Best of CES 2014
Lifestyle reporter Katlean de Monchy brings you the best of the giant International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
“Now you can measure hard blows to the head”
If you play contact sports — or are the parent of an athlete — you’re worried about concussions. Now, though, a new technology promises to take the guesswork and anxiety out of measuring hard blows to the head. And it could have a major impact –especially on the sport Americans watch more than any other: Football!
You’re looking at the future of football. A tiny accelerometer like the one in your smartphone that powers Doodle Jump– measures the force of impact to the head. If your child had this relatively slight amount of contact at football practice, you’d feel reassured, whereas if they took THIS kind of blow to the head, you’d know it was time for the medical staff to weigh in.
MATT HASSELBECK, FORMER NFL QUARTERBACK/PAID REEBOK ENDORSER:
“IT’S NOT A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL, BUT IT DOES MAKE THE GAME SAFER….BECAUSE IT MEASURES THE FORCE OF IMPACT TO THE HEAD, AND COUNTS THE NUMBER OF HITS.”
Reebok says the battery-powered, rechargeable, 150-dollar headgear will be useful in all contact sports where concussions are common, such as hockey and soccer.
“LIFE IS FULL OF HARD KNOCKS, ISN’T IT? MAYBE THAT’S WHY HERE, AT THE GIANT CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS, THERE’S A BIG EMPHASIS ON RUGGEDNESS IN ALL KINDS OF PRODUCTS…”
“AT CES, it’s not enough anymore that gadgets do amazing things anymore; now they have to LOOK amazing too.”
Case in point: the new “Symmetry” cases by Otterbox. The company is famous for protection—but these new cases, new AT CES, are stylish enough that you won’t have to feel self-conscious about wanting to protect your expensive smartphone.
“THERE’S A SIMPLE ONE-LAYER DESIGN FOR EASY USE AND THE GRAPHICS WRAP ALL THE WAY AROUND FOR A SEAMLESS LOOK. THIS IS THE CASE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT OTTERBOX PROTECTION BUT PERHAPS WITH A MORE FASHION-FORWARD LOOK.”
One good example–the new “preserver” smartphone cases by Otterbox–watch this—and cringe! And yet, the dog brings the phone back unscathed, much to the owner’s dismay….(NATSOUND: THE PHONE RINGS; HIS OFFICE IS CALLING).
“This product is for people who need their phone to be seriously waterproof and able to survive a fall from over six feet —
The ninety-dollar cases are water, drop and dust resistant, but the company does point out that no phone is totally dog-resistant.
Love music and REALLY want to make a fashion statement?
For you, these, from the well-known designer Marta Hall–Sleek “V-Free” wireless bluetooth headphones in black, silver or white–striking on their own, but you can also trick them out with a custom skin– go “hard rock,” or something more Zen; wear wings, or try the dragon …or the witty Cubist Guitar….(pause) –all designed by top artists. Available now on the Velodyne.com website.
“I”m feeling a little warm—make it 5 degrees cooler.”
Now you’re looking at the future of home comfort—the first ever voice-controllable wifi thermostat, by Honeywell.
“You can simply tell the thermostat what to do, or you can use our easy free smartphone app to remotely control and keep tabs on your heating and cooling system wherever you are.”
The thermostat learns what you like over time and makes automatic adjustments, and you can even change the color of the display to match your decor. Under 300-dollars at home improvement stores.
Now you’re looking at the future of home comfort—the first ever voice-controllable wifi thermostat,by Honeywell.You can simply tell the thermostat what to do, or you can use our easy free smartphone app to remotely control and keep tabs on your heating and cooling system wherever you are.The thermostat learns what you like over time and makes automatic adjustments, and you can even change the color of the display to match your decor. Under 300-dollars at home improvement stores.
Now what I call the “peace-of-mind-camera system” by Dropcam: If you want fast easy setup from your iPhone or iPad, and want to be able to monitor your kids and even talk directly to them, and you don’t even need a computer to set it up. You can also turn on alerts and be notified right away about motion and sound activity on your mobile device. You can even record your video stream in the cloud and watch it later.”
Mark it down: This may be the year you start texting your clothes dryer. Yes, this new laundry pair by LG is actually that smart. You can use a virtual assistant called HomeChat to text your machines– and they’ll tell you when they’ll be finished! And a new turbo-wash cycle saves 20 minutes on every load without sacrificing performance.
So now you can get out and have some fun, Vegas-style. At the International CES, I’m Katlean de Monchy.