Things That Piqued Our Interest at the Consumer Electronics Show This Year
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Last week the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas. Here is a short list of items that we think make traveling more secure, comfortable, and easy.
Smart Suitcases- Bluesmart debuted a carry-on with features that have us planning our next weekend trip! The suitcase has two USB charging ports and an easy-access compartment to make it easier to get through security. It also has an app that allows people to lock and unlock their luggage, push notifications if it is being left behind, and use GPS to track it when it is lost. There’s also a built in scale that works by pulling the handle up and then the approximate weight will appear on the app’s screen. While we don’t often worry about the weight of our domestic carry-ons this feature would definitely come in handy when we’re jetting around Europe…
Smart Shoes- Zhor Tech released the Digitsole Smartshoe which is very Back to the Future. With it’s digital insole the shoe can measure your shock absorption and automatically adjusts to your foot, tightening and loosening at the tongue when needed. With an app you can charge the shoe and turn on LED lights at the toe for better nighttime visibility. It also tracks steps, counts calories, and has a heated insole. The aesthetics weren’t for us but the company also has sneakers with the same fitness tracking abilities and is able to keep our feet warm on cold and rainy travel days. The sneakers are much more subtle and really, whose feet don’t get cold on long flights?
Wearable Translator- iLi captured all audiences at the CES with their innovative idea and advancement of technology. Its wearable translator, looking similar to an apple TV remote, is worn like a pendant around your neck. The translator works off the grid and doesn’t need wifi or a cellular network to function. It listens to what you say and translates clearly and precisely to the language you select: English, Chinese, or Japanese. Maybe instead of Europe we should slip into our warm sneakers, pack our smart suitcase, and head to Japan.