January 16, 2017


The 50th edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) concluded recently amidst much fanfare and drama at the Las Vegas Convention Center. From 4K TVs, to nex-gen laptops, to high-flying drones, to super-fancy storage devices, cars, mobile phones, cameras, electronic toothbrush, the 4-day convention had all in display. It’s hard to pick favourites but based on awesomeness and usability, here’s 4 next-gen devices that went on display at CES 2017

4. First-ever wearable Breast Pump

Wearables are here! And Willow has just taken it to the next level. The Silicon Valley company launched the world’s first hands-free breast pumps. The price is set at $430 and inside each pump is a collection bag that holds up to four ounces of milk. The three-piece system is dishwasher safe, and the batteries last for a couple days on a single charge.

And top that, there’s also a milk-tracking app that keeps you in the know always. The app tracks the amount of milk pumped from each breast, how frequently someone pumps, and how long each sessions last.

John Chang, founder and CTO of Willow, confessed that the idea was inspired by his wife and three children.

3. Sleep in peace. Always

Do you not get good sleep at night? Is it because the mattresses aren’t comfy enough? Worry not. Winner of the CES Innovation Awards in Home Appliances Category 2017,  Sleep Number 360™ Smart Bed is all set to revolutionize the way you sleep.

Powered by SleepIQ® technology – the latest in biometric sleep tracking – the Sleep Number 360 smart bed intuitively senses and automatically adjusts comfort to keep both partners (I am not sure what happens if you’re sleeping alone) sleeping soundly all night.

The Sleep Number 360 smart bed will forever transform the way people sleep, and improve wellbeing through better quality sleep. It detects snoring, warms your feet and automatically wakes you up at an optimal time. Apparently, it’s the only bed that goes to work when you sleep. Quite literally!

2. Kuri – the cute robot who could be your next best friend

One of the coolest (read – cutest) things to unveil at the CES 2017 is Kuri – the Home Robot. The idea for Kuri is to create a new personality in the home. The robot is around 50 centimeters tall and weighs 6 kilograms, has eyes that open and close, a stout body with arms.

Kuri has the ability to understand context and surroundings as well as recognise people. If you ask a questions, it answers with facial expressions and head movement. The robot is voice-controlled, has a camera that allows you to check on the house, dual speakers and Wi-Fi connectivity. Kuri has sensors that helps it to map the surroundings and learn its way around the house.

Spearheaded by Californian start-up Mayfield Robotics Kuri is available for pre-order in the US and priced at $699.

1. All’s well that ends well (in drama)

Needless to say, the world’s biggest consumer products fair had its own share of drama. Two prototype Razer Three Screen Laptops were stolen from the convention. Min-Liang Tan, the Chief Executive said that the company is treating the case as “industrial espionage”.

The concept device boasts three 4K screens and is said to be the first portable laptop of its kind. Two additional screens slide out from the central display via an automatic mechanism.

Christened Project Valerie the revolutionary laptop gives you easy access to three eye-popping 4K displays. Regardless of where you are, you can have the visual superiority of a 12K desktop setup to excel at both work and play.

It’s a prototype and no release dates or prices are out yet. But whether three-screen gaming is going to be the next thing, we will only have to wait and find out!

No doubt, 2017 is going to be a gripping year in the world mobile and IoT. Follow these 7 tech influencers to stay in touch with the latest industry news.

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