At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the newest and most innovative technologies developed by various companies, manufacturers and independent makers are showcased, ranging from household to corporate use. For this year’s CES, the highly anticipated developments are those for smartphones, tablet PCs and home automation devices. However, the display of such amazing technologies doesn’t exclude the fact that, other than the desire to create innovation, crazy minds are still out there, who are brave enough to show people that they can indeed create something out of this world. Some of the craziest products from CES 2013 are as follows:
Now that we have smartphones, how about having smartforks? This device is designed to remind the user of the importance of a balanced diet. Using Bluetooth connectivity which is linked to an app in your device, the HAPIfork is able to monitor the extent and rate of your eating by sending the data of fork servings (FS) per meal, per minute and the duration of the use of the hi-tech fork. The original idea in the development of this device was to encourage slower eating by the user, thereby resulting to a more efficient and winning battle against weight gain due to faster eating, as suggested by scientific researches.Its maker, aptly named HAPIlabs (or vice versa with the product name), claims that this will help reduce digestive problems as well as gastric reflux. They also made a spoon attachment for the device, increasing the versatility of the product. The product will be available in five colors: blue, green, pink, white and black, all interdesigned on an aluminum body, which is the handle of the HAPIfork. The app which records the data will be available for Android, iOS and Windows devices.
2. iMusic BodyRhythm
While this device is still in the Kickstarter stage, the makers claim that the device will be the first of its kind, which converts musical rhythms from your playlist into a physical experience, manifested by movements on a wearable, vest-like gadget (or maybe more like a life-vest for that matter. Other than using your current playlist, the app associated to this gadget also has a drumset setting, wherein every tap on the screen will correspond to a beat on your shoulders.
This project at Kickstarter will need a total pledge of USD 50,000 to begin production. To get your own BodyRhythm vest, you will need to pledge a minimum of USD 149. As far as sources state, the device will be used with iOS. No plans for Android and Windows compatibility are announced yet.
Apple produced the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. Any more iDeas (get it?) to integrate the ‘i’ in anything? At CES 2013, there is one which may be the proper follow-up to the array of iDevices by Apple. The iPotty is basically a children’s toilet, equipped with a specialized arm that serves as a dock for an iPad.
The iPotty is a standard-sized potty training seat, and the dock can be used with the third and fourth generation iPads. You can now imagine Junior having fun with the potty while letting some of his undigested matters… download. Get the figurative idea here.