The hottest tech gadgets: A refrigerator that plans your diet, or an unconventional cure for cat depression

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) unveiled the hottest technological innovations.
16.Feb 2021
 
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"CES showed how the pandemic accelerated the arc of innovation. From the latest innovations for the home and entertainment to advances in 5G, vehicle technology, AI and digital health, the technologies at CES 2021 will pave the way for a brighter tomorrow," said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

There's no end in sight for the coronavirus pandemic. Many global companies have responded to this situation. Unlike last year when 4,400 participants joined the show, only 1,800 exhibitors signed up for the event this year. Still, there was definitely a lot to look at. Tech giants presented various innovations that will enter global markets this year.

Air purifying face mask

LG introduced the miniature PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, which you can wear like a regular face mask. It is equipped with filters and a UV/LED lamp.

Respirátor s filtry.
Respirátor s filtry. • Source: archiv LG

Embedded sensors detect when you inhale and exhale. A mobile app alerts you once the filters need to be replaced. Inside the mask, there is a battery that offers up to 8 hours of operation in low mode. The price of the mask is around 200 euros, i.e. approximately 5,200 Czech crowns.

A mask that monitors breathing

The AirPop Active + face mask is interesting for its design. It has an illuminated module with a sensor on its side, the lifespan of which is approximately half a year. The mask sends data to a smartphone application. For example, it tracks how regularly you breathe or what pollutants are blocked by the mask filter. The approximate price is around 120 EUR, i.e. about 3,100 CZK.

Masku můžete i vyprat.
Masku můžete i vyprat. • Source: archiv AirPop

Voice-amplifying respirator

Razer has produced a prototype for a smart face mask, the so-called high-end respirator, known as Project Hazel. The front part is transparent and there are filters with a LED backlight on the sides. The respirator's charging station features a disinfecting UV light, too.

The mask is especially interesting because it has a built-in microphone and speakers, so you don't have to worry about not being heard properly. Thanks to this innovation, it amplifies your voice. The price was not specified.

Respirátor Razer se zabudovaným podsvícením RGB.
Respirátor Razer se zabudovaným podsvícením RGB. • Source: archiv Razer

A fabric mask with a built-in headset

Binatone's MaskFone, a classic textile mask with an FFP2 filter also doubles as a Bluetooth hands-free device. What does that mean? You can use the mask to make phone calls or listen to music. It contains built-in earbuds and a microphone. There are buttons along the mask's jawline for skipping a song or answering a call. The face mask without filters alone costs around 40 EUR, i.e. approximately 1,030 CZK.

S maskou můžete i telefonovat.
S maskou můžete i telefonovat. • Source: archiv Binatone

It's not all just masks and respirators. This year's edition of the fair also presented other interesting products, which can make staying at home during the pandemic more bearable.

A phone with a rollable screen

Chinese company TCL introduced the concept of a smartphone with a rollable screen, which can be opened up in a way that resembles the unfurling of a medieval scroll. Two versions of the smartphone were presented: the first model winds the entire display on a spool and rolls it up, the second model features a display that can be extended to the sides.

Rolovatelný telefon.
Rolovatelný telefon. • Source: archiv TCL

AI-powered garden

Do you live in an apartment and want to grow your own vegetables? Gardyn, the AI-powered indoor gardening system has been created just for that. Its AI assistant alerts you when the plants need water, sunlight, and when it's time to harvest your produce.

Inteligentní zahrada.
Inteligentní zahrada. • Source: archiv Gardyn

YSL Rouge Sur Mesure smart lipstick

L'Oréal's latest lipstick machine represents the beginning of a new era of cosmetic technology. The smart device allows customers to create their own shades of lipstick. The lid of the device is removable and functions as a compact luxury case, so you can take your personalized product with you when you go out.

Inteligentní rtěnka.
Inteligentní rtěnka. • Source: archiv L'Oréal

The device contains three different lipstick colour pods made by L'Oréal, which can be mixed together to achieve the desired shade - all with the help of a clever algorithm. With the help of artificial intelligence, you can create thousands of custom shades with a single touch. Using the accompanying app that can be installed on your phone, you can choose the suitable shade based on a photo of your clothes or the colour of the lipstick that someone else is wearing. The lipstick maker is currently only available on American markets, it will be launched worldwide by September 2021.

Beauty and health benefits of light

Dutch company Light Tree Ventures specializes in the development of devices used for light therapy. At the fair, they presented masks with LED lights of various colours, which take advantage of the effect of light on healing and regeneration. They are used, for example, in the treatment of neonatal jaundice, for cosmetic purposes, but also as a prevention of depression in cats.

A fridge that creates your weekly meal plan

Smart lednička.
Smart lednička. • Source: archiv CES

Korean engineers have introduced the platform of the SmartThings design refrigerator, which is equipped with an automatic planner. The AI-powered fridge can plan a weekly menu for you. It can also generate a shopping list of ingredients. An e-shop website opens directly on the display of the refrigerator or your smartphone, and you order whatever you're missing.

Interior from the future

The new luxury Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan car features a futuristic full-dash Hyperscreen interface. The dashboard is replaced by a gigantic 56-inch display. It has three control zones: one for the driver, the other for the passenger, who can, for example, watch videos, and the third, which can operate the radio, navigation, or air conditioning.

Palubní počítač budoucnosti.
Palubní počítač budoucnosti. • Source: archiv Mercedes-Benz

Watch your birthmarks!

Do you have suspicious moles on your body? The new Miiskin app notifies you if one changes its shape, colour, or size.

Aplikace na sledování mateřských znamének.
Aplikace na sledování mateřských znamének. • Source: archiv Miiskin

Artificial breast milk

BioMilq introduced their artificial breast milk production technology. It's supposed to help mothers who cannot breastfeed their children themselves. During pregnancy, BioMilq removes cells from the epithelium of the mammary gland. The cells are then cultivated in laboratories. After they multiply, they are stimulated to produce breast milk.

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