While major highlights of CES 2014 included Sony’s reveal of their Playstation Now streaming service, Lifespace UX 4K projector, Valve’s thirteen Steam Machines of all shapes and sizes, and Samsung’s innovative bendable TV, there were many more quirky gadgets and devices that will be joining the tech world this year.
Gravity-Defying Window Washer
It doesn’t whistle while it works, but the Ecovacs WINBOT 7 series of window-wiping robots can still brighten up your day (or office). Using vacuum suction rings and sensors to ensure it doesn’t fall off, the WINBOT can move vertically across glass, cleaning windows and glass doors as it goes with microfiber pads and cleaning solution.
The WINBOT W730 for framed or frameless windows is available for purchase at https://www.winbot7.com/ and retails for $399.99.
Edible 3D-Printed Art
3D Systems introduced the ChefJet series of 3D printers with a twist: they print candy! The ChefJet is a certified, kitchen-ready, countertop-sized printer with a build volume of 8x8x6″, making a variety of recipes, including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon. The ChefJet Pro has a 10x14x8″ build volume, and can print in full color. Look for 3D printed cake toppers in the near future from this pastry chef aide.
ChefJet is expected to be available in the second half of 2014 in the sub-$5,000 price range. ChefJet Pro will be priced in the sub-$10,000 range. For more information, visit http://www.3dsystems.com/ces
Let There Be (Smart) Light
Digitally-enhanced lightbulbs had a major showing this year at CES. Bluetooth enabled lightbulbs like Tabu’s Lumen and Lumen Mini “Smart Bulbs” can use your smartphone as a dimmer or color changer, and the AwoX StriimLight is a lighbulb with a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speaker (depending on the model), to provide both visual and audio ambiance to a room.
The Lumen Smart Bulb retails for $69.99, and the Mini is expected to retail for $30. The AwoX StriimLight is only available in certain European countries, and retails for EUR 79,99 online.
Control for Your Phone
When Bluetooth controller support was added to iOS 7, it triggered a surge of gaming controllers for mobile devices. However, there was not a full-sized controller’ until now. The RP One Signal Bluetooth controller is reminiscent of the Xbox 360 controller, complete with dual analog sticks, four shoulder buttons, a directional pad and four thumb buttons, all in a stylish matte silver color.
The RP One Signal will retail for $99, and will be available in the first half of 2014.
Brush Smarter, Brush Better
To continue the trend of smart connective technology, Kolibree unveiled their first connective toothbrush. Alongside their mobile app, the Bluetooth-enabled electric toothbrush will record a relevant set of data on a user’s brushing habits (how much time is spent on each tooth, overall brush time, how good a job was done reaching each tooth and the gums), and then will challenge the user (and their family, as the app will allow for multi-brush connectivity) to do better the next time.
Kolibree is planning on releasing several models of the toothbrush, ranging from $100 to $200, starting with a Kickstarter in the third quarter of 2014.