Sunday 28 December 2014

CES 2013: The weird and wonderful

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Claire Hobean, operations manager for Re-Time, models the Re-Timer during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 9, 2013. The product helps reset your body clock by shining a green 500 nanometer light over your eyes. The product is beneficial for frequent fliers and shift workers, she said.
A football helmet equipped with pressure sensors that sends data to a remote computer using Verizon technology
The iPotty for iPad potty training device is see on display at CES. No app is available to go with the trainer, but the idea is to keep the child on the toilet for as long as necessary by keeping them digitally entertained. Photo: AP
Steven Stepansky demonstrates a bed with a pressure sensitive pad that sends data to the cloud as it monitors a persons sleep
Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer of Microsoft, holds a prototype Windows smartphone with a flexible OLED display during Samsung's keynote address at CES. Photo: AP
Attendee Jeremy Enos tries out a wireless, wearable computer by Kopin at the Verizon booth. The hands-free computer was designed for a firefighting application and can stream both regular video and infra-red cameras
A Casio G-Shock Bluetooth watch. The $180.00 device synchs with phones that have Bluetooth 4.0 or above, presently iPhone 4s and 5, and can alert the wearer to incoming emails, text messages and phone calls. It also has a phone find feature and a walk-away warning if the phone and the watch are separated a a certain distance
Panasonic North America CEO Joe Taylor shows off the company's 20 inch 4K tablet computer
A reporter tries out the HAPIfork. The fork keeps track of the number of fork servings you take, measures how fast you are eating and alerts the user with lights and vibration if you are eating too fast
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow arrives at a news conference to promote the Tim Tebow Signature Series headphones by Soul Electronics
The Boompack for iPad is displayed in the In2uit booth. The system features flat electrostatic speakers on the sides, sub-woofers and a microphone below, and runs on a 12-15 hour rechargeable battery. The side speakers fold flat into the Boompack case when not in use.
Bluetooth speakers using electrostatic loudspeaker (ESL) technology are displayed in the In2uit booth. The Taiwanese company introduced the Collage (L) speakers, costing $499.00, and the Filo speakers (R) at the show. The ESL technology allows speaker makers to manufacture very thin speakers that still produce a full range of sound and use less energy, a representative said.
A PrivacQ cell case with built-in finger print scanner. The Hong Kong-based company, a subsidiary of World Wide Touch Technology, also showed FingerQ, a web-based platform that provides a secure social networking capability.
Kranthi Vistakula models a Climaware Contrast Relief System elbow wrap by Dharma Innovations. The system uses technology developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and can cool wraps to 38 Fahrenheit (3.3 Celsius) or heat them to 140 Fahrenheit (60 Celsius) in seconds, Vistakula said.
A PulseWallet system is demonstrated during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The device identifies registered users by unique finger vein patterns. The user's account is registered to a bank account or credit card to make purchases. The system is not currently in operation in stores
The Lockitron by Apigy Inc. It retrofits over a deadbolt door lock and the door can be locked and unlocked with a smartphone. The $179.00 system will be shipping in March, said co-founder Cameron Robertson
Verizon's FiOS TV programming is displayed at the Verizon booth
Markus Wells dips an iPad into a bowl of water at the LifeProof booth. The LifeProof Nuud cases, which retail for $129.99, are waterproof to 6.6 feet, Wells said
A Samsung Ultra HD S9 Range Television. Photo: PA
A Panasonic 4K OLEC Television. Photo: PA

(All photos by Reuters unless otherwise stated)

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