Practical AI: Top 14 AI-powered gadgets from CES 2017
CES 2017 is all wrapped up but there’s still plenty of buzz around the latest and greatest gadgets and gear that debuted at the annual tech mecca in Las Vegas. There were thousands of new products to digest, between wallpaper TVs, next-gen wearables and drones, and “smart” versions of pretty much every appliance and tool we use in our everyday lives.
As expected, AI took center stage at this year’s event. Most products were AI-powered, “smart” or “intelligent.” AI isn’t a futuristic concept anymore. It’s already part of the lives of millions of people, and most customers at CES expected to see sufficiently mature and useful applications of AI. We’re sharing a list of our 14 favorite AI-driven gadgets from CES 2017.
1. Willow breast pump for new moms on the go
There were plenty of amazing new products that new moms will love at this year’s event, but this wearable breast pump was a clear winner. Willow’s wearable breast pump provides a hands-free, cordless and surprisingly quiet way for new moms to pump on the go. New mothers have to pump several times a day for months, and this is the only wearable breast pump that fits in your bra, moves with you, and tracks how much you pump. The pump syncs with the Willow app, collects data to learn over time, and tracks output to automatically transition through the phases of pumping based on your body’s unique milk production and timing.
Most importantly, the Willow is designed to solve a real problem that other products don’t, and it sounds like the Willow can make that experience easier. The Willow can be worn under a regular nursing bra, while pumping and the bags can be stored in the freezer and opened when you need to fill a bottle. Priced at around $420, this breast pump is expected to be launched later this year.
2. Kuri the robot nanny
At the most basic level, Kuri is a “smart” mobile home camera that also includes loudspeakers, microphones, a camera and multiple sensors. Expected to start shipping to customers in about 12 months, Kuri roams around your home (avoiding all obstacles) checking on your kids and pets when you’re out. The robot can learn your home’s floor plan, recognizes where stairs are and which room belongs to whom. Kuri collects data and learns when to wake you in time for work and even greets you when you come home at night. Kuri can alert parents once their children come home from school and the built-in camera allows users to see what’s going on in their home via a mobile app. Created by Mayfield Robotics, 50-centimetre tall Kuri wins many points for cuteness, and was one of the most popular robots that debuted this year.
3. LeEco smart bicycle for active people
Chinese company LeEco launches a smart bicycle that’s perfect for active people. Their road and mountain bikes have GPS navigation and built-in fitness tracking. You never have to bike down the street while staring at your phone again. The LeEco smart bikes have a 4-inch Android touchscreen with an operating system that’s specifically tailored for bicycles that helps the rider with navigation and can play music (both online and offline). The bike also includes 4GB of RAM, laser pointers, a heart rate sensor, a built-in speaker, a camera, a compass, a speedometer and a barometer. It also allows you to talk to other LeEco smart bike owners thru a built-in walkie-talkie. The smart bike is expected to be available in spring of 2017.
4. A smart garbage can? Check out GeniCan
The GeniCan is an internet-connected smart trash can that automatically adds things you throw out to a shared shopping list. The shopping list is available via their mobile app, which includes the same barcode scanning, and manual item adding options as the GeniCan.
You have to first scan a barcode on a box for GeniCan to add it to your shopping list, and products without barcodes can also be added via voice recognition to help label the item as you hold it in front of the GeniCan’s camera. The GeniCan works on four AA batteries that are supposed to last about a year. It’s available for preorder for $124.99, and is estimated to ship in early 2017.
5. Gyroscopic Gloves minimize tremors for Parkinson’s patients
The GyroGlove was designed to restore quality of life for people with conditions that cause hand tremors such as Parkinson’s patients. The gloves use cutting-edge aerospace technology and spinning discs (gyroscopes mounted on the back of the hand via a harness) that instantaneously stabilize hand tremors. Once that gyroscopes start spinning, they hold the wearer’s hand level. Users can still move their hand around with some effort, but the glove helps reduce movements caused by involuntary tremors. The GyroGlove is easily to put on and lock into place, and can be used daily, both indoors and outdoors. The device will also monitor the frequency of tremors and send that data to a mobile app for your doctors to see.
6. U by Moen “Smart” shower system
Moen’s U connected smart shower lets you preheat shower water and control water temperature and shower duration from your phone. The Wi-Fi/cloud-based digital shower offers mobile connectivity and personalization, allowing users to create ideal showering experiences based on their preferences, with the push of a button. The integration with the mobile app allows users to control shower preferences, customizing everything from time to temperature. You can turn on your shower from bed or another room, and it will alert you when it’s ready.
The unit includes a digital valve that offers precise, thermostatic temperature control, and enables the user to connect up to four shower devices (showerheads, hand showers, body sprays, etc.). The Wi-Fi-connected digital shower controller features a 5-inch, non-touch, LCD screen that provides feedback on the shower status through on-screen notifications. Starting at beginning at $1,160, Moen’s smart shower system starts shipping on March 1.
7. Virtual reality shoes for a more immersive experience
The Taclim VR system incudes a pair of Virtual Reality shoes and gloves from Japanese gadget-maker Cerevo. The shoes are big and bulky and cost around $1,000 – great for gamers who want a more immersive virtual experience. They can simulate different surfaces that you’re walking on like water, mud and sand. They also allow users to kick and punch through VR experiences. The VR system is open source and runs on the Unity plug-in, which allows developers to integrate them into their games.
