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Technology Highlights from 2013 International CES

The 2013 International CES came to Las Vegas once again, and January’s consumer technology trade show had plenty of innovative gadgets, from 27-inch ‘table PCs’ to ‘smart forks’ that slow down speedy eaters. Here are just a few devices that caught our attention at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Tobii Technology
Tobii REX
www.tobii.com

altUsers of the Tobii Technology REX, a USB-connected peripheral, may want to be careful about rolling their eyes. REX, a device that can be placed on the base of a computer screen, relies on eye positioning for navigation, page management, and access to other screen content. The mouse can still be used while the eye-tracker handles movements.

Scanadu
Scanadu SCOUT
www.scanadu.com

altOne company featured at CES wants you to check your health as often as you check your email. After being placed on a user’s temple, the palm-size SCOUT device from Scanadu reveals the person’s vital signs. Data can be uploaded to a smartphone app to determine pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability, and blood oxygenation. SCOUT alerts can be tailored to a family’s specific needs.

Parrot
Parrot Flower Power
www.parrot.com/flower-power

altFlower Power, a groovy wireless sensor at CES 2013, measures the needs of a plant, including sunlight, soil moisture, and temperature. The data is then relayed to the gardener, along with specific guidance: add fertilizer, move the plant to the shade, or provide more water, for example. Flower Power uses a database of thousands of plants to determine requirements and health checks.

Wahoo Fitness
Wahoo KICKR PowerTrainer
www.wahoofitness.com

altThe KICKR PowerTrainer, a hit with the cyclists at CES 2013, provides a desired resistance via an iPhone cycling app. The indoor training product connects to the mobile device using Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+technology. Its flywheel is engineered to replicate a rider’s inertia on the road. The Wahoo Fitness tool works with popular training software such as Kinomap and TrainerRoad, and the device accurately measures power and speed.

Toyota Motor Corp./Audi AG
Lexus LS/Audi TT Pikes Peak
www.toyota.com
www.audi.com

altToyota and Audi both showed off their latest iterations of self-driving car technology at this year’s event. To guide itself through unknown surroundings, Toyota’s Lexus LS sedan uses multiple sensors, 360-degree LIDAR, three high-definition color cameras, wheel sensors, and a GPS. In a CES demonstration, Audi used a smartphone app to call and park its self-piloting car. The Audi prototype features a small LIDAR and rotating laser that can be built into the front of the vehicle.

Moneual
Moneual Smart Care System
www.moneualusa.com

The Moneual Smart Care System for the hearing impaired detects a wide range of noises and transmits the information through text alerts (“Ring Ring” or “Honk Honk,” for example). The watch applies UI/UX audio detection technology to determine the range of sounds, sending the data to the hearing- impaired through vibrations and a bright LED display.

Vuzix
Vuzix Smart Glasses M100
www.vuzix.com

High-powered glasses may just be the new (augmented) reality. Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 shown at this year’s conference offer hands-free communication while linking users to the cloud. The product, worn like ordinary glasses, is a mini-computer running the Android operating system. The augmented- reality technology, featuring a built-in electronic display, allow users to check email, watch movies, record video in real time, and load apps that communicate with smartphones or tablets.