Saturday, January 28, 2017

Better Bets by Rhonda Erb

CES Tech Style
New discoveries from CES in Las Vegas to enhance your everyday life

Hover Camera Passport



This self-flying camera has all of its propellers and motors encased in a carbon structure that folds into a portable, lightweight unit (just 242 grams) that you can easily fit into a purse or backpack. Now you never have to miss a chance to capture yourself in the moment.


Simply unfold and release the Passport and it hovers steadily in place, framing the perfect shot and tracking your face and body (you only need to scan your face once and the Passport stores your likeness). You can then safely grab it out of the air when you are done. The Passport records your precious moments in 4K video with a panoramic, 360-degree view and 13MP photos.

For more information visit: https://gethover.com/   $599.00


Samsung Family Hub


Your collection of refrigerator magnets that hold numerous notes and “to do” lists may soon be a thing of the past. The Family Hub is a Wifi enabled refrigerator, from Samsung, that keeps your family connected and entertained.


The Family Hub’s 3 built in cameras photograph your refrigerator’s contents every time the doors close.  You can access the photos from anywhere with your smartphone, using the Smart Home app, to simplify your grocery shopping. In addition, you can sync your family appointment calendar to the Family Hub, send notes to the touchscreen from your phone, display your favorite photos, and even watch TV and stream music.

For more information visit: http://www.samsung.com/us/explore/family-hub-refrigerator/


Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed


Restless sleepers rejoice! A good night’s sleep can be yours thanks to the SleepIQ technology platform in the most innovative bed that Sleep Number has created in their 30-year history. The SleepIQ app offers a completely individualized sleep experience. Using biometric sleep tracking, SleepIQ adjusts the mattress as the sleeper changes positions throughout the night.



Each side of the bed adjusts independently and if the Sleep IQ detects a sleeper snoring on their back, it adjusts their head to a position that typically relieves snoring. Forget about cold feet as well, because the bed learns the sleepers’ routine and automatically warms the foot of the bed before bedtime. When it is time to wake up, the bed will sound an alarm at the optimum time within their wake up window.

For more information visit: https://www.sleepnumber.com/360


LoveBox

Jean and his fiance, Melodie, at CES Unveiled in Las Vegas with the LoveBox
Photo: Rhonda Erb

 Jean Grégoire, a French engineer with a charming accent, is the creator of an unusually romantic tech gadget. He explains its conception this way: “ I built the first LoveBox for my fiancée (Mélodie) and I. I was leaving France to work at MIT as a researcher for a year, and my fiancée was staying in France. I was working in a fablab at the time, so I decided to BUILD something for the two of us, to help us during this long distance relationship. And I built the first LoveBox… something that generates positive emotions.”


The LoveBox is a Wifi connected wooden cube made of Jura wood in Saint-Amour France. The box is coupled with a mobile app that allows you to send a written, romantic message to it from anywhere in the world. When the message is received, a heart on the front of the box spins and the recipient opens the box to read the message inside. By spinning the heart on the box manually, your special someone will send a shower of hearts on your app.

The LoveBox is currently being sold online and shipped throughout Europe, and will soon be available in America.  You can reach out to Jean and his co-founder, Marie, at: www.lovebox.love

- Rhonda Erb
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