life: Alyx, which many consider to be one of the definitive VR games.

Development is made easy, though. Unlike many gaming tools, Skinetic support can be built outside of the game.development tools, you can create and test the individual textures and feelings directly allowing for quicker development. Once you have your texture, you can import it into your game.

The vest is incredibly detailed in design. There are 20 action zones, meaning that if someone taps you on the left shoulder, you can feel it only on the left shoulder. This is something that sets it apart from other VR vests, in that the experience can be tailered to the game environment.

Summary


The Skinetic is still under development, but developers can get ahold of a prototyping kit or evaluation kit. For consumers, you'll have to wait only a little while, as the pricut is intended to hit the market in May 2023. To learn more about Skinetic and Actronika, head over to the company's website.

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Ball Wave gives robots and computers the ability to smell @ CES 2023

2023-01-24

Computers and machinery have gained a lot of abilities over the past few years. Computers can think for themselves with artificial intelligence. Robots can see and hear thanks to cameras and microphones. Together they create the ability for machines to make decisions about their environment and adapt. But, one thing that's missing is the sense of smell. That's where Ball Wave technology comes in.

What is Ball Wave and how does it work?


Ball Wave is a remarkable new technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way we use technology. It allows a machine to essentially be able to smell the air around it. But, more importantly, it allows for an integrated laboratory to analyze the air in near real-time.

This technology takes what is traditionally a very large piece of equipment and shrinks it down to a very small package. What was once the size of an air conditioner is now able to be held in the hand. This means that there are a lot of opportunities that were never available before.

But the real beauty is the integrated computer that allows you to get analysis results immediately. You can tell within seconds if there are any irregularities in the air. This can be used for safety purposes or even for monitoring the quality or process of making wine.

How can Ball Wave technology be used?


The impressive part of the technology is that, because of its size, it can be used in a large number of applications. One of the most surprising is that it is small and light enough to be placed on a drone. In fact, the company has an example video on its website showing the box in action on a drone. In addition to being just plain cool, it also has a lot of benefits. The device can be used to test air quality in areas that are not easily reachable, such as during building construction or demolition.

Another interesting usage is in the alcohol industry. The company has piloted using the box to keep track of the production process for sake, a popular drink in Japan. Because of the way the system works, it is able to monitor the fermentation process and know where the sake is in its production. The next stage is to integrate AI into the system to be able to even determine brand from the scent.

Of course, the concept isn't limited to sake. In fact, it could easily be adapted to keep an eye on wine or beer. Production of these drinks has a lot of potential problems in production, so being able to track the progress can prevent wine turning to vinegar.

Summary


The Ball Wave technology is already in use in Japan, with an expansion of markets planned. The technology has many uses inside and outside of laboratory purposes. To learn more about Ball Wave or to find out how you might be able to use it, head over to the company's website.

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Toniebox makes story and music time easier for young kids @ CES 2023

2023-01-24

Children enjoy music and stories, but younger kids need help. Things like CDs or even streaming services require too much interaction and knowledge - plus they usually require a screen. This is where the Toniebox comes in, producing a smart speaker that allows kids to listen to music and stories on their own in a safe and easy way.

What is the Toniebox?


It's an innovative audio system designed specifically for little listeners. With its soft, rugged construction and low-maintenance charging, Toniebox is the perfect companion for your child's music adventures. It also comes with a select compilation of traditional children's songs preloaded, so there's no need to search through endless libraries of music!

Just turn it on and pop a Tonie on top, and your child can be off to explore the audio world! With its long-lasting battery life of up to 7 hours, you can be sure that Toniebox will keep kids entertained all day long. So, set your little ones free with this speaker - they'll love it!

The Toniebox is a fantastic way to introduce children to music, stories, and sound effects in an interactive and engaging format. Get your kids' imagination running wild with this fun and an easy-to-use audio system!

How does the Toniebox work?


Simply turn on the Toniebox and pop a Tonie on top. The device then automatically starts playing audio content from the chosen Tonie. If this is the first time that the Tonie has been placed on the box, it will go out to the internet and download the associated audio file. This means that you'll need to be connected to the internet the first time you use a new Tonie. After that, the audio is stored on the Toniebox for future listening. In fact, the speaker has the ability to hold around 100 audio files and has an algorithm to determine what to remove based on how frequently and recently a Tonie has been used.

When your child is done listening, just take off the Tonie and the Toniebox will power down automatically. With its easy-on, easy-off charging system, you can be sure that your Toniebox is always ready for those long listening sessions. This makes it easy for the kid to use the box and not have to worry so much about charging.

What audio is available?


There are some great options available, including children's songs, stories, and sound effects - so there's something for everyone! The company produces a variety of Tonies based on existing and original characters. These characters include everything from Sesame Street to Disney to Peter Rabbit. Some of these Tonies have licensed content that already exists, while others have original content.

For example, the company has worked directly with the voice actors for several Sesame Street voice actors in order to create exclusive stories within the Sesame Street experience. The company also has its own characters available. This allows them to expand the offering beyond just licensing.

Summary


The Toniebox is currently available in several various markets. The starter sets run $100 which includes the Toniebox and a variety of Tonies depending on the set. Additional Tonies are available generally running at $15. Some of the more unique Tonies, such as the nightlight, cost more. To learn more about Tonies and the Toniebox, head over to the company's website.

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VersaWare helps you eat healthy while saving time @ CES 2023

2023-01-25

VersaWare is on a mission to help you get healthy and save time. They provide users with a culinary ecosystem that is tailored specifically to their health goals. Their recipe-AI and real-time nutrition breakdowns make it easy to create healthy meals quickly and efficiently. With VersaWare, you can finally achieve your health goals without sacrificing your time!

What is VersaWare?


VersaWare is an AI-powered platform that puts the power of a personal chef in the hands of everyone. Through their AI-based recipe engine, VersaWare helps users create delicious, healthy meals quickly and efficiently. Their nutritional breakdowns help you track your daily caloric intake and easily adjust dietary preferences to meet specific health goals. From fresh ingredients to detailed recipes, to meal plans and nutrition guidance, VersaWare's culinary ecosystem has everything you need for healthy eating success.

How does VersaWare work?


VersaWare combines the power of AI with physical kitchen gadgets to help you prepare healthy food that tastes great and, most importantly, that you'll enjoy. This pairing is the secret ingredient to their own corporate recipe. By using smart kitchen items, the platform is able to help you go through recipes to ensure that you are only using the quantity of ingredients that you are supposed to.

Why is this important? Because counting calories only works if you are able to be accurate about it. If a recipe calls for 1/4 pound of ground beef, but you accidentally use 1/3 pound, then the number of calories you will get from the meal is larger. Similarly, the fat intake will increase. Quantifying your ingredients like this allows you to have a very accurate log of your food.

Currently, the company is focusing on two kitchen implements: a smart mixing bowl and a smart cutting board. The decision was made to focus here because they are items that everyone uses and have a large impact. Both items are able to weigh what is put into them and, combined with the information entered by the user about what is being used, the system can calculate an incredibly accurate nutritional matrix for the meal.

Of course, as they are intended for the kitchen, both items are easily washable and waterproof. Both connect to your phone or tablet via Wi-Fi to allow tracking and ingredient steps. And, the system was a recipe AI to help you plan out what you want to eat while still being healthy.

Who is VersaWare for?


VersaWare is the perfect solution for busy people who want to get healthy without sacrificing their time. With VersaWare, you can create tasty dishes quickly and easily while also tracking your nutrition intake. VersaWare's culinary ecosystem makes meal planning simple and efficient, so that you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the food that you make. Get healthy and save time with VersaWare!

VersaWare products are in a beta phase with a few products in testers' hands. The company plans to finalize production and bring the devices to market in the Summer of 2023. To join the waitlist or to learn more about the product line, check out the company's website.

