When technological advancements are made with specific human needs in mind, the results are usually great. But when new cool gadgetry is cooked up just for the sake of shoving it in the faces of consumers and generating sales, the outcome isn’t always pretty. Some of such products made their way at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada last week too. Let’s take a look at a few of them:
Intel Mimo Baby
Because caring for your baby the traditional way is too much work and too boring, Intel and mysensiblebaby.com have introduced two separate processors, which, when attached to the child’s clothes, relay information to the parent’s smartphone. All the annoying comings and goings to check on your tot will soon be a thing of the past. Say goodbye to a mother’s caring, say hello to the era of automated parenting.
Kolibree Bluetooth Toothbrush
What doofus would want electronic assistance in their tooth brushing endeavors? Apparently, some people do, because Kolibree has introduced a Bluetooth-equipped toothbrush that is capable of giving its users astonishing insight about the way they wield the tool. As expected, it forwards the collected info back to smartphones and then the app takes it from there.
LG’s Refrigerators That Can Talk
Can you count your eggs? It’s okay if you can’t because LG’s new line of refrigerators is capable of doing exactly that. You wouldn’t need to keep track of your fridge’s contents, as LG’s interactive product and an app called HomeChat would take care of it. When the supplies are running low, it will remind you to replenish. And it won’t be the usual robotic reminders either, expect natural human-like answers to your queries. Whatever happened to calling the missus after work and simply asking if she needs anything?
Liquid Image Wearable Camera
If you thought Google Glass was geeky, we don’t know what your feelings about the Liquid Image Apex HD camera would be. It is a wearable camera that is capable of capturing high definition pictures and videos. So what’s so special with it? Just that it can be worn, and it makes the user look like a ski bunny.
Voyce For Dogs
Like the baby monitoring device above, Voyce is basically the same thing but for your dog. It is an electronic collar that collects heart rate and breathing info of the canine and then forwards it to the owner’s smartphone via Bluetooth for fancy statistics.
The bottomline is that Smart ‘everything’ isn’t the order of the day. The mankind has more pressing needs than that, and all the creative tech geniuses should look into those problems rather than coming up with all these Bluetooth brushes and the smart bras.
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