Most of what you see at CES events are going to be the height of modern technology. They show a clear pattern of where the industry is going, and what is going to be big in future years. Some of the most important releases of our time have been showed off at this Las Vegas conference.
But sometimes the gadgets are less influential, and more bizarre. These are some of the stranger wonders to hit the show floor.
Have you ever looked at your fridge and thought, “You know what this needs? A door inside of the door!” No, of course you haven’t, because you aren’t insane. But the people at LG are, and they have designed a series of fridges that open new doors inside of the main doors, making six doors in all. They also have pull down drawers for freezer storage, and a water dispenser that fits large containers.
I try to imagine being unaware of this technology, opening the first door and finding another door. If I did that, say, at a friend’s place in the middle of the night, I think my brain would collapse.
Helicopter parenting has reached a whole new level. If you are the kind of person who wants to know the temperature of your baby all the time, this product is for you. The pacifier works with Bluetooth technology to send you updated alerts to your smartphone. You can find out if your baby has a single degree spike in temperature, and manage things like medication.
It costs $40 USD, which isn’t that bad…until you remember that it is a binky.
Connected health systems are not a new idea. Fitness trackers make it easier to show doctors routines that are being followed, for example. Both Microsoft and Google have cloud based health monitoring databases. We are living in a new age, and Oral-B wants to get in on it.
This Bluetooth synchronized toothbrush monitors strokes, brushing habits, and helps you to improve your brushing through alerts and encouragement via your smartphone. You can then whip your phone out at your next check up and regale your dentist with proof that you have been brushing your gum line, like she told you to.
I will admit to wanting this. I have an Oral-B already, but one that I can obsessively monitor in between games of Candy Crush? I’m in.
Have trouble remembering to breath? Do you frequently wake up on the ground, having passed out from lack of oxygen? There’s no need to suffer any longer, thanks to the Innovzen O2Chair, a chair that teaches you to breath.
Basically, this is a chair that monitors your breathing and guides you into deeper, more effective respiration. All while gently swinging you back and forth, and heating to relax your muscles. All for the low, low price of $9,500 USD.
I would personally recommend that anyone thinking that they need this sort of thing check out guided meditations. Way cheaper, and pretty much the same thing.