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LapLok protects your laptop when you work on-the-go @ CES 2023

2023-01-25

If you travel as often as our team does, you know there are a number of issues that pop up regularly. For example, one day you could be working in a hotel office and the next you're sitting at a table in a coffee bar. But, one thing always remains the same - how do you secure your computer? There are Kensington-style locks, but so many laptops today don't have a lock port (including the one I'm using to write this). This is the space that LapLok is looking to fill.

What is LapLok?


LapLok is a near pocket-sized security system for anyone who uses their laptop out in public. This could be writers who need to be seen writing at Starbucks or travelers trying to get work done at the airport. Wherever you are, so long as you've got a flat surface, you can secure your laptop.

The device works fairly simply. You attach a mounting bracket to the back of your laptop, ideally before you go out. The bracket goes on with a strong 3M adhesive that will hold it in place in nearly all situations. Then, when you're ready to lock the computer, you attach the base to the bracket and clamp it to the table. Once locked in place, it will only open with the PIN you've programmed.

In addition to the base locking system, there are other security accessories that can be added. The most prominent add-on that we saw was to also secure your purse or laptop bag to the underside of the table. Now, with a single device, you can deter the casual grab-and-go thief.

But, what happens if someone does grab the laptop and tries to get away? The LapLok has a built-in alarm that sounds. The alarm is loud and annoying enough that they didn't want to demonstrate it at the show. Obviously, the idea of the alarm is to deter the theft, but also to alert everyone around in the event it happens.

Who is LapLok for?


With the increase in work-from-home and work-from-anywhere mentality, many people are working while out of the office. Because of this, companies have been issuing laptops to employees who previously may not have had one. So, with working from anywhere growing in popularity, the LapLok is really for anyone.

The most common use case is for people who travel a lot. Travelers often find themselves working in strange places. But, these days, many of us do. Even around town, I find myself working from restaurants and coffee shops - even gaming centers. Being able to secure your laptop to go to the bathroom is a great ability, but securing it while you're sitting there is just as important - possibly more important.

Summary


LapLok is in a late prototype phase and TechLok, the company behind the product, is taking pre-orders now. The expected retail price of the device is $80, but in pre-order, you can get the whole productivity bundle for $7, though quantities are limited. To learn more or pre-order your own, head to the company's website.

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Skyted is a noise isolation mask for calls and streaming @ CES 2023

2023-01-25

Too often these days, we are forced into places that are not conducive to conversation. This is exacerbated when you're on the phone or computer. This happens because microphones, in general, do not discriminate between sounds. These microphones pick up whatever sound they hear and push it to the other side of the call. In a loud area, this means it's nearly impossible for the person on the other side of the call to hear anything you say. This is the problem that Skyted is hoping to solve.

What is Skyted?


Skyted is a headset, of sorts, intended to improve sound quality while in a loud environment. At first sight, it might appear to be a little odd. However, the design is well-tested for years. That's because the device is modeled after the systems used on fighter jets. The device fits over the mouth as a full mask, allowing for sound to be isolated and directed toward the microphone.

Skyted is different than other headsets because it is designed to block out background noise. This means that when you are in a loud environment, such as a game center, or simply talking on the phone in public, your sound will be isolated and clear for the people you're speaking with.

Other headsets may attempt to filter out environmental sounds, but they are limited in what they can do. With the Skyted headset, you can be sure that your sound is clear and crisp even in a loud environment.

Who is Skyted for?


One of the great strengths of Skyted is its versatility. Because the mask microphone is designed to work with Bluetooth, it can be used for a variety of purposes. The original purpose is to allow for public phone calls - limiting the background noise, but also preventing people around you from having to listen.

In the past few years, however, other types of public calls have become commonplace. in particular, Teams and Zoom calls have become a regular part of doing business, especially while traveling. But, working in public has become a normal situation, even for those not traveling.

In addition, gaming in public has become more common. Gaming centers, like our friends at STRYKE eSports in Tampa, are popping up in more places. Online gaming is enhanced by live chat, which is equally difficult in public. But, with the Skyted system, you can chat with other players without having to hide in a pod and without disrupting the gamers around you.

Another aspect of public speech where the Skyted can really be a benefit is streaming. Obviously, if you're streaming a game in a game center, the benefits are clear. However, there's a lot of In Real Life (IRL) streaming, where people stream their experiences with games outside of a studio. This applies to games like Pokémon GO, where you have to be in the wild to play. Once again, this device will help you isolate yourself from the people around you while streaming.

Summary


Skyted is planning to be made available through pre-orders starting in March 2023. To learn more about Skyted or to pre-order one for yourself, you can go to the company's website.

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ATBHASH is using blockchain to provide safety and security @ CES 2023

2023-01-26

Over the past few years, we've seen a lot of companies implement platforms based on blockchain technology. However, these platforms are often not enhanced by the permanent and unalterable nature of the technology. But, there are a lot of places where blockchain technology can be of use, and Parisian company ATBHASH is implementing them for safety and security purposes.

What is blockchain technology?


Blockchain technology is a revolutionary form of distributed ledger technology that enables secure and efficient transactions without the need for an intermediary. It is a decentralized system that keeps track of data across a network of computers, using cryptography to ensure the integrity and security of all transactions.

Put simply, blockchain is a digital ledger system where records or blocks are secured by cryptography and can be shared across a vast network of computers. Each block contains a timestamp, transaction data, and the digital signature of the previous block - creating an unchangeable chain. This makes it virtually impossible to modify or delete any data stored on the blockchain without having access to every node in the network.

The immutability of records stored on the blockchain provides a robust platform to store data securely and transparently. It is widely considered to be the most secure form of ledger technology, with potential applications in a vast range of industries from shipping and logistics to finance and healthcare. Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize how we do business by eliminating intermediaries, reducing transaction costs, increasing trust between parties, and streamlining the process of transferring assets.

ATBHASH for construction


The company began its blockchain journey in the construction space. By using blockchain technology, the company was able to produce a platform that creates a way to track a building project without the risks inherent in digital data. The platform is called CEERTIF. As the project proceeds, all steps are logged into the system. This gives auditors and inspectors a detailed and step-by-step insight into the building project.

Because of the blockchain backend, everyone involved can be assured that the data has not been changed within the CEERTIF platform. However, if it has been changed, then an audit log is available to show every change and when it happened. This way there are no questions about the integrity of the data being presented - a problem that happens normally in construction.

ATBHASH for domestic violence victims


Using the same core technology that made CEERTIF possible, ATBHASH has launched another blockchain product called NANSHE. This product focuses on the victims of domestic abuse rather than the construction industry. Using NANSHE, victims can safely and securely present evidence of domestic abuse.

The safety and security of the platform is the most important part in this case, as victims are often scared to come forward because of the potential backlash from reporting the crime. The platform, however, allows them to do so in a way that the abuser cannot find out about, and therefore cannot respond to.

In addition, because of the blockchain technology, there is no way for someone to hack in and change the data or delete it entirely. This is because blockchain data is immutable. This protects the victim's safety and ensures the authorities can pursue the case without fear of loss.

Summary


Both platforms - CEERTIF and NANSHE - are available t use now. To learn more about the company and its products, head over to their website.

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ALIA brings comfort to the world of high fashion shoes @ CES 2023

2023-01-26

If there is one truth in the fashion world, it is that there are two types of shows: comfortable and fashionable. It seems that no one has been able to combine the two categories into one. Either a woman wears sneakers or heels - and never the two shall cross. However, ALIA (Active Lift in Alignment), has a system that allows them to take incredibly accurate measurements and produce a shoe that is both fashionable and comfortable.

What is ALIA?


Dr. Taryn Rose, co-founder and CEO of ALIA, sums up the mission of the company in a straightforward way, saying, "Why can we get a man on the moon, but we can't get a woman down the street comfortably?" It's a solid question, as shoes are far from a new product category. With all of the time spent designing shoes, why does it seem that none of that work has ever produced a comfortable high heel?

