The CES (Consumer Electronic Show) has been a medium to show-off new and upcoming technology from all over the world.
Hundreds of companies unveil their products, and it’s one of the most happening days for a tech aficionado. This year, we’ve witnessed rollable TVs, 8K TVs, party-ready speakers, and even a foldable phone.
The announcements establish a roadmap for the coming year, and with intense competition, every brand wants to make a mark. On the other hand, the tradeshow also gets a tonne of quirky gadgets that’ll make you wonder “…wait, what?”
Here’s a list of the weirdest gadgets we’ve seen at CES 2019:
This robot from Japan has one mission- make you happy. It’s designed by a startup called Groove X and is supposed to behave like a real living thing. It has a cute teddy bear-like body with cartoon eyes, and in the company’s words, is built to “nurture people’s capacity to love”.
Lovot uses a video camera mounted on its head to recognise the face of its owner and to avoid collisions. It’s for people who are lonely and need someone or something to talk to. Loneliness is a rising issue in Japan where people are isolating themselves from the outer world because they feel left out.
Groove X hopes that the robots, which cost US$ 6000 (Rs 4,20,000) for a pair, can become companions for Japan’s ageing population, but is also planning to release the devices in the US in the future.
Pet dogs constantly require your attention, especially when they are young or untrained. You need to take them out for nature’s call periodically, and Inubox aims to simplify this task for you.
Inubox is presenting itself as an all-in-one indoor toilet for dogs. It can sense when a dog has done its business, then automatically bag up the waste while cleaning off the platform.
The waste processed by Inubox is put in a closed bag that can be disposed of easily. By wrapping up the waste in bags, Inubox is designed to make sure your house has no trace of the smell of waste. The expected retail price of the gadget is US$ 1,200 (Rs 84,500).
Why should Dogs have all the fun? LavvieBot is an automated cat litter box that can clean up waste and refill the litter when the time comes. You’ll have to clean up the machine every few weeks, but it helps in reducing the number of times cleaning has to be done.
Instead of manually sifting litter every day, the LavvieBot has a self-scooping mechanism which scoops waste out of the main box at an interval of your choosing. It also comes with an app that claims to be able to monitor your cat’s health by keeping track of its litter box use and weight changes.
Year after year we keep seeing the return of folding machines that intend to eliminate the daunting task of folding your clothes. Israeli tech start-up Foldimate has unveiled a robot that’s capable of folding all sorts of clothing with minimal assistance.
FoldImate will also fold standard size towels and pillowcases. Users simply feed their clothes into the opening near the top of the product before they appear neatly folded from a hatch near the bottom of the machine. The Foldimate will go on sale later this year and is expected to cost about $US 1,000 (Rs 70,000).
We’ve all wondered, what should we have dinner? It often becomes a difficult task to decide considering the number of options we have. To ease this, Lumen is a smartphone app that determines what foods you should eat based on the results of a breathalyser test.
It also tells people things like how well they are digesting food or burning calories. The firm says this provides a way of monitoring a person’s metabolism – the chemical processes that, among other things, convert food into energy. The breathalyser is available for purchase at a market price of US$ 250 (Rs 17,500).
6. Ovis Suitcase:
Nobody likes to carry around luggage when travelling, especially when airports are getting bigger and bigger. To ease out transits, ForwardX has launched the Ovis suitcase that moves on its own.
Unlike standard luggage, the Ovis Suitcase uses self-driving technology and algorithms to side-follow users anywhere, including airports, city streets, and hotels. On escalators and stairs, users can place their hand on the Ovis Suitcase handle to switch it to manual mode.
Users can also wear a band that notifies the bag of your location and an in-built GPS module will always keep a track of your bag. The suitcase will be available for US$ 799 (Rs 56,000) from the second half of 2019.
7. Little Cat:
This another product is made, especially for cats. The Little Cat is a pet treadmill that tempts your cat onto its rotating ring using LED lights. Like a hamster chasing food, your cat then pads along the inside of the device.
The gadget is made by South Korean company Pet Ding. The company intends to make your cat healthier by giving it the option to exercise even when you’re not around. Though, it carries a hefty price tag of US$ 1,800 (Rs 1,27,000).