13 Weird Health Gadgets From the World's Biggest Tech Show
Jan. 11, 2017
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From fitness trackers to virtual-reality bikes, technology continues to improve and modify our health in innovative and often unexpected ways. The annual International Consumer Electronics Show, currently underway in Las Vegas, features the latest in wacky and wonderful technology from more than 3,800 companies. Here are some of the most out-of-the-ordinary health and lifestyle products being showcased at this year’s CES.
This frying pan is about to replace all of your kitchen gadgets and become your new health-and-fitness buddy. Not only does it track the amount of food in the pan, it also counts calories and gives you cooking instructions as you go. Available in March. PRICE: $299.
Related: More info on SmartyPans — and where to find it
iGulu Brewing System
It looks like millennials are taking their craft-beer obsession beyond the microbrewery. This automated home-brewing machine allows would-be brewmasters to combine their own ingredients and create recipes via a mobile app. And it’s in high demand, having raised more than $1 million on Indiegogo, according to the Telegraph. Release date unknown. PRICE: $999.99
Related: More info on the iGulu Brewing System — and where to find it
Griffin Technology Connected Toaster
This toaster will finally bring an end to the days of half-burnt, half-spongy toast. By syncing the appliance to a mobile app, you can adjust the settings based on temperature, bread type (gluten-free included!) and darkness level. Available in 2017. PRICE: $99.99.
Related: More info on the Connected Toaster — and where to find it
Kerastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings
French company Withings partnered with L’Oreal to bring you the world’s first internet-connected hairbrush, which uses a built-in microphone and other tech to measure your brushing patterns and determine your hair health. Pair it with a mobile app to get a daily hair assessment, personalized routines and curated styling tips. Available Fall 2017. PRICE: $200.
Related: More info on the Kerastase Hair Coach — and where to find it
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Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed
The Telegraph writes that sleep tech was a major theme at this year’s CES, and thank goodness. The Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed automatically adjusts to your needs — while you’re sleeping. It can warm your feet to help you fall asleep and responds to tossing and turning by becoming softer or firmer. The biggest selling point? It also props your partner’s head when they start to snore. Available in 2017. PRICE: Unknown.
Related: More info on the Sleep Number 360 — and where to find it
HYDRAO First Showerhead
The average American uses 17.2 gallons of water during a shower; that’s about two gallons of water swirling down the drain every minute you’re singing Adele’s latest hit into the shampoo bottle. The HYDRAO First wants to make saving water as fun as wasting it by using LEDs that change color — from green to blue to purple to red — to warn you as you use water. Available starting January 16. PRICE: $99.90
Related: More info on the HYDRAO First Showerhead — and where to find it
LG Smart InstaView Refrigerator
There’s a new “smart fridge” on the block. This upgrade from LG comes with a 29-inch touchscreen that goes transparent when you knock twice, letting you preview the contents of your fridge. According to the Telegraph, it also connects to Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service to control other gadgets in your house as well as search recipes, play music and order Prime-eligible items to keep the fridge stocked. Available now. PRICE: Starting at $4,599.99.
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Now you can check what’s in the fridge without leaving your couch. The Smarter FridgeCam connects to an app that not only lets you gaze at your inventory, but also alerts you when your food is about to expire and suggests meals based on what you have. Available Spring 2017. PRICE: About $124.
Related: More info on the Smarter FridgeCam — and where to find it
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The free Aipoly Vision app uses artificial intelligence to instantly recognize and identify the objects in front of it and describe what it sees out loud. It’s intended to assist people who are visually impaired and color blind to understand their surroundings. Available now. PRICE: Free.
Related: More info on Aipoly Vision — and where to get it
iGrow Hair Growth System From Apira Science
The iGrow Hair Growth System claims to blast your scalp “with a combination of red lasers and LEDs in an attempt to stimulate hair growth,” the Mirror writes. Apparently, the lasers “energize and stimulate activity within the hair-growing cell walls,” the Mirror continues, to bring your hair follicles back to normal functioning. We want to know: Is this helmet as fun to wear as it looks? Available now. PRICE: $693.
Related: More info on iGrow — and where to find it
GEKO Smart Whistle
This whistle could save your life. It features GPS technology and Bluetooth, so that when you blow on the mouthpiece or press its button for two seconds, it will automatically call, text and email your preset contacts. Sorry, iPhone users, this safety gadget only works with Android phones. Available now. PRICE: $50.
Related: More info on the GEKO Smart Whistle
Ara Artificial Intelligence Toothbrush
Tech company Kolibree created what it claims to be the first AI toothbrush. While the Ara won’t have a conversation with you, it will use sensors to detect how long you use it every day and what areas of your mouth you brush — and which you’re missing. Its algorithms will then analyze this data and send you recommendations on how to brush better. Available in March. PRICE: $79.
Related: More info on the Ara — and where to find it
WAIR Anti-Air Pollution Scarf
WAIR’s anti-air pollution scarf uses a built-in filtration mask to prevent its wearer from inhaling microparticles, pollen and bacteria. Aimed at city cyclists, this scarf also connects to a mobile app to alert you when you’re entering a polluted area and should put it on. Available now. PRICE: $67 to $108.
Related: More info on the WAIR Anti-Air Pollution Scarf — and where to find it
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