Sure, the concept of the high heel is not necessarily one focused on comfort. In fact, it is all about accentuating certain parts of the body. But, Dr. Rose believed that there must be a way to do both at once. She decided to include technology in the process in order to produce comfortable and sexy heels for women, as well as comfortable dress shoes for men.

How does it work?


ALIA has includes various materials that are traditionally not found in shoes. For example, the surface area of the shoe that comes into contact with your feet is made out of carbon fiber. This produces a strong outer body that is able to hold the foot in place better and is more stable than just a fabric, while also being incredibly light weight.

In addition to the unconventional materials, ALIA also uses technology in an interesting way. There is an accompanying app that allows you to essentially take a 3D scan of your feet. This gives the company an incredibly accurate measurement of your feet. Using the scan, the company is able to view your foot in various modes.

With the measurements, ALIA is able to recommend or produce a perfectly fitted shoe just for you. Looming at the scan, they can recommend the right shoe for your foot, but also shows where the might be issues with the fit without alteration. For example, a pink highlight on the scan indicates that the area of the show should be enlarged in order to get a perfect fit. Implementing technology into the process allows the company to produce bespoke, made-to-measure shoes at scale, making them available for more people.

Summary


ALIA's shoes, which sell under the brand name Enrico Cuini, are available to order today. The shoes are not inexpensive, but do fit comfortably into the designer shoe category. The shoes range from around $800 to $2000 for a pair. To learn more about the company, its products, or to order a pair for yourself, you can head over to the company's brand website.

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Whispp is bringing language back to those with disabilities @ CES 2023

2023-01-26

For many people, natural speech can be a challenge. Whether it be because of a stutter or throat cancer, speaking becomes an uncomfortable thing to do. But, through modern technology, there are solutions to help people overcome their speech limitations. Whispp has brought out a technology to help bring natural and normal volume speech capabilities to millions of users.

What is Whispp?


Whispp is a speech recognition technology that can convert whispered or vocal cord impaired speech into natural, normal volume speech. This technology works in real-time to provide users with an audible and comfortable speaking experience that they can be proud of. With its incredible accuracy, the system is making it easier for people with speech disabilities to express themselves freely and confidently.

At Whispp, the company is dedicated to providing our users with the best speech technology available. They strive to empower people with speech disabilities and help them speak freely, audibly, and confidently. With the technology, millions of users can now express themselves without fear or limitation.

How Does Whispp Work?


Whispp works by using an algorithm that takes in whispered or vocal cord impaired speech and converts it into natural, normal volume sound. This technology also allows users to customize the output of their voices so that they can have control over how they are heard. In addition, the system supports both natural speech and whispered input.

When out and about, the system uses a microphone plugged into a smartphone to gather audio from the user. For one on one conversations, the listener would likely wear an earbud. But, in a group, you can also use the speaker on the phone as an output. For making calls, users simply use the Whispp app to initiate the call and the technology continues to work.

The software is also available for the desktop, bringing the natural processing to other platforms. Once installed, Whispp can enhance audio on systems like Teams and Slack, or even Skype and Discord.

What Are the Benefits of Whispp?


Using Whispp can bring many benefits to people with a voice disorder or stutter. When using this particular technology, users are able to express themselves clearly and confidently without worrying about being misunderstood or misheard. In addition, Whispp can help reduce the social stigma associated with voice disorders or stutters as it allows people to feel more comfortable speaking without fear of embarrassment. Finally, it also offers increased privacy and noise reduction features so that users don't have to worry about disturbing others while they are speaking.

Everyone should have access to an accessible and comfortable speaking experience. That is why the company strives to provide users with the best technology available - one that can make a real difference in their lives. With Whispp, no one should ever feel limited when it comes to expressing themselves and communicating with others.

Summary


Whispp's technology is available on the market today for both mobile and desktop platforms. To learn more about the technology or to try it out for yourself, you can go to the company's website.

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The future for BenjiLock is secure and brighter than ever @ CES 2023

2023-01-26

Since we first encountered BenjiLock in Eureka Park in 2017, the company has changed a lot. Those early days were at a tiny booth with a non-functioning prototype. Before we got to see them again, the company had been on Shark Tank and partnered with Mr. Wonderful Kevin O'Leary. O'Leary put together a partnership to help Founder Robbie Cabral bring the product to market with manufacturing, sales, and more. Today, the company is looking at its next phase in life, including helping to support other startups at CES.

What is BenjiLock?


BenjiLock is the world's first biometric padlock with a traditional key. The importance of having a biometric padlock allows you to go to the gym without having to carry anything with you. We've all had a phone fall out of our pocket or had to go look for our keys later on. With the BenjiLock, you can safely leave your items in a locker without having to carry a key.

The importance of having a physical key allows for a backup. Batteries die - and always at inopportune times. With other smart padlocks, if the battery dies, you're possibly out of luck. You'll have to cut the expensive lock off and throw it away. However, with the physical key, you've got a way to open the lock in that situation.

BenjiLock also now offers a wider range of products. The line now includes a biometric deadbolt and biometric bike lock, offering the convenience of unlocking your door or bike without keys. BenjiLock hopes to revolutionize home security, bike safety, and more with its innovative technology. By expanding the ecosystem, more people in more situations can go about their days without the need to carry as many keys.

BenjiLock at CES 2023


This year, the company took a different approach to CES. Rather than having its large blue booth on the show floor, Robbie spent his time helping to bring awareness to other startups exhibiting at the show in Eureka Park. BenjiLock sponsored the startup pitch event on the CTA Stage with Canon, allowing BenjiLock to help new startups get their start by giving them a platform at CES. BenjiLock was able to use its resources and experience from standing out in Eureka Park just six years ago to give back and help other startups get their big break.

This event was in partnership with the CTA Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Consumer Technology Association, the organization that oversees CES. The event was intended to showcase the best startups and entrepreneurs in technology, giving BenjiLock a chance to help out where they originally got started. Their support of the CTA Foundation really shows how far they've come since their first appearance at CES in 2017.

BenjiLock has gone from a small startup with big dreams to an established company ready to give back. The company is continuing to innovate, bringing biometric technology to the masses in a way we've never seen before. Robbie Cabral looks forward to what the future holds as the brand continues to grow and expand their product line. BenjiLock has come a long way since 2017, and with its support of other startups through initiatives like this partnership with the CTA Foundation, the company is setting itself up for even more success in the years to come.

Summary


The entirety of the BenjiLock product line is available now through the company's website, as well as Amazon, Ace Hardware, and more.

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TWT Audio makes durable headphones for music and gaming @ CES 2023

2023-01-26

When you work with audio hardware, you know that it can be fragile. This is especially the case when you take something like headphones and put them into a public space, like a school, library, or gaming center. When people don't have to pay for something, they don't have a lot of respect for it. This is known as the tragedy of the commons. However, sometimes a company comes along to tackle these common issues, like TWT Audio.

Who is TWT Audio?


TWT Audio is a brand that designs and produces headphones. The brand started out in the educational space producing headphones for schools. The top challenge that they experienced in schools was the durability of the headphones. Kids didn't have any interest in maintaining headphones that weren't theirs, especially in an environment they might not want to be in. So, the company took on this challenge to help reduce costs for schools.

Today, the company has taken what it learned in the educational sphere and has applied it to the consumer market. By bringing the concept of durability to consumer headphones, they have entered into an interesting space that has been sorely lacking for years. In addition, the company also focuses on keeping the cost of the products down while also making them visually unique.

TWT Audio's focus on design


The initial products from the product line are focused on standard headphone use - music and speech. These headphones are comfortable and durable, while also sounding great. But the company has another differentiator - modular design. Many of the products have the ability to replace the pieces that take the most damage through usual use. For example, if your ear cups wear out or start to shred, which they will, you can unclip them and replace them.