8. L’Oreal’s Hair Coach smart brush
L’Oreal’s innovation lab (Nokia-owned Withings) and Kerastase, a high-end L’Oreal brand created a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled hair brush that’s captured and shows data on your hair-brushing habits to help you take better care of your hair. The “Hair Coach brush” has a microphone that can “hear” your hair-brushing patterns; and sensors and a gyroscope to analyze brush strokes and combing patterns, the pressure you’re applying to your hair, and whether you’re brushing dry or wet hair. This data wirelessly syncs with a mobile app.
The app will also recommend products that will fix your hair problems (highly likely they’ll only recommend Kerastase products). The “connected” brush costs $200 and will ship in mid-2017.
9. Meet “Ara” – The first intelligent toothbrush with AI
Designed to help users improve their oral health, this AI-enabled electric toothbrush from Kolibree (a dental tech company) collects data about your brushing habits, even when it’s not connected to the app.
The “Ara brush” uses Bluetooth to connect to an app, which shows your brushing data including frequency, duration and what part of your mouth you brushed.
The brush collects and stores data even when it’s not connected to the app and can automatically sync the data whenever you’re ready to do that. The brush also uses AI to learn your brushing habits and improve accuracy the more it’s used. Once a week you’ll also get recommendations on how to improve your brushing and dental hygiene via the app or email.
10. Get fit with the Motiv smart ring
Wearables aren’t new and as expected there were a flood of new ones at this year’s event. The Motiv smart ring is focused mainly on fitness and collects data on your goals, daily steps, distance heart rate and calories burned and syncs that data so you can view it via a mobile app. and pushes that data to your smartphone.
The waterproof ring (up to five meters) is made of titanium, and is available in two colors (slate gray or rose gold) and seven sizes. It uses sensors to track the wearer’s activity and resting and active heart rates. You can wear it even when you go for a swim. Battery life is expected to last 3-5 days and it also includes standalone GPS, so you don’t have to carry your phone on runs to track activity data. Priced at $200, the ring is expected to launch this spring.
11. Nabi Aristotle – Like an Amazon Echo for kids
The Aristotle by Nabi is so much more than a voice-controlled smart baby monitor. It’s an Amazon Alexa voice-activated assistant uses advanced AI technology and is designed to help parents protect, develop and nurture children. The device answers questions from both parents and kids. You can use it for a wide variety of applications including ordering more diapers and soothing babies back to sleep. When a bay starts crying, the assistant automatically turns on its lights and a plays a soothing lullaby and parents get notifications on their phones.
Mattel is using AI, natural language interactions and other IoT technologies to create a cloud-connected platform. Priced at $299, this connected room hub and camera bundle is available starting June 2017.
12. Hi-Mirror Plus – Smart mirror for smarter beauty
The Hi-Mirror Plus (priced at $249) comes with LED lights that simulate five different lighting scenarios including outdoors (on sunny days), brightly lit office, restaurant and party venue to help you apply makeup appropriate for the setting. The “smart mirror” also helps you evaluate your skin’s condition and makes makeup suggestions based on it via a built-in camera. Hi-Mirror evaluates skin conditions including wrinkles, fine lines, complexion, dark circles, dark spots, red spots, and pores. You can use the mirror to target problem areas and track progress towards skin improvement goals. The mirror’s expanded memory allows for more than one user, and stores data on your skin’s analysis results so can better track improvements.
13. FridgeCam makes your fridge smarter and tells you what to cook
Your fridge will be boring no more! The FridgeCam is the first wireless camera that fits inside a fridge, so you can see the contents from anywhere via their mobile app. The FridgeCam track expiration dates of products, can auto-replenish items and recommend recipes based on what’s in your fridge.
The camera uses food recognition software to track what’s in your fridge and helps prevent food wastage. You will have to scan the food item’s barcode via the FridgeCam app, and your fridge will either already know when that item will expire or will ask will you for an expiration date. For produce and other food that doesn’t have barcodes, you need to manually add expiration dates. The app alerts you when food is close to expiration. Also, every time you open the fridge, FridgeCam takes a photo and syncs it via Wi-Fi with the app so you can easily get the most updated visual on what’s in your fridge even when you’re away from home.
14. Leka interactive robotic smart toy
Leka is a robotic interactive smart toy from a French startup that’s designed to help children developmental disabilities like Autism learn and communicate better with others. This robotic companion was built specifically to increase motivation and help children with special needs learn and play. Primarily aimed at schools and therapeutic institutes the robot-like toy can be controlled by a teacher or caregiver or can also function in auto mode. Leka acts as a robot friend that lights up with colorful LEDs, plays music and chirps and emits subtle vibrations. Its screen can show facial expressions and display photos and videos. Leka can be customized to define the level of stimulation and interaction for each child based on his or her needs, and it can also play educational games with children and adults.
Through repetitive action, this friendly robot can become a safe and comforting way for children and adults with disabilities to learn more and communicate better. You can already pre-order the toy, starting at $500.
IBM wins at CES 2017
These are just a few of the highlights from the CES 2017 Innovation Awards. Each year at CES, OTMP honors the most innovative, state-of-the-art mobile and wireless products and solutions in today’s market. IBM is proud to announce that we won two major mobile and wireless awards:
1. INNOVATIVE IoT TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR: IBM Watson IoT
2. IoT APP DEVELOPMENT/PLATFORM: IBM Watson/BlueMix
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