CES Unveiled New York, a preview event for the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, gives a taste of what's to come in the world of technology. NY1's Adam Balkin filed this report.
It's a preview of the event that gives us the mother of all previews of what the tech world has in store for us within about the next year or so. It's CES Unveiled New York, a tease for the giant Consumer Electronics Show held the first week of each year in Las Vegas.
Big categories this year will include those you might expect: TVs, wearables, lots of fitness, but perhaps the most anticipated trend each year, the trends no one could've predicted, are technology reaching into devices you might not expect it to, like electrical outlets.
What's so special about this Brio outlet? Well, quite simply, would you put your finger inside your outlet at home?
"It's an anti-shock outlet which would save thousands of lives across the U.S. and the world. First it knows when something is appropriately plugged into the device, secondly then, it recognizes if something needs power. It can differentiate between a finger and an appliance," says Jocelyn Painter of Brio.
The Tellspec Food Sensor is a mini-spectrometer that'll help you differentiate between food that claims to be healthy and food that actually is.
"We throw light at the particles of the food and we read the wavelength and the number of photons and this gives us the unique fingerprint of the food—from calories, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, as well as ingredients," says Isabel Hoffmann of Tellspec.
Even rubber duckies, real rubber duckies that you stick in the water, are becoming e-rubber duckies.
"This is Edwin the Duck. He's the world's smartest toy. He's designed to interact with children—help them go to sleep, help them learn how to read, help them learn how to count, help them wake up in the morning, and help them learn different tasks during the day like make their bed, clean their room, that sort of thing," says Don Inmon of Pi Lab.
Temperature sensors on the bottom can also warn you when the bath water is too hot, or even serve as a thermometer to take the temperature off a baby's forehead.