Another aspect of modular design is in the cabling. The cable itself can be removed, allowing you to replace it in the event the cable wears out. We know that these cables, no matter what you do to prepare, are going to wear out, so this is a nice option. However, it also gives the ability to change the type of cable. Want to hook up to a headphone jack? No problem. Connecting to a computer? That's an option. Looking to connect to a Hi-Fi system? That cable exists, too. So, one headset to rule them all.

In addition to the standard audio headphones, the company is also releasing their Victory series - a line of gaming focused headphones. They feature the same focus on quality and durability, but with different tuning. Rather than tuning the headphones for speech and music, the Victory series is tuned for foley. Foley is an term for the physical sound effects in media, such as snapping celery to create the sound of a punch.

In this case, the tuning allows a gamer to hear things like gunfire and footsteps in more detail than other sounds. With that focus, a player can get a better feel for where another player is in relationship to themselves.

Summary


TWT Audio products are available for purchase now. Headphones range in price from around $20 to $180. To learn more about the company, you can go to its website. To purchase one for yourself, you can find them on Amazon.

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Familink makes a truly connected photo frame for families @ CES 2023

2023-01-26

Digital picture frames are not a new product category. In fact, they've existed nearly as long as LCD screens have been affordable. However, as time has gone on, new features have been added to these products in order to make them easier to use for those to whom we really want to give them. The biggest issue has been giving a photo frame to an older member of the family and never being able to change the photos. The team at Familink looks to fix that with a truly connected device.

What is Familink?


Familink is a company that specializes in creating products that allow families to share photos. In particular, the company focuses on allowing family members to share photo experiences with their older loved ones. There are currently 2 product offerings for the company: The Magazine and The 4G Photo Frame. The Photo Frame is the product that was shown off at the show this year. It is a traditional digital picture frame, but with a few added features.

Familink's 4G Photo Frame is a great way for families to make sure that their elderly loved ones are able to enjoy photos even when they don't have access to the latest technology. With its simple setup and easy use, it's an ideal choice for those who may not be tech-savvy. As a bonus, it's also a great way for families to stay connected even when miles apart.

Why choose Familink?


Firstly, the frame works without Wi-Fi, making it perfect for elderly individuals who may not have access to such technology. However, if the family member does have Wi-Fi at home, then the frame can be connected to that network instead of relying on cellular connectivity.

Secondly, it is made ready to use right out of the box and requires minimal setup. This is ideal for a family member who is technically challenged. If everything is ready to go right out of the box, it means that there is no need for a phone call or a trip to visit just to help setup the frame.

Thirdly, it has an automatic switch off at night so that you don't have to worry about it running all night long. This is a feature we have begun to see in smart screens, allowing the screen to reduce power consumption as well as ambient light created within the house.

Fourthly, the photos are displayed instantly and can be changed from any smartphone or tablet via the Familink app. This allows family members from around the world to send new photos to the screen to update your family on their lives. The updates can also be done without installing an app, by either sending photos to a special email address or even through Messenger.

Summary


The Familink team looks forward to continuing to bring innovative solutions to families everywhere and connecting families together in ways that have never been done before. In today's world of technology, it's nice to have a product that allows us to keep the important people in our lives close even when they are far away. To learn more about the company or to purchase the frame for $149, you can go to the company website.

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Chipolo helps you track personal items that might get lost @ CES 2023

2023-01-28

Have you ever lost your keys or wallet? Of course you have! And it always happens at just the wrong time. You're running late and headed out the door and your keys are nowhere to be found. Now you've got to spend time that you don't have looking for your keys, making you even later for wherever you're headed. Fortunately, there is an easy way to solve this problem thanks to the team at Chipolo.

What is Chipolo?


Chipolo is a company that produces a line of products to help you find what might get lost. The product works by attaching a small Bluetooth LE tracker to the item that you want to track. When you need to locate the item, simply open the corresponding app and, if you are within range, press a button to cause the tracker to make noise.

If you are outside of the transceiver's range, you still have the ability to track it. By default, the app will show you the last place that it was encountered. If you are in a remote place, or in a private location, you will see a map showing where your device last encountered it. If the device is in a more public place, it can be tracked live through interactions with other phones and tablets within range.

Why Chipolo?


The line is similar to some of the other brands you may have heard of, but with a variety of benefits that are lacking with others. Firstly, the most obvious difference is that Chipolo makes products that work with both Apple's and Google's ecosystems. So, no matter what type of phone you own, you still have the ability to use a Chipolo tracker.

Another benefit is that the trackers come in a variety of colors and styles. For example, if you are looking to put one in your wallet, the company offers a slim tracker that looks like a credit card called the CARD. For keys, backpacks, and other uses, there is a small round tracker with a mounting hole in it, called the ONE. Offering multiple styles with different purposes makes the product more versatile. Having one product that tries to do everything means that it doesn't do anything great.

In addition, the ability to purchase in different colors allows you to really personalize your experience. You can also easily differentiate between two similar items because of the color of the Chipolo tag attached. For example, our team has several of the same camera bag, but we can differentiate between the team bags because of the color of the tracker.

Which Chipolo to choose


If you are securely in the Apple product family, the line you want to look at is the Spot. This family works with Apple's Find My ecosystem, allowing all iPhones and iPads to help locate it. If you are in the Android camp, or you have a mixed collection, then the original family is for you.

Either way, both product families are available for purchase today. To learn more or to buy some for yourself, head over to the company's website, or find the products on Amazon or Best Buy.

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Withings plans to allow you to monitor urine tests at home @ CES 2023

2023-01-28

For many people, there are medical conditions that require constant active monitoring. Others have needs that can progress in unexpected ways, and whose trajectory can be monitored easily. However, the technology to track these conditions has generally been limited to doctors' offices or companies like Lab Corp. However, in the past few years, the ability to monitor and track a person's health has been miniaturized to the point where we can now do it at home. One company that has been at the forefront of this medical democratization has been Withings.

Who are Withings?


Withings is a company that makes a variety of at-home health and medical tracking devices. The brand has been around for a number of years and produced devices ranging from connected scales to blood pressure monitors. Most of the company's devices are fully connected and sync together into the Withings app on your mobile device.

This integration of devices can give you a better overall view of your health, from tracking weight loss progress to steps taken and even a regular log of blood pressure. The system can also be integrated with data from other providers, including Apple and Google. Together you can track your activity, weight, and more.

Withings urine analysis


This year at CES 2023, the company showed off an entirely new entry into the product lineup - urine analysis. The new product is called U-Scan and is intended to help you keep track of a variety of important body metrics at home without any need to go to a lab. In fact, the U-Scan is like a urine analysis lab in your bathroom.

Now, the initial question might be, "Why do you want urine analysis at home?" That is a perfectly reasonable response, as it is a fairly new idea. The reason is that there are a number of health metrics that can be determined and monitored using this analysis. Using the U-Scan, you can monitor these metrics at home without doing anything special or outside of your existing habits.

The U-Scan device makes its presence almost unseen while still providing its value. The device is only about 90mm in diameter and fits into the toilet. So long as it is in the right location, you literally need to change nothing about your bathroom time in order to gain the benefits.

Benefits of U-Scan


The device is able to test for and monitor a variety of biomarkers. The cartridges that are inserted into the device contain a dozen different test pods, which is where the tests are carried out. Once the tests are completed, the device syncs the data to your Withings app to be compared against previous results as well as other Withings data.

If something is out of sync, the app is able to alert you to changes in your body's state. For example, the U-Scan is capable of tracking nutrition and hydration. If you work out, which can be logged into the app, and then your electrolytes or water level are low, the app is able to let you know that your post-workout behaviors might need a change.

Summary


The Withings U-Scan is in active development and will be made available to the public in the near future. To learn more about Withings, U-Scan, or to sign up for launch alerts, you can go to the company's website.

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Lighthouse Tech aims to improve safety for visually impaired @ CES 2023

2023-01-28

Over the past decade, it seems that everything has become smart. From lightbulbs to refrigerators, to even glasses, everything is getting smarter. In some cases, the benefits have been obvious, such as being able to control lightbulbs without having to go to a particular place in the room or having special wiring. However, some items being smart have mostly been gimmicky, like glasses. That is until now - as Lighthouse Tech has a new take on the tech, making it a truly useful addition for many users.

