This post is a public service from No Facilities for our non-geek readers. You might be unaware of the fact that last week, the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas. CES is the annual opportunity for manufacturers to showcase the latest and allegedly greatest output from their backroom boys. Some of this stuff isn’t available yet, but most of it will find its way to a Best Buy, PC Richard or Home Depot at some point in 2019. The show goes on for days, so it’s impossible to do justice to it in a single blog post. Just google CES2019 for something on the order of 9-billion reviews. Keep in mind that the first 8 ½ billion are paid for by the manufacturers. I’ve cherry-picked the list for the things I want the least.
Bixby Vision – Put that at the top of my list. Samsung is adding this to its refrigerators so that you can scan the inside of the box from your smart phone. This from an “official” review:
“…it won’t be able to ID everything. The company demoed the feature for me on the CES showfloor by putting fruits, veggies and unpackaged meat and fish inside. It was able to ID all of it and add it to the Family Hub’s food list — though it did identify two bell peppers as “paprika” for some reason.”
I had to ask the Editor when the last time was that she put unpackaged meat in the fridge. She gave me that look that usually proceeds, “have you been drinking?”
Monit smart diaper sensor – Okaaaay, who thought we needed this? Seriously, stick a Bluetooth sensor the size of an Oreo in between the #1 and #2 outlet locations on your baby’s diaper and get a notice on your smartphone when pee or poop happens. This lets you avoid the “sniff test” and presumably just get back to life-before-infant. Why not just invent smarter babies?
Orii – A bone-conduction ring that sends sound through your finger into your ear when you press your finger up against a specific spot. According to CNET, “It doesn’t sound great, but you can take a call with your cell phone in your pocket.” Actually, I can do that now, and I don’t have to keep my finger pressed against my head. As far as I can see, Orii is all the fun of holding a phone during a call, just without the phone.
Hyundai Elevate walking car – For years, we were promised flying cars, like the one George Jetson drove. I guess your car has to learn to walk before it can fly. The Elevate (that’s its name) can drive at highway speeds, climb a 5-foot wall and step over a 5-foot gap. When the toddlers in the dysfunctional daycare center that is Washington, DC finally compromise on a boarder wall/hedge/moat, this thing will be a big hit in Mexico.
Sphero Specdrums – App-enabled rings that turn colors into music with a simple tap. “Create music anytime, anywhere and make the world your instrument.” Now that’s just what we need to make us all want to learn the Vulcan nerve pinch. Wasn’t it your annoying cousin Eddie who used to play drums on everything at the Christmas party? Now you can recreate that moment everywhere something has color. Of course, you’ll have to do a one-hand solo if you get a phone call, because, you need one finger for Orii.
Y-Brush – The first 10-second deep cleaning toothbrush. It only looks like a football player’s mouthguard and I’m guessing it only takes a minute or two to clean and rinse after use. It appears to take about half the space of most medicine cabinet shelves but think of all the time you’ll save.
Urgonight – For those of you who miss the comfort of sleeping with the headgear for your braces, now you can straighten your brain. Working in conjunction with an app on your phone, Urgonight will train your brain to sleep better.
Pibo – A social robot that will hang out with you. It learns your style of communication and talks to you like you would talk to yourself if you weren’t afraid that the neighbors would think you’re weird.
I know we don’t exchange gifts, but if you were thinking about it, scratch these all from the list.
Minimal gallery today, but I don’t want to ignore the fur babies.