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Our Thoughts from CES 2015

January 16, 2015

CES has yet again proved to be one of our favorite Consumer Electronic Shows to date. Unfortunately, we did not attend this year, but we researched the most innovative products that were introduced and we were highly impressed. The wide array of products and services that are displayed at CES really make them stand out from the rest, giving them the competitive edge that these companies deserve.

We can only imagine how much connectivity was present in the show room, through sensing, listening, talking and wondering through each person that walked through the aisles. Gadgets, devices, sensors in all different categories can be connected to create a powerful and original idea that can give people something to talk about. Below are some of the cool products that caught our eye when we all got together to talk about the show. To learn more about the products that we have designed, click here.

Prizm, the first learning music player, remembers user’s habits and learns their preferences when it comes to what kind of music is played at different times of the day. Music streams directly from the cloud to your speakers, making it so you don’t have to use your smartphone or computer. In addition, when company is present, Prizm merges both music tastes and picks a song that everyone will like.

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We all know what it is like to replace a battery for the smoke detectors in our homes or apartments. The Roost is a 9-volt battery that your detector relies on, and is a life saver when it comes to the life of the battery. It lasts five years, and doesn’t work until the detector needs to go off. It is smart enough to let you know when you need to change it, chirping at all levels. The final version of the Roost will give users an option to have a replacement to last another five years.

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Unfortunately, MakerBot didn’t reveal any new 3-D printers at CES this year. However, they did focus on announcing new materials that users could print with. The new filaments that can be used are composites of limestone, iron, and wood. These can provide a greater range of looks and textures that could be beneficial in the design engineering world. These are good for those who want to make prototypes of objects that don’t have a plastic finish.

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LG just released their new Twin Wash system at CES this year. This allows for two loads of washing at the same time, which could cut down on laundry time. The Twin Wash is a separate drawer that can fit under the front-load washers, and can handle smaller/delicate loads while the main machine goes through the cycle. When not in use, the mini washer is compatible with the TurboWash, which concentrates on the clothes that are sprayed with detergent for faster cycle times. The heat is recycled for energy efficiency, while the steam helps with wrinkles.

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The Withings Activité is a watch, along with an activity tracker. Think of a FitBit, but more practical and stylish. You can measure your movements and it keeps track until you have hit all your efforts, along with being able to see your sleep patterns that can be uploaded to your smartphone. In addition, it is water resistant, with being able to track your swim workouts. This is a formula that is suitable for the public, especially if you’re looking for something that has tracking capabilities.

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HP’s biggest consumer PC announcement at CES 2015 is a small one, but nonetheless, definitely useful. HP introduced their pocket-sized desktop computers called the Pavilion Mini and the Stream Mini. They feel there’s still room for a tiny desktop, whether hooked up in the living room or on an office desk, which in today’s society, we love big things in small packages. The Pavilion 300-020 Mini starts with Intel Celeron or Pentium CPUs, but can be configured with a faster Intel Core i-series CPU as well.

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Netatmo introduced their new connected camera, Welcome, at the CES show this year. This technology based product will be able to tell you exactly who is coming through your front door with facial recognition. The camera eye is sharp as can be, picking up a 130-degree range of view as it scans, capturing and streamed into 1080p and is accessible from anywhere, with having saved videos on an SD card. However, if an unfamiliar face pops up on the screen, it alerts the owner letting them know that Welcome doesn’t recognize the person entering. For young children coming home, it gives parents a peace of mind and not to worry. There’s also an accessory called Welcome Tag, a motion sensor that can be placed indoors or outdoors to alert the home owner of any movement, that will be sold separately.

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