What is Lighthouse Tech?


Lighthouse Tech is a company making smart glasses for a new demographic - those with visual impairment. In general, smart glasses have included pretty pedestrian features, such as Bluetooth speakers or cameras. On the other hand, we've seen products like Google Glass, which were both ahead of their time and surprisingly useless.

Lighthouse Tech has thrown out all of those ideas and totally changed directions. These glasses are not intended to make you look techy. Instead, the glasses themselves look entirely like normal glasses. These glasses, however, are designed to help improve the safety of wearers with visual impairments by giving alerts and information about hazards that other safety measures generally miss.

In particular, the glasses are intended to find items outside of the range of a walking stick. This includes, but is not limited to, low hanging tree branches, street signs, store signs, and more. Specifically, the glasses look for things that are hanging or physically separated from the base to which they are attached.

How does it work?


The Lighthouse Tech glasses are designed to protect the safety of their wearer. This is done using front-facing sensors. These sensors are able to detect obstacles within the path of the wearer, as well as the distance between the glasses and the obstacle.

The glasses are able to provide feedback to the wearer through vibration. This is an important detail because, if the glasses are to be used on the sidewalk on a bust street, audible feedback, including beeps and speech, would be difficult to hear. In addition, audible feedback would make the glasses more obvious for their intention, possibly making the wearer more self-conscious about wearing them. The design of the glasses, which are traditional and low profile, are intended to go the other way. Thus, audible feedback would undermine the concept.

To improve feedback, the company also offers a small, connected bracelet. This allows the wearer to move the feedback from the temples to the wrist. For many, the wrist is a more sensitive area of the body and can help improve the awareness of the safety alerts.

Summary


The Lighthouse Tech glasses are currently in active development. The company is searching for beta testers to give the tech a try and give feedback. Once beta testing has completed, the company will finalize the device and bring it to market. To learn more about the company and the product, or to sign up to be a beta tester, head over to the company's website.

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DeNova Detect is an essential natural gas detector @ CES 2023

2023-01-29

These days, we have a lot of sensors in our homes. Nearly everyone has a fire alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm. In addition, we've got motion sensors, security cameras, smart speakers and thermostats with presence detection, and a lot more. But, one threat detection that appears to be missing for no known reason is natural gas detection. New Cosmos USA is looking to change this with the DeNova Detect natural gas detector.

What is DeNova Detect?


DeNova Detect is a natural gas detector that uses superior patented sensor technology to detect gas concentrations up to 11 minutes sooner than other technologies. The product line also features an advanced algorithm that ensures false alarms due to household chemicals and sprays are eliminated. The gas sensor is designed with minimal power consumption, allowing it to run on one battery for up to 10 years.

DeNova Detect also has a revolutionary design that allows it to be installed close to the ceiling where natural gas accumulates, eliminating the need for a potentially dangerous and unattractive cord. Finally, DeNova Detect is designed with a panic-reducing voice alert that instructs people in a simple way: "Danger - Gas leak explosion risk - evacuate, then call 911."

Why do you need DeNova Detect?


Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas (though processed gas has a light smell added for safety) that can be difficult to detect. In recent years, the number of natural gas leaks has increased significantly. These leaks can lead to physical issues for people and pets. But, at its worst, can lead to explosions.

The quantity of natural gas explosions has gone up significantly in recent years. While experts aren't entirely sure why this is happening, the most likely cause is the aging infrastructure used to transfer the gas to our homes. As the system ages, leaks are bound to increase. On top of that, better construction processes might actually be trapping the leaking gas in homes in a way that previously might not have been the case.

DeNova Detect is specifically designed to detect natural gas and alert you of its presence so you can take the proper safety precautions. Without DeNova Detect, it would be nearly impossible to know when there is a potential gas leak in your home or business, especially if you are not at home or asleep. DeNova Detect provides a level of protection that is essential for any household.

Summary


What DeNova Detect provides is a valuable service that can help save lives and property in the event of a gas emergency. The product is an affordable solution for homeowners, renters, business owners and anyone else who could benefit from early detection of natural gas. DeNova Detect provides peace of mind and protection from the unexpected.

The DeNova Detect smart gas sensor will be available soon. To learn more about the company or the platform, or to sign up to be alerted when the product becomes available, head over to the product website.

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VoiceAI brings natural language speech to virtual voices @ CES 2023

2023-01-29

In the last few years, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a major part of the tech industry. From rooting out inappropriate comments on social media to content creation, everything seems to be affected by AI - for better or worse. However, one of the spaces where AI is making a difference for a number of industries is text-to-speech capabilities. One company working to improve this technology is Acapela Group, which announced VoiceAI at CES 2023.

What is Acapela Group?


Acapela Group is a company specializing in voice technology. The company's VoiceAI technology allows users to take written content and turn it into vocalized content. This can be anything from a script for a YouTube video or a reading of a news article. The content itself doesn't matter - so long as it is readable, the system will turn it into voice using AI.

VoiceAI is intended for a wide audience of users. For example, the ability to listen to a news article on a website or through an app has become a regular experience. Those companies can choose to have an employee or contractor read and record the article, or run it through VoiceAI to get the audio. This is a great accessibility feature for those who struggle to see or read, or to add the ability to keep up with the news while driving.

Another use for VoiceAI could be voiceovers for online marketing videos. These types of short, guided videos have become popular online, but producing them can be an annoying process if you're not a regular content creator. By using VoiceAI, you can avoid the process of having to record the voiceover and outsource it to technology.

Why use VoiceAI?


One of the important differentiators between VoiceAI and other text-to-speech platforms is the company's focus on natural voice tones and inflections. You've likely heard other digital voices, including Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. Those voices could never be confused for a real human, mostly because the inflection in the voices is far from natural.

VoiceAI takes the process of virtually reading content and makes it more natural. This is done by training the AI system off of real voices. A person reads certain scripts in a normal and natural way, teaching the system how inflections would be produced by a real person. This allows the voice output to sound more natural - in many cases indistinguishable from a real voice.

In addition, the company's technology is available in over 30 languages. This means that, whether you need English, Czech, or even Japanese, you can use the VoiceAI technology in your project. This also means that you can use a singular system to localize your product, service, or content.

Summary


If you are looking for a way to integrate a large amount of vocal content into a project, VoiceAI by Acapela Group might be your best way in. With natural voice processing and an easy text-to-speech process, VoiceAI can be used by anyone.

To learn more about Acapela Group or VoiceAI, check out the company's website.

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AirCozy is a smart pillow that promotes healthy sleeping @ CES 2023

2023-01-29

Healthy sleep can be a real challenge. For a lot of people, getting comfortable at night is nearly impossible. This is made even more problematic if you change positions throughout the night. Every time you move, your pillow is suddenly not supportive in the way you need it, especially if you do it while you are still asleep. Fortunately, there is a new pillow - AirCozy by DozzyCozy - that is designed to promote healthy sleeping no matter your position.

What is AirCozy?


AirCozy is a smart adjustable pillow that automatically adjusts its height to suit your sleeping position. It knows when you shift from your back to your side or vice versa, and dynamically adjusts itself so that it is always a comfortable distance from the mattress. Proper head position can improve breathing and reduce stress on your neck, back, and even heart.

AirCozy also has the added benefit of helping you get deep sleep more quickly by improving your body's natural alignment while you sleep. It is designed to provide the perfect pillow height for back sleepers (a fist high) and side sleepers (half a shoulder width), making sure your head, neck, and spine are properly supported.

Not only can AirCozy help improve your sleep posture, but the pillow is also equipped with built-in speakers that can stream white noise, lullabies, and relaxing music to help you drift off faster. If you like to listen to your own music or even TV shows while you fall asleep, you can connect the speaker to your phone or tablet to prevent your sound from disturbing your partner. AirCozy even has an auto shut-off feature so your sleep isn't disturbed by the sound of your music playing all night long.

