From smart stoves to bendable televisions, technology is all the rage in Las Vegas at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. The convention that once brought us the VCR and the camcorder is back in action, giving us a glimpse into the not-so-distant future.
Nothing is safe from technology's touch. Watches, jewelry, the kitchen, even our toothbrushes are becoming more interactive. We can't get our hands on the new technology yet, but if the products from this year's conference take off, soon we'll be able to buy electronic toothbrushes that sync with our phones and tell us how well we're brushing, down to every stroke.
When it comes to cameras, Liquid Image just unveiled one that looks very similar to a GoPro, but it connects to 4G, so ideally you could live stream your next biking adventure.
How about jewelry? Part of the long list in the wearable craze is a bracelet that lets you know how much sun exposure you're getting, again communicating through a smartphone.
Like computers, tech companies are always trying to improve the fridge. Recently, the big thing was placing a touch screen on the outside, but many complained it was basically a tablet on a fridge and that it didn't do a whole lot for food prep. So now it's back to the basics.
This year's improvements focus more on the inside, including regulating temperatures and having more precise temperature control in different compartments. The latest Whirlpool model has speakers on the front so you can stream music from the refrigerator.
For the dishwasher, Samsung has developed water wall technology. Instead of a rotary cycle or individual streams of water, it's a solid wall of water that moves back and forth. Samsung says it will be more effective in cleaning all our dishes.
Then there's the Cooktop from Whirlpool that blends in with the counter, can be activated by voice and different screens will appear to search recipes, the weather forecast, whatever.
Two of the hottest items coming out of this year's show are about the size of our computer's mouse. The first is the EyeLock Myris that takes the fingerprint touch ID that's already on new cell phones to the next level. This would scan your iris as a way of logging onto the computer, email and other accounts.
Another big little new item is the Tao Wellshell, an isometric exercise device. You sync it up with your phone and then it walks you through a variety of exercises just using pressure between your hands. One exercise has you placing pressure on your thigh as a way of engaging and working your abs.
With your phone, it also becomes a gaming device. Use the strength of your hands to navigate a slalom ski course or try sumo wrestling. It's all about taking exercise no matter where you go, since you can easily do it at your desk, even on an airplane.