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Sunday, January 8, 2017



Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show ­ held in the first week of January in Las Vegas, USA ­ showcases gadgetry and technologies that boast of outstanding design and engineering.


What do you get when Oakley collaborates with Intel? A pair of super-smart stylish glasses, that's what. The Radar Pace is designed for runners and bicyclists to help them keep track of their training and fitness. The Bluetooth-enabled shades pack in an accelerometer, gyroscope and sensors for pressure, humidity and proximity . Using these, it collects and analyses performance data, including heart rate, power output, speed, cadence, distance and time, which it then displays on its AndroidiOS app.
Its microphone array works in tandem with Intel's Real Speech technology to allow for natural-language voice commands, and it also comes with earbuds that allow you to answer handsfree calls or hear music wirelessly from your smartphone.
Its voice-activated coaching system monitors athletic performance to create customised training programmes that adapt to the wearer's abilities to help them improve fitness and prepare for upcoming competitions.
The Radar Pace carries an IPX5 rating for water resistance, sport Prizm Road lens for sharp visual acuity , boast of high-velocity impact resistance, and could be yours for $449.


Drones continue to be the “IN“ thing. The Cleo, for instance, fits inside your pocket, while its hidden propellers make it safe to be used indoors and around people. It weighs just 65gms; can fly for around 20 minutes on a single charge, and comes with a 14MP camera that can live stream HD videos at 30fps, or record Full HD clips at 60fps. Cleo can be controlled via its mobile app and operate on its own so you can focus on capturing the moment.
The Hover Camera Passport, on the other hand, is an autonomous `carbon fibre' drone with a 13MP camera that's capable of shooting 4K videos, with face-recognition and bodytracking intelligence. So the Hover, with a flight time of around 10 minutes on a full charge, can follow you while you jog, bike and even dance.The 242gm device has an Orbit mode where it circles around you to record, and a 360 Spin mode for panoramic footage of your vicinity .The Cleo's pricing has not been disclosed yet, but the Hover Passport will retail at $599.


It looks like any cooking pan, but SmartyPans connects to its AndroidiOS app via Bluetooth to help you make perfect meals. It comprises a t t removable cooktop, a solid aluminium body, weight and temperature sensors, and an 800mAH rechargeable lithium-polymer battery .
When you select from the 1000+ recipes in its app, you get step-by-step cooking instructions.The app recognises voice commands, so you can tell it what ingredients you are adding, while the pan monitors the weight and temperature of each, ensuring that you never overcook your dish.
The app computes nutritional information so you can integrate the calorific data with your fitness apps. It is dishwasher safe and you can switch the cooking surface if you want to use the same pan for a different recipe. SmartyPans will begin retailing at $299, but pre-order prices are listed on its website.


The Sgnl smart strap allows users to make phone calls through their fingertip, without any earphones or headsets. After you connect the wrist band to your smartphone via Bluetooth, the voice signals received from the handset are converted by Signl's patented Body Conduction Unit (BCU) into vibrations, which ­ in turn ­ are transmitted through a user's hand to the fingertip.
When users touch their ear with their finger, the vibrations are converted to coherent sound, and they can complete their calls by speaking through the microphone embedded in the strap. Since, Sgnl uses vibrations, even folk near the user cannot hear what's being said at the other end.
The device comes out of Innomdle Lab, an official Samsung Electronics spin off. The strap can be attached to a traditional or a smart watch ­ and when used with its app ­ users can expect extra func its app ­ users can expect extra functions, including call reminders, fitness tracking (with a built-in pedometer) and smart alerts. The strap will begin shipping in Feb 2017, at an introductory price of $149.


The Fuse are cordless earbuds that “fuse“ together via a connector to form a capsule-shaped module for easy storage. Its ceramic body not only provides a shiny , waterproof finish, but also improves Blue tooth connectivity and sound quality . A 15-minute charge of the earbuds promises up to an hour of music and talk time. When not in use, they can be worn as a pendant or hidden in a stylish wristband.
Other accessories include a standard charging case and a bracelet that also charges the Fuse when it's stored snugly on your wrist. Early adopters of this tech can preorder a pair for $199, with shipping slated for the second half of this year.


Doing laundry is an absolute drudgery , and folding finished loads makes it more so. Enter FoldiMate, a device that does the job for you. It weighs about 30kgs and has a capacity of 15 to 20 pieces ­ shirts, pants and towels ­ at a time.
Simply attach the clothes you need folded onto its patented robotic system, and FoldiMate takes over. Using nozzles and sprays, it also perfumes, softens and de wrinkles your clothing, so you get a neat pile of fresh laundry at the end. The robot, which will begin shipping this year, will cost anything between $700 and $850, but you can register on its website to in dicate your interest.


Imagine a single remote that lets you control each and every device in your home. The Smart Remote works with more than 25,000 appliances, including TVs, media players, speakers, lights and air conditioners. Just point at what you want to control and its touchscreen instantly displays an intuitive interface for that specific electronic gadget.
If you want to control a device that is located near other ones ­ like the media player below your TV ­ the Smart Remote lets you select which one you want to control via a device-selection carousel at the top of its display .
This remote, which works on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Infrared, comes with three sensors that you need to place at different places in your home. It uses these sensors in triangulation for accurate positioning in a 3D space. This means you can also point the remote at your door to request an Uber cab or at the window for the weather. You can even use it to control Wi-Fi connected devices on the same network, even if they are located in other rooms.For instance, you could set up Smart Remote to control the Wi-Fi enabled lighting in your bedroom whenever you point at a chair in your living room.
And if you misplace the Smart Remote, just press the button on its charging dock to make it ring. For those interested, this one can be picked up at a pre-order price of $229.


Virtual Reality (VR) headsets need tremendous processing power and require to be tethered to a computer to render the resourceintensive virtual spaces you see in front of your eyes. Enter Project Alloy: A standalone headset that packs in Intel's 7th-gen core processor, Intel RealSense 3D cameras, a vision processor (that brings humanlike intelligent vision to machines to make sense of what the cameras capture) and a removable battery .
Among its myriad applications in sports viewing and entertainment, Alloy can combine what you see in the real world with virtual objects to create a “merged reality“. For instance, it can convert the furniture around you into objects in a game world. So if you were, say, playing a first-person shooter game with Alloy , its cameras and vision processor would recognise the furniture around you, and convert them into game-world props such as boxes and crates, which you could hide behind for cover. It would also render fellow players in the same room as game characters, allowing for better interactions. Intel plans to ship the Project Alloy in the second half of 2017.


This pen-like device pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth to allow you to communicate with other users through text messages without cellular towers, routers and satellites. Its built-in antenna ­ each with a range of around 4.8km ­ uses other GoTenna within the vicinity to create a 100 percent off-grid, long-range mesh network. This means the text messages you send to recipients ­ who also use this device ­ are relayed privately through other users without accessing your service provider's infrastructure.
These weatherproof devices are sold in pairs ­ at an introductory price of $149 ­ so you can send encrypt ed 1-to-1 texts, group chats or broadcast messages ed 1-to-1 texts, group chats or broadcast messages to anyone nearby . Of course, as the number of peo ple using the GoTenna increases, the spread of the network also expands.
Users can download GoTenna offline maps for any place in the world and use its GPS service for location data even without cellular service. This technology can be employed among groups of people who are attending music festivals, holidaying together, or even trekking in locations where mobile signals are weak or almost non-existent.
Savio D'Souza TNN

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