In addition to improving sleep quality, AirCozy can also help with snoring. The pillow is designed to provide optimal neck support, and this can help reduce snoring. This pillow is the perfect choice for those who share a bed with a partner, as the product's adjustable height allows both you and your partner to sleep comfortably while also reducing snoring volume.

Who is AirCozy for?


AirCozy is for anyone who wants a healthier, better night's rest. It can help improve your sleep posture and reduce snoring while providing the perfect pillow height for back sleepers and side sleepers alike. It is also for people who find themselves with tingling, numbers, or back, neck, or shoulder pain in the morning.

Say goodbye to struggling with uncomfortable pillows and sleepless nights, AirCozy is here to help you get the best possible rest. The pillow can help reduce snoring and keep both you and your partner happy. Enjoy a deep and comfortable sleep every night with AirCozy from DozzyCozy. It is the perfect pillow for anyone who wants to improve their sleep posture, reduce snoring, and get the best night's rest possible.

Summary


AirCozy has everything you need for the perfect night's sleep - no matter your sleeping position. To learn more about AirCozy or any of the other sleep products from DozzyCozy, check out the company's website.

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GE Profile Smart Mixer will make you a PRO in the kitchen @ CES 2023

2023-02-02

Anyone who has tried to do any baking or any kind of food preparation for that matter knows that it is a complicated process. Baking, especially, is a science, and everything has to be precise and well-timed or the results could be disastrous, costly, or even a mess. When Grandma was in the kitchen, she seemed like a professional, with all the skills and time to do what was needed to make a seemingly hard job look effortless. While our time today is much more limited, we are lucky that GE has released the GE Profile Smart Mixer to make our lives easier and time in the kitchen much more pleasant and productive.

About the GE Profile Smart Mixer


This mixer, the GE Profile Smart Mixer, would have your grandmother doing her favorite happy dance! It is intelligent, innovative, and foolproof for mistakes. Gone are the floppy meringues, or limp whipped cream, and the under-beaten batters because of the smart features this product has. You don't have to stand there and watch the clock for the correct timing for the proper results.

Why choose the Smart Mixer?


One of the best features of this mixer is the automatic sensor. This smart feature tells the machine when the contents of the bowl have changed resistance, meaning it is getting close to the finished time. You simply have to download the smart app to any modern Android or iOS device, such as phones, tablets, etc. This feature is especially helpful if there are children demanding your attention and distracting you. It can also be of help if you are producing a large batch and need to work on more than one step at a time. It will bring out the inner baker or chef in you!

It is especially helpful that there are several attachments that come with it. There is a redesigned whisk that's very effective, a spade for proper mixing, and a dough hook that will make getting through even the stickiest dough a breeze. It is all completely dishwasher-safe, except of course for the base itself! The unit features an easy lift and lock loading for these attachments, an improvement over the standard loading.

There is also an integrated scale for totally accurate measurements so there is no guessing or estimating. Another innovative feature is the guided recipes that interface with it to help you as you go along. This includes measuring and timing so that your results equal the results found in their kitchens. This takes away a lot of the stress that novice bakers feel when trying to produce professional results in their home kitchens, thereby helping them to become better chefs or bakers.

The GE Profile Smart Mixer is now available from Crate & Barrel and retails for $999. It's important to note that, since the product went up for pre-order in December, interest has been high. This means you might have to wait for a couple of weeks before your order will be fulfilled. To learn more about the product you can head to the company's website.

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Achievement Unlocked: Hovergym replaced your gym membership @ CES 2023

2023-02-02

Trying to stay in shape can be a real challenge. If you know what you're doing, you can have your own equipment. However, if you don't know what you're doing, you have to go to the gym and pay a membership fee, and possibly even a personal trainer. But, if you want to work out on your schedule at home and have the convenience of a trainer, LG has a new project called Hovergym.

What is Hovergym?


The Hovergym seems to be a useful and focused spin on Nintendo's Wii Balance board. Similar in size to the balance board, this piece of equipment aims to be your all-in-one gym experience at home, completely guided and customized with their workout application. Hovergym combines the Hoverboard Hoverdisk with Hovergym's patented Bionic Resistance Technology, creating a virtual reality fitness system that gamifies your workout. This device has a slim, pill-shaped design, that has enough surface for most people to stand on with their feet at shoulder width. There are two handles on the top surface, and those handles are what you will be using for the majority of your workouts.

The handles are attached with tension cables. These cables are designed to give what they are calling "time under tension" focused workouts. Most devices focused only focus on having tension one way, but the Hovergym gives you tension both ways, ensuring that you are evenly working muscles until you release the handles. These designers wanted to be sure that consumers would be able to customize their workouts as much as possible. There are many different workouts that you can do with the Hovergym, but you can opt to change out the two separate handles for a singular barbell to change things up.

On the subject of customizing your workout, the resistance weight can be easily adjusted via their integrated application. The weight can be adjusted to up to 220; but also, the application allows you to do things like set timers for each of your workouts or even set rep numbers for your sets. Also within the app, are instructional guides for your workouts. You can choose between various workout regimens, and it will give you a visual guide, a video of the workout, that shows you exactly how the maneuvers are supposed to be safely executed. As an added bonus, the screen can play a video of you, side-by-side with your virtual trainer, for more detailed coaching. You can even set challenges for yourself because we all know that goals are a key component for real progress.

Hoverdisk is the key component of Hovergym and it uses patented Bionic Resistance Technology. It uses an electromagnetic induction system that creates a virtual reality with real-time feedback on your performance. This is how information is shared to the application to track and grade your workouts, and how it learns what maneuvers you may be doing incorrectly in junction with your camera.

Summary


Right now, the Hovergym does not have a set date for release, but the estimated time of release is slated for an early 2024 timeframe. Similarly, the price tag for the Hovergym is also not currently determined. However, the current ballpark price is somewhere in the $1,500 range, according to Jacob. This seems like an easy buy for fitness gamers out there. With the ability to sync to your current device, keep track of your progress and set achievements for yourself, this can also appeal to tech-savvy fitness buffs as well. Stay tuned for more updates on the release dates and prices updates in the future.

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Apollo brings full automation to ADT's commercial offerings @ CES 2023

2023-02-02

It seems like every day we hear about another industry that AI, robotics, and automation are coming to improve. Fast food service has gotten better with more automation in the kitchen. Manufacturing has been helped immensely by robotics and automation, making the jobs in factories safer and less physically intensive. However, one place that we didn't expect to see robotics, at least not today, is security. However, ADT Commercial has a new robot security guard called Apollo.

What is Apollo?


Apollo is a humanoid robot that is intended to augment traditional security guards in an office, retail space, or any other commercial property. It is part of the company's new EvoGuard initiative, which seeks to infuse high-tech capabilities into ADT's commercial security offerings.

A large part of a human security guard's job is to observe their surroundings and report on what they see. This can be done by walking the premises and looking for things that are out of place, or by sitting with a wall of screens watching an entire property at once. If something out of the ordinary is observed, the correct people are alerted. This could be another member of security, the property owner, or even the police.

Apollo is capable of doing all of this, without any of the restrictions of a person. The robot can travel around a property easily looking for changes in the environment, or even recognizable issues. Once an issue is recognized, it can report back to a security supervisor and a human can take over control of the robot to go and investigate further. If warranted, the agent can then notify someone on the grounds, the property owner, or the local police.

One of the interesting features of Apollo is the virtual reality option. Using a VR headset, the supervisor is able to essentially become the robot. They are able to see through the perspective of the robot and manipulate it as if they were there. This includes moving its hands, opening or closing doors, checking windows, etc. However, if the supervisor is unable or unwilling to use the VR experience, the entire thing can also be controlled from the system's computer-based dashboard.

This is actually the reason why Apollo is humanoid. If the purpose was merely to observe and report, then it could have been designed to look like a trash can. However, because it is intended to be able to be used remotely to accomplish goals, the company let it was important to make it with a wider range of motion. But, since all of our environments are designed for humans, it was decided that Apollo should be humanoid, as well.

Summary


Apollo is currently in use through partnerships with three test partners. Using their feedback, the company and its design partner are able to make adjustments before it becomes available for a wider audience, hopefully during quarter 1 of 2023. To learn more about Apollo or ADT's other commercial security offerings, you can check out their website.

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ADT pairs the power of Google Nest and monitored security @ CES 2023

2023-02-03

Home security is a top focus for a lot of people. The problem is that creating a safe and secure home can be challenging. You can buy pre-fabbed kits with connected sensors, but you end up locked into their ecosystem, but you're required to monitor and respond to the alerts yourself. The other option is to go with an installed and monitored system, but you're usually locked into their proprietary hardware, so if you ever want to change, you're pretty much out of luck. Luckily, ADT has found an excellent middle-ground for consumers.

Who is ADT?


ADT is one of the biggest names in monitored home security. The company helps people to protect their homes without having to worry about installation, monitoring, or managing a home security system. The biggest advantage of one of the company's systems is that emergency response is 8 times faster when managed by ADT as opposed to other competitors or even self-monitoring.

For those who are interested in their own installation, either for privacy reasons or a DIY spirit, ADT offers self-setup systems. Even if you install a system yourself, you had the ability to use the company's monitoring services to improve peace of mind.

ADT's connected home


In the spirit of self-installation and expanded options, ADT has begun offering connected home options. The company's monitoring system can now be integrated with Google's Nest product line. This means that Nest Cams, Nest Doorbells, Nest Thermostats, and even Nest Wi-Fi can be connected to ADT monitoring. In fact, you can use these connected devices while also having professional setup from the company's installers.

One of the benefits of using consumer smart devices as part of your professional security setup is that you get all of the benefits of a smarthome while also getting all of the benefits of an ADT system. Using the Nest product line means that you can connect to your cameras, thermostat, and more while you are away. So, if someone rings your doorbell, you can see who is at the door even if you are on vacation. But, if there is a problem, an agent is able to respond and call the authorities if needed.

In addition, by using regular consumer hardware, you have the ability to make a change to your setup if needed. A change in life circumstances might mean you need to discontinue active monitoring. In that event, you are able to still access your Nest devices on your own and maintain security for your home on your own. This gives some flexibility in the hardware you have installed, as opposed to being stuck installing hardware that only works with the service provider that installed it. This gives owners more choices and reduces electronic waste in the event of a change.

Summary


ADT's traditional security hardware and Google Nest integration are available for professional and self installation now. For more information about the company's product and service offerings, you can head to their website or call (800) 750-0372.

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STM Goods makes traveling in style and security a snap @ CES 2023

2023-02-03

For the regular traveler, trying to find the right travel supplies can be a priority. Limiting the number of items, and finding the right travel bag is important. Luckily, STM Goods (short for Smarter Than Most) makes a line of bags and accessories for any traveler.

STM Goods' bags and backpacks


STM makes a line of backpacks and bags for any traveler and outdoorsman. The bags allow you to carry your gear safely and securely while giving you easy access to your stuff. Whether you are backpacking in the great outdoors or fighting your way through the boardroom, STMbags have you covered.

STM Goods Dux bags


We got a close look at the Dux line of backpacks and bags. The backpack line comes in two sizes: 30 liters and 16 liters, so there is an option no matter how much you're carrying, while the messenger bag comes in 16 liters. For the avid traveler, all three sizes are able to fit under the seat on a plane, or of course overhead, so it is a great travel companion.

Our favorite feature of the bags was the ability to access your gear from several angles. If you've got your bag on the ground, you can access all of the contents from the top or back, giving you access to everything in the bag. However, if you've got the bag on your back or over your shoulder, you can access the items through smaller zippered openings on the sides.

For example, this is a great feature for photographers and videographers. Imagine holding a digital SLR in one hand, with the strap around your neck. On your back, you've got your STM Goods Dux backpack. You want to transition from closeup photos to long-distance photos, so it's time to swap lenses. Without having to put down the camera or the backpack, you can open the side pouch exposing only the lens you need access to. You can remove the lens, swap them on the camera, and put the first one back in the bag.

The 30-liter backpack is available for $250. The 16-liter backpack is available for $230. The 16-liter messenger bag is available for $250. All three bags are available in 4 color options.

STM Goods' mobile accessories


In addition to a full lineup of bags, STM Goods also makes mobile accessories to enhance your travel experience. From phone rings and holders to stands and selfie sticks, the product line really has a lot of options.

ChargeTree Go


If you're deep in the Apple mobile ecosystem, you've got a lot of devices to charge while traveling. This can mean bringing 3 chargers, plus probably a power strip to plug them all in. The ChargeTree Go, however, combines all of the normal charge points into a single device.

On the front is a Qi charger for your iPhone. On the side is a pop-out charging surface for an Apple Watch. On the back is a platform for AirPods. Using the one device, you can charge all three. The best part is that you can flatten the device so that it fits easily into your bag without getting damaged. The ChargeTree Go is available now for $120.

MagSafe


The MagSafe line offers a number of products that connect to an iPhone using the magnetic connector on the back of the phone. The MagLoop is a small ring that connects to the phone and gives you an easy way to hold the device, especially on long uses. It can also be flipped down to be used as a stand. It's more flexible than other phone holders because it is removable without ruining the product. The MagLoop is available in 2 colors for $30.

The MagPod is a magnetic tripod stand that can hold your iPhone in nearly any position. This is because the ball joint on the head, which gives a nearly 180-degree range of motion. The legs on the stand can also be pulled in to turn it into a short selfie stick. The MagPod is available in two colors for $50.

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Smarter FridgeCam helps to prevent spoiled and wasted food @ CES 2023

2023-02-03

No one likes to find spoiled food in the fridge, especially when you are expecting to prepare a meal. Food waste these days is not something that should happen, especially for families with several children, as the price of groceries seems to be increasing on a daily basis. However, it can be a challenge to remember when you bought certain items, and certain to know how long each item lasts. This is where the Smarter FridgeCam and Smarter FoodCam come in.

What is Smarter FridgeCam?


The Smarter FridgeCam is a camera that goes either on the fridge door or the door shelf. It takes pictures every time you open or close the fridge door. Using those photos, FridgeCam will tell you what's in there and if it needs to be tossed.

The camera then pairs with the app that works with deep learning algorithms that detect what is there and when
it was added. Using that information, the system can determine the freshness of each item and whether or not it's time to use it up or throw it away. This is great for managing easily spoiled items, such as yogurt and milk, but also veggies that get lost in the back of the fridge.

What is Smarter FoodCam?


The FoodCam is a smart item that goes in your cupboards to help keep track of non-perishable food items. The camera is the smaller sibling to the FridgeCam, but is designed to go into your cupboards, rather than the refrigerator. Because of the warmer environment, the camera uses a smaller battery, since rechargeable batteries lose power in cold environments.

The camera adds to your kitchen management, allowing you to keep track of items such as soups, bread, cereals, and more. These can often be the forgotten parts of our kitchens since they are more hidden away from us than even the items in the fridge. People try to use them well past their expiration date because they simply don't know when they bought them or when they go bad.

How can you use the data?


One of the connected aspects of the system is Kitchen Sync. This feature allows you to connect various inputs, including the data from your cameras, but also smart speakers, like Alexa. In addition to knowing when it's time to buy milk because of the expiration date, you can also enter data using Alexa, saying, "Alexa, I need milk" and she will add it to your shopping list.

This feature is great for when you are going to be using more than usual, such as around the holidays. It's also helpful if you're about to get into baking, where you would need more eggs, milk, etc.

In addition, the system integrates with Chefling, which Smarter recently acquired. Chefling is an app that helps you find and execute recipes. When integrated with Smarter and KitchenSync, it helps you to use up your food by suggesting recipes with what's available so your food doesn't spoil and go to waste.

Summary


It will be available for pre-order soon. The cost is $99.00 for the FridgeCam and $69.00 for the FoodCam. For more information go to the company's website.

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Task Complete: Aiper keeps your pool clean without cords @ CES 2023

2023-02-04

If you own a pool, you know that maintaining the pool can be a pain. Between keeping the pH balance correct, a garage full of various chemicals, a constant fight against leaves, plus keeping the bottom clean, there is always something to do. There have been machines to help with the process, like filters and vacuums, but even that isn't perfect. However, Aiper has a line of underwater robots to make maintaining your pool easier.

What is Aiper?


Aiper is a robotics company that makes an entirely cordless robotic pool cleaner. This machine is able to maneuver itself around the bottom of your pool without any obstructions and keep the surface of the pool clean. Because of its design, it is also able to come out of the water slightly in order to clean the ring around the pool above the water surface and below the deck.

If you've had an indoor robotic vacuum, you generally understand the concept. The machine goes into the water and travels around the surface to keep it clean. The system maps out the surface of the pool ahead of time, which helps it to ensure that a complete cleaning is accomplished. The robot is also battery-powered and easily rechargeable. In fact, it only takes 90 minutes for a complete charge. To keep the robot itself clean, simply remove the filter, empty it out, and put it back in.

Why choose Aiper?


We've all seen pool cleaners that live under the water. Traditionally, these machines have a very long shop vac pipe that pulls behind them. Using that tube, the machine is able to essentially vacuum the bottom of the pool, with the suction coming from the other end of the tube. This design is functional, but also creates a lot of problems.

The tubes often get tied up in knots as the cleaner goes under them. This prevents the machine from completing its cleaning path and can also cause damage to the tube itself. If the cleaner doesn't get under the tube, it might just get caught and stopped, once again ending the cleaning cycle whether or not the pool is clean. in either case, you're going to have to get involved, often inside of the pool, and resolve the issue.

This is where the biggest win comes in for Aiper. Since the Aiper robotic cleaners are battery-powered with their vacuums built into the machine, there are no tubes. This means that there is no chance that it gets caught up in itself. All of this prevents interaction from the owner and significantly reduces the chances of damage to the machine or other items, including toys, in the pool.

Summary


Several models of the Aiper robotic pool vacuums are available now. The newest model, the Aiper Seagull Pro, will release on March 20, 2023. You can purchase the existing models or pre-order the new model at the company's store. To learn more about the company and the full line of products, you can go to the company's website.

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TWT Audio: affordable, powerful and customizable headphones @ CES 2023

2023-02-04

We all know that there are many choices out there when it comes to the headphone market, but few companies try to be as customizable as possible or try to balance affordability with high-quality audio. You're usually going to get quality sound with a decent design and a high price tag, or an affordable price with stale audio and LED lights to distract you from its flaws. TWT Audio wants to change up the formula with their current line of headphones.

Modularized parts are one of the key focuses for this line. Detachable ear cups, not just the cousin mind you, are available across the board. They have different styles of earcups, different colors, and earcups made of materials designed to deal with moisture from working out. This can especially appeal to gamers and streamers who are also fitness buffs. You'd have the ability to move from your streaming rig right to your workout area and swap to your sweat-resistant ear cups for a worry-free workout stream.

The audio cable is also modularized. The input device is swappable: you can go from a USB-C connection to a USB-A connection to a 3.5mm connection or even a 1/4 inch connection into an amplifier if you wanted. Seems to be just a quick screw removal from under the ear cup, and simply swapping the part and you're good to go. TWT Audio is making sure that the customization aspect is as easy as possible.

Audio Quality is an aspect they want to emphasize in their gaming model, the Victory 250XG model. Not seen in the interview, I got a good demonstration with a Fortnite match. Projectile paths, sounds of vehicles, and footsteps were all coming from their precise directions. Along with that, the proper volume of sounds depending on their proximity to your character. Sounds were crisp and clear and it's hard to believe how close these headphones come to the higher-end, more expensive headphones on the market.

Comfort level is always important and these do not fall short of other quality headphones. The ear cups are cushioned as well as the band over your head. It's adjustable enough to fit over my large head and hair. Many headphones in the affordability classes cut costs in these areas in particular, so I think it's important to note that TWT Audio seems to have found a sweet spot with these products.

Notable aspects of each model: the Victory 250XG gaming headset has an omnidirectional "silicon flex" mic, come with mesh ear cups and the ear cups' angle can be adjusted for comfort options. The Revo headset has the boom-lift activated mute feature and stealth release changeable cable and ear customization options. Ultra Durable Pro doesn't have the customization options but it has the same functionality and audio quality that TWT Audio is becoming known for. Lastly, the Ultra Ergo is perfect for your work-at-home or office settings.

TWT Audio is taking the market by storm and with their plans for partnerships with educational programs and esports organizations, I'm sure this will be a brand for many to know and love. The 4 product names I mentioned above are all currently available on Amazon via the links below. Also, the Audiophile and Gaming Pro headsets should be available sometime in the near future.

The current line of headphones are available now: The Victory 250XG retail for $39.99, the Ultra Durable Pro retail for $31.99, and the Ultra Ergo retail for $20.99. There is also the REVO headsets run $36.99 and are available for volume purchase.

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Mashgin makes self-checkout a quick and simple process @ CES 2023

2023-02-04

If you've ever worked in retail as a salesperson or clerk, you know that there are tricks to get the barcode scanners to read certain products. If you've ever used a self-checkout lane at a store, you likely don't know those tips and tricks, making the experience less than ideal. However, self-checkout is here and not going anywhere, so how do we make the process easier? Mashgin has a new system that allows clerks and customers alike to checkout without any hassle.

What is Mashgin?


Mashgin is a technology company that has put its focus on making retail checkout an easier process. Traditionally, checkout has been done using later scanners and barcodes - at least over the past few decades. But, Mashgin has changed this paradigm, making it easier for anyone without any training to log their purchased items, get a total, and pay their bill.

The company's Touchless Checkout System uses a series of cameras, object recognition, and artificial intelligence to scan products without a barcode. Simply place your items on the scanning platform, in any position, and in collections of more than one item, and the system does the rest. Using those cameras, the system is able to look at the platform and identify the items on the platform. It can then look up the price of the item and add it to your cart. Then, you can either replace the items or pay your bill and move on.

Why choose Mashgin?


First of all, the ease of use is fantastic. Even if a store wants to implement this for clerks to use and not for customers, this can reduce lines and improve customer experiences. However, for self-checkout, customers of any age and technical skill can easily operate the system.

In addition, it means that scanning barcodes would be a thing of the past. While some items don't matter that much, some items can't have barcodes at all. Trying to look up and log an apple, for example, can be a hard prospect even for technically inclined users. With this, that concept goes away.

Where can Mashgin be used?


Technically, Mashgin can be used anywhere where product sales happen. However, there are a few places where it will really stand out. Take, for example, a grocery store or cafeteria with a self-serve food bar. A customer can walk around the bar (or bars) and take whatever items they want. Then, they take their tray to the checkout and place their tray on the platform. Using the camera array, it is able to identify that you've got a burger, mac and cheese, and nachos. It then adds those to your bill and lets you check out with your card or phone.

Now imagine you're at a movie theater and you want popcorn and a soda. The line at the theater can be incredibly long and you don't want to be late for your film. Once again, the person behind the counter can get you your items, or the items can be made available outside of the counter, and you can easily pay by going to the kiosk, rather than waiting for someone to ring up the items and take your payment.

Summary


The Mashgin product offerings are all currently available for retailers. If you are interested in learning more about the Mashgin Touchless Checkout System or the company's other products, you can check out